A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Royal Grafton Green and Pea Salad!

Hiya me lovelies and welcome to my tea themed meme Tuesday Cuppa Tea. I hope you have been enjoying the London Olympics! Awesome! Along with most folks, my favorite part of the Olympic Opening ceremony was:

I thought it was wonderful that the Queen Elizabeth II was game to do it, and apparently did it in one take. Another fun fact is that besides Daniel Craig as James Bond and 3 corgis are visible, the person that portrayed Queen Elizabeth crossing the lawn, entering and leaving the helicopter was Julie Mackenzie, known to many as Miss Marple of Masterpiece Mystery fame!  That was so fun!!!! I also loved seeing such London icons as the Pearly Kings, Chelsea Pensioners and others, and was pretty disappointed that we in the US  didn't get to see a dance section dedicated to the London terrorist bombing of 7/7 2005.  Ah well....

I am sharing a family recipe for peas salad, so I thought...why not a green teacup! I shared this once before a year ago, but it is one of my favorites. The cup and saucer is by Royal Grafton, England from the 1950s and is just beautiful. Besides the forest or hunter green bands, there is a heavy gold embossed gold pattern overlay and a lovely rose center. I just love it! For more info on the teacup at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.

As it's summer (finally if you live here in the Pacific Northwest), I have hauled out one of our family's favorite family recipes that we always have during the summer, and are asked to bring to potlucks.

Pea And Pecan Salad

1  10oz pkg, or 1 1/3 cup of thawed frozen peas
2 cups finely shredded green cabbage
3 green onions thinly sliced including greens
1/2 cup sliced radishes

1/4 cup each, mayonnaise AND sour cream (I use IMO non dairy sour cream)
1 tbs white wine vinegar
1 tsp dijon mustard (I never use this, but it was in my grandmother's recipe)
1/4 tsp curry powder (this is just a taste and not overpowering if you don't like curry)
1 cup roasted pecans...split into 2 sections

In a large bowl, combine peas, cabbage and onions and set aside. 
In a small bowl, blend mayo, sour cream, vinegar and spices. If made ahead, cover and chill vegetables separately up to 24 hours.

Mix vegetables and dressing and 1/2 of the pecans/ Salt to taste. Serve topped with the reserved pecans.
Makes 6 servings


Here is the linky, and a list of some of the blogs I am joining. Have fun watching the games...we will watch as much as we can!
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. Loving the dark green and gold tea cup and saucer! Very regal!

  2. Good morning Ruth. Yes, we also got a chuckle out of 'James Bond' escorting the Queen to the Olympics. Very clever. Your recipe for pea salad sounds yummy. Have a great week.

  3. Enjoyed your blog today, Ruth - as always! Beautiful teacup, tasty sounding recipe, and loved the coverage of the Queen being escorted to the Olympics! ~ Fondly, Phyllis

  4. Hello Ruth,
    Your green and gold teacup is a stunner! I love rich dark green and the gold just sets it off so beautifully! Thank you for your visit and letting me know about the teacup. I shall have to name her myself. Have a delightful day, my friend.


  5. The Queen of England is just so neat.

    Your teacup is gorgeous and that recipe is the perfect thing for summertime eating, thank you for sharing it!

    Thank you, also for hosting a wonderful linky party.

  6. I love the color green, so I love this teacup! Thanks for the pea salad recipe. My Granny made a delicious pea salad and this sounds a lot like it. I've been looking for one!! I've always heard Queen Elizabeth has a wonderful sense of humor. I bet she had as much fun with this skit as we did watching! Happy Tea Day and thanks for hosting!

  7. Hello Ruth
    We missed the opening ceremonies while away on holiday; how I wish I could have seen the Bond part.
    Your recipe reminds me of something similar my mother used to make so I think I'll give it a try - thanks for sharing.
    The teacup you chose for today is lovely.
    Thanks for hosting.

  8. Hi Ruth,
    nice tea post. The Queen and you tea cup are both very elegant. And the salad sounds great. Thank you for the recipe.
    Best greetings,

  9. Hello Ruth~ what a fun post. LOVE your gorgeous deep green Royal Grafton cup. Thx for hosting each week. HAPPY August~

  10. Ruth .. your teacup today is perfect! Wonderfully regal... and the recipe is one that my hubby would definitely enjoy...thanks for sharing it! Hugs, C. (HHL)

  11. Hi Ruth, Your teacup is beautiful, and the pea salad looks so good. I am enjoying the Olympics. I imagine it brings back a lot of memories, with the many sights and sounds of London.
    Hugs, Beth

  12. What a pretty teacup set! And the pea salad looks yummy and refreshing. i love cold salads during the summer months! Thank you for hosting and have a wonderful week!

  13. Joining your party today - your salad looks delish!

  14. You're right, this green cup is a beauty! Thanks for pea salad...I have never seen pea salad with pecans or curry.

  15. Lovely tea cup and the salad looks great!
    Thank you very much for hosting!
    Besos from Argentina, Silvina

  16. Looks good! Thanks for hosting!

  17. Lovely! I really enjoyed the opening of the Olympics as well...especially seeing the doggies!
    Your tea cup is stunning in deep green and gold! The spray of flowers is gorgeous in the cup bottom as well. I have a Grafton with the exact same spray, but different look outside. I just love this style cup, Grafton in the 50s is definitely grand!
    Mmmm, your salad looks good! Thanks so much for sharing your family recipe!

  18. That cup is gorgeous! and the pea salad looks delicious!

  19. Ruth: Thank you for this wonderful recipe which I am printing out! I was wondering about something Ruth - since you have this British inside track- I noticed that painting in the Dining Room in Downton Abbey - it is featured on the movie about the Royal Castles - did they "borrow it" for the movie or what?

  20. Hi Ruth,
    What a beautiful teacup this week! I love the flower in the bottom of the cup. I'll be trying your recipe for pea salad. I have one I use but yours sounds better! Thank you for sharing and thank you for hosting!

  21. Yummy for the salad AND the teacup :) I'll have to try this recipe. I love pecans in just about anything and with 5 trees on our property I have plenty of them!


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