Keeping recipes easy is not that easy. I mean, you have to have the right ingredients on hand, and then it makes the whole dish seem effortless. So, here is my biggest recommendation when it comes to kitchen time: decide if you will be spending Real Time in the kitchen, or Zen Time.
Describing Real Time is easy – Simply put, it’s life. Quick, in the moment, freaking out, timing, burning, laughing, washing, running out the door, cleaning spills…I think you have the picture. It’s chaos, and its reality. It’s how most of us cook, or rather it’s how we live and eat.
Zen Time is more difficult to describe, because it is very personal. Some people like to spend their time by themselves, polishing their silver, or crystal, ironing the serviettes, arranging flowers, creating beauty and ambiance for when people arrive, or for their own personal enjoyment. Some people like to do these same tasks with a partner, bobbing along in both deep and shallow conversations.
For me, I like making complicated recipes that take focus, and awareness. I let my mind drift on a different plane, while I practice rolling biscuits to the perfect thickness, or stirring a filling until it is lump free. I like taking my time grating citrus zest, and spending time tasting slow sips from a spoon, and truly experiencing the creation in front of me. That’s my Zen Time.
2 Excellent Recipes = 1 Quick Dessert
This recipe is the combination of 2 Zen Time recipes..Sour Cream Biscuits with Candied Pecans and Ruby Red Grapefruit Glaze . I made the grapefruit glaze first, about 4 days before I made the biscuits. It was an easy task, about 20 minutes, even with clean up. Biscuits are always a bit messier, so I made those on a Saturday, when I had more time to contend with the inevitable explosion of flour.
There isn’t a formal recipe for Grapefruit Short Cake with Candied Pecans in this post. You just need to two prior recipes (only make the glaze, not the grapefruit curd. The curd is rich and glorious, but its for another recipe…) and 2-3 whole grapefruit that have been peeled and segmented. Oh, and a pint of heavy cream that has been whipped with a little sugar. Store bought whipped cream works well too.
Once you have all your components, the short cake assembles quickly. Garnish with a few chopped candied pecans, and enjoy, and you can dash out the door to your next event, right after you enjoy your dessert.