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Cheddar, sage and onion scones

I’m not going to lie. I’m struggling at the minute. After a really good phase, I am in a funk again. I want to write and express how I am feeling and why I am feeling like this, but I’m not sure myself. I want to be functional, happy, productive, content. But at the moment I am functioning and that’s about it. I know I’ll feel better, and it will happen soon enough, but until then I am cleaning, baking and trying to get back to my old self again. Because it will happen, and the only thing that will make it happen is time. *BIG SIGH*

I want to begin blogging again regularly – a few things have stopped me doing that recently. An ongoing extension (it’s massive and incorpoating groundswork and a garden too – so it’ll be great but it’s been damn stressful) which makes photography (and filming) really hard as my dining room is sealed off; a existential crisis (lol) about who I am and what I want to be/do, so I took a wee break to get my head straight. The latter has been useful and after some life coaching recently I am a lot more clear about the fact that it’s OK to be a stay at home mum who does a bit of blogging. But still, my mojo has been hit quite hard with whatever it is I am going through.

The only way is to put one foot in front of the other and keep buggering on, as Winston Churchill would say. I love this quote from Martin Luther King to the same effect: “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” So I have them in my head and I keep on keeping on!

I hope you don’t mind me posting this, but I’ve seen so many other posts and articles this week as it’s Mental Health Awareness Week, so I feel like I should be straight with you. Please don’t think I don’t know how lucky I am, either. I do. Even people with seemingly perfect lives can get down you know! Depression and anxiety don’t discriminate.

God, maybe I should’ve called this blog Mental Health and Meatballs… ; )

In the spirit or Winston and Martin, today I focused on cleaning, catching up on work emails – and then baking some savoury scones. They are delicious and very easy to make. It’s the first time – I KNOW – that I’ve ever made savoury scones! We have so much sage in the garden and a load of cheese in the fridge so it just made sense. They are lovely for a picnic, or with soup for tea. Try changing the cheese (Stilton maybe, or Parmesan) and the herb (rosemary would be good).

BTW, it’s SCOWNS, not SCONS.

Makes: About 10 scones

Takes: 30 mins


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, for frying
  • 1 tablespoon fresh (or dried), finely chopped sage
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 300g plain flour
  • 80g butter, cold and roughly cubed
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 100g cheddar, grated
  • 100ml milk


  1. Preheat oven to 200C. Grease 2 trays.
  2. Heat some oil in a pan. Soften onion for 5 mins then add the sage for 2 more mins.
  3. Mix baking powder into flour.
  4. Add cubed butter to flour and crumble with fingers – or whizz in a processor.
  5. Toss in salt and onions/sage mixture. Now grated cheese. Mix gently with hands to combine.
  6. Add the milk and gently – don’t overwork – bring together with your hands to make a dough.
  7. Flatten with your hands to about 2cm thick. Cut out with scone cutter or a glass to make 8-10 scones.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool on a wire tray and enjoy in a day or freeze.



  1. Nanx
    May 18, 2017 / 1:42 pm

    I just might make those this week Rachel AND YES KEEP ON BUGGERING ON ,for yourself this time no ore people pleasing it dont work trust me,be your lovely self ,we all have these moments some folk more than others ,good luck to them but if you are made the way you are and btw everyone loves the way you are ,truly ….

    No ,more preaching from me as look what you have and be thankful for all that is in your life and you dont need me to tell you what you have as it is all around you ,see you soon much love you know who I am xxxx

    • Rachel Brady
      May 18, 2017 / 4:14 pm

      Ahh thanks Nana! Yes I will keep on being me. It’s the only thing I can do. See you very soon! X

  2. Lee Ann Frankford
    February 4, 2020 / 7:49 pm

    I just ran across your recipe for the cheddar, sage and onion scones. They sound absolutely yummy. I hope to make them as soon as I get some supplies. Thank you for sharing.

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