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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:

At 7 July 2012 at 21:13 , Blogger Blue Kitchen Bakes said...

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.

 
At 7 July 2012 at 23:02 , Blogger Caroline said...

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

 
At 7 July 2012 at 23:34 , Blogger Gillian Holmes said...

Young dandelion leaves.

 
At 8 July 2012 at 05:43 , OpenID searchingforspice said...

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

 
At 8 July 2012 at 08:34 , Anonymous Vanesther said...

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!

 
At 8 July 2012 at 08:55 , Anonymous Glasgow Foodie said...

Love Nasturtium flowers, gorgeous

 
At 8 July 2012 at 09:17 , Blogger Galina Varese said...

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

 
At 8 July 2012 at 10:37 , Blogger Dom at Belleau Kitchen said...

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!

 
At 8 July 2012 at 10:44 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

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!

 
At 8 July 2012 at 11:01 , Blogger Jo said...

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.

 
At 8 July 2012 at 11:05 , Blogger Jo said...

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!

 
At 8 July 2012 at 12:18 , Blogger maxineflossy said...

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!

 
At 8 July 2012 at 17:26 , Blogger hannahmdy said...

Wild garlic :)

 
At 8 July 2012 at 19:17 , Blogger 7hippopotamus said...

Blackberries

 
At 8 July 2012 at 19:23 , Blogger Baking Addict said...

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

 
At 8 July 2012 at 22:26 , Blogger lucy said...

I love puffballs, so impressive for a foraged food!

 
At 8 July 2012 at 23:08 , Blogger Crystal Mse said...

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

 
At 9 July 2012 at 21:58 , Blogger twannywun said...

garlic mustard!
karen s
twannywun at hotmail dot com

 
At 9 July 2012 at 23:25 , Blogger Hotrod mum said...

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

 
At 10 July 2012 at 03:56 , Blogger Phyllis Ellett said...

Got to be blackberries, so abundant here.

 
At 10 July 2012 at 06:04 , Blogger Kate Cunningham said...

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

 
At 10 July 2012 at 17:07 , Anonymous Carolin said...

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

 
At 11 July 2012 at 05:32 , Blogger Maya Russell said...

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

 
At 11 July 2012 at 05:35 , Blogger Maya Russell said...

I've signed up to The Works Newsletter.

 
At 12 July 2012 at 04:56 , Blogger Phyllis Ellett said...

I've signed up to The Works Newsletter

 
At 12 July 2012 at 19:27 , Blogger Janice5972 said...

Blackberrys. Goes with all sorts

 
At 12 July 2012 at 19:27 , Blogger Tracy K Nixon said...

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!

 
At 12 July 2012 at 19:29 , Blogger Tracy K Nixon said...

I've signed up to The Works Newsletter.

 
At 12 July 2012 at 19:32 , Anonymous Tink Rhonda Lee Mse said...

Blackberries! love them.

 
At 12 July 2012 at 19:33 , Blogger soozybee said...

Raspberries from my raspberry canes. Yum

 
At 12 July 2012 at 19:34 , Anonymous Tink Rhonda Lee Mse said...

I've signed up to The Works Newsletter.

 
At 12 July 2012 at 19:39 , Blogger soozybee said...

I've signed up to The Works Newsletter

 
At 12 July 2012 at 19:44 , Anonymous Sarah Lambert said...

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

 
At 12 July 2012 at 19:52 , Anonymous Rich J said...

Favourite free food are wild blackberries

 
At 12 July 2012 at 20:11 , Blogger Alison said...

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

 
At 12 July 2012 at 20:31 , Blogger littlebean said...

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

 
At 12 July 2012 at 20:56 , Anonymous Claire said...

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!

 
At 12 July 2012 at 23:01 , Blogger vision123 said...

Home grown potatoes

 
At 13 July 2012 at 00:49 , Blogger Caroline said...

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!

 
At 13 July 2012 at 01:35 , Blogger mellysocks said...

Eggs from my mum's chickens :)

 
At 13 July 2012 at 06:58 , Blogger philiboy said...

Blackberries - love them

 
At 13 July 2012 at 09:09 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blackberries yummy
sloes of course
and crab apples made into jelly

jillwebb@blueyonder.co.uk

 
At 13 July 2012 at 09:16 , Blogger allansmithuk83 said...

blackberries

 
At 13 July 2012 at 09:21 , Anonymous Amy said...

My faviourite free food has always been Dandelion Salad :)

 
At 13 July 2012 at 10:54 , Blogger JSPic said...

Banana Muffins

 
At 13 July 2012 at 13:05 , Anonymous Hilda Hazel Wright said...

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!!!

 
At 13 July 2012 at 13:54 , Blogger enderit said...

Mushrooms

 
At 13 July 2012 at 14:56 , Anonymous Victoria M said...

I love the plums overhanging on neighbours trees

 
At 13 July 2012 at 18:44 , Blogger Mickie Bull said...

Blackberries and apples!

 
At 13 July 2012 at 18:45 , Blogger Mickie Bull said...

Blackberries and apples!

 
At 13 July 2012 at 21:14 , Blogger Hotrod mum said...

I've signed up to The Works Newsletter

 
At 13 July 2012 at 21:34 , Blogger legs21 said...

my favourite free food is blackberries, fresh from the bush

 
At 14 July 2012 at 11:09 , Blogger Midastouch said...

Free food? - Blackberries!!

 
At 14 July 2012 at 15:25 , Blogger relisys222 said...

wild blackberries - so yummy x

 
At 14 July 2012 at 18:33 , Blogger Emma said...

Wild garlic!

And that scone looks great :)

 
At 14 July 2012 at 18:39 , Blogger bazranz said...

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

 
At 14 July 2012 at 21:05 , Blogger helen said...

wild garlic

 
At 15 July 2012 at 11:54 , Blogger laura banks said...

blackberries

 
At 15 July 2012 at 19:11 , Blogger jill36 said...

Hazelnuts which grow in the woods behind my house.

 
At 15 July 2012 at 22:18 , Blogger Heather Haigh said...

Bilberries.

 
At 16 July 2012 at 00:59 , Blogger Robyn Logan said...

Mulberries

 
At 16 July 2012 at 06:25 , Blogger WeeWillieWilkie said...

Brambles

 
At 16 July 2012 at 09:24 , Blogger Article Guru said...

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!!!!

 
At 16 July 2012 at 09:57 , Blogger kasza said...

Blackberries

 
At 16 July 2012 at 10:00 , Blogger kasza said...

"I've signed up to The Works Newsletter"

 
At 16 July 2012 at 12:10 , Blogger Alice Hindley said...

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

 
At 16 July 2012 at 12:12 , Blogger Alice Hindley said...

"I've signed up to The Works Newsletter"

 
At 16 July 2012 at 15:06 , Blogger natz101 said...

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

 
At 16 July 2012 at 20:59 , Anonymous Emily Jane Ann Nelson said...

Blackberries

 
At 16 July 2012 at 21:58 , Blogger Lo-Lo said...

Elderflowers - so delicate

 
At 16 July 2012 at 22:38 , Blogger lisaell said...

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.

 
At 16 July 2012 at 22:43 , Anonymous Lucy Taylor said...

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

 
At 16 July 2012 at 23:06 , Anonymous Olivia B said...

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.

 
At 17 July 2012 at 08:20 , Blogger lottiegirl said...

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.

 
At 17 July 2012 at 13:39 , Blogger Tracey Anne Berry said...

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

 
At 17 July 2012 at 13:43 , Blogger Tracey Anne Berry said...

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

 
At 17 July 2012 at 22:47 , Blogger Lady Chelington said...

has to be brambles from my garden for a lovely crumble

 
At 18 July 2012 at 01:05 , Blogger Emma Lowe said...

the wild blackberries which grow over my shed

 
At 18 July 2012 at 01:09 , Blogger Emma Lowe said...

I've signed up to The Works Newsletter

 
At 13 August 2012 at 19:51 , Blogger Annes S said...

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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