Queen Elizabeth 11 Drop Scones; recipe from Letters of Note compiled by Shaun Usher

One of the major selling points of this book was it contained a letter from Queen Elizabeth to Presidents Eisenhower, written in 1960. Which included a recipe for drop scones that she had served him.

The book includes clear photos of the original letters and also a transcript of the letters, in case any of the handwriting is difficult to read. Additionally there is a paragraph giving the background to the letter.


Queen Elizabeth’s book is the first proper letter in the book (technically the first is a letter from Shaun Usher). It is amazing to see the Queen’s handwriting on Buckingham palace headed notepaper; I thought it would be fun to try to replicate her recipe. At first when I saw scones, I was thinking the type of scones you have with jam and cream. But another name for drop scones is scotch pancakes. They are denser than what , I would class as an English Shrove Tuesday pancake. More towards an American pancake hence why they may have appealed to the American president.

The recipe does not contain much method; it is mainly a list of ingredients, so google had to come in play for some of the method. Also google was needed because ‘our Liz’, did not seem to use scales. Instead in  the recipe; ingredients are measured in tea cups. I do not own a tea cup. I have interpreted a tea cup as about 130g and therefore where a quarter of a tea cup was listed for sugar, I used 30g. For the milk where 2 teacups were required I used 350ml. The recipe also called for two tablespoons of butter, so I faithfully tried to scrape butter up from block with a spoon; my first attempt was more like a half spoon, so then had to scrape another half spoon. Probably just cutting about 2cm in from a block of butter along short side would have been about right.


When working out the quantities; I should have realised that the recipe was for 16 people. I’m afraid to say there was lots of waste. As there was no method I first tried, putting batter over whole pan like a normal pancake; that was a complete mess burnt in places despite not cooking in the middle as was so thick. I then read should be just a tablespoon for each scone ‘dropped’ in; clue may have been in the title! Even then I had issues getting middles cooked without burning the top and bottom.  I was cooking in butter in a pan; some methods called for a griddle pan, so maybe that would help.


When cooked the drops scones should be quite spongy. I did not have cream of tartar, so I put in 3 teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda instead of 2. The bitternessc of the bicarbonate of soda was overpowering; I would say do not put more than a teaspoon of it in! I ended up adding more sugar to the batter to try and compensate. I then smothered in golden syrup – is that a British item or do you get it else where?


Not all the letters; give rise to such projects but, it is a good coffee table book to dip into; which gives glimpses into history. For example there is a letter from Queen Mary of Scotland, written in French their her brother the night before she was executed, a letter from Mark Chapman trying to sell the album John Lennon signed before later in the day Chapman shot him, a letter from Mick Jagger to Andy Warhol as regards as album design and many more!

Sheffield Should Shout Loud & Proud About its Football History

Football exhibition, Chapel Walk, Sheffield untill 20th May.

1024-wide_crops_sheffield_01On Friday evening, From the Home of Football: An Exhibition by Goalsoul opens at on Chapel Walk with nibbles and a panel discussion. I’ll not even try to better the flyer description:

“Alongside its steel-producing heritage, Sheffield’s single most important contribution to the world is modern football. This cannot be overstated. It is the spiritual home of the modern game and boasts the world’s first and oldest football club in Sheffield FC; who, in 1857 compiled the game’s original rules and innovations document. These rules are, unarguably, the blueprint for the game we watch and play, today.

Goalsoul’s artwork pays homage to that heritage and the ongoing evolution of the world’s most popular sport. The work is a tribute the game’s diverse nature, through its rich history and eclectic cultural tapestry.”

That should have all Sheffield hearts beating with civic pride- but it should also beg a question. Why have…

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Liebster Award

Taking the opportunity to answer questions set by Chelia.



1. Answer the 11 questions that your nominator has asked you

2. Nominate 11 other bloggers

3. Ask your nominees 11 questions

4. Let them know that you have nominated them.

Thank you for Chelia for answering my questions, how to do this. Firstly to get the questions to answer in app tap on text of this post untill says copy, select the text then start new post and paste text in. Then link to blog, how I did it was to copy blog name then use link icon between numbered list and quote mark to insert their name.

Chelia’s Questions:

1. What show are you binge watching right now? I have been lent a box set of a old show that was on British tv called No Angels. It was set in 90s and is about nurses who live together and go out together a lot! Seems very dated to see them smoking inside pubs and drinking bracardi brezzers.

2. What are you reading?

Last night finished A long way down by Nick Hornby.

Trying to get through for book club A brief history of 7 killings by Marlon James. It is not so brief at 684 pages and not finding interesting so started skipping bits to get to the end.

Also on bedside table have Mark Haddon’s book of short stories; the Piers Falls. Looking forward to having time to reading another story from that.


3. What do you usually go for if you’re cooking just for yourself?

Pasta; quick and easy.

4. What’s your favorite eye and hair colour.

Love my blue eyes and blonde hair. Although liked change of having it blue before Christmas.

5. What sports did you practice in high school?

We did netball, hockey 🏑, swimming, random exercise videos.

6. How many hours a day do you spend on the internet?

Too many probably!

7. Do you choose your outfit in the day before or in the morning?

Sometimes get organised night before but mostly morning.

8. Can you play any instrument?

Have a guitar 🎸 but not done anything with it for a while. Wish could play proper chords, in time.

9. Do you prefer hot weather or cold weather?


10. What is your favorite fruit?

Juicy ripe peaches 🍑 

11. Can you swim? How old were you when you learned? My parents took me swimming as a baby.

My Questions?

1. Have you got your posts divided into different sections under menus? If so how did you do that ( I can not work it out from instructions tried to read so far.

2. I’m having a Shakespeare blog party tomorrow. Not necessary to like Shakespeare to get involved, but do you like Shakespeare?

3. Like Chelia’s question, what are you reading?

4. What do you like reading most on blogs?

5. Favourite flavour ice cream 🍦?

6. Mountains or beach?

7. Where is a cool place to visit?

8. Favourite band / artist?

9. Do you believe in aliens?

10. Favourite colour?

11. Di you follow any sport if so which?

I will nominate my last 10 followers to get to know them. Up to you whether to take part.

  1. Pixie
  2. Cheeseseller’s wife
  3. Off the uneven pavement 
  4. Red headed Booklover
  5. D Parker
  6. John Mark Miller
  7. Cookies and Chemistry
  8. Christian M
  9. The curious guy
  10. My puzzle peace
  11. Anyone else who would like to answer.

Where do the poll results quoted on news come from….

My experience being picked to take part in a poll and my opinion on an early election in the U.K.

Sometimes you wonder where the sample came from. Well in one instance I was one of the sample.

I randomly got a text supppsdly from sky news. 

I said b. So they will probably use that as a vote against another election. But actually I do want another election and another referendum on Europe. I believe it is needed because so many people voted leave in protest, wanting change even though they did not want to actually leave. That protest is now acknowledged. Therefore I would like another refendrum where people can. Ore will facts about consequences of voting leave or remain.  Therefore it is not correct to say I did not want an election.

However, I do not want an election as early as June. I think opposition parties need more time to prepare in order to be affective opposition. 

35 by 35 progress

Inspired by 34 Before 34 | Is That You Darlinghttp://isthatyoudarling.co.uk/tag/34-before-34/
Some more ticked off.
1. Dye hair blue
Did in December
2. Read a Stephen King book
This was a new year resolution. I have bought Insomnia.
3. Do a park run
Need to practice.
4. Go to Amsterdam
I have been bought the bag, tulip bulbs and mini clogs for Christmas decoration.

5. Climb Arther’s seat in Edinburgh

6. See 2 more gold post boxes
Saw one in Hull need to seek another.

7. Go in a hot air ballon. One failed attempt due to weather.
8. See Bob Dylan
9. See Greenday
10. Score a Turkey at bowling.
11. Watch love actually again

Love Actually Take 2

I have watched again.

12. Watch love actually sequlae
13. Watch 8 films at the cinema
La La Land
Manchester by Sea

50 shades

Trainspotting 2
Hidden Figures

Beauty and the Beast

1more to watch!

Last year only about 3 in whole year.

14. Watch Bridge of spies
I have bought it.

15. Watch Cara Emerald

16. Do a ramblers 15mile walk
Walked from Sheffield to Chatsworth.


17. Get 100 total likes on blog.

Thank you to all who have liked my posts.

18. Try a spin class
19. Publish prompts for whole of lent about homelessness.
20. Try a yoga class
22. Go to ten belly dancing classes.
Been to 4 so far.

23. Go to the new gelato on west st.
Been twice 🙂

24. Go to the light cinema when it opens.
25. Go to the lakes.
Had a few days there last week.

26. Get shed for garden
27. Once have shed, tidy cellar

28. Buy football ground jigsaw to do with colleagues


29. Go to one of Shef’s Oct festivals: comedy, beer or off shelf.
30. Go to Peddlers market
31. Pass ski lesson 2.
32. Swim outside
33. Go on folk train
34. Go wine tasting
35. Go climbing

This is US random theory from someone mid series

The final This Is US has not yet been shown in the UK so I do not know how it ends, but loving seeing it played out. In the meantime I have tried to second guess and I have come up with a far fetched twist that Jack was actually physically abusive and manipulative  in order to control Rebecca. However, the family have tried to block out how nasty he was as they want to put a positive spin on their childhood / lives. Perhaps he is not physically dead just metaphorically dead to the family.

I’m backing my theory up as follows:

  • Rebecca had to wear a high necked, long sleeve wedding dress to hide bruises from Jack beating her up.
  • Rebecca was not sure about Motherhood but Jack started slipping her fertility medication to boost egg production, hence how she got pregnant with triplets.
  • How did they get to adopt Randal just like that? Usually there would be months of paper work and approval of home setting and who would approve someone adopting a baby when already had two of the same age …unless they were bulled into it.
  • Jack separated Rebecca from her family in order to control her. That breakdown at thanksgiving was staged to prevent her seeing her family! He also poisoned her against her family meaning she had no one to tell about the abuse.
  • Kate’s weight is due to his abuse of her.
  • Jack forced Rebecca not to perform for years. Preventing her earning again having finical independence.
  • Jack’s best friend supported Rebecca emotionally when the truth came out and that of course led to their marriage.
  • Rebecca actually preferred to be called Becky but he always called her Rebecca like her parents had and that made her feel like a child and hence she was for a very long time accepting of his control.