Saturday, 7 July 2012

Cheese and Herb Scone and a Giveaway

It's Saturday.  It's lunch time, open the fridge...feta, celery, fennel and a couple of sweet cured herring.  So, I can make salad but... OH NO!  There is no bread, a dried up heel of homemade bread and nothing of interest in the freezer.  Not enough time to make fresh for lunch... but what is this?   A bag of scone mix made in June - PERFECT!

Honestly, that's how it often is when I am making lunch.  I seem to be able to plan the main meal of the day, but forage in my fridge and cupboards for lunch!

In the back of my mind, I am always wondering how I can fit my meals with a blog challenge, and Herbs on Saturday  hosted by Karen at Lavender and Lovage,  came to mind, so off to the garden for some chives, thyme and rosemary.  Do you like my new mixing jug?  I got it half price in the sales and I love it, my husband refers to it as my 'guzzunder' or 'potty' he is so coarse, it does look a bit like a potty though - ha ha!


Back to the recipe.  Scone, herbs and what else?  I remember Jac of Tinned Tomatoes blogged some fabulous cheese scones she made with her son, Cooper, when they were in Cyprus.  We always have lots of cheese so including that is no problem.

Basic Scone Mix

225g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
50g soft margarine or butter

Put the flour and baking powder in a bowl, add the magarine or butter and rub it in wiht your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

This is your basic mix, you can double or treble it, bag or box it and freeze for up to three months.

For a sweet scone, add 25g caster sugar
For a savoury scone, add a pinch of salt

Heat the oven to 200C and lightly grease a baking sheet.

For a Cheese and Herb Scone add a tablespoon of finely chopped herbs, I used chives, rosemary and thyme, then stir in 100g of cheese, I used a mixture of Gran Padano and Cheddar (whatever you have in the fridge).

Crack the egg into a measure, lightly beat it and then make up to 150ml with milk.  Stir in the egg and milk and mix to a soft dough.  Turn out  and either roll out to 1.25cm thickness and cut out individual scone rounds or slap the whole thing on a baking sheet.

Grate over some more cheese to cover the top.  For individual scones bake for 10 minutes, for a mega-scone bake for 20 minutes until golden brown. Remove from baking sheet and place on a wire rack to cool.



I served the scone with some salad leaves from my garden  sweet pickled herring and Feta cheese, celery, fennel and walnut salad dressed with a French dressing of olive oil and white wine vinegar.


It was just perfect with the salad, I would probably add more herbs next time as they were rather overpowered by the cheese, but overall, it was an ideal quick bread.

And so to the Giveaway.  I mentioned that I foraged in my fridge and cupboards,  I also forage a bit in the hedgerows around my farm, I was watching Three Go Mad at River Cottage (fabulous) and thought I really should make Nettle Soup as we have loads of nettles.  Anyway, you now have the chance to win a foraging classic from The Works,  'Food for Free' by Richard Mabey. Did you know you could order books from the The Works online?  There are so many to choose from and such great bargains.

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80 comments:

  1. Great scone recipe, cheesy scones are yummy.

    For the giveaway my favourite free food is blackberries, fresh from the bush is always better than from the shop.

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  2. Oh I do love a good scone. Haven't made savoury ones though - perhaps I should be a bit more adventurous!

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  3. brambles are the only free food I eat. I'm just not confident enough to try anything else - I think I might poison myself!

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  4. I do love a cheese scone - haven't made them for ages, so this has definitely inspired me. And I love the idea of using lots of herbs too. Great entry for this month's 'Herbs on Saturday' challenge - thank you for entering!

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  5. Love Nasturtium flowers, gorgeous

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  6. Blackberries, young nettles and roses, all pesticide-free in my secret garden.

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  7. I love your big spotty mixing bowl jug thingy... can I have that instead?... also loving a cheese scone instead of bread, that's genius... I never think of that as an alternative but it totally makes sense... thanks for the inspiration!

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  8. FABULOUS entry for Herbs on Saturday Janice and as you know, I LOVE a good cheese scone, in fact, scones are my favourite baked treat!
    I am GOING to enter in to your giveaway too, as I LOVE foraging, always have done.....and my favourite free foods are elderflowers, elderberries (although I DO have a tree in my garden!) nettles, blackberries and sloes for sloe gin! Karen
    PS: Thanks for your entry too!

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  9. I think this is such a hard question as I love collecting free food, wild garlic, blackberries, elderflower. But I think sloes not a short term free foood, but the art of turning bitter berries into a warming winter tipple is very cool.

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  10. Could be repeating first comment, sorry if so. I love lots of free foods, always on the lookout to freebie hunt, wild garlic, blackberries. But my favourite are sloes, they are bitter and not for indulging in the short term, but come witer give a lovely warming, potent tipple!

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  11. Another fan of elderflowers and elderberries - they are so versatile - I've got some elderberry vinegar ageing at the moment, and I think it can give balsamic a run for it's money!

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  12. Love scone - cheese scones are my favourite and the addition of herbs can only make them better :) Love your mixing jug too :)

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  13. I love puffballs, so impressive for a foraged food!

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  14. Blackberries straight from the bush then popped in to my gob ! x

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  15. garlic mustard!
    karen s
    twannywun at hotmail dot com

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  16. It has to be herbs and blackberries oh and some apples from next doors tree lol

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  17. Got to be blackberries, so abundant here.

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  18. Brambles are in abundance in my area and I am happy to pick them for jam

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  19. wild mushrooms, but you have to know what you pick of course :)

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  20. I like blueberries from the garden. I can make muffins, or put them into pancakes...

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  21. I've signed up to The Works Newsletter.

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  22. I've signed up to The Works Newsletter

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  23. Blackberrys. Goes with all sorts

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  24. Fish!!! My dad has a fishing boat and also fishes from the shore so we get plenty of fresh cod and haddock! he also goes fishing for salmon! Yummy!

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  25. I've signed up to The Works Newsletter.

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  26. Tink Rhonda Lee Mse12 July 2012 19:32

    Blackberries! love them.

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  27. Raspberries from my raspberry canes. Yum

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  28. Tink Rhonda Lee Mse12 July 2012 19:34

    I've signed up to The Works Newsletter.

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  29. I've signed up to The Works Newsletter

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  30. Sarah Lambert12 July 2012 19:44

    I luv blackberrys it so fun to go picking them with my two children its a great way for them to learn where food comes from :)

    Ive signed up for the works newsletter Xx

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  31. Favourite free food are wild blackberries

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  32. strawberries every year free because of all the new runners off the old plants you get loads of extra plants every year so even more free strawberries happy days

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  33. Blackberries! You can make a lovely blackberry and apple crumble :)

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  34. You can't beat wild blackberries! I would love to try more food from the wild, so would love this book so I know what I'm doing!

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  35. Goodness, I'm starving now! I love a forage and my favourite is Chanterelle mushrooms - I'm not an uber expert but have taken advice and done my homework so can identify a handful of different mushrooms safely, which is pretty crucial!

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  36. Eggs from my mum's chickens :)

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  37. Blackberries yummy
    sloes of course
    and crab apples made into jelly

    jillwebb@blueyonder.co.uk

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  38. My faviourite free food has always been Dandelion Salad :)

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  39. I don't know enough about free foods to be confident about it. I love mushrooms and it would be great to pick them while out walking but I'm not sure enough of identifying which are safe to eat. For the moment the only free food I get is if I pinch a bit of Rosemary off a bush in the park to put in a lamb casserole!!!

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  40. I love the plums overhanging on neighbours trees

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  41. I've signed up to The Works Newsletter

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  42. my favourite free food is blackberries, fresh from the bush

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  43. Free food? - Blackberries!!

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  44. wild blackberries - so yummy x

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  45. Wild garlic!

    And that scone looks great :)

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  46. I love wild gooseberries, if you know where to look ;)

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  47. Hazelnuts which grow in the woods behind my house.

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  48. Has to be Nettles - you can use them in so many recipes and they are a great source of nutrients - Small nettles at the start of the the season are the most potent... Just make sure you wear your gloves to pick!!!!

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  49. "I've signed up to The Works Newsletter"

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  50. my favourite free foods are blackberries and Raspberries love to make pies and fruit juice with them

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  52. Cherries from my two lovely big cherry trees!! :)

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  53. Emily Jane Ann Nelson16 July 2012 20:59

    Blackberries

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  54. Elderflowers - so delicate

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  55. I love british plums and if they are in peoples garden I normally knock on the door and ask if I can have a few, cheeky but it works and the british plums are the best so well worth it.

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  56. So many to choose from! My favourites change with the seasons: Bilberries, damsons and wild mushrooms are all wonderful.

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  57. I love most of all foraging for wild apples in the summer, there are so many trees around in my area, and once you know where they are you can go back year after year! I also like to find things in my back garden, dandelions, wild rocket and wild garlic are some of my favourites.

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  58. never thought of scones like that but will have to try sounds lovely. fav free food blackberries to go with the fallers of apples that my neighbour gives me often yummy pies.

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  59. It simply has to be blackberries - when we are driving or walking through the countryside I simply have to eat them as they're literally in every hedgerow although I do wonder about animals (and humans) weeing on them - don't know why it bothers me but certainly does't upset me enough to stop eating them LOL

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  60. I've signed up to The Works Newsletter using traceyanneberry(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk xx

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  61. has to be brambles from my garden for a lovely crumble

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  62. the wild blackberries which grow over my shed

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  64. I do exactly the same, plan all my dinners and lunch is cupboard surprise!

    The savoury scone is a great idea, will definitely try it out!

    My favourite freebie is blackberries, I batch freeze pots of compote every year

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I love to read your comments and try to reply when I can, please let me know if you make one of my recipes or if you have any questions I will try to answer them. Janice

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