I've given up treats for tea for Lent.
But Sundays are not part of Lent
And we had a real tea --
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.
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
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