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, March 10, 2014

Allies Again -- French and English for Tea

I've given up treats for tea for Lent.


But Sundays are not part of Lent
And we had a real tea --
with treats
on Sunday!!!

The French --

Those shell shaped cookies/cake that the French so adore
and that Proust wrote about.
Everyone knows madeleines because of Proust!

An Emile Henry one
It's my everyday pot
My workhorse of a pot
A good size for breakfast tea for me
And did I mention that it was an Emile Henry?
Bought on a deep discount at Williams Sonoma
years and years ago because it was an Emile Henry.
Heaven knows, I didn't need a teapot.
But it has turned into my favorite
The one I use every day.

The English --

Oh, yes, the English eat them too.
But they're different.
A cake
slathered with red jam
(strawberry, raspberry or currant)
and rolled in coconut
With a red cherry on top.
They, too, are perfect for tea
And as with the French ones, there are molds for the English madelines,
but I didn't buy them instead baking the little cakes in muffin tins
And then lathering and rolling.

Tea cups, saucers and tea plates
My Spode
The Blue Italian
really my everyday blue and white
That sees me through breakfast tea and afternoon tea
When it's just me.
But I use it for company too
As I did Sunday
when two neighbors dropped by
And I put the kettle on

And the tea, a French Earl Grey
from Marriage Freres

It's Tuesday and I'm joining Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday and Marty at A Stroll Thru Life  for Inspire Me Wednesday.


Snap said...

I giggled when I read "Allies Again" ... fun post! Happy Tea Day!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Martha, what an interesting post! I loved your mixture of English and French. That Emile Henry teapot is fabulous. What a gorgeous shade of green! I can see why it would be a favourite. Your sweets look very decadent; especially the English ones! I think I gained weight just looking at your photos. Thanks for joining me for tea and have a wonderful week.


Tea in Texas said...

English and French on [Blue] Italian lol! Very sweet opps, another lol. I must be silly. Love your pics.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I wish I had bought the small shell tins for my madeleines. Every time I make them, I eat almost the whole batch. I've been cutting back on treats with afternoon tea as well, it's just not the same is it? Perhaps I should pick one day a week too to treat myself.

Martha's Favorites said...

Allies in perfection! Love your post today. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

GardenOfDaisies said...

I love your green Emile Henry teapot!


Lovely setting for tea and yes, I loe Prousts Madeleines too, I often make them. Love your transferware blue and White cups.