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, June 2, 2014

Strawberry Jam and Clotted Cream

A flat of strawberries
from Ogle's Strawberry Patch

is made into

the most luscious strawberry jam in the world

A small batch jam maker, I.
Five cups of berries, five cups of sugar
Two jars of jam and a small jar of strawberry syrup.

There's only one reason for making strawberry jam.

It isn't the breakfast toast!

For the spring that we lived in rural England

We would often stop for tea
in quaint tea rooms like this one at Moreton-In Marsh

Where they served the perfect English cream tea

Which we enjoyed this afternoon at Linderhof
for half past three is always tea time

 With lace tablecloth and blue and white transfer ware
it's as charming as any of the little tea shops we visited in England

With a bowl of cream (sham cream -- alas, cream only whipped not clotted)
and the homemade strawberry jam

All we needed was a pot of tea and a scone

Said scone to be split
And then slathered in cream
And topped with strawberry jam

Tea heaven!
Tea nirvana!

It's been a dreary day on the prairie
And the sun has just come out
but it looks like more rain
It's been a day of cleaning and laundry
And certainly a treat at tea time was most welcome!

It's Tuesday and I'm joining Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday, friend Bernideen for tea in the garden and although we're not in the garden, we're overlooking the garden! and Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday


Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Fresh strawberry jam and cream with tea tells me it's June already! I hope our Ontario berries are ready for picking soon.

Pat said...

Not only did we have a similar Tea Time today. . .it was "Silver Polishing Day" on my side of the Prairie!!!
We had 1 1/2 inch rain last night. . .always so~o~o welcomed.

Bernideen said...

My mouth is watering as I look at these pictures. Very delicious looking!

Beth in NEPA said...

I am not able to eat strawberries which makes me sad. Especially when I see such delicious looking pictures. Perhaps I could have some blueberries with my clotted cream?

Martha said...

Beth, you could -- you COULD have any kind of jam you want with your clotted cream -- strawberry is just traditional in Britain.

Snap said...

Strawberry jam ... my mouth is watering! Delightful. Happy Tea Day!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Yum! A cream tea is always welcome and your scones with cream and home made strawberry jam look amazing! What a treat, especially set out with your lovely blue and white transferware. Can't wait for our berries! Thank you for coming to tea and have a beautiful day, Martha.


Anonymous said...

Strawberry jam is my #1 favorite. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

Antiques And Teacups said...

What is better than real clotted cream...heaven on a plate! And strawberry jam is the perfect accompaniment. That reminds me...I have a jar in the fridge, and it's strawberry time here!

RachelD said...

You're using my Dear Mammaw's recipe, which read: Use fruit or berries pound for pound with sugar.

That's it. Cooks in those days reckoned that folks just knew how long to macerate, simmer, kettle-can if need be.

I can just hear her giving out the recipe for her Pear Preserves:' Mix your pears Payond for Payond with sugar. Squeeze in one lemon and slice another one REAL thin. Let it sit under a cup towel overnight, then cook and can."

And they were magnificent, worthy of Preacher Feedings and a visiting Congressman if need be.

Yours look gorgeous, and the syrup would be sublime in a Fraise Royale.


Terri said...

Oh my! I would love to taste your beautiful dessert, especially your home made jam! It must have been a lovely repast on a dreary day. I hope your weather improves and you get some sunshine.

Carrie said...

Your cream tea looks so delicious! That jam looks like it's to die for with the big chunks of strawberries, yum yum!

Linda said...

Martha, can you please share how you made your strawberry jam with me? I have so much trouble with foam on it. Do you use pectin? If so, what kind? Thank you, Linda

Linda said...

How did you make your strawberry syrup? I have only made jam and never made syrup...looks wonderful. Linda