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oh hey, neighbour, savour these biscuits

In Doings, Learnings, Makings on October 4, 2010 at 11:09 PM

Volunteering can be a bit daunting. Especially volunteering solo. Not knowing anyone upon arrival at a new site or a new event, though interesting as it is to you, sure can be an obstacle in following through on your commitment.

In fact, this makes any solo venture daunting.

But sometimes the best experiences come from putting ourselves out there, alone.

Last year’s solo act: a trans-Canada train trip.

Today’s solo act: a last-minute volunteer gig at a community potluck.

And what success! Though the event wasn’t exactly what I expected (it had more families and less pulling of homemade beer than I built it up in my mind), I still managed to have some great conversations with the volunteer coordinator, Jason, and his partner, Laurel, who in fact are my neighbours! In exchange for sharing my experiences of SFU’s Sustainable Community Development certificate program, I was informed of a schwack of possibilities for the future of Main Street’s Village Vancouver. I walked away an hour later from the potluck with opportunities dangling within my arm’s reach, new ideas to be researched, and people to email for coffee!

Oh, but you wanted to know about the biscuits. Yeah, those were my potluck contribution. Want to try?

Leek-Jalapeno Buttermilk Biscuits

The easiest, peasiest drop biscuits ever. I basically take the following recipe and add/substitute whatever I have on hand. Today’s handy ingredients included leek, jalapeno pepper, mozzarella cheese and buttermilk. (That litre of buttermilk I picked up last week for cinnamon buns is sure getting some mileage!)

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup butter (room temperature or slightly melted by Mr. Convenient, the microwave)
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup milk

  1. Mix together the flour, powder and butter.
  2. Mix in your finely chopped leek, jalapeno and cheese.
  3. Next, pour in the buttermilk and get in there with your hands because a wooden spoon just won’t do [well, it will, it’s just far more fun to get messy].
  4. It’s totally ok if your batter is sticky; just mold into somewhat of a ball and plop it on a baking tray (grease if it’s not a non-stick).
  5. Bake for 15 or so minutes at 450*F, or until they get beautifully golden.
  6. Serve and consume to get the best out of their buttery goodness!