Today's meal is our own Easter dinner. We had planned to have a picnic in the park, but due to some untimely rain, were forced inside. We made do by having an indoor "picnic" in the family room, spreading out blankets on the floor. It was still fun, and the weather cleared up later so we were able to take a long walk around the neighborhood after dinner.
For our Easter dinner, we had some help from the Kroger deli with the main course: fried chicken. Because what better picnic food is there than fried chicken? From the top, the rest of the spread consisted of: Greek pasta salad, homemade almond whipped cream with fresh strawberries, and homemade buttermilk biscuits with butter and local wildflower honey.
This was my first time making biscuits, and I was pretty pleased with the results! They were basically the classic White Lily flour recipe, altered because I don't have White Lily flour and didn't happen to have buttermilk on hand either....
(adapted from White Lily)
2 cups self rising flour
2/3 to 3/4 cups buttermilk (or add 1 T. vinegar to 1 cup milk to make buttermilk if you don't have any, like me!)
1/4 c. butter (keep cold until you need it!)
extra melted butter to brush tops of biscuits
1. Cut butter into flour until course crumbs are formed.
2. Stir in buttermilk until dough forms.
3. Dump dough onto floured surface (use all-purpose flour, not self rising to prevent bitter flavor from the leavening in self-rising flour...) and knead dough a few times until workable.
4. Press dough into circle about 1/4"-1/2" thick.
5. Cut dough using round biscuit cutter and place circles onto baking sheet so that edges are lightly touching. Brush tops with melted butter.
6. Bake at 500 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
Greek Pasta Salad
1 box tri-colored rotini pasta (1 lb.)
1.5 cups grape tomatoes
1/2 red onion, course chop
3 carrots, cut into coins
1 14.5 oz cans chick peas
1/2-3/4 cup feta cheese
1/2 cup Greek vinaigrette
1. Cook pasta al dente. Drain with cold water.
2. Mix pasta with all ingredients, except feta. Add dressing and toss to coat (use more or less, to your liking).
3. Just before serving, stir in feta cheese.
Homemade Whipped Cream
I wrote a detailed post about this on Kelly's Kitchen. Instead of rewriting it here, I'm just going to link to it. If you would like to check it out, you can find it here.
Our make shift picnic, above. Not wanting to be left out, Lincoln is eating his burp cloth. Not pictured is Wembley, who made sure vacuuming wasn't necessary afterwards.
Hope you enjoyed this first edition of Sunday Suppers! Don't forget to let me know if you have a supper to share!