Recipe: Rosemary Cheese Scones from The Shed

I love that The Shed (UK/US) – the cookboox by the brothers behind the rustic Notting Hill restaurant of the same name – is split up by seasons. Of course, perhaps jumping the gun ever so slightly, I turned right to Spring. Second on the menu? These gloriously fluffy Rosemary Cheese Scones.

Recipe - Rosemary Cheese Scones from The Shed, Little Observationist

Once I tested them to ensure they tasted as good as they looked (they do – and so pretty!), I thought I better share the recipe, so here we go.

Recipe - Rosemary Cheese Scones from The Shed, Little Observationist

Ingredients:

  • 225g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 55g unsalted butter, chilled
  • 150g cheddar cheese, grated
  • 150ml whole milk, plus extra for bushing
  • 1 sprig of rosemary, leaves removed and finely chopped

Recipe - Rosemary Cheese Scones from The Shed, Little Observationist

Start by preheating the oven to 190C / 375F. Find a baking tray and line it with parchment paper.

In a mixing bowl, sift flour, baking powder and salt.

Add your butter, cut into tiny chunks for easier mixing. Using your fingers, rub it in until it has the texture of breadcrumbs.

Stir in the grated cheddar.

Make a well in the middle with a wide knife or the back of a spoon and pour in the milk.

Recipe - Rosemary Cheese Scones from The Shed, Little Observationist

Using a knife, chop at the mixture and eventually it will turn into a ball. Remember it’s important not to overwork the dough when you’re making pastry.

Place the ball on a surface. Knead lightly. Roll out to a thickness of about 3cm.

Recipe - Rosemary Cheese Scones from The Shed, Little Observationist

Recipe - Rosemary Cheese Scones from The Shed, Little Observationist

Use a pastry cutter (or cookie cutter) that’s about 6cm wide and cut out as many circles as fit. The recipe says it makes about 13, but it made about 21 for me (perhaps my pasty cutter was smaller?).

Recipe - Rosemary Cheese Scones from The Shed, Little Observationist

Recipe - Rosemary Cheese Scones from The Shed, Little Observationist

Place them on the lined baking tray, leaving a small bit of space between them as they will expand slightly.

Recipe - Rosemary Cheese Scones from The Shed, Little Observationist

Brush the tops with milk and sprinkle some rosemary on top of each one.

Recipe - Rosemary Cheese Scones from The Shed, Little Observationist

Bake them for 12-15 minutes, until the tops are golden.

Recipe - Rosemary Cheese Scones from The Shed, Little Observationist

Serve them warm, straight out of the oven! They’re excellent with chicken soup or a bowl of salad (or just eaten – warm or cold, with butter or without – on their own).

Recipe - Rosemary Cheese Scones from The Shed, Little Observationist

Recipe - Rosemary Cheese Scones from The Shed, Little Observationist

Enjoy!

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Gift Guide: Mother’s Day (UK)

Mother’s Day (or Mothering Sunday as it’s referred to over here) falls in March in the UK, so the shelves are stocked with cards, there are extra heaps of flowers everywhere and gift guides on every shop website. While my own mom is in the US which means we don’t celebrate until May, I thought it would be fun to pull together a few of my favourite picks for those of you who are shopping this month!

Mothers Day Gift Guide UK, Little Observationist1. Delivery of 12 roses 2. Fortnum and Mason’s Queen’s Coffee Blend 3. Peony scarf 4. Flowers in Stockholm mini card collection by Little Observationist 5. Fortnum and Mason truffles 6. Dutch blue patterned pots 7. Rosafolia candle from Diptyque 8. Blue topaz necklace 9. Personalized house number sign for the garden 10. Foaming bath from L’Occitane 11. Tea plant 12. Terrarium design school experience 13. Wild flower bouquet delivery

If you’re looking for something a bit different or an extra special way to spend the day this year, I always love experience gifts. I’ve pulled a few from Truly Experiences (who I’ve worked with on a few projects in the past and definitely recommend) below, from spa days to Michelin star lunches to afternoon tea:

chocolate tastingRosewoodJoel Robuchoncorinthiatea tastingLaduree

What are your top choices this year? Do you celebrate in March or May or a different month altogether?

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links so if you do buy one of the products or experiences, they’ll toss me a few pence. 

Instagramable Moments: February 2015

February has been a pretty low-key month with no travelling or big events. I’ve been hunkering down on my new photography project for Etsy, booked trips to Spain in April and Kenya in August, complete with a safari set up by the lovely Rose from the Luxury Safari Company who I interviewed last summer.

Much of what I did get up to in February didn’t make it onto Instagram, but here’s a look back at the moments that did.

1. Bellybands. When I said to my printer that I wanted to create some of “those branded paper things that wrap around boxes”, he said, “Oh, you mean bellybands?” New word for me, but they arrived looking colourful as ever. So now, I have bellybands…

Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

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Little Weekend Links 64

I love this time of year in London, when the branches start growing buds and the blossoms open, almost unnoticeably at first until one day all of the trees are in full bloom. There’s tulips growing in front gardens, Winter coats returning to hibernation for another year and suddenly it’s warm enough to sit outside of coffeeshops and people watch. We’re getting there.

It’s been a pretty busy week. Last weekend, Jorge and I went to the cinema for the third time ever in our 3+ year relationship to see “The Theory of Everything” which was very good. We also met up with Danny and Lucy for drinks at the Kensington Quarter, browsed Vivienne Westwood’s shop on King’s Road with the crazy clock and slanted floors and walked around World’s End Nursery. I made some delicious rosemary cheddar scones, which I’ll share next week. I’ve also been working on photographs and etsy listings for my new project which will be up sometime in March.

What are your plans for the weekend?

Pimlico Road, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little ObservationistPhoto: Pimlico Road, London – March 2014

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Interview: George & Jehny from The Spartan Table

Jehny at the grovesPhoto: Jehny working in the olive groves

George Vamvakitis and Jehny Koniditsioti, from Sparta in Greece, have the most lovely Etsy shop called The Spartan Table where they sell wild herbs, olive products and all sorts of other goodies that they either grow or forage from the local mountains near their home. Below, they talk about their move from corporate life to a simpler lifestyle doing what they love, the importance of their land and heritage and some of their favorite Greek recipes.

Jehny and my Mother Trisevgeni - but we call Her “Soula” on an ancient rock near our groves at the Ancient theater. Sparta and Taigetos are at the backPhoto: Jehny with George’s mother Trisevgeni (they call her “Soula”) on an ancient rock near the groves at the ancient theater. Sparta and Taigetos are at the back.

LO: Tell us a bit about yourselves.
G&J: I (Jehny) was born in Melbourne, Australia where my parents arrived from Greece a few years before. We moved back to Greece when I was 7-years-old. George was born here in Sparta. We got married in 2000 and we have two wonderful “small riots”- Billy (Vasilis) is 9-years-old and Panayota is 7-years-old. Both are going to the 2nd local elementary school.

I’m a sociologist with a degree from Athens University. I was teaching for several years. George had his own company specializing in computers. About 10 years ago, we created another company with retail stores and entered into corporate life.
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I  love cooking and creating things such as jewellery. I also love to create decorations for weddings, baptisms and parties. George loves computers, reading and the mountains; when he isn’t reading several books at his computer, he’s looking for ways to escape to the mountains.

taken a couple of days before Christmas in our groves.Me, Jehny, Vasilis and Panayota , Jehny’s Parents and my Mother..Photo: This was taken a couple of days before Christmas in the olive groves. It’s George and Jehny with their children Vasilis and Panayota as well as Jehny’s parents and george’s mother.

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Through the Back Streets & the Mews

Unlike New York and a lot of other big cities, London’s streets aren’t on much of a grid system. I love this because you can be walking quite aimlessly and stumble upon a garden square with only one exit street or a lovely mews where neat rows of tiny houses are tucked away behind the larger ones on the main roads.

Chelsea, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Chelsea, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

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Little Weekend Links 63

It hasn’t been the greatest week for me. I’ve been sick and my grandma has been in hospital. I did, however, have a lovely walk through London on Saturday, Jorge and I ate a Lebanese lunch on Sunday, outside with out coats off in the sun (!), we received a Hello Fresh box that we’ve been cooking from and I made some of Ruby Tandoh’s delicious camomile and vanilla cupcakes. They nearly spring-like weather and slightly longer days are promising too.

I also spent a lot of time last weekend finishing up the first run on my new project that I’m itching to share, but I need to take photos first. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for some sunny weather this weekend, because I’d love to do this outdoors!

What are you up to this weekend?

Spring in London, Stephanie Sadler, Little ObservationistPhoto: London, February 2014

Here are some links for you:

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Recipe: Camomile Vanilla Cupcakes by Ruby Tandoh

I picked up Ruby Tandoh’s beautiful baking book, Crumb when it was published in the UK in September or October when the colourful leaves were still clinging to branches. I paged through it and stuck little pieces of paper in to mark the recipes I thought sounded most interesting (and the photographs that looked the most tempting – which, believe me, there are plenty).

Ruby Tandoh's Camomile and Vanilla Cupcakes, Little Observationist

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A London Walk: Hyde Park, Marylebone & Holborn

One of the best little luxuries in life? A long walk and a full day ahead with no obligations.

London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

And so, at 8am on Saturday, I set out toward South Kensington Station where I picked up a breakfast tea and gourmandise from Paul to eat on a stroll down Exibition Road where the cafe tables outside that are packed in the summer are empty this time of year.

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Little Weekend Links 62

This week, I’ve been working on my new project that will hopefully be ready to share with you soon. I love having something so hands on to do that doesn’t involve staring at a screen – a simple craft. There’s something to be said about the relaxation that can be found in measuring and cutting and gluing and creating.

Jorge and I celebrated three years together this week with a dinner at the lovely Apero (where I decided I still don’t like the taste of snails – something I decided in Paris at the age of 15 and never tried again until now) followed by sweet, minty mojitos at the little Mexican cocktail bar where we had our first date.

I’m hoping to have some decent weather this weekend so I can take the camera out and about. Fingers crossed. What are you up to? Anything exciting?

Oakley by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist cat Photo: Oakley earlier this week

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