The simple, but delicious scone

Who doesn’t enjoy a Devonshire tea, with warm scones fresh from the oven, topped with lashings of thick cream and jam?

The simple but delicious scone is loved around the world. In Patisserie : an encyclopedia of cakes, pastries, cookies, biscuits, chocolates, confectionery and desserts, celebrated pastry chef Aaron Maree writes that scones come in many flavours and varieties. In America, scones are known as biscuits or soda biscuits and they can be served with both savoury dishes and sweet toppings. The scone is a cousin of the Scottish bannock, a flat disk baked on a hot griddle plate, which is then marked into triangles.

“A good scone should be of uniform colour and size, lightly golden brown on the base and top, but with white sides. The interior should be light, soft and white.” He stresses that in order to ensure that your scones are soft and well risen, you must always rub the butter into the dry ingredients lightly. Never overwork the dough and do not knead it at all.”

Next door to the Library is our cherished cafe Bake and Brew, who bake delicious scones daily. And! We have secured the recipe from Sue the pastry chef.

We are indeed lucky….

Scones

Oh heavenly light beings, how graceful you sit. Your fluffy, subtly sweet texture melts in our mouths as we take respite on these days that we toil. We honour and give thanks to you, sweet scones. All hail.

 

Here it is:

World’s Best Scone Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of self-raising flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 50g butter
  • 500mL milk
  • 1 dessertspoon cream

Method:

Sift the flour into a large bowl and add the baking powder.

In a microwaveable jug add butter, milk and cream and microwave for three minutes on low.

Add this liquid mix to the bowl.

Mix gently and then turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead gently and pat like a baby’s bottom.

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Pat it gently

Use a scone cutter or glass to make round scone shapes and put them onto a greased oven tray. Ensure the scones are placed close together, as they give each other support as they cook.

Cook in a 180° oven for 15 minutes.

All hail the scone.

You can also borrow Patisserie : an encyclopedia of cakes, pastries, cookies, biscuits, chocolates, confectionery and desserts from the Tea Tree Gully Library.

Come and try Tai Chi

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Presented by Brenda Hum

Date and time:  Monday 8 February, 11am – noon

Venue:  Relaxed Reading Area

Cost:   Free. Bookings are essential.

The Year of the Monkey starts from 8 February 2016.

In celebration of Chinese culture and the lunar new year, qualified Tai Chi instructor Brenda Hum will provide a free Tai Chi session at the Library.  She will also speak about what the Year of the Monkey will mean for us.

Wear loose clothing, flat shoes and bring a bottle of water!

Book online or telephone 8397 7333.

 

 

Farewell Maggie…

Just before Christmas, Tea Tree Gully Library said farewell to Library Officer Maggie Orr, our longest ever serving staff member.

Maggie was part of our team for the past 26 years and made selections for the Library’s Travel collection.

Here at the Library we all know Maggie as someone full of sass and wit, always armed with a snappy comeback and quick to ground anyone showing airs or graces.

She is also super super stylish – her quiff of white hair and black-rimmed glasses are her trademarks. So chic! Who ever said librarians were dowdy?

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Those were the days – a younger Maggie smiles for the camera

In December 2014, Maggie was formally awarded her 25 years of service certificate, along with fellow Library staffer Grace D’Costa.

She hinted then that she was thinking about retirement, but gave no indication when.

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Being presented her certificate for 25 years of service by Library Arts and Culture Manager Helen Kwaka in December 2014

Until November 2015, when she said ‘That’s it.’ Finally she decided to call it quits to travel, sleep in and so much more.

In her farewell note (read by Tricia at her goodbye morning tea) Maggie wrote:

‘Well, for the last time I am talking to you as my work colleagues. I sincerely want to thank you all for your friendships over the years. I have really enjoyed my time and the Library, and it is with some sadness that I say farewell.

I am looking forward to a future full of doing all the things that there never seemed to be time to do. I will watch something on TV that goes beyond 10.30 at night! I will refuse to get out of bed before 8.30 in the morning! I will watch ALL of the Tour de France no matter what time it finishes!! I will go to the beach and build sandcastles! Fly the kite that I was given a year ago and even jump in puddles if I want to! I will visit the city as if I were a traveller from far away and do things a tourist would do!

Never having experienced retirement before I am hoping it is everything people say it is, and if not then I will make it everything it should be!

I will not say goodbye, just see you later.’

We will miss you Maggie. Hope you’re having lots of coffee, swims and planning epic holidays.

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Tricia reading Maggie’s farewell note

 

Morning tea

The generous spread….if you squint you can see Florentine slice on the back left – Maggie’s favourite

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How to play Dungeons and Dragons

Fans of the legendary role-playing game ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ meet every second Saturday at Tea Tree Gully Library to play out their characters until the final victor emerges.

The essence of Dungeons and Dragons (or D&D as it is commonly known) is a social gathering, where friends and acquaintances gather to experience a new story they create for themselves. There are quests for treasure, battles for territory, deadly meetings with enemies, romantic interludes and absolutely no dull moments.

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We caught up with D&D leader Teresa McBride and asked her to give us more details about this intriguing game….

 

  • Can you tell us about ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ – what is it all about? How do you play & how do you win?

Dungeons & Dragons is a game about role playing. Each player has a character, which they create themselves.

Character customisation is one of the biggest things about the game. You can be a Pompadour Elf with a taste for Dwarven Ale, or a human whose entire life goal is to track down the murderer of his family.

You don’t need a story or description to build a character, just an idea on what you want to be.

One player, however, is the Dungeon Master or Game Master. The DM/GM is the one in charge of creating the story, world and encounters.

Having played D&D  from both perspectives, each role is hugely different and satisfies different people.

D&D is best explained by the phrase: Are you a listener or a story teller?
There is no flat ‘you win’, it is more ‘Congratulations you have overcome this challenge, what would you like to do next?’.

 

  • When did you first become interested in D&D? What about the game appeals to you?

I first started playing D&D in 2012, but I became interested earlier through video games and hanging around in my local hobby store.

What I find appealing is the ability to create a main character for someone else’s story and then seeing how events play out.

 

  • How long does a game normally go for?

A game session can go for as long as the party wants to and is usually determined by when and where the group can next meet.

Personally I find one game for 4 hours a week provides enough substance to keep people attracted.

A game campaign can last indefinitely if wanted, but it usually ends after one of three things happen:

1. People start losing interest in their character

2. All the player characters die

3. The ‘final’ boss is defeated

 

  • Have you made lots of friends through playing D&D?

Personally I have developed strong friendships with friends that I play with and have discovered some new friendships through the game.

 

  • Can you tell us about one of the most interesting D&D games you played and what happened in that game?

The most interesting game was when a single player killed the final boss of the dungeon.

Just before the final boss room, the troll player decided to gather up all the explosives the party had on them at the time. Then he rode atop his giant boar mount, charged through the final boss door and threw himself, with all the explosives ignited, at the evil necromancer. The explosion was so massive that it destroyed the final boss instantly.

 

  • What would you say to someone interested in playing, but isn’t quite sure?

Take the plunge, get a small group of friends and host the game yourself. The materials are easily available online. If you are too hesitant, conventions like AVcon have been known to host D&D games, which would be a perfect place to start.

By the way…

During non-playing time, players can enjoy novels that depict D&D scenarios. These fantasy books are available from the Tea Tree Gully Library collection and all South Australian libraries.

It’s school holidays!

There’s loads of Christmas decorating events, art/craft sessions, a kite building workshop, Lego Day, and a Harry Potter movie marathon in the mix. Don’t miss our pet-themed colouring-in competition either, you can win some prizes.

Find all these events + heaps more on our website.

Also check out what’s happening at Golden Grove Arts Centre, with their super cool SeaStar Rock event tomorrow! Original energetic fun music and dance for kids that promotes marine sustainability.

 

Everyone is getting ready for Christmas

Santa's elves have arrived in suburbia

Santa’s elves have arrived in suburbia

Did you know that the North Pole has an outreach service? At this busy time of the year, Santa has joined forces with the Library. Santa’s elves will be spreading Christmas cheer throughout the City of Tea Tree Gully, by visiting local primary schools for some special Storytime sessions. Until the end of the school term, the jolly folk will be reading Christmas themed stories and singing carols to a total of 23 classes of children. That’s a lot of happy little people!

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By giving the Gift of Reading you can help share the love of reading and foster the Christmas spirit. Once again, the Library will partner with our local Salvation Army branch who will distribute books to disadvantaged children in our community. We are asking for donations of new children’s books suitable for 0-16 year olds (No wrapping please).

One lucky person will win a $100 Westfield gift voucher by taking part in the program. Just place your donation under the Christmas tree at the Library and fill out your contact details on the back of a wish tag. Then drop the wish tag in the lucky draw box at the Library’s Ask Here Desk.

Book donations need to made by Tuesday 15 December. The prize will be drawn on Wednesday 16  December.

 

 

International Games Day @ The Library Sat 21 November

Anyone can play games, whether you’re 1 or 101!

International Games Day

On Saturday 21 November, Tea Tree Gully Library will be joining thousands of libraries across the world for the eighth annual International Games Day @ Your Library

There will be everything from charades, chess and Monopoly, to giant Pacman and a cricket play-off. You are welcome to bring along your favourite games to share with other players on the day.

Plus we’ll have an assortment of board games to try, like Pictionary, Upwords, Jenga, Cranium and more.

You can choose to join in a group session or play any game at your own leisure.

We’ll be hosting sessions on playing:

12-12.20pm Pictionary Play-Off

12-12.30pm Come and Try a New Board game

12.30-12.50pm Uno Tournament

1-1.20pm Outside fun in Civic Park

1.30-1.50pm Twister in the Teen Area

2.30-3pm Cricket in Civic Park

No bookings are required. Just come along on the day. Bring your family and friends and anyone else you’d like to get competitive with!