Y’all, I think the internet is ruining my life.
I just spent a disgusting amount of time typing out a completely self absorbed pile of dribble. I should not be allowed to feel so many feelings. I wonder, why the hell do I think I am entitled to this platform? Someone, please stop me.
Also, the twitter. I fought it for so long, knowing that I am an inherently voyeuristic person. I caved and now I know every time a friend uses the bathroom, has too much to drink, or dines on a particularly tasty burrito. There is no power in this knowledge. Of course, I share just about as much as anyone…I shock even myself with my narcissism But you kinda care what I think about “I Love You, Man”, right? RIGHT?
Facebook haunts me. One of my tormentors from high school now lives in the house I grew up in; I looked at pictures of her/my home the other day from the safety of my desk in DC. Sure, I know we are grown and one could say I have won, that I actually left my small town, but does she really have to be using my bedroom as her nursery? And dear heavens…it keeps on suggesting that I “may know” my own father. Yes, I know him. I have done quite a good job at avoiding him for over 10 years. Facebook, you are upsetting the balance of the Universe.
Finally, it has made men from days gone by almost impossible to escape. Sure, I want to keep in touch with some of them, but most? I would be perfectly happy to see most fade in to the ether. The internet makes this impossible. There they are on your gchat list, yet you cannot block them, because hey, that would be an act of aggression and why would you do that because you are a mature adult and totally over it. Emails, Evites….there they are, EVERYWHERE. It makes it very hard for me to pretend they have gone the way of old Yeller that, in fact, they are quite alive.
Is this what Al Gore was envisioning when he invented the internet? I think he imagined a place of knowledge and ideas, a tool for education. Instead, it has become a dark, endless well of self involvement and torture. Sugar and spice and everything nice? This is not what the internet it made of.
Um, basically this was freaking awesome. Sugar and spice biscuits made with decadent cream? Check. Sweet fruit filling? Uh huh. Rich whipped cream? Yep. Is there anything wrong with this? Nada. Make this. It is not hard, but insanely good.
Sugar and Spice Shortcake with Peaches and Berries
Sugar and Spice Biscuits (adapted from Simply Recipes)
3 cups all purpose flour
3 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
12 Tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 Tbsp sugar
A few shakes of cinnamon
Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl. Toss with a fork to combine. Cut the butter into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter or a fork until the largest pieces of butter are the size of peas. (Or pulse several times in a food processor.) Combine the cream and vanilla in a liquid measure. Make a well in the center of the flour and and pour the cream mixture into the well. Mix with a fork until the dough is evenly moistened and just combined; it should look shaggy and still feel a little dry. Gently knead by hand five or six times to create a loose ball.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and pat it into an 8-inch square, 3/4 to 1 inch thick. Transfer the dough to a baking sheet lined with parchment or silpat, cover with plastic and chill for 20 minutes in the refrigerator. Heat the oven to 425ºF. Remove the dough from refrigerator. Cut the dough into 9 even squares and spread them about 2 inches apart from each other on the baking sheet, or, like me, use a biscuit cutter to make round shortcakes.
Beat together egg and milk/cream. Brush on top of each biscuit. Mix together sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon and sprinkle on top of shortcakes.
Bake until the biscuits are medium golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes.
Peach Berry Filling
1 bag frozen mixed berries
1 bag frozen peaches
2 Tbsp sugar
Thaw out berries and peaches. In large stock pot simmer with sugar for about 30 minutes, until berries start breaking down.
2 cups heavy whipping cream
3 Tbsp powdered sugar
Splash vanilla extract
Whip together to desired consistency.