Welcome to another virtual tea party. The weather is always a safe topic to discuss when having tea, and this week we are experiencing the unsettled weather of Spring, shifting from cool to warm and then back to cool again, sometimes all within the same day. Dressing in layers for another few weeks is likely a smart choice for those of us living in northern climes. We are generally thankful that we have not been directly impacted by the severe weather conditions in other parts of Canada and the US.
Today’s treat is shortbread. Traditionally enjoyed during the Christmas season, it is a perfect addition to any tea tray all year long. If you don’t have your own family recipe, try this one, inspired by Fortum & Mason.
Tea Time Ritual Recap
Another topic of polite conversation is to inform late comers about they have missed. The weekly installment of Tea Tuesday was inspired by Christine, a follower who lives in France, who was curious about English tea traditions. Whether you take tea for pleasure, or for business as a rising business star entertaining clients, a little knowledge goes a long way.
What Sort of Tea Drinker Are You?
In case you missed it last week, if you aren’t sure what sort of tea drinker you are then you are in luck. Online Stores, Inc. and The English Tea Store Blog have created quizzes to help you decide.
What to Serve at Tea
Recipes are always being added to check the Afternoon Tea menu for new recipes.
Downton Abbey Meets the Olympics: Twenty Twelve
London is making final preparations to host the Summer Olympics. While there are efforts to encourage the English to stay at home this summer and enjoy everything the UK has to offer, I can identify with the need to flee. Canada has hosted three Olympic games (Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver), and I have managed to escape all three cities long before the Opening Ceremonies.
Having lived in cities which hosted the Olympics, I can attest that you really do suffer host fatigue, with unending stories about preparations for years in advance of the big event. I do find the BBC mockumentary series Twenty Twelve very familiar in content, but it takes a delightful tongue in cheek look behind the scenes of Olympic planning. It definitely has a Dilbert flavor which is makes it more fun if not sadly true. One of the stars is Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville. You may think that Hugh might not be suited to a comedic role, but he has impeccable timing as a straight man. When you think about it, his role really isn’t dissimilar to his role on Downton Abbey. As Ian Fletcher, he is leader with chaos all around him and in the end is not much in control of anything. Doesn’t sound much different than his role as Robert Crawley dominated by all the women in his life.
You can find many of the episodes on You Tube. The first episode of the series which features the Olympic countdown clock. Oddly enough you will recall that the real Olympic clock stopped shortly after it was started. In Vancouver the clock was vandalized not long after it was launched, so I suppose it is generally a tough job being an Olympic clock, and perhaps a tougher time explaining what it is you actually do.
Titanic Party Award Winner 1: Susan Edwards
I mentioned last week I had two book prizes to give to the best Titanic hosted parties. The winners would receive a copy of the new book Wentworth Hall which I recently reviewed. This book is being graciously given away courtesy of publisher Simon & Schuster.
Our first winner is Susan Edwards from Aiken, South Carolina. She was quite fortunate to have much warmer weather than what was experienced on Titanic and held her dinner outside party. A whiz with a Cricut machine, most of her decorations were hand made.
It would appear from her pictures that everyone got into the spirit of the event, some coming in period costume, others brought their own life jackets. Susan is also a blogger and provided a write up about the event.
Congratulations, Susan on a job well done. Stay tuned for our the announcement of our second winner later this week.