Linderhof


Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas


Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

An English Cream Tea



Every afternoon, at half past three I stop for tea. A cup of freshly brewed tea (Earl Grey is my favorite) and a "biscuit" or cookie. If there is nothing homemade in the larder, there are always Biscoff's in the pantry which make a suitable nosh with a cup of tea.
But it's cold today, and so I decided to make an English Cream Tea. The tea that husband Jim and I favored when we traveled in the countryside of Britain.
My new blue and white transferware vase holds a bouquet of white tulips, I used my Wedgwood Asiatic Pheasant tea set, and old green bowls for the cream and jam. Not having a scone plate with the Wedgwood (I may have to rectify that) I used another blue and white plate for the scones.
With freshly made scones (the recipe from the Royal Crescent in Bath where we did have tea), strawberry jam (is there any other kind for tea?) and Clotted Cream (my first but not my last attempt at making clotted cream -- it was the real thing!)
With freshly ironed tea napkins and a pearl handled tea knife, husband Jim and I sipped tea (P G Tipps) and ate the warm scones topped with the clotted cream and a dollop of strawberry jam.

The fire was warming and it was a pleasant respite in the afternoon. My new tea table was put into position so that we could have tea in front of the fire -- that was the reason I purchased it. It was perfect!

It's Thursday and time for Tablescape Thursday so please join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch to see what everyone else is doing this Thursday!

40 comments:

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I love it. What a gorgeous setting to sit in front of the fire and enjoy your tea. Your table is gorgeous and the setting is stunning. I love it all. Hugs, Marty

Blondie's Journal said...

Martha~~~

It looks so cozy in front of your fire. I love the new tea table and your tea looks lovely. I have never made clotted cream before but have several good recipes.

xoxo
Jane

Allie and Pattie said...

Stunning is the word! So inviting. Martha, you've done it again
xoxo Pattie

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Martha, everything looks so cozy in front of the fire. I would love your scone recipe they look like the real deal, nice and flaky.
I have tried many recipes and none have been keepers. Thanks for sharing.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Your fireside table is so inviting and English. I lived in England and Scotland when I was a girl, so this setting is so close to my heart. Beautiful teapot and ... just beautiful everything! Now I'm goin to make scones for breakfast tomorrow. These have made me hungry for them! As usual, you do things to a "tea"!
Yvonne

Mimi said...

Scones with clotted cream and strawberries, can't get any better than that! I love all your blue and white. Gorgeous table!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh how pretty and tea in front of the fire sounds delightful indeed!

Sherry said...

I have always wanted to try scones. This is just lovely. Can I come over!

Shelia said...

Everything is just perfect - perfect spot for a tea - perfect dishes for a tea - perfect scones for the tea and clotted cream! How glorious!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

You can never go wrong with tea and transferware, can you? This is absolutely stunning. Thanks for sharing and happy TT to you!

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Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Gorgeous! I love the tea table and all the goodies on it! Yummmmmy!

Natasha said...

I love your cosy little tea setting and your scones look delicious. There is nothing as refreshing as a cup of tea is there?!

Many thanks for visiting my blog today and for your kind comment-how funny that we both had a tablescape about tea!

Best wishes, Natasha.

From the Kitchen said...

Lovely, lovely! But, you do need those scone plates to make it totally perfect!

Shirley said...

This was lovely and I love the fact that you have tea every afternoon. I'm English (Wickersham is my maiden name), maybe I should start having tea in the afternoon! I have never had clotted cream. When I was young I always drank my tea with cream.

Jan ~ BellaCasa said...

Gorgeous!

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

I love the new table and the warm fire....The scones look wonderful with the tea, you have got it all there...enjoy...Phyllis

Anita @ Far Above Rubies said...

Oh it is beautiful and so warm and welcoming! LOVE the Wedgwood too!

D.B. said...

It's beautiful! I haven't been to many places but I have been to Bath! Persuasion is one of my favorite books so I was in heaven. Meet you in The Pump Room? Love the tea table!

Patriotic Mom said...

This is a warm romantic setting. Your post is like something out of a movie. I enjoyed reading it. Joan @Americana By Candlelight

xinex said...

What a pretty tea setting and so cozy. The scones look so good!...Christine

vignette design said...

This room and seating area by the fire feels so English. Very cozy. The table setting is beautiful. I had clotted cream in Bath once. Hmmmm.

The Muse said...

You have transported me...to simpler, sweeter times...I miss those days.
How delightful!

Cooking for One said...

What a wonderful place to sit and have tea. So inviting!

Scribbler said...

So English! I wish I was right there in that cozy photo!

Scribbler

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Oh martha, I love this. I adore the idea of taing a little break in the day and relaxing with a cup of good tea and a special treat.

This is actually something I have been trying to do several times a week. Just step away from all the things going on in our daily life, brewing a pot of tea in a pretty teapot and using my lovely teacups. It is almost a reflective and meditating time for me. Let's me get rid of any craziness going on for a few moments. My little 2 year old princess is even getting used to the concept. She tells my husband now, "Shhh Papa, it's Mama's tea time!". LOL she knows once I have had my "break" and clean up, her and I play.

lindaraxa said...

Oh Martha, what a lovely post! I like you, adore tea and stop every afternoon also for a cup. Have you tried Lady Grey? it's becoming my favorite lately. Those scones look soooo delicious, are we getting the recipe??? Just love them and they are nowhere to be found where I presently live.

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

Cozy, warm and romantic...love it.

Just a dreamer said...

I LOVE clotted cream and have made it several times at home with much success. Your tea set up looks so authentic and inviting I want to crawl right through the monitor. God that is beautiful. Nicely done. Jackie

Southern Touch Catering said...

Oh,Martha! I'm so happy to finally reconnect with your blog. I lost you and could not remember your blog name. Yeah!! Anyway, thanks for your sweet visit and have a cuppa for me. The fireplace is a beautiful back drop.

Low Tide High Style said...

The whole thing looks wonderful and I love tea! And taking tea in your lovely room would be wonderful.

Your Wedgwood is lovely and I can't believe you "made" clotted cream. I might have to try that sometime. And how wonderful that it all reminds you of the places and things you've seen during your travels.

Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment.

Kat :)

Rettabug said...

Martha, this is such an authentic English tea, I can almost hear an accent! LOL Lovely...simply lovely!

I've got a post with scones ready to post this weekend. Yours look a darn site better than mine!!! :D

Very nicely done!
fondly,
Rett

Mary said...

It is a perfect tea. Beautiful surroundings and great company plus a scone or two would make for a wonderful afternoon break.

Lori (All That Splatters) said...

What a lovely tea. Scones with clotted cream and jam... I'd be in heaven!!

The Norwegian said...

Browsed your post after a long work day - battling our frigid temps. I enjoyed an English Cream Tea by the fire vicariously through your lovely presentation. Love the green bowls and the pearl handled tea knife.
Scones look delicious. I took a moment to dream about tea at the Royal Crescent.

Denise Marie said...

What is it about your posts...I just love them all!! It always looks like warmth, love and comfort.

gigharborscrapper said...

That looks so wonderful!! I would LOVE to know what a scone plate looks like also did youmake those scones, I would love the recipe!1
Valerie

Kathleen said...

So pretty, and cozy. And the apple cake and scones look delicious too!
The snow..no..we have too much already!

Cass @ That Old House said...

Well now Martha, you know you have my undivided attention when you dangle some of your fabulous blue and white china in front of my envious eyes!

So gorgeous. And to add scones and clotted cream? I swoon. How did you make the clotted cream? I have never attempted making it, but cream teas are one of the many joys of traveling in England! Ummm... your tea table is perfect, and I love your His and Hers wing chairs!

All that's missing is a place for ME!

Cass

Chandy said...

Lovely tea setting... Your place is so cozy...