Strawberries, Scones and Genghis Khan

It’s always a bit of a risk when I take the healthified direction with something that I’ve never made before, so today’s result was a pleasant surprise.

If you’re wondering what strawberries and scones have to do with our old friend Genghis, the answer is nothing, except that all of the above are very relevant to my current frame of mind.

I have a very simple goal tonight: to initiate the dispelling of two frustrating but common misconceptions, one is more annoying than the other. Firstly, dearest of resident-British sisters, it’s sc-o-ne, as in ‘bone’, ‘phone’, ‘lone’…and every other word ending in ‘-one’. Secondly, Genghis Khan deserves very little of the tyrannical reputation he has garnered over centuries of bitter historians attempting to dehumanise certain powerful figures.

But let’s first talk about scones.

I used a recipe from Hälsa Nutrition, because oats and me have a well documented friendship.

  • I mixed 1 1/3 cups oat flour, ¾ cups oats, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda and ¼ tsp salt, also with about 4 tbs coconut sugar (my newest friend)
  • Work in 6 tbs butter
  • And add about ¾ cup yoghurt, I didn’t measure this properly and suspect I used closer to 1 cup.
  • I was generous with vanilla and used 2 tsp vanilla essence


These are quite flat for scones, and should be done in 15 mins at 180 degrees.


I thought these would be well complimented by some home-made strawberry jam; which by the way was really easy to make and so much tastier than store-bought jam.

  • I just sliced 250g of strawberries, put them in a pan with about 2 tsp concentrated lemon juice, and 2 tbs coconut sugar.

I didn’t mash any of them because the pieces get so soft you won’t even notice them, but if you feel the need, by all means mash away.


I loved it, and the scones, but for some reason I couldn’t eat them together. Brother however enjoyed the combination, which surprised me because we’re usually on the same page when it comes to food.

Just like we are when it comes to Mongol history.

Which for most people, starts with the man who yes, went around breaking down city walls, as well as the social barriers of aristocratic privilege, who relied on participation from all levels of society in discussions and decisions and mandated that khans be elected, who forbade the kidnapping or selling of women into marriage, outlawed adultery, and left much of the management of his empire to women, who despite the backdrop of the Crusades decreed religious freedom across his empire whilst including people of all faiths in his administration, and in a time where public abuse was a means of entertaining and subduing the common people, across Asian and European nations alike, Genghis Khan abolished torture. Definitely wouldn’t have learnt that in school.

Just something to think about while we’re so willing to romanticize the Caesars, Alexanders and Churchills of the world.




I don’t think Genghis ever ate a scone.

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