Farmersgirl Kitchen

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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  1. Leave a Reply

    Blue Kitchen Bakes
    July 7, 2012

    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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    July 7, 2012

    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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    July 8, 2012

    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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    July 8, 2012

    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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    Dom at Belleau Kitchen
    July 8, 2012

    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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    Karen S Booth
    July 8, 2012

    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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    July 8, 2012

    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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    July 8, 2012

    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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    July 8, 2012

    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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    Baking Addict
    July 8, 2012

    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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    July 8, 2012

    I love puffballs, so impressive for a foraged food!

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    Hotrod mum
    July 9, 2012

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

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    July 10, 2012

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

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    Maya Russell
    July 11, 2012

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

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    Tracy K Nixon
    July 12, 2012

    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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    Tink Rhonda Lee Mse
    July 12, 2012

    Blackberries! love them.

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    Tink Rhonda Lee Mse
    July 12, 2012

    I've signed up to The Works Newsletter.

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    Sarah Lambert
    July 12, 2012

    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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    Rich J
    July 12, 2012

    Favourite free food are wild blackberries

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    July 12, 2012

    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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    July 12, 2012

    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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    July 12, 2012

    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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    July 13, 2012

    My faviourite free food has always been Dandelion Salad 🙂

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    Hilda Hazel Wright
    July 13, 2012

    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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    Victoria M
    July 13, 2012

    I love the plums overhanging on neighbours trees

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    July 13, 2012

    my favourite free food is blackberries, fresh from the bush

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    Article Guru
    July 16, 2012

    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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    Alice Hindley
    July 16, 2012

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

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    July 16, 2012

    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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    Lucy Taylor
    July 16, 2012

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

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    Olivia B
    July 16, 2012

    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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    July 17, 2012

    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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    Tracey Anne Berry
    July 17, 2012

    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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    Annes S
    August 13, 2012

    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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