Secret Recipe Club: Cheese and Onion Bread Loaf



My favorite day of the month is the Secret Recipe Club reveal day.

I’m honored to be a part of this diverse international group of food bloggers. In case you forgot, everyone in the Secret Recipe Club gets “assigned” a blog from which we are supposed to pick a dish to cook. But, it’s all done in secrecy. It isn’t until the ultimate reveal day (today) that everyone showcases the dishes and discovers who’s been their secret foodie link. This club has provided me valuable exposure to blogs I might not otherwise encounter.

My assignment this month is Lavender and Lovage, a blog written by author Karen S. Burns-Booth. Karen splits her time between North Yorkshire and South West France, where she devotes most of her time to food writing and blogging, food styling and photography.

Karen’s love of seasonal food and recipes stems from her early childhood- observing her grandmother and mother’s cookery skills, both in rural Northumberland and while living overseas in South Africa and Hong Kong. Needless to say, she is widely traveled and has fully embraced many different techniques showcased in her recipes, writing style and gorgeous food photos.

If you scroll down Karen’s sidebar, you’ll see all of the awards that Lavendar and Lovage has won—quite impressive. And, when you start perusing her tabs, from Tea Time treats to Preserves to Meats, your mouth will start watering over the succulent food photos– you’ll want to jump into your computer and devour the food dishes. No doubt, you’ll probably earmark every other recipe just like me. This is no ordinary blog.

While I can’t wait to try Karen’s Hot Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Terrine or her Redcurrant Ferry Cakes with Raspberries, I was eager to test her Cheese and Onion Loaf because lately I’m on a leek and green onion kick. Plus, for the long holiday weekend, I knew this would be a nice treat either for brunch or a BBQ lunch.

I have to admit, I was a bit intimidated reviewing the recipe; not because of the intricacy of the ingredients but because of the measurements. I’ve never used grams and millileters instead of cups. The next hurdle was self-rising flour. I didn’t have any at home so I made my own. After that, it was easy peasy.

I made a few minor tweaks to the recipe, like adding in a bit more cheese (because we’re cheese lovers) and I omitted the cayenne pepper because we’re not spicy people.

The bread is unbelievably moist and delicious and unfortunately only lasted less than a day before it was gobbled up.

You must try it for yourself and be sure to check out Karen’s beautiful blog for more succulent recipes and food photography: Lavendar and Lovage.



  1. The cheese and onion quick bread is nice and fantastic one. Thanks. CLickfoodsnearme

  2. You got a great assignment, I had her blog recently and now visit it all the time, great site!

    Lovely loaf, the type of bread we would love to have here….

    have a wonderful reveal day!

  3. WOW! Thanks so much for the LOVELY write-up, I feel quite overwhelmed, and also for the lovely photos too! I am so pleased that you managed to work the measurements out, I need to add a conversions chart to my site soon! THANKS again, Karen xxx

  4. Happy Reveal Day! The bread looks divine. The more cheese the better 🙂

  5. I cannot get over how good that looks. YUM.
    Happy Reveal Day – pinned to share!

  6. looks divine! great choice..pinned to try later!

  7. This sounds like a great loaf of bread! Great SRC pick!

  8. Love the sound of this bread and your photos are beautiful! Happy Reveal Day 🙂

  9. Yum!! This looks so tasty!

  10. That looks like a fantastic bread recipe!! What a great SRC pick!

  11. Oh YUM! Can’t go wrong there! Great choice!!

  12. Love a good quick bread! Lovely pick 🙂

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