A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Rose Teacup, Earl Of Harlem Tea Truffles

Hello and welcome  to Tuesday Cuppa Tea. I have a teacup and a chocolate truffle recipe...perfect for Valentine's Day. You will also find a linky for your tea related post at the bottom along with a list of some of the other blogs I'll be visiting.

I hope you took the time to take the :
Downton Abbey Quiz From PBS: Which Job Suits You???  in my last post. It's quite fun!

Today's teacup has a gorgeous deep pink, or magenta really, rose on English bone china by Royal Vale from the 1950s, a division of Ridgway Potteries, Ltd. which consolidated out of Ridgway, Sparks and Ridgway in 1955. The earlier company had been around since the 1870s and made some fabulous transferware. I love the color of the roses!

Isn't that pretty? Tea is bound to taste better...don't you think? For more info on the teacup which available at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.

Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and I came across something I thought was a perfect mix of chocolate and tea. New York Chef Marcus Samuelson has a recipe on his page for Chocolate truffles with a twist...

The secret ingredient in these decadent and gorgeous chocolate truffles is a Harney & Sons variant of Earl Grey developed for Harney & Sons in conjunction with Chef Marcus called Ambessa Earl of Harlem

According to Harney & Sons, the tea has citrusy layers, bergamot and floral aromas with a lasting smoky base notes. Intriguing!   Chef Samuelson also gives a mini course on types of chocolate truffles...who knew??? I didn't. For me the darker chocolate the better, and that's as far as I've journeyed on that road!

Ambessa Earl of Harlem Truffles Recipe

  • 8 oz good quality dark chocolate
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tea bag of Ambessa Earl of Harlem
  • zest of half a medium sized orange
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
  • 1 cup cocoa powder, for coating truffles


1. Heat cream with Earl of Harlem tea bag and zest and until just about to simmer. Remove tea bag and zest and add vanilla.
2. While cream is heating, roughly chop the dark chocolate and place into a heat resistant metal bowl.
3. Pour hot cream over chocolate, and allow it to sit for 1-3 minutes.
4. After 1-3 minutes, stir cream and chocolate until well blended and smooth. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
5. Place cocoa powder into a bowl. Using a teaspoon, make 1-inch scoops of cold chocolate and infused-cream mixture (ganache) and roll into balls. Then roll in cocoa powder, and refrigerate until served.
That is an awesome recipe!   Related websites to visit are:

Tomorrow we will be drawing the winner of the FREE BATES! t shirts, and I will post the winner on Tuesday. If you do not have a blog, or are exclusively a Google+ person, I may not be able to reach you...so be sure to check back for the winners. If you see your name as a winner but  I haven't emailed you or contacted you through your blog, please email me through the blog.

Here is the blog list followed by the tea related link up for Tuesday Cuppa Tea. I love to hear from you...it's so much fun getting to know you! I love your comments.

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
Tea On Tuesday
Miss Kathy ~http://thewritersreverie.blogspot.com/
Tuesday Tea       
Tea On Tuesday
Tea Tuesday
Tea On Tuesday
Poetry In A Pot Of Tea
Friends Sharing Tea Wednesday
What’s It Wednesday                                           
Home On Wednesday
 A Tea Lover     ~http://the-teaist.blogspot.com/
Tea Talk Wednesday


  1. That is a pretty teacup Ruth. I believe I have a Royal Vale cup in my cupboard in a different pattern. That tea sounds delicious. Have a great week. I'll be joining later today.

  2. Another pretty teacup, Ruth. I also have a RV teacup but different posies. Those Truffles look delicious. Thank you for stopping by and joining me for tea.


  3. Love that teacup! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe with us and for hosting!

  4. Hi Ruth, What a lovely rose teacup! You have a large number of beautiful ones! Wanted to let you know I enjoyed your past few posts as well; yesterday I was unable to comment for some reason.
    Blessings and thanks for hosting!

  5. Hi Ruth,
    I love the deep pink of the roses in your Royal Vale tea cup! It makes such bright and cheerful photos!
    Thanks for the information about the connection between Royal Vale and Ridgway... and thanks for the recipe!!!
    I've followed Downton Abbey here in Portugal, but now they're repeating the 2nd or 3rd series, I'm not sure which it is, so I have to wait for the next one... I find it a super production, too!

  6. Hello Ruth,
    your tea cup is so pretty with the rose on it. And the recipe for the truffles sounds too yummy. Thank you for sharing the recipe and for the nice tea time.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  7. Hi Ruth..wow..another gorgeous cup..vibrant and radiant..very beautiful gem..very romantic looking too! Lovely recipe!! thanks for sharing! Wonderful post..
    Wishing you a magical tea!

  8. Hi. I'm visiting from Stephanie's blog. Thank you for the recipe - looks delicious!

  9. Hello Ruth,
    I have really enjoyed your post! I love your Royal Vale tea cup, the roses on it are so pretty! I do love tea cups from the 50s!
    I am really enjoying the new season of Downton Abbey! I am sure you are too. I have re watched the first two already. What a story!
    I am still keeping my fingers crossed about the t shirt! Yay!

  10. Hi: Love the Royal Vale. You always have amazing tea cups. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

  11. Oh, it's never too early to begin thinking about Valentine's Day and recipes! Excellent!

  12. I have recently started reselling some cups and saucers, etc at my store and have come across several Royal Vale.

    I think it is funny that we are both "Isobel's"!

  13. The roses on your cup are so pretty and the truffles look yummy!
    Have a wonderful week!
    sandy : )

  14. Beautiful teacup - sorry I am late, but thought I linked up this am and just discovered I had not yet!

    Thanks for all the fun Downton Ab stuff, love it.

  15. Thanks for sharing your Truffle recipe at my HOME, Ruth. I had to laugh at your comment because my hubby doesn't care for truffles!


  16. Hi Ruth,
    Love your pretty RV teacup. The rose pattern is lovely. Your chocolate truffles look so delicious. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.


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