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December Tea Corner!

December Snowy mountains
Icy cold
December white
And frosty winds

Quiet sky
And clear
No birds
No fluttering wings

Blurry mist
Merry Christmas
Warm abode
And bright lights

Crackling fire
Tea and
Conversations and
Welcome memories

Historical recipe corner - December

As the English established colonies in the New World during the 17th century, settlers took the pie recipe with them. Since the 19th century it has become a favorite dessert in the US during holidays such as Thanksgiving.
The original recipe includes equal quantities of egg, apple and dry sherry. I used a modified recipe to ensure the right taste and cooking time.

Marlborough pie IngredientsFor the pastry:
• 180g strong bread flour
• 1 tbsp granulated sugar
• ½ tsp table salt
• 125g chilled unsalted butter, cut into cubes
• 3 tbsp ice cold water

For the filling:
• 1½ bramley cooking apples (peeled and grated)
• 3 tbsp lemon juice
• 3 tbsp dry sherry
• 30g salted butter
• 140g granulated sugar
• 3 large eggs
• 240ml sing…

The Victorian Tea Lady of Providence,

Lady Estelle

I, had established a  Victorian Tea society in 2001 to bring together Ladies and Gentlemen who share a love for the Victorian Era and to make new friends. We were a society of women and men dedicated to the enjoyment of tea and friendship. We lunch, laugh and learn while relaxing with other tea lovers. Based in the New England area, located in Rhode Island.

In our small groups, we each take turns being the host or hostess of the month. The tea party host or hostess may choose to serve a luncheon with a formal, informal, or even a witty theme. He or she may even plan an outing to visit a tea house, museum, etc. There is a $10 monthly fee, which is given to the host or hostess for that month to help defray the costs. That way we don't have to charge an annual membership fee.

How it all started!
It was in 2001 that I, Lady Estelle started the chapter of Lady Estelle's Victorian Tea Society. I was always looking for new and fun things to do. While browsing the internet …

Historical recipe corner November

Tiger nut balls Here, we take a step back in time and recreate some historical recipes for you to try at home
As your average ancient Egyptian seems to have had a very sweet tooth and often added dates and honey to desserts, I like to think that this is a sweet that would have been made thousands of years ago.
This recipe is very straightforward, requires no cooking and is a lot fun to make (ideal for younger members of the household who might want to help).

Ingredients • 200g fresh dates (I used dried, which worked really well)
• 1 tsp cold water
• 10–15 walnut halves
• ¼ tsp of cinnamon
• small jar of runny honey
• 75g ground almonds

Method Chop the dates finely (use seedless, or make sure to remove the stones first) and put them into a bowl. Add the water and stir. Then mix in the chopped walnuts and the cinnamon.
Shape the mixture into small balls with your hands. Dip the balls in honey (I warmed it first so the honey coating wouldn’t be quite so thick) then roll…

October tea corner


Of course one can not mention the words "afternoon tea" without immediately associating it with merry England. 

For it was there that, over two hundred years ago, a  Dutchman brought with him from the Orient a peculiar little leaf which, with a little hot water and sugar, made a delicious drink.
At first lordly Englishmen would have none of him--but he didn't care.
 He exhibited the powers of the little leaves, made his tea, and drank it with evident relish. Others were curious; they, too, drank, and once they started it was difficult to do without it.

Someone spread the rumor that this new drink from China contained drugs and stimulants--and no sooner was this rumor spread than everyone began drinking it! 

Even the ladies and gentlemen of better society finally condescended to taste "the stuff"--and lo! before they realized it, it had been unconsciously adopted as their very own beverage!
Through two generations the idea of t…

The Refreshing Month of September.

The Tea Party
I had a little tea party
This afternoon at three.
'Twas very small-
Three guest in all-
Just I, myself and me.
Myself ate all the sandwiches,
While I drank up the tea;
'Twas also I who ate the pie
And passed the cake to me.
~Jessica Nelson North

Penuche Walnut Fudge

 3 cups brown sugar, packed
 1 cup heavy cream
1/4 tsp. salt
 2 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. Bourbon vanilla**
 1 1/2 cups finely chopped walnuts
 1.) In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar, salt and cream. Stir until dissolved.
 Cook until temperature reaches 235 degrees on a candy thermometer, or soft ball stage.
 2.) Remove from heat and stir in the butter. Cool to 110 degrees, or lukewarm. Add the vanilla and beat vigorously by hand until mixture loses its shine.
 3.) Quickly stir in the nuts and spread into a greased 9″ x 12″ pan. Chill before cutting into small squares. Store in the refrigerator in a sealed airtight container with wax paper between layers.
 Keeps for one week.

 ** Bourbon vanilla i…

August Tea News

Tea Time In August..
Some people would say it is too hot to enjoy an afternoon tea in the summer time. I say " Nonsense! It is the perfect time to enjoy your tea in the garden, amongst the flowers or under that shady weeping willow tree. Put on your lightest summer sun dress and straw hat and "Invite a friend for afternoon tea".

Summer Tea Sandwiches Recipe
These dainty finger sandwiches are perfect for casual picnics or luncheons. Tarragon-seasoned chicken complements cucumber and cantaloupe slices. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Ingredients1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon1/2 teaspoon salt, divided1/4 teaspoon pepper1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts1/2 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion1 teaspoon dill weed1/2 teaspoon lemon juice24 slices soft multigrain bread, crusts removed1 medium cucumber, thinly sliced1/4 medium cantaloupe, cut into 12 thin slices Nutritional Facts 2 sandwich halves equals 212 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 2…

July News Letter-Charming Tea Rooms To Visit.

Charming Little Tea Rooms
At the turn-of-the-century, beginning with the popularity of the automobile, roadside charming little tea rooms popped up around the countryside serving tea and snacks to those that drove by. These tea rooms remain popular today.
Many creative people have turned their homes and cottages into very cozy Tea Rooms to entertain and comfort the weary traveler.
I have found some lovely places that you might like to visit in your travels. Enjoy!

Abigail’s Victorian Tea Room- 
is a beautiful three story Victorian Manor House built in 1883 and on the Berks County Historic Register. 

Menu. Lady Tiffany's Soup du jour, Salad of the Day, Assorted Tea Sandwiches, Fresh Baked Scone of the Day.
Toms River's No.1 Bed & Breakfast and Victorian Tea Room

The Luxury of Today, the Coziness of Yesterday
The Victorian Tea Room is locate…

Tea Is A Treasure!

In my little Tea Corner, I try to make it as comfortable as possible.
 It is my own little world.
I can get away from the hustle and bustle from the street below.
 Even though I live in an apartment, I want it to have a feel of a home.

I can close my eyes and sip my favorite cup of tea and feel I am in a small cottage in the countryside.
Enjoying my tea time, has become my daily routine. 
It heals the mind and soul. I can't imagine how I could live without this treasure. 

June News Letter-June is National Iced Tea Month

June is National Iced TeaMonth
        Now this sweet ginger peach would be a perfect blend for a tall glass of Ice tea.

June is my favorite month. Not just because it is my birthday month, but because it was always the first day of summer vacation, when I was a young girl.
It was time to enjoy not getting up so early, public pools were open, wearing shorts and all the out door activity.
I love to swim and go to the beach or parks.
I did not mine the heat, I loved it.
I always returned to school in September a bit wiser and a tad older. 

As I got older, I enjoyed having Summer Tea Parties in the Park.

               Let's celebrate with Ice Tea this month.                                 HAPPY JUNE!!

Serving tea at Hearthside House

It was my pleasure to prepare and serve the tea at the historic Hearthside House yesterday. 
It was a lovely Downton Abbey Tea theme. The tables were elegantly set for an Afternoon Tea.

If you would like to see more of this delightful event, please go to A Modern Day Victorian Ladypage.

Celebrate Spring!

In preparing for my celebration of Spring, I wanted to add a little of the out doors inside, until I can get out in the garden. While searching for Spring decor, I found these two little fellows at a thrift Shop. They begged to come home with me. I could not resist.
 They have adjusted well to the decor of the Parlor. Sitting comfortably under some plants they looks so real.
They are no bother, no fuss nor do I have to feed them. They give that sign that Spring is truly here.
We will have to celebrate the first couple of days inside, because we, here in New England are still having snow. Our mid afternoon days are warm with the sun shining though the windows.

But, by late afternoon and our nights are very chilly.

 The Tea Corner is ready for a Spring Tea Party which is in the planning for this month.
 There are so many ideas for a celebration at this time of year.

I am sure you have some Spring celebrations in progress. I would love to get a sneak preview.
I am happy that Spring is f…

It's Tea Time!


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