#atinylife Self-Raising

A wee blog about scones for Mother’s Day.

Stella Hervey Birrell

Ingredients: Self Raising Flour 450g, Butter 110g, salt, enough milk to bind.

Method: Rub the butter into the flour and salt, add the milk, and stir the minimum amount to bind. Handle the mixture sparingly, stamping out shapes with your cutter of choice, wash with milk, and bake on a sheet at 200◦C for 12 minutes.


I’ve got everything I need.

I can’t manage with plain flour, oil won’t work instead of butter.

But others can.

Other people have to make do.Raising

Working the mixture between my hands, I bring happy thoughts to mind:

music in the kitchen helps.

Distracted, unhappy stirring makes your cakes sink in the middle,

your scones will crouch, flattened by your attention.

I pull the mixture together,

catching crumbs clinging to the side of the bowl,


trying not to mould too much, hold too much.


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About atinylife140

This is the website and blog of tinylifer Stella Hervey Birrell. I'm a writer living in East Lothian, Scotland. My first novel, How Many Wrongs make a Mr Right? was published in 2016. I wanted to start a blog that wouldn’t encroach much into anyone’s day, with a nod to Twitter’s use of brevity as a USP (I use 140 words per post, they insist on 140 characters per post). In the blog, I want to mostly focus on the little things, the ones that lift us, keep us going on the difficult days. The visuals will also be deliberately simple: a post-it note with an illustration in pencil (Stella HB, you see?). Thanks for reading!
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