Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Vintage Tea Party Book

Vintage Tea Party by Carolyn Caldicott with  photography by Chris Caldicott is a new addition to my tea library.
For twenty years, the Caldicotts owned the World Food Cafe' in London's Covent Gardens where they prepared and served delicious food from recipes gathered on travels around the world.

This delightful book is all about the old-fashioned tea party complete with hand-painted china, lace and linen, and home baking.  It is filled with traditional English teatime recipes and tea facts.
The fabulous photography of scenery and tea make me want to pack my bags for another journey to travel through the small villages in England.

This book, purchased from Amazon.com, certainly makes for a delightful armchair journey.
It is a beautiful addition to my tea book collection.  

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tea for Two at Greentree Tearoom

Mary and I enjoyed lunch tea at Greentree Tearoom today.
They are located in a historic home in downtown Lexington, KY.
The menu at Greentree changes monthly. 
A special Valentine's menu is being served during February.
We were greeted by Rob our favorite server.
The first course was a delicious French Onion Soup.
The second course was a warm Poppy Seed Scone served with Cherry Curd and Fayette Cream.
Fayette cream is named for Fayette County where Lexington is located.
It is a delicious mock Devonshire Cream.
The main course was Low Country Shrimp and Grits
Following the main course, the guests are invited to the buffet table for tea sandwiches and mini desserts.
It included:
 Corn Salsa in Masa Cups
White Pimiento Cheese Sandwiches
Red Radish Ribbon Tea Sandwiches
Strawberry Cupcakes
Chocolate Pots de Creme with Raspberry Sauce
Glazed Heart Cookies

Greentree Serves one tea selection from Antique Silver Teapots
Assam was the tea served today.

Mary and I enjoyed our visit and the delicious homemade treats. 
It was a beautiful 72 degree day in Kentucky today. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

King Cake in Celebration of Mardi Gras 2012

This is  a traditional Gulf Coast King Cake, a gift from our neighbor, Mrs. H. 
Her church had a fund raising celebration and auction on Sunday. 
She purchased the cake and brought it to our family. 
In case you are not familiar with the Gulf Coast King Cake,
it is decorated with sugar and icing in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold. 
Can you see baby Jesus in the photo above? 
It has become customary in the Southern Gulf Coast culture that a trinket is baked in the cake.
Whoever finds the the trinket must provide the next King Cake or host the next Mardi Gras party. 
Mrs. H. declared she didn't want to bake or host! :-)

Thank you Mrs. H for providing this hands-on learning experience for the children in our family. 

I enjoyed my piece of King Cake with a cup of Harney and Sons Queen Catherine tea.   

RECIPE: King Cake from Yahoo Shine
This traditional cake, is made with a rich brioche dough and stuffed with a decadent cream cheese filling, is drizzled with a buttermilk glaze and sprinkled with crunchy green, gold, and purple sanding sugars.

For The Dough:
1 1/4-oz. package active dry yeast
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp. light brown sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 3/4 cups flour
3/4 tsp. kosher salt
8 tbsp. softened butter
For the Filling:
1 lb. cream cheese
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 tbsp. maple syrup
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
Zest of 1/2 lemon

For the Icing:
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup buttermilk
Green, purple, and yellow sanding sugars

1. Make the dough: In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a hook, combine yeast, 1/2 tsp. of the sugar, and 1/4 cup water heated to 115°. Stir to combine and let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes. Add remaining sugar, milk, light brown sugar, vanilla, egg, and egg yolk. Beat on low speed until thoroughly combined, 1 minute. Turn mixer off and add flour and salt. Mix on medium speed until the dough just comes together. Turn mixer speed to high and knead dough for 4 minutes. Add the butter and continue kneading until dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl, about 6 minutes. Remove bowl from mixer, cover with plastic wrap, and let sit until doubled in size, 1 1/2-2 hours.
2. Meanwhile, make the filling: Combine cream cheese, brown sugar, pecans, cinnamon, salt, and zest in a large bowl and beat on medium speed of a hand mixer until combined; set aside.

3. Punch down dough and turn it out onto a heavily floured surface. Using a floured rolling pin, roll the dough into a large circle, about 1/4"-thick. Cut a hole in the center of the circle and pull with your fingers to widen. Place dollops of filling evenly around circle halfway between outer edge and inner hole. Drape outside edges over filling and continue rolling outside inward until filling is covered, widening inner hole as needed, until dough covers the seam. Transfer rolled dough circle to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet; cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 1 hour. Heat oven to 350°. Uncover cake and bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes. Let cool completely.

4. Make the icing: Whisk together the sugar and buttermilk in a small bowl until smooth. Transfer king cake to a cutting board or serving platter; spread icing evenly over top of cake and sprinkle evenly with sanding sugars.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Teatime What?

What is this latest tea find?  Curtains? Dish towels?
Scroll down...


I found these beautiful and comfortable Carole Hochman Teatime pajamas on
They are not in the current print catalog.  I am so glad I discovered them online!
And, best of all, they are on sale!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to Mom Wald at Mom Walds Place blog for winning the Taking Time for TEA book giveaway!
I sent you a private email requesting your USPS mailing address.
Upon receiving your address, I will mail the book to you! 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

February Tea Book Giveaway

As many of you know, I have a large collection of tea books. During 2012, I'm giving away some of my duplicate copies from my bookshelf through monthly blog giveaways.   

Diana Rosen's book, "Taking Time For Tea" offers ideas for how to set the scene,
including menus, decorations and a fitting blessing, meditation or activity for each tea occasion. 

This is a Storey Publishing book. Copyright 2000 by Diana Rosen.

You may enter this drawing to win my extra copy of this book by leaving a comment
between now and Saturday, February 18th at 9:00 p.m.  

I will announce the winner here and will send you an email to request your USPS mail address to send you the book.
If you don't have a blog or a link for me to contact you, please leave your email address
in "long form".  Example: lindaloves tea at gmail dot com

I love to hear your comments! 

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Happy Valentine's Week!

Our family is celebrating all week!  Why don't you join us in this celebration?

Friday, February 10, 2012

More Fun Tea Decor

The above Easter tea set and matching dishes are available at our local Cracker Barrel
along with a variety of Scripture Tea.

I am debating on purchasing the hanging teapot bird feeder (below).
The teapot lid comes off so it can be filled with bird seed. 
It is from the Nature's Garden collection at Cracker Barrel

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Tea Themed Kitchen Towels

I look for teapots everywhere I go. 
OK, these aren't teapots, but they do have teapots on them.

I found tea-themed kitchen towel sets at my local Walmart.
A set includes 3 kitchen towels, 2 potholders, 1 oven mitt and 1 dishcloth.
They will add a very pretty spring look to my kitchen! 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Remembering A Tea With A View

When we visit England, walking on the Malvern Hills in Worcester is a "must" for hubby GJ. 
These photos are from our 2008 trip, AJ's third trip to England where he celebrated his 9th birthday.

Description of The Kettle Sings from my well-worn copy of
Margaret Thornby's Guide to Tea Rooms of Britain
"Situated on the upper western slopes of the Malvern Hills, overlooking rural Herefordshire and beyond, The Kettle Sings has fantastic views from its conservatory. Waitress service brings a home made scone with butter, jam and cream, or there is a variety of other delicacies, including delicious home made ice cream and toasted teacakes.  Cakes and jams are home made, and still or sparkling Malvern water is available as well as Assam, Darjeeling or Earl Grey Teas."

On this trip, we enjoyed lunch and cream tea. 
We discovered The Kettle Sings in 1995, and have returned several times.  

Monday, February 6, 2012

Lemon Cranberry Poppyseed Scone

This morning my friend Cristina brought fresh-baked
Lemon Cranberry Poppyseed Scones from Berea Coffee and Tea. 
We enjoyed our scones with a cup of Harney and Sons Queen Catherine Tea
and lots of chatting. 
What fun!  Thanks Cristina! 


Friday, February 3, 2012

The Little Guy

PJ is in the First Grade.  He worked for a week on this tooth, and now it is out!
Yes, the tooth fairy was generous! 
Our youngest grandchild is growing up! 

He is always willing to go to tea with his mama and grandma!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Capresso PerfecTea

I have been using various brands and styles of automatic electric tea kettles since our first visit to England in 1995.
I really like the way electric tea kettles quickly boil the water and shut-off automatically.
No more having a tea kettle boil dry on the stove when I get distracted!

This is my third Capresso Cordless Glass Water Kettle.
The difference in this one is that it has 5 temperature settings to accurately brew different teas.
A pull-out Temperature Guide with the correct temperature settings in case you don't know or forgot.

Boil - Black Teas
195 degrees Oolong Teas/French Press Coffee (but not in my house) *smile*
175 degrees - White Teas
160 degrees - Green Teas
100 degrees - Warming

You can purchase the Capresso PerfecTea at Amazon.com

By the way, we use our electric tea kettle often, not only for tea making,
 but for any quick food or beverage requiring heated water. 

Two things I want to mention about the glass Capresso,
I like to see the water coming to a boil through the glass, and
when the handle of a tea kettle is on the side, the hot steam does not burn your hand when you refill a hot kettle.
Please Note: I don't receive anything from the company, these are just my opinions, based on my experience.

How do you heat your water for making tea? 
Do you have a favorite electric tea kettle?
Please share your comments.


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