Welsh Cakes


Maus’ brother, Trevor, and sister-in-law, Robyn, visited us over the Easter weekend.

Last year, they visited Great Britain for the Rugby World Cup and, as part of their trip, they visited Wales.  We got talking and they mentioned that they had such fond memories of the Welsh cakes they ate while away that they decided to make some on their return home. Continue reading


Rock cakes


When I was working, as with most people, I was time poor.  Weekends would come and go with the blink of an eye lid.  They were, usually, filled to bursting point with activity but, sometimes, on a rare occasion, we would wake up to a leisurely Sunday morning.

On these mornings, I would like to get up and make scones or rock cakes (or on even rarer occasions, Maus would make pancakes).  It was amazingly wonderful (and decadent) to have a freshly made scone or rock cake for breakfast.  It is how I dreamed retirement would be.  I would have the time, and the inclination, to make whatever I liked, whenever l liked.  Well, I have been retired four years and these are my first rock cakes. Continue reading

International scone week 2015 – Ginger scones


Celia, from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial , has rallied us all.  Being the second week in August, it is International Scone Week!  That means, it’s time to get baking but … what to bake?  In previous International Scone Weeks, I have made pumpkin scones, buttermilk scones and sourdough scones. Continue reading

International Scone Week 2014


Celia, from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial, has declared the second week of August International Scone Week.  So be it.

Of course, with my recent success with sourdough scones, I was determined to make them for this auspicious occasion.  I decided to vary the recipe slightly and make sour dough date scones.

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Sourdough scones


I am very excited.  I have been making the best scones ever lately and it is all due to a recipe I found in a little old cook book.

In the early years of my life, I only bought cheap, pocket-sized cook books.  Money is hard to come by when you are young so you spend it sparingly.  I still have those old books and some of them have turned out to be real gems.  The book in question is Homemade Bread, by the food editors of Farm Journal.  It was first published in New York in 1969.  My pocket book edition was published in 1977. Continue reading

International Scone Week 2013

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Belinda Jeffery’s Fluffy (in my dreams) Buttermilk Scones

Celia, from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial has rallied us all.  Being the second week in August, it is International Scone Week!  That means, it’s time to get baking.

Scones are deceptively easy to make but bloody hard to perfect.  Mine are always on the rustic side.  But no matter how they look, hot scones (even rustic-looking ones) always taste bloody good. Continue reading

International Scone Week 2012

It is International Scone Week, according to Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial (and she should know since she invented it).  I usually make Belinda Jeffrey’s buttermilk scones or Margaret Fulton’s sultana scones but both books are in Perth and I am down south. How silly of me not to come prepared.  I should have known it was International Scone Week:)  But, as luck would have it, I had brought down Merle’s Kitchen by Merle Parrish.  I was in business. Continue reading