Welcome to a St. Patrick's Day post of Tuesday Cuppa Tea! Our kids have just flown home yesterday...miss them already, and I am feeling much better! Thanks so much for the lovely comments. messages and emails. You tea friends are the best!
So here's wishing you a Happy St. Patrick's Day, because on St. Patrick's Day...everyone's Irish!
My teacup today is really three Shelley Irish themed ones...
An early Shelley from the Late Foley period, meaning they were producing at their Foley pottery (Foley is a district of Stoke-on-trent) between 1908 and 1916. The pattern is of course, Shamrock, and it is in the Bute shape. This is from my archives.
Then we have the later version of Shamrock in the Dainty shape, made between 1940 and 1966 when the pottery closed. Same pattern, different era and shape. But still so Irish! Available at Antiques And Teacups.
And lastly a Shelley landscape design called Old Ireland that was made for the Canadian market. This teacup is in the Cambridge shape and was made 1940-1966. From my archives. Shelley does so many wonderful teacups!
Tea Time magazine had this lovely photo of a Belleek, Ireland teaset last year. I don't have that, but I do have a Belleek Shamrock creamer and sugar in a Shamrock pattern. I love Belleek, don't you?
This is the time of year I always remember Ireland. I was last there a couple of years ago but in early May. And, being Dublin...we had to visit the home of my husband's favorite beverage....
The Guinness Storehouse, as it's called, is a big tourist attraction as well as a working brewery and pub. I am not a beer drinker, let alone a stout drinker, so can't stand it. But my husband was raised with it...I do not say that inadvisedly, as Guinness was touted as pretty well a cure for anything, and even suggested for children. As my husband was an asthmatic, sickly child, he was given it as a child. This was an ad board from the time...
Amazing now...but then Coca Cola with the original cocaine ingredient was touted as that as well...as well as radium laced water and medications at one time, so...no surprise..But I digress...when he went to Guinness, I did what any red blooded American woman in Dublin would do...head to Grafton Street and go shopping!
Brown Thomas is a department store with a wonderful tea room...but I didn't think to take photos...and no selfies! I guess I was way beyond the times...to confess, can't get into selfies today either!
I found I had a little Irish cookbook...
This is A Little Irish Cookbook by John Murphy and here is the illustration by Karen Bailey of the Irish scones...
I made them, but made the in wedges which is our favorite...
Here is the simple recipe:
2 cups self raising flour
3 tbs butter
1/2 cup milk...I use almond milk
pink of salt and I added 2 tbs of dried currants
Sieve the flour into a bowl and rub in the butter quickly and lightly with the fingertips. Add the salt and then using a round bladed knife, mix in the milk a little at a time. With floured hands knead lightly to a soft dough, adding a bit more milk if necessary. Roll out evenly to about 1 finger thick on a floured board. Cut out and cook on a greased cookie sheet close to the top of a pre-heated oven at 425 degrees for 12-15 minutes. They are best eaten for tea and do not store well.
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