Friday, 22 November 2013

Cashew butter scones and The Goodies (TV Dinners)

Delicious, sturdy nutritious scones held together with cashew butter, spread with jam and coconut cream.  Perfect for a vegan high tea.  Goodie goodie yum yum!

Television show: The Goodies, comedy, 1970-1982, UK.

What it means to me:
The Goodies was a surreal and satirical British comedy based around three guys - Tim, Bill and Graham - who would do anything anytime anywhere, for a fee.  It was here that I learnt about punk, pirate radio and police brutality.  No wonder I have a skewed view of the world.  Only later when I lived in Britain and started to find out about recent history did I learn about many of the real people, events and issues that they spoofed.

As a young child I mainly loved the show for its silliness.  Little did I know that this was an excellent introduction to the stuff of British comedy: cream pies, ridiculous costumes, and a pompous posh twit.  I wanted a bicycle like theirs and a t-shirt with "The Goodies" on it.  When I worked at the BBC in London I saw a taping of The Clive James Show and was very chuffed that one of the stars, Graham Garden, was on it.

The show seemed to always be on the ABC just before we sat together at the table for tea (when we would turn off the telly because that Scary Doctor Who was starting).  Episodes were often repeated.  Which we loved.  These were the days before video recording and we depended upon repeats to get to know favourite shows.  One of my favourite episodes was the one with all the Rolf Harrises and the catchphrase "and don't the kids love it" but I guess that isn't so popular these days.  I also loved the punk episode which made me afraid of punks who I thought wore huge safety pins in their ears. 

Food featured:
One of my favourite episodes (and there are many) is the Bunfight at the OK Tea Rooms.  I don't think I saw a Western movie until I was an adult - though I watched F Troop and occasionally Little House on the Prairie on tv as a child.

I did, however, understand scones with jam and cream.  Scones were often eaten for afternoon tea at home or at my grandparents'.  And I loved the silliness of The Goodies squirting jam and cream at each other.  Not that my mother would ever have allowed that around our dining table where she would bring a batch of warm scones wrapped in a tea towel and top them with jam and cream for each of us (or vegemite if you were my brother who still is a little bit quirky)!

Recipe notes:
If you look through my recipe index you might notice that I love trying new scone recipes.  I like them round, light and fluffy.  These cashew butter scones are heavier than my usual ones.  I was intrigued by the idea of adding peanut butter rather than butter.  For us, with Sylvia's peanut allergy, I used cashew butter (and a spoonful of tahini when the cashew butter ran out).  These scones were sturdy.  Not a word my foremothers would have been proud to associate with scones.  Yet they had a certain nutty wholesome charm.

I had planned to make these for Vegan Mofo in September after seeing Sandy's peanut butter scone recipe.  Then I ran out of time.  Despite this, I still followed my plan to serve them vegan with jam and coconut cream.

For those who are yet to discover the delights of leaving a can of coconut cream in the fridge overnight, it is a great way to separate the creamy solids from the water bits.  Sort of like the unhomogenised milk we had as kids that had a layer of cream on top to be stirred or you could scoop the cream off the time and leave a watery milk for everyone else.  My mum often added some icing sugar to cream for cakes and scones.  I added a bit of maple syrup to my coconut version.

Given that I am not a big fan of cream, it is not surprising that I wasn't so keen on the coconut cream.  It tasted too much like cream to me.  It looked right when whipped - using electric beaters - but melted too quickly on the scones and in the mouth.  Not an experiment I'd bother to repeat.  It made me appreciate why Ricki Heller spent so much time developing her whipped coconut cream (Check out her Naturally Sweet and Gluten-Free Cookbook for an updated recipe).

Random notes:
I made these after we had been to see E performing with his fellow ukelele players.  Sylvia and I then had a trip to the library and then park.  After a busy afternoon, it was lovely to bake some scones and enjoy them on the verandah, even though the awning had been blown away in the recent winds.  I'm happy to report we now have a nice new awning, thanks to our insurance company.

I am sending these scones to Healthy Vegan Fridays #70, an event run by Gabby @ Veggie Nook, Carrie @ Carrie On Vegan, Katherine @ Green Thickies.

Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago:
Dublin streets and miscellany
Two years ago: SOS Vegan Parsnip and Bacon Cake with Mustard Cream
Three years ago: Leonard Cohen, rice salad and the great outdoors
Four years ago: Pizza for the Impatient
Five years ago: Nut roast with chestnuts
Six years ago: Novelty Cakes from the Archives

Cashew Butter Scones
Adapted from Vegans Eat Yummy Food Too
Makes about 12 small scones

2 cups plain flour (I used half white, half wholemeal)
2 teaspoons bi-carb soda
2 Tablespoons raw sugar
1/2 cup natural smooth cashew butter
3/4 cup sparkling soda water
1 spoonful of soy milk, for glazing

Preheat oven to 220 C and grease a baking tray.

Mix flour(s), bicarb, and sugar into a medium large mixing bowl.  Rub in cashew butter.  Gently mix in soda water until the mixture comes together into a dough.  Gently knead for a few seconds until the dough is smooth.  Pat down to between 1 and 2cm thick on a floured surface.  Cut into round scones with a scone cutter.  Briefly knead the leftover scraps of dough, pat out and cut into more scones.  Repeat until all the dough is used.

Place scones on the prepared tray.  Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until golden brown (I found even after 15 minutes that my scones were slightly squidgy in the middle but maybe this is due to my oven being a bit slow.)  Wrap hot scones in a tea towel and serve warm.  Best eaten on day of baking but still edible the next day.

On the Stereo:
The Amber Gatherers: Alasdair Roberts

This post is part of  my TV Dinners series.  You can see the other shows I have featured in my full list of TV Dinners posts.  In each post I reminisce about a favourite television show and cook a recipe inspired by food on the show.  I initially started this theme during Vegan MoFo in September 2013.  


  1. Ah, The Goodies! I only got introduced to them recently but can imagine them being a familiar delight if you watched them regularly over time. I can also imagine, very easily, these scones becoming a familiar delight. Cashew butter is a great idea!

    1. Thanks Kari - The Goodies and the scones are definitely delights of my childhood but cashew butter is a recently delight that I was pleased to combine with scones

  2. We love cashew butter in this house - yum yum! Pinning this one for future use. :)

  3. I love the use of nut butter in these! It's almost like peanut butter and jelly but IN a scone and with stepped up cashew butter!

    1. Thanks Joanne- hadn't thought of the peanut butter and jelly angle but you are so right - esp if no peanut allergies involved

  4. These look perfect. I've got a whole load of cashew butter since I realized I'm not such a fan of it as I am almond and peanut. Now I have a use for it!
    I love coconut whipped cream but only with a little ground coconut sugar to sweeten it. I never liked dairy cream but my tastebuds are completely different these days. Need to try Ricki's more stable version.

    1. Thanks Emma - oh I love cashew butter (and almond butter and peanut butter) - but I probably don't use it as much as I would like and it can get quite hard if left too long. And I think Ricki's coconut whipped cream looks v interesting now I have tried coconut whipped cream with just a bit of sweetener

  5. I only discovered the Goodies at Uni, but love them too. And I am sure I'd love these delicious sounding scones.

    1. Thanks Cakelaw - the goodies are perfect for undergrad humour - I think by my undergrad years it was harder to find them on tv and so I associate them with my childhood but wish they had been around in my uni years too

  6. I too love The Goodies! You're scones look delicious. I used to love scones before I went vegan but since then I don't believe I've made them or eaten them. Shall have to try this recipe out!

    1. Thanks Lizzy - I often make scones vegan as we have nuttalex margarine rather than butter in our house these days and I have never made scones with egg. Hope yo make some scones very soon.

  7. Oh how I used to love the Goodies. I'm sure I didn't appreciate the political commentary, just the silliness as I was probably 12 or so when I saw my last episode. It would be quite fun to watch one again and see what I think now. Graham Garden and Tim Brook Taylor both appear on a Radio 4 comedy which I find really funny - I'm sorry, I haven't a clue. Graham Garden has a very dry sense of humour and is by far and away my favourite.

    Your scones sound really interesting Johanna, I'm going to have to try them. Not sure you've really sold me on the coconut cream though ;-)

    1. Thanks Choclette - I think a lot of the goodies went over my head when I watched it too but it was so silly and that was enough for us. I think I have heard Graham Garden on I'm Sorry I haven't a Clue - he is wonderfully dry but sadly not very often seen or heard in Australia these days - thank goodness for Goodies DVDs. Hope you enjoy the scones

  8. Cashew butter scones & English tea, I’m so in! Scones are really tasty and I love them savory or sweet (only if they have berries). I have heard of Goodies before, and I’ve been obsessed with current UK shows lately.

    1. Thanks Rika - the goodies is hilarious though I think it is slightly dated now but it still makes me laugh

  9. Thanks for the mention! Glad I could inspire you! :-)
    I loved the goodies so much when I was growing up!

    1. Thanks Sandy - I am sure you know that you are in good company in starring alongside the goodies in inspiring this post :-)

  10. Mmmmmm, the scones look delicious! :)

    I don't know that comedy series but I like British humor. Do you know the comedy "Black Books"? It's about two crazy guys who run a bookshop, very funny.

    1. Thanks Kath - yes I loved Black Books in the way that you love something that is so silly and yet makes you a bit uncomfortable - I did wish to visit a bookshop like that one in Black Books but not sure I would like to work there :-)


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