Something exciting happened to me this weekend - I met Lady Florence Bjelke-Petersen!
We were staying at the lovely Bethany Cottages in Kingaroy, and were invited to the house for Lady Flo's famous pumpkin scones. The scones were every bit as tasty as I'd hoped, but meeting Lady Flo was by far the highlight of our trip! Although she's now in her nineties, Lady Flo still has all the hallmarks of the matriarch that Queensland admires. It was a real thrill to meet her.
Before we left town, I found a copy of Lady Flo's Classic Country Collection - a cookbook of over 500 recipes and handy hints for classic Australian fare. I look forward to test-driving more of these on the blog.
Chef: Lady Florence Bjelke-Petersen
1 tblsp butter
½ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup mashed pumpkin (cold)
2 - 2 ¼ cups Self raising flour
Beat together butter, sugar and salt with electric mixer.
Add egg, then pumpkin. Finally stir in the sifted flour by hand.
Turn on to floured board and cut.
Place in tray on top shelf of very hot oven 225-250c for 15-20 minutes.
Bethany Cottages were a great spot for our family get away - we rented all four cottages to house all of Bearhands's family and really enjoyed our two nights there. You can also do a tour of Bethany, complete with tea and pumpkin scones. Details are on their website - Bethany Cottages.
For those of you not au fait with Australia history. Lady Flo is as close to royalty as Queensland offers. A retired politician and writer, she was a member of the Senate from 1981 to 1993. But Lady Flo is most fondly remembered as the wife of the longest-serving Premier of Queensland, the late Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen (13/01/1911 – 23/04/2005).
have you ever tried Lady Flo's Pumpkin Scones?