Cheddar Scones, news and strange bits

It's important (so I'm told) to keep one's brain in tip-top shape by learning new things.

Here are some odd bits from the week – things I've learned and things in the news:

French news:  In July it becomes law in France that every car has to have a breath test kit so that one can test oneself after imbibing to see if one is legally able to drive or not. The kits are single-use and will cost around 1 euro each. 

Actually, each car will have to have at least two kits, as the law requires them to be unused….

So, if one uses the kit, determines it's okay to drive, one still cannot legally drive unless there is another kit in the car.


~France has also passed a law that requires all GPS devices to cease warning drivers of impending speed cameras.

I always thought that was a rather nice, driver-friendly feature, and it did accomplish the goal of obeying the speed limit quite nicely.  The warning would sound about 2km before the camera, giving one ample time to slow down, if, for some reason, one found oneself to be inadvertently over the limit.

If the goal was to have more drivers within the speed limit it worked.

If the goal was to increase revenue by capturing more drivers speeding it failed.

Another 'Hmmmm'.

I updated our GPS today, as there is rather a stiff penalty for non-compliance.

Gardening tips: If you put a copper wire through the base of your tomato plants it will prevent disease and some pests. This is according to a French friend who is an avid (and successful) gardener.

~You can make an organic combination fertilizer / pesticide out of rotting nettle leaves.  

General discoveries: If one loves books, and owns lots of them, no matter how carefully one counts, measures, plans, designs, etc. the new book shelves will be, roughly, 20% too small to hold all the books. 

I think it's a 'loaves and fishes' thing…..

~If one asks a French neighbor for help, be prepared to have it sooner and faster than agreed upon, more efficiently done than hoped for and for less money than expected.

BUT (and this is important – I failed.  I'll know better next time).

BUT…. have something to offer them to drink after they're done – other than water. (hangs head in mortification)

So much still to learn!

No learning required to make scones, however.  These are so quick and easy the puppies could do it…. if they ever get over that lack of opposable thumb thing. 

I made these the last time I made soup…. They would also be great with fresh, spring salads!

Cheddar Scones
Cheddar Scones 

1 cup flour
1/2 cup oatmeal
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tbs dried sage, crumbled
dash salt 
2 tbs butter
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese 
1/2 cup milk

Mix all dry ingredients in medium bowl. Cut in butter with pastry cutter or fork until it looks like 'crumbs'. Add milk, cheese and stir until sort of combined.
Scoop dough onto a nonstick baking sheet, knead it once or twice, then pat it into a 3/4 inch (2cm) thick circle.  Don't handle it a lot. It should be 5 – 6 inches in diameter.
With a long knife carefully divide it into 6ths, cutting about 1/2 way through. Bake at 400F (200C) for 17 – 18 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove, cut alone scored lines and serve, warm, with butter.

What did you learn this week?

13 thoughts on “Cheddar Scones, news and strange bits”

  1. You can still invite your neighbour over for an aperitif to thank them. French likes apertif.
    So far my scones turned out awful. Still don’t know where I got it wrong. 🙁

  2. How the news of having test kits was accepted there?
    Lovelu scones, I love savory scones and make them from time to time too. I like the addition of oatmeal, should try it some day.

  3. Mmm, these look delicious for any time of day! Especially love the addition of sage.

  4. Scones make me drool. Better offer drinks and pupus in Hawaii. Same deal. All the help you want but make time to party afterwards or at least “talk story”.

  5. Jenn and Seth, I love adding sage to bread!
    Robert, hope you like them.
    Cooking Ninja, one was a little young for an apero….. As to the scones, minimum handling is the key.
    Marina, I haven’t heard anyone complain. For the most part, if it’s not expensive, the French are pretty accepting of this sort of thing…
    manningroad. I should have had the scones…. or even some biscuits. We just never have that in the house!
    Penny, yes, yours looked perfect for my morning coffee!
    Part Time House Wife, I’m rather fond of it, too. Not always easy to find here (it’s not a French cheese, after all)
    Cindy, I usually go for the savory, too. And anything with sage.
    Mary Ellen, we use a lot of sage at our house!
    Phoenicia, well, I did pay them…. but if there’s a next time I’ll be better prepared…. Coca for the kid, pastis for the adults… and some cookies 😉

  6. anickh – breakfast oats, the kind humans eat…. depending on where you live that would be oats or oatmeal LOL

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