I love having friends for tea. It's fun to share newsy gossip and laughs over a cup of tea. And although there really wasn't any tea involved, I did have tea with a friend the other day . . . for a package arrived on my doorstep.
And inside . . .
Was a wonderful tea cookbook, a dear note, a tin of tea, some napkins and a candle . . . .
I love Victoria (I have all of the old issues as well as all of the new issues -- the original Victoria coming out shortly after we moved to Linderhof) With the wonderful recipes inside their pages, I embraced all of their cookbooks -- and I especially loved their Christmas books and their tea books. But alas, I somehow missed one!
And dear friend Carolyn from A Southerner's Notebook remedied that . . .
And I can't wait to make these wonderful lemon cupcakes!
But I didn't wait to try the Earl Grey that was included in the package. I love Marriage Freres teas and I love Earl Grey tea. This tin of loose tea (which I do prefer for afternoon tea) is Earl Grey Imperial and is a grand Chinese black tea. It's Darjeeling exquisitely flavored with bergamot which is a small citrus fruit similar to an orange. Which is why it is not an ordinary Earl Grey but is an Imperial Earl Grey.
Of course, as soon as I could I made myself a pot and sipped cup after cup as I perused the book. Alas, there wasn't any lemon cupcakes to go along with tea. And their lemony flavor would have been perfect with the Earl Grey!
And friend Carolyn wasn't there in person to share tea with me either but she was there in spirit.
It's Tuesday and I'm joining the tea parties this week:
Tea Time Tuesday with Terri at Artful Affirmations
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
Tea Time Tuesday with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage