Hello my dears, this message was written on Saturday but weekend frolicking delayed its publication. Ah well, you know me by now!
This beautiful sky was a welcome start to the weekend. It may not have lasted long but it put a spring in my step and a smile on my face.
Indeed, I have been shrouded in feeling of cheerful contentment all day as it has been a pretty perfect Saturday. Hubby was not working so this was time and included a highly enjoyable trip to the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon.
Everytime we have passed the sign on the M40, hubby has always mentioned how much he wanted to visit. As I had finally got round to ordering the Tesco tokens we were able to make his wish come true!
The museum is a vast, circular building that houses row upon row of sparkling cars from motoring’s 120 year history.
Hubby was in his element, exclaiming with delight as he peered through the windows and admired various wing mirrors and other such things. I prefered looking at all of the pretty colours and reading about the history of motoring and the motor industry.
I did feel that the collection would benefit from a few more cars like this but you can’t have everything!
The Little Man had a marvellous time, not least because he got to drive around in his very own Mini Cooper. Bless! May have to go on his birthday list!
The decision to take a trip out was somewhat last minute so, when it came to packing a picnic, we realised that we had no bread. Obviously a conventional loaf was out of the question but a soda bread could be mixed and baked before the Little Man woke from his nap.
The basic recipe came from Weight Watcher’s ‘Fabulous and Filling’ cookbook but I jazzed it up a bit to make it a handy meal-in-one, hence the name! So, without further ado…
Picnic Scone (Soda Bread)
200 g self raising flour
0.5 tsp bicarbonate of soda
a pinch of salt and lots of black pepper
1.5 tsp dried rosemary (thyme, oregano or mixed herbs would work well)
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp mustard powder
30 g (about 10) black olives
5 sun dried tomatoes
150 g grated cheese (a good, sharp cheddar works well)
100 g natural yoghurt
Place the dry ingredients in a bowl and season.
Roughly chop the olives and Sun dried tomatoes in a mixer or by hand and add to the flour.
Stir in 100 g of the cheese and fold in the yoghurt.
Bring the mixture into a ball, adding more water if necessary.
Place the dough on a lightly oiled baking sheet (or a warmed pizza stone), flatten and Mark out 6 or 8 segments using a knife.
Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top and some more rosemary and black pepper.
Bake at 200 degrees celcius for 20 – 25 mins until golden and the base sounds hollow.
Voilà, a picnic for the family in one loaf. Lovely served on its own or with cream cheese. We took some oranges and a flask of tea and it was marvellous.
Enjoy the recipe, let me know if you have a go! Maybe you’ve got a different flavour idea? x