Posted in cake recipes, cookbooks, sides, salads, and appetizers, tea party, weekend cooking, tagged afternoon tea, baking, chocolate biscuit cake, cookbooks, england, food, queen elizabeth, recipes, royal chef, royal family, tea, tea recipes on March 11, 2014 |
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“I have to be seen to be believed.” ~ Queen Elizabeth II
Roll out the red carpet and practice your curtsies. Polish your tiara if you like.
A very special guest is joining us for tea today!
Mr. Cornelius has been a fan of Her Majesty the Queen for a long time. He likes that she loves animals and chocolate, lives in several beautiful royal residences, always wears the best hats, and has reigned for an amazing 60 years!
A tea party lover from the start: Princess Elizabeth with her parents Queen Elizabeth and King George VI.
Needless to say, he was beside himself when she accepted our invitation. We spiffed up the dining room, stocked up on Earl Grey and Darjeeling (reputedly her favorite), and made finger sandwiches and cake.
She’s so photogenic!
We were a little nervous but she immediately put us at ease. Imagine our great surprise when she brought Charles, Camilla, William, Kate and Harry with her! They were such a jolly group and didn’t seem to mind dipping in hot water. :)
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Posted in bread and breakfast recipes, poetry friday, tea party, tagged afternoon tea, baking, food, may sarton, poetry, recipes, scones on February 28, 2014 |
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“The most valuable thing we can do for the psyche, occasionally, is to let it rest, wander, live in the changing light of a room . . . “ ~ May Sarton
When it’s cold and snowy out, there’s nothing better than treating yourself to a little cream tea.
I like to split a warm scone, spread on some strawberry jam and clotted cream, and sip a nice cup of Yorkshire Gold.
Gone are the winter blues, and I’m quite content to while away the hours reading, writing, thinking. I’m safe and warm in a room I’ve filled with some of my favorite things: a copper teapot, Dickens books from Foyles in London, a dozen antique teddy bears, an English phone booth, an Addams Family “Thing” bank, a kazoo, and a bone china bouquet of violets (one broken).
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Posted in pie recipes, poetry friday, tea party, tagged afternoon tea, baking, carol ann duffy, desserts, food, fruit tarts, poetry, recipes, tea, tea poems, valentine's day on February 14, 2014 |
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“You must always be awaggle with love.” ~ D.H. Lawrence
Nibble on a jam sandwich (dare to disturb the universe).
~ With advance apologies to Tea S. Eliot, Elizabeth Barrett Brewing and William Shakespour.
1. To tart or not to tart, that is the question.
Reasons for not making fruit tarts:
- Pesky little tart pans
- Stirring vanilla cream in nippy kitchen
- Finicky pastry dough
- Locate pretty fruit in the dead of winter? Oh, come on.
Reasons for making fruit tarts:
- Len loves them. Cornelius loves them. I love them. What person in their right mind doesn’t love them?
- It’s Valentine’s Day.
- Beloved blog readers might be impressed that
an adorable a self-sacrificing writer stood in an icy kitchen for hours some minutes stirring, stirring the vanilla cream and whipping finicky pastry dough into shape after walking flying to Chile to pick fresh berries.
- Good excuse to buy a new tartlet baking set.
The baking set comes with a 12-well non-stick tartlet pan, a dough cutter and a tamper.
Handsome assistant demonstrates use of tamper.
In the room the women come and go,
Talking of rolling pie dough.
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