Phew, I’ve been so busy the last few days! I’ve been meaning to write this for so long but things have always run away from me. So what I have been up to you may wonder? Well, the bulk of my time has been spent on my freelance web work (shameless plug – if you happen to know anyone looking for some assistance, feel free to give them my details!). Naturally I’ve been cooking, baking and eating, like these cheese and vegemite scones, although I’ll get to those in just a moment, and in amongst all that there’s the school-work and the diapers and the trips into town and the trips back again. What I need is an extra 8 hours in the day. Who do I have to write to in order to start such a campaign to make the days longer do you think?
In other news my sister got married on Monday – congratulations sis! Sadly I was unable to attend the wedding. Half-way across the world, it would have meant a sizeable chunk of time out of my studies and I have an important exam coming up soon, not to mention the financial expense of getting there so it’s a great shame we couldn’t go, but from what my mother tells me it was a lovely ceremony so I hope I’ll be able to see some photos soon.
Moving on to food…, let me start off by showing you a photo (sorry, it’s a cellphone snap).
Look at it.
No… I mean really, look at it.
It’s a thing of beauty; it’s a thing of such outstanding deliciousness; it’s – the best possible breakfast, ever. It is, of course, a piece of toast with butter and vegemite. Australians will know this fantastic stuff. Brits will probably know the slightly different version called Marmite. To some people, this is their idea of breakfast hell. Can you believe that some people detest this stuff? Personally I love it – I crave it, and I was all out of Marmite with no chance of getting more up here in Sweden.
There was one kind soul who heard my cry for help in the darkness. Charlie, from Hotly Spiced – you rock, seriously! This lovely person sent me over three tubes of Vegemite heaven and I’ve been enjoying them ever since.
Cheese and Vegemite Scones
I figured it would be nice to bake something with a bit of Vegemite in (but not too much! I have to conserve it for my morning toast) so I decided to make some cheese and vegemite scones (or biscuits as some people call them). Would you believe it – I was checking out my feed reader last night to catch up on some blogs I follow and I happened across this recipe by Shashi from RunninSriLankan. I can go months without seeing anyone using Marmite or Vegemite in a recipe and then suddenly someone posts a scone recipe just days before mine. What are the chances?
If you’re a Marmite and Vegemite hater then perhaps these won’t be for you – although you’ll probably find them ok. The flavour doesn’t come across strongly at all and really gives a great salty, malty flavour to the scones. Hope you like ’em!
- 230g Plain Flour + extra for dusting
- 2tsp Baking Powder
- 60g Butter
- 100g strong Cheddar, grated
- 100ml Water
- 2tbsps Vegemite or Marmite
- 60ml Milk
- Start off by preheating your oven to 220 degrees Celsius. Combine the Flour and Baking Powder in a bowl and then transfer to a food processor. Add in the butter and blitz until the butter has been broken down and the mixture resembles bread-crumbs.
- Transfer back to the mixing bowl and then stir in the grated cheese. Heat the water a little and stir the vegemite into the warm water until dissolved. Add the milk to the water and then pour into the bowl with the flour, butter, and cheese.
- Mix well to form a dough and then turn out onto a floured surface and roll out to a thickness of about 2cm. Cut into small rounds and arrange on a lightly greased baking tray.
- Place into the preheated oven and bake for about 15 minutes until risen and golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before enjoying.