I hope this finds you all well and enjoying a brand new start in a brand new year. May 2008 be the most prosperous year you've ever lived - spiritually, physically and financially! It's hard to believe we're already to 2008 - life just keeps slipping by.
January is a very favorite month of mine! New Beginnings, my birthday and best of all . . . It's HOT TEA MONTH! Cheers!
I LOVE tea and anything having to do with it. So in honor of this
VERY IMPORTANT DESIGNATION,
this month I plan to celebrate Tuesdays with
"Tuesday's Tea Time".
Today I made scones and Lorna made some mock Devonshire Clotted Cream, we brewed up a pot of my very favorite tea - Constant Comment by Bigelow and had TEA! Dan and the boys even enjoyed the scones, cream and jam. These scones were THE BEST- tender, moist and melt in your mouth delicious and with cream and strawberry jam - mmmmm!
The tea set above is one of my most prized tea sets. It's one of the ones good South Africans use every day for tea - a very important ritual kept promptly at
2:00 p.m. My parents brought it home for me when they came back to the States for their first furlough after I was married. The pot makes excellent tea - something not every teapot does - so I used it today for my Constant Comment.
Basic English Scones
3 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled
1 cup buttermilk
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Cut in butter to form rice-size pieces. Add buttermilk all at once. Toss lightly with fork untilmixture holds together. Gather dough and knead 4-5 times. Divide dough in half and form into 6" rounds on cookie sheet. Cut each round into 6 wedges using a sharp knife, but do NOT seperate wedges. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly brown. Serve warm.
Mock Devonshire Cream
8 ounces softened cream cheese
2 tablespoons confectioner's sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
Beat cream cheese with confectioners sugar until blended. Fold in sour cream and blend. Makes 1 1/2 cups. Keep refrigerated.
"Stands the church clock at 10 to 3? And is there honey still for tea?"
- Rupert Brooke (British Literature)