Food and recipes

Tuesday, March 05, 2019 / Published in Food, Guest Post, Learning English, 中文

Meet Chris Chen, one of our students here at Real English Victoria. Originally from Taiwan, she has been studying as a full-time student for only three months. She wrote a post about her experience on her Facebook and has given us permission to repost it on our blog. Thank you, Chris! We’re so proud of all that you’ve accomplished in your short time here.

Snowy Chris! Victoria had the most snowfall in all of Canada for the month of February.

From reading to conversation, it’s my goal. Now I can do it.

First time when I came here, I just could say, “My name is Chris, I’m from Taiwan, nice to see you, yes, no, thank you, and I’m fine.” That was it.
Last year my daughter recommended the school to me, so I came here to study for 2 months.

Real Life English Program with Penny.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 / Published in Food

This is no doubt the best scone recipe ever. I often adapt recipes to make them better or more interesting but this recipe is already perfection. Its one of the few recipes I follow exactly!

You can add about a 1/2 cup of currents (or whatever dried fruit you like) to it. For cheese scones add 1 cup shredded cheese after butter has been cut in.

Be aware that the type of flour or butter that you use may change the recipe a bit, but that’s part of the fun. Once you get the idea of how the scone dough should feel you can add or reduce the amount of flour you use. Remember not to overwork the dough if you want to get flaky scones.

Making scones is a great way to get confidence about baking or eventually making pie crust etc. Its hard to mess up scones so just enjoy baking and coming up with new variations.


cold butter in cubes

flour mixture and butter combined into course crumb like mixture

Buttermilk. This is what makes these scones so tasty!

Cheese mixed into flour and buttermilk

Buttermilk added. Use a fork or spoon and mix together. Once together bring together into a ball using hands

Scone dough. It shouldn’t be over mixed or kneeded

Rolling out scone dough

Rolled out scone dough.

Scones can be cut out into any shape and size


21/4 cups flour

2 tbsp granulated sugar

21/2 baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup cold butter, cubed

1 cup buttermilk

1 egg (for brushing on scone)


1. Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

2.Using fingers cut in butter until it resembles coarse crumbs.

3.Stir in dried fruit etc.

4. Add butter milk and make into ball

5.Pat out dough on lightly floured surface until about 2 cm thick.

6.Cut into pieces

7.Brush top of scones with egg (this can be skipped)

8.Bake at 425 F for 12 to 15 mins

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 / Published in Food


1/2 cup butter

1/2 Parkay Margarine

1/2 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1 egg

3 Tbsp heavy cream

21/2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cream of tartar

2 Tbsp cinnamon

1/2 cup caramel bits

For icing: 1 cup icing sugar, 2 Tbsp lemon rind, lemon juice (Slowly add enough juice to icing sugar until a thick icing is made.

  1. Melt butter over med heat. Keep stirring until the butter has browned and has a nutty aroma. Be careful not to burn it. Cool to room temperature.
  2. Beat margarine, white and brown sugar together. Add cooled browned butter, mix well. Add egg and cream.
  3. Mix in flour, baking powder and soda, cream of tartar, cinnamon and caramel bits.
  4. Cool batter in fridge for 30 mins.
  5. Using a spoon, scoop a small amount of batter and roll into a ball about 1 inch in diameter. Roll in a mixture of sugar and cinnamon.
  6. Evenly space balls on cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 10 mins at 350F
  8. Cool on cookie sheet before putting on cookie racks.
  9. Once cool, drizzle lemon icing on cookies.

Cookie dough balls waiting to be baked