Happy National Tea Day (Sunday 21st April 2019)
This luxurious fragrant tea is jam-packed with surprises – How bloomin’ marvellous! So, if you wish to be “tickled pink” by Miss Windsor - Oh, I say! whilst you relax on a “bed of roses”, as you gaze upon the globe through “rose-tinted glasses” – then please do join Miss Windsor for a scent-sational sup on this exquisite blend of Miles Lavender Limeflower & Rose Tea!
Oh, and this particular blend is the perfect warm refreshment to be served during a spot of afternoon tea and must be enjoyed with a slice or two of Mrs Beeton’s Rose & Lime Saucer Cake – How scrumptious!
Darlings, for those who have not had the pleasure of this superior brand of tea before now, then may I introduce Miles Tea of Porlock, Somerset - merchants of the finest tea and coffee from the West-Country. Established in 1888 and was previously known as Henry Miles & Co, then in 1971, Mr D J Miles purchased the business from his grandfather, whom since then, and now at the ripe and ravishing age of 87 years old is still tea tasting and buying three days per week – How spiffing!
Photo credit here - Fannie Merritt Farmer - pioneer of the North American measuring cup!
During a brief stay in the USA, I decided to carry out some research regarding 'female' cooks and food writers from a bygone era. And to my surprise, I discovered the celebrated American cook – Fannie Merritt Farmer who is, in fact, the perfect ‘nemesis’ to our English culinary marvel - Mrs Isabella Beeton!
As an ongoing project, I shall recreate recipes by jolly old Fannie Merritt Farmer, and document the results in my recipe section.
Well, I say! what a wonderful start to the festive season, as I hosted a glittering ‘soiree’ at the one and only – The Ritz London, Piccadilly! Where I dined and caroused my delightful compeers with the Christmas themed afternoon tea – famously known as ‘Tea at the Ritz’ - Oh, isn't Miss Windsor so generous!
Following the joys of Stir-Up Sunday I’ve surprisingly woken up bright and early, but I wonder what you’re up to?
Maybe you’re still in the land of nod, nestled within the warm layers of your soft, brushed, cotton duvet – How blissful! Or possibly I’ve startled you from your sleep and now you’re walking like a zombie towards the kettle – definitely time for a cuppa! Either way, I’m going to tell you all about Mrs Beeton’s Traditional British Christmas Pudding – which I re-created with a bit of a Miss Windsor twist, of course!
Darlings, but before I proceed, I do wonder if you know what Stir-Up Sunday actually is? “Hmm, that certainly rings a bell,”I hear you grunt from deep within your bedclothes!
I’ve been utterly immersed with excitement since my last visit to the green rippling countryside of Somersetshire, “Ooh arr, Ooh arr!” I hear you bellow with sheer delight! Oh, and please note, this is the archaic name for such a spiffing snippet of the West-Country, which is simply known in this day and age as Somerset!
So, darlings, please join the gaiety for a merry jaunt down memory lane, then a bimble into the present, whilst I reveal many humorous and riveting titbits about Taunton Deane’s very own, illustrious, dynamic duo – Mr & Mrs Hill.
Who I recently joined for a scrumptious spot of afternoon tea in The Column Room at Hestercombe House, which is pleasantly plonked within the parish of West Monkton, and beautifully nestled on the Quantock Hills, near Taunton, Somerset.