On Saint Nicholas Eve, December 5, which also happens to be my birthday
we take the first of the Dundee cakes form the freezer
where they've been aging since early November
And on Saint Nicholas Day . . .
Our tea fare is the first of the Dundee cakes
We've had Saint Nicholas tea alone but we enjoy inviting friends
And setting a pretty table
With the Christmas china
Since there were three, the breakfast room is the perfect place for a
Saint Nicholas tea at half past three
Afternoon shadows and sunshine flood the breakfast room
Creating light and shadows
The centerpiece a wreath of evergreen and Advent candles.
The Dundee cake was a recipe from my mother's neighbor, Mrs. Boland
It's fitting, therefore, that the fork is one of Mrs. Boland's forks.
She came over from England (probably a WW I war bride) and brought all sorts of English customs with her -- the Dundee cakes being one.
Properly cooking a fried egg another.
Of all the Christmas treats, we probably enjoy
Dundee cake the most.
Served, this afternoon, on a pretty Christmas plate with an English cake knife, in case we want another slice!