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.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Reprise - An English Cream Tea

Alas, my tea taking lately has been with store bought biscuits (although I do insist on either Biscof or real shortbread) and a cup of tea taken in my chair. It's hard not to be as mobile as I'd like but I've never give up my half past three cup of tea!!!! Husband Jim brews a good cup and it is still a nice relaxing part of my day.

But alas, that doesn't make for a good blog post and so I decided to reprise an English Cream Tea that I treated Husband Jim and I to back in February. It was cold (as the whole winter was) and a fire and tea and scones made for a perfect afternoon respite -- even if it was just for the two of us!

This post reminds me that sometime next year we will be in Britain, in front of a fire in a cozy tea room partaking of that great British specialty -- a 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!

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Tea Cup Tuesday with Martha at Martha's Favorites

Tea Pot and Tea Things Tuesday with Pam at Breath of Fresh Air

Tea Time Tuesday with Katherine at Lady Katherine's Tea Parlor

Tuesday Tea for Two with Wanda Lee at The Plumed Pen


Olive said...

I hardly ever see a tea table put to it's actual purpose. This was a lovely tea. hugs♥olive

Lynn said...

What a beautiful post Martha, looks like a very relaxing moment!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Martha, I love your pretty setting and your tea and scones are just fabulous. It looks so pretty. I so hope you are up and about soon. Thank you so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

A Hint of Home said...

Beautiful pictures. I love the dishes and would love to be sitting next to that fire enjoying tea and the delicious looking scones.

Bernideen said...

This looks so cozy and friendly!

From the Kitchen said...

Lovely! It makes the fact that winter is coming more bearable--thinking about a nice tea in front of a fire. And it's so deliciously civilized.


D.B. said...

Martha, this is one of the first posts I ever saw on your blog and is still one of my very favorites! Did you ever get to rectify the scone plate dilemma? Also, I am available to accompany you and Jim to Britain. I'm great at carrying suitcases and shopping bags. Also, am an excellent traveling laundress/consierge and make an amazing gin martini - I will give YOU an extra olive!

Ms. Bake-it said...

It looks and sounds delicious Martha! Love your tea setting.

~ Tracy

Madelyn said...

Oh, Martha. A year ago, next week we left for England. My favorite tea was at Huffkins in Burford. Oh, what wonderful warm and happy memories you have given me this evening. It was wonderful and you made a delightful memory come right back to life! Thank you.

Madelyn said...

Oh, Martha. A year ago, next week we left for England. My favorite tea was at Huffkins in Burford. Oh, what wonderful warm and happy memories you have given me this evening. It was wonderful and you made a delightful memory come right back to life! Thank you.

Rose H (UK) said...

A mouth watering delight Martha. I'm glad that you'll be able to take a cream tea or two next year when you return to the UK - In the meantime I'll make sure they're up to scratch!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Lovely tea time! Those scones, cream and jam make me hungry! I also like those Biscof cookies as well!

Feel better soon!


Unknown said...

What a yummy looking tea!! I am a scone-a-holic and yours look wonderful :)


Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: Your table looks amazing. I love how your have set it up. What a lovely tea time. Thank you so much for sharing with us. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

xinex said...

What a beautiful stetting for a tea, it looks very cozy. Pretty tea table and tea accessories!...Christine

Amy Kinser said...

This is just gorgeous. It is so warm, cozy and inviting. May I join you for tea?

Partying with you tonight at Marty's.

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

I luv your Fall decor! It all looks very nice. Thanks for sharing your pic's. Have a good week...Julian

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

What a beautiful tea setting!!

I can just imagine myself sitting there with a cup of Earl Grey and a good book!!!


On Crooked Creek said...

I admire your husband Jim for continuing with your family traditon of taking tea while you are less mobile! Your table in front of the fire is a beautiful piece. Take good care of yourself! Thank you for this lovely and inspiring post. . .a reminder to all of us to take a moment each day for ourselves!

Susan Freeman said...

What a lovely and cozy setting. Wish I could join you!

Susan and Bentley

Snap said...

Beautiful post. Lovely setting that gives you a hug! Happy Tea Day!

Mary Bergfeld said...

What a lovely post, Martha. It's great to hear you have a trip to Britain in the future. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

PeregrineBlue said...

so english and cozy. and those acones with clotted cream.....mmmmm. love this post.

Terri said...

I absolutely love your tea setting. Your new tea table is perfect by the fire, as well as your two wing backs.
Your blue and white setting is so lovely. The tea cups are perfect for your table. All your goodies look delicious as well.
Thanks so much for sharing with us today.

Megan said...

Martha, the tea table looks so inviting.
We were in England this year for nine weeks (our homeland) and I have to admit to having eight cream teas in different establishments.
The one was in the Jane Austen house in Bath, another in Blenheim Palace and so on.
I like to give afternoon teas for friends and I brought back moulds for cream horns. Cupcakes are all the rage there at the moment and I bought a few things to compliment the tea table.
Hope your knee is soon in action.

Anonymous said...

A lovely tea!

paperbutterfly said...

It was wonderful that you took the time to stop in for tea. I am still in catch up mode from my trip but tea is being served . Hope you can join the fun! The ladies will enjoy the Cream Tea.
Have a blessed week.

The Blackwood Cottage said... beautiful.

parTea lady said...

What a lovely afternoon tea by the fire. Your scones look delicious and I often drink PG Tips. The blue and white china is very pretty.

Barbara said...

So lovely! I could spend hours here, in front of the fire with some delicious tea. I hope you are soon up and about.

Wanda Lee said...

Hello there lovely lady!

I am so delighted to have you partake with my little corner of, 'Tuesday And Wednesday Tea Time In Blogland'!..,

Your post this week with your fabuous teatime vignette, tea table and cream tea is oh so inviting!

~ Thanks so much for sharing it all with us!..,

My Wednesday teaparty is now up if you'd care to share another 'cuppa'; I'm so delighted to have been able to post some pics of when my dear friend Pam of,'Breath Of Fresh Air', blog recently visited!..,

Have a marvelous week!

Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee

Cass @ That Old House said...

Martha! How is your new bionic knee doing? I hope it is splendid, and that it won't be long before you are buzzing around again.

This tea is charming. Love the china -- of course! it's blue and white! -- and I need the recipe for the clotted cream. That makes tea in England so special!

Beautiful and civilized. As tea should be!