A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, June Teacup, Queen Elizabeth Quiz, Tuna Sweet Corn Sandwich Filling

Hello and welcome to my weekly meme Tuesday Cuppa Tea. I will be joining the other blog parties listed at the end of the post by the linky.

Did you enjoy all the Diamond Jubilee coverage? There was just so many wonderful things that I wanted to tell you about, I forgot most of them!  It was just too much fun! Had our Union Jack out as well!

If you are interested in some more royal related trivia, I found this fun Queen Elizabeth Quiz in the National Post Online:

Quiz: Ten questions about Queen Elizabeth after her Diamond Jubilee

I even learned something...I didn't know all the answers. Quite good fun...go ahead...try you skills....

But...on to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!  My teacup today is a June cup and saucer from a Flowers Of The Month series by Royal Castle, England. Since the demise of most of the major English china manufacturers in the last few years, quite a few new  and small potteries have sprung up, which I think is good news. I have spotted some of the molds that used to belong to other potteries being used or having been copied by the new kids on the block! This is one of them.

The teacup has some lovely red roses for June in quite a pretty pattern, and it's bone china and made in England. Hurrah!!! The month, June, in a surround is on both the cup and saucer.  I found this at an estate sale, but would love to see the rest of the series. For more info on the teacup at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.

As many of you know, we live on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state, north and West of Seattle, just across the Strait of Juan de Fuca (or the Salish Sea according to the local native peoples) from Victoria, BC Canada. Well, Washington gets quite a bit of rain, and the West Ens, as we callit, by Forks, where the Twilight series is set, is a rain forest. So...you want to know how much rainfall they have had from Jan 1st to May 1st this year????  Wait for it...   five feet!
No kidding...NOAA posted it in the paper. We, here in Sequim, have had 8 inches. Whoa! Just to make you feel better about where you live. Folks over there rust...or according to Stephanie Meyer, turn into vampires! LOL!!!!

Okay...back on track. Being raised in an English household, there are things I don't think twice about until someone points them out.  Like I mean an American goggling at me and asking "what???" And such a case happened yesterday.  I am on my milk free diet due to this having been a bad year for my respiratory allergies, and food can get boring. A friend was visiting and asked what I was making for lunch. I told her without thinking, Tuna and Sweet Corn sandwiches...and she almost spilled her tea down the front of her shirt. Her next comment was "Ewwwww, that sounds horrible!"

That's when I thought...ahh...another Brit thing I take for granted. I was raised on them...along with bacon butties, chip butties, toad in the hole, etc. Sooo...here is the recipe. I love Tuna and Sweet Corn sandwiches. In England you see them all over, and their baguette sandwiches are the best!!! You can even get them at Sainsbury's of Marks and Spencers or any good food hall all over the country.

Tuna & Sweet Corn sandwich spread

1 can of water pack chunk white or albacore tuna, drained and flaked into bowl
chopped green onions to taste---all of this recipe has lots of room to innovate, I do it all the time

dried dill weed---again, to taste

1/2 to 3/4 cup sweet corn kernals, drained canned or thawed frozen or cut from cooked, cooled...the English call it sweet corn because what they call corn is what we call wheat

2tbs or as desired of mayo...some folks like to add or substitute sour cream or cream fraiche, but I don't with the milk allergy

a dash of lemon juice and pepper if desired. Mix well and chill. Serve on bread, a bagel or a small split baguette.

So there you have it, easy as can be and milk free!!!! Have a great day!

Here is the list of blogs I'm joining and the linky to join Tuesday Cuppa Tea. Please link your TEA related posts and I'd love to hear from you. 

Monday Marketplace
Terri~  http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com/ 
Teacup Tuesday
Trisha~  http://sweetology101.blogspot.com/ 
Tea Party Tuesday
Teatime Tuesday
Kathy~  http://blissfulrhythm.blogspot.com
Victoria - A Return to Loveliness
Martha~  http://www.marthasfavorites.com/ 
Teacup Tuesday 
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Tea With Friends
Celia ~ http://attitudeivlife.blogspot.com/  Afternoon Tea
 Tuesday Teatime 
Friends Sharing Tea Wednesday

What’s It Wednesday


  1. This weekend I looked at the jubilee. The queen and her husband had to be real steel people. To cope so much at the high age. It impresses. Nice to read that some porcelain production resumed. Teacup is beautiful with its roses. So much rain. I hardly can believe it! In Sweden there is an enormous amount of lactose-free milk in the disk. The filling for the sandwich looks good. I wish you a great week! Zinnia

  2. I always enjoy reading your blog, Ruth! I thought of you this past Saturday when I was in an antique mall and saw a Shelley teacup and saucer for $21. I examined it carefully and didn't see any imperfections or damages. It was a woodland scene with a light green handle. I debated about getting it since it was priced so low, but heard my mother's words ringing in my ear "It's not a bargain if you don't need it!" I had already purchased other items or else I might have succumbed! Have a blessed day!

  3. Hi Ruth, Your Flower of the Month tea cup is lovely! I really enjoyed seeing your photos of the rain forest. It is beautiful! Your sandwich sounds good even though it is something I was not familiar with. Have a great week, Ruth, and thanks for sponsoring!

  4. Hello Ruth,
    Your teacup is very pretty and perfect for this first month of Summer. I have never heard of your tuna and corn sandwich. I wonder if my uncle who hails from England has? It certainly sounds tasty! Thank you for sharing yet another lovely teacup and have a wonderful day.


  5. Hello Ruth
    I enjoyed coverage and the concert for the jubilee. Her majesty's outfit was gorgeous. Funny when Prince Charles addressed her as Mummy.
    Your teacup has pretty June roses on it and I'd love to try a sandwich with your recipe, I think corn would be nice with tuna.

  6. Hi Ruth!
    Your flower of the month teacup is lovely.
    I think the tuna and corn sounds good even though I'm not familiar with it.

  7. Love this teacup - I too would love to see the whole series - interesting information. I am intrigued by your recipe - it sounds great - I'll have to give it a try - still amazed at the rainfall amount - we're normally in a drought - but lately we've had some terrific rain! Love what it does to the garden! I appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness and for hosting!

  8. Ruth, I always enjoy afternoon tea with you! I leave not only admiring the lovely teacups you share, but learning a thing or two. Today , you brought back a wonderful memory ... I was introduced to toad in hole, by and English friend's mother ... and the little bread circle cut out was always my delight ... I'm going to have to make some tomorrow. Thank you for the memories. Hugs to you, HHL

  9. Five feet of rainfall! That's a lot of rain! It sure does make things grow green and beautiful though:)

    Your teacup is very lovely! Thanks for sharing the recipe...looks yummy!

  10. Wow, 5 feet of rain is amazing! Your teacup is so pretty. And the tuna look yummy. Thank you for hosting and I hope you have a wonderful day!

  11. Hello, I am thrilled to hear about the new potteries! And your new Royal Castle cup is really pretty. I love the vintage shape and the flowers too!
    5 feet! Wow! No wonder the images you share are so lush! I live in NC and we get a good amount of rain, but not that much! We do though have tremendous growth and incredible greenery all over here. You can see the grass grow : )
    I think your Tuna and Corn recipe sounds delicious! Can't imagine why someone who say ewwwwww!

  12. Hi Ruth,
    Thanks for this lovely tea!
    Your new cup by Royal Castle, which I understand is one of those new potteries, is beautiful, following traditional lines.
    As to your tuna recipe, you know, here in Portugal we also use a lot of tuna and mayo to make salads or sandwiches but not usually with sweet corn.
    Now your recipe sounds great, I'll have to try it.
    Thanks for sharing.

  13. Hi Ruth! Well - it would appear that I have missed all the buzz about the Queen's Jubilee and I am sorry for it. We don't have a TV and my days have been quite full. However, I have a good friend finishing his master's in medieval history living in Canterbury at present, and he's been keeping me posted on facebook.

    I do like your June cup - the roses are beautiful - I love the color tones and the shape! I've been remiss in my visiting and posting due to a crammed schedule but hope to get back in the swing of things soon!

    Your tuna and corn dish is something I might have tried a couple years ago, but, alas - corn and my digestive track are no longer speaking.

    Ah, me . . .

  14. Hi Ruth ...

    Such a sweet cup for the summer month of June.... and I've love all the Jubilee celebrations .. Sorry that I missed your posting earlier, but I was right there to follow the queues on her journey.... making ATC's and tipping my hat to her highness...What a leap of faith for this young,
    ' ELIZABETH" ...She is truly an icon.

    We love tuna , so I will be trying out your tunafish and corn recipe( YUM ) ... now that I'm back into the swings of normal life... It's been a whirlwind month for May with the birth of our first grand-daughter... so time sort of stood still( ha ha).. for teatimes...I'm glad to be back online... Take care ...Hugs


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