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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Tuesday Cuppa Tea Victoria Portobello Road And Peach Crumble

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! It has been a HOT week here, so we have hibernated...heat is not good for my Honey. Luckily he has watched lots of the Olympics, so that has been good. My Tuesday Cuppa Tea is a bit different this week...

I have a digital subscription for Victoria magazine, but somehow was sent a print issue this time as well...the English issue, which I loved anyway...

I love that they featured in the article Prints Charming...Burleigh's Blue Calico which I have often mentioned on this blog...

And they featured one of the weekly London antiques markets...possibly the most famous...Portobello Road...se...there on the upper right are my teacups for this week...lots of them! If you didn't already know, we traveled to the UK every year for a month for 20 years to buy for our antiques businesses Antiques And Teacups and Time Was Antiques and visit family, and always spent a week in London doing the antique markets...there is basically one every day in some part of the city...and a Saturday always found us here, on Portobello Road...

This is one of the iconic images of Portobello Road...this is a recent photo from the borough website and you will see it in my other photos before it got it's spruced up paint job fr Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee...fitting for a teatime blog...don't you think?

We always stayed just a few blocks away by Kensington Palace and the Bayswater Road, so could easily walk to Portobello...but you had to get to Portobello Road market early...I swear half of London was there. As I have mentioned before, you had better not be claustrophobic...and don't mind antiquing like it's a rugby scrum at times...see the teapot with it's un-spruced paint job in the photo I took a few years before?

The streets are closed to other than foot traffic...good thing to! It's amazing how crowded it gets...but some of the strees are really cool with lots of colors...

From a VERY early morning start one year...this is a favorite antiques mall called Alice's...but the draw is really the small stalls that line both sides of the street for blocks with eveything imagineable...we always had a backpack for our "smalls" as they are called in the trade...

Definitely china heaven...but everything else as well....we often had to pass things up because we knew we couldn't carry them back to the hotel....sigh...but you had better know what you are looking for, examine everything carefully, and watch for pickpockets!

There's another street photo in the bottom left of the Victoria article....I hope you enjoyed that small tour...I'll have to do a post on some of the other weekly markets...

This week I made Peach Crumble with the last of a batch of organic peaches using a cookbook I have had since the 1970s again...I guess we were sorta considered hippies, as we tried to grow our own food and lived a very simple life. This is one of my favorite cookbooks from that time...More-With-Less Cookbook...by Doris Janzen Longacre

I photographed the back to show how it has been used over the years...it's amazing how what it touted has come back into fashion...not that it's ever left my kitchen....so I thought I would share this simple, delicious and versatile recipe that I must have made with all sorts of variations over the years...

Fruit Crumble
Serves 6

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Place in a buttered 8 X 8 baking dish: 
2 1/2 cups pared and sliced fruit like apples, cherries, or peaches

Combine in a bowl and mix to form crumbs:
1 cup flour
1 egg
dash salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup chopped nuts if desired

Sprinkle over fruit. Drizzle over the fruit:
1/4 cup melted butter

Bake 25 minutes

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  1. My close friend just came back from London and spent considerable time at Portobello Road. She bought me a vintage sterling silver teapot charm there.
    Your peach crumble looks delicious. Haven't had the best of luck with peaches this season and my family has been asking for a cobbler/crumble. The peaches tend to stay really hard and not ripen. Guess I could try frozen peaches.
    I keep reminding myself to take a look at Victoria magazine online. It's not sold in any local stores here. I think I would enjoy reading it.
    Thanks for hosting!

  2. What a wonderful time you and your hubby must've had in the years that you visited and shopped in England, Ruth. My late beloved and I used to have a garden, canned and froze our food, and belonged to a food co-op, back in the '70's! Thanks for reminding me of those memories, and thanks for hosting. Your peach crumble looks fabulous!

  3. I love this persona; journey! I am enthralled by all the places you have been too and lived through. What a great post sharing your version of the same places!

  4. Thanks for the tour, Ruth! And for the heads-up about this issue of Victoria; hope I can pick one up. Your peach crumble looks great. I don't have that book, but I still have my copy of Diet for a Small Planet.

  5. I will have to rush out and get a copy of the Victoria before it disappears from the stands. I remember an early-morning foray into the Portobello market. It yielded the case for my silver flatware and many pieces of Johnson Bros Hearts and Flowers. Such a good time!

  6. Even if I've no posts to share I'm so overjoyed to be here again, dearest Ruth !
    After this period of 'interlude' which I had to allow myself due to work reasons - the Short Lets I manage here at Tenuta Geremia, the speech about the Empress of Austria I had to prepare and to perform at the conference which was held last Saturday at Madonna di Campiglio, in our Dolomiti, some works of restoration here and the family to join and follow took me far from the pc for more than a month and a half - it's such a treat to be back !

    Here in Northern Italy it's truly hard to find BLISS VICTORIA, so, to read that it's possible to have a digital subscription for it makes me feel so happy, I'm going to have a look on the web !

    May the remainder of your week be filled with much joy,
    thank you again, sweet friend

    Xx Dany

  7. Dear Ruth, what a lovely post! Lucky you that they sent you the English Victoria Magazine. I would love to go to London again any time and hopefully I get to visit Portobella Road flea market in the future. Your peach crumble looks very delicious, I really would want a bite :-)!
    I am taking part at your blog party for the very first time with a post about an English Afternoon Tea that we did at home. Very exciting! Thanks for hosting!
    Warm regards,

  8. I usually do my best to avoid large crowds, but I'd be willing to brave the hoards at Portobello Road. Thank you for the fun tour and hosting!

  9. Hi Ruth,
    I didn't realize that you went to England to get your pretty teacups for your shop. It must have been difficult to part with them. I am looking for a pink Sadler cube teapot. Did you ever come across one in your travels to England? It is very warm in Washington but I feel that fall is approaching when the evening cools off. Blessings, Karen

  10. What a great market! Your Peach Crumble looks amazing. Thanks for hosting!

  11. Going to London and other parts of England is on my bucket list. Your post confirms it. The Victoria photos are wonderful. The cookbook was popular back in the day. I am just visiting this week. :-) Jill

  12. I seen that issue of Victorian magazine on another blog and went right out to a bookstore and purchased a copy because I have an entire set of those blue calico dishes.I purchased them back in early 1980 marked staffordshir made in England , the new er one say Burleigh
    I enjoyed reading about your travels and shopping over there.

  13. I have to put Portobello Road on my must see travels for thrifting! I have never been to England but that seems like a great excuse to go. The peach crumble sounds heavenly!

  14. I love all things to do with tea so your blog caught my eye at Pink Saturday. Oh my the fruit crumble looks delightful and since I live in Colorful Colorado I can get some beautiful and tasty peaches grown on the Western slope where the days are hot and the nights are cool, a perfect combination for juicy peaches! Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for sharing with all of us today.


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