Having determined with Deanna that we would cook from Emeril’s Farm to Fork the weekend before last, I decided that Father’s Day would be the perfect opportunity to make some of Emeril’s recipes. Initially, I was slightly concerned because my dad is a very health-conscious vegetarian, which is a nice way of saying he only eats partially-boiled vegetables. Luckily as Deanna pointed out in her post, Farm to Fork is very much focused on fresh and local produce which was a pleasant surprise because there are loads of recipes that don’t involve meat.
I decided to tackle a few of Emeril’s recipes and I must say that I was pretty impressed with how all of them turned out. They were very quick and easy and I got to spend more time with my dad than I did in the kitchen which was a great treat! His favourite dish, however, and the one that turned out the tastiest was Emeril’s Rosemary Buttermilk Scones. I was slightly trepidations about trying this recipe because I don’t consider myself a baker — images of rock-hard breads come to mind. But how could I resist rosemary and buttermilk and scones, it all sounded too good. Plus I decided that if all else failed, I could pass them off as paperweights — consider it a small Father’s Day gift.
I bought all the ingredients, the rosemary, the buttermilk, the flour, and I followed the recipe to a tee. The only thing I forgot was to brush them with buttermilk before baking so technically they should look shiny and golden. The recipe was one of the easiest baking recipes I have attempted! And the smell, and the texture — fresh and crumbly straight out of the oven — was really a wonderful treat. Not to mention the fragrant rosemary (and orange zest) smell that filled my apartment while they were baking. Which thank goodness, only takes about 13 minutes because it’s hard to resist pulling them out of the oven before they are ready.
All in all, the recipes I made from Farm to Fork were very easy and quick and are definitely the type of recipes I would fall back on when desperate for something quick and delicious.
Since no meal, just like no blog post is complete without dessert. I will throw in my dad’s personal favourite: Don Pedro. Ice cream blended with whiskey, what more could you ask for?