As the world is talking of the events yesterday in England
and their leaving the EU,
my thoughts today turn to my very first cream tea
We arrived in England, got in our rental car and headed off
We kept seeing signs in windows of houses and small shops that read
Being American and used to Starbucks and their frothy creamy drinks
I thought it was tea with a big pile of whipped cream on top!
Not usual but cream anything is good.
The second day we stopped
And I could wait to get a cup of hot tea
Mounded with whipped cream!
Instead, I got . . .
A scone, a dish of clotted cream and a dish of strawberry jam
It was a marriage made in heaven
The warm scone, the clotted cream topped by the sweet strawberry jam
(although at first we wondered if the cream went in the tea)
And I fell in love!
Today is National Cream Tea Day in the UK
But for me, every day that I'm in England is Cream Tea Day!
Alas, I don't get to England enough
And it's hard to find a cream tea on the prairie
(Actually it's hard to find it anywhere in Kansas --
the one exception being The Clock Tower Bakery in downtown Overland Park)
So we make them at home
If it were cooler, there is nothing like a cream tea in the garden!
A dish of cream (not clotted, but whipped really firm -- I find that it's better than any of those "recipes" for "Mock" Devonshire or Clotted Cream) and a dish of strawberry jam.
A scone, fresh from the oven and a pot of tea
Warm scone, cream and jam
(Although I read today that it should be scone, jam and cream --
I guess I've been eating mine wrong all these years!)
We shall be in the breakfast room or in the garden (if the weather is mild)
enjoying a cream tea this afternoon.
As we celebrate in Linderhof fashion, National Cream Tea Day!