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“Better get outside, there’s only two more days of summer.” That is my mantra every August to help encourage myself and my co-workers to get outside at lunch because soon it will be too cold to sit outside in the sun. Soon the days will get shorter, cooler and all the fresh locally grown produce will gone for the year. Whether you grow your own, visit your local farmers market, or enjoy cheaper prices at your grocery this time of year, do enjoy fresh produce now like the grasshopper. However, be sure to make time to store the excess in your freezer and pantry to store for winter like the clever little ant in the Aesop Fable.
As you may know, Tea Tuesday is a weekly tradition I started, celebrating the era of “Downton Abbey”, the popular TV show, featuring a new “Downton” era recipe. Refer to my Online Guide to Afternoon Tea, helpful in understanding the traditions and dishes served at tea.
Today we drink! Edwardians love the refreshing tart taste of rhubarb and not only cooked, they incorporated it into cocktails. Yes, you can have alcohol at your afternoon tea, but these drinks are grand at your garden party. We prepare rhubarb syrup to make a couple of Downton drinks, such as pink shocker and rhubarb bellini.