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Monday, February 19, 2018

Tuesday Cuppa Tea February Pot Pourri

Hello and welcome to a Tuesday Cuppa Tea of February things...

First of all... Happy President's Day!

And last week, of February 16th, 2 event....
Chinese Lunar New Year...the year of the dog...

Years of the Dog include 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, and will be again in 2030.
If you were born in one of those years, the Chinese believe you share the characteristics of the dog...
inspiring, intelligent, honest, sensitive, helpful, straightforward and friendly..

February 1th was also our 44th wedding anniversary...

My goodness, we were young!

We had a bit of an anniversary elenses tea in the sunroom...no lunch, as we were going out to dinner at our favorite restaurant at 5:30...
and a few of the books I'd been revisiting from Victoria...

And there is the photo the closeup is taken from...usually sits on the mantle...

And for an appropriate teacup for our anniversary, I chose this Royal Albert cup and saucer in the Forget-Me-Not pattern from the 1950s...

And it's blue! I had Forget-Me-Nots as part of my bouquet....

For tea type...my favorite Fortnum & Mason Queen Anne...a lovely and complex black tea, that I discovered in England years ago, stocked when we had our bricks-and-mortar antiques and tea items shop, and used to bring home several tins on our annual UK visit. I found it was also available at Williams & Sonoma, which was nice, as I was getting it shipped from F&M.

And a happy and colorful hand colored on brown transferware teacup in a pattern called Royal Tudor by Royal Standard...

This teacup is also from the 1950s...love the colors!
This is the Book Of Afternoon Tea by Marika Hanbury Tenison...

I picked up this great English National Trust cookbook at a National Trust property in Cornwall sometime in the 1980s, but I can't remember exactly which one...but probably Knole, which is depicted in the painting on the front, which belongs to Queen Elizabeth II
called Country House Tea On The Lawn although I can't find the painter's name. 

I made a recipe from the book for us to have for tea....

Old English Cider Cake
2 eggs
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup fine granulated sugar
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
5 fluid ounce cider (or water)
1/3 cup raisins (not in the original, but having made this before they are needed for moisture)

Beat the eggs over warm water; cream the butter and sugar until fluffy and gradually beat in eggs. Fold in the flour that was sifted with the baking powder and nutmeg. Add the cider.

Spoon the mixture into a 9 inch loaf pan with the bottom lined with parchment paper and bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
Let cool 5 minutes, then remove to rack to cool.
Serve warm or cool, keep airtight. 
The cake is best eaten within a day or 2 or frozen, as it dries out quickly
Very good toasted/broiled and buttered as well.

Thanks so much for joining me for tea! 
I am joining:

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  1. Good morning, Ruth! I loved seeing the wedding photo of you and your hubby, and Happy 44th Anniversary to you both. Both of your teacups are so pretty, and I'd love to taste your Old English Cider Cake with my tea. Thank you so much for hosting and may you have a lovely week.

  2. Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby, Ruth! Love the wedding picture! I wore a hat as well after the veil came off. I love hats. Your Forget-Me-Not teacup is so pretty and perfect for your post today. I would enjoy that cake too, I know. A lovely posting for this week and thank you for hosting. Have a beautiful day!

  3. Happy Anniversary, Ruth! What a sweet photo of you and your hubby on your wedding day. I'm also admiring the bright colours of your Royal Tudor teacup. I've always wanted to try the Fortnum and Mason teas. I'll have to see if our local Williams and Sonoma carry them. Thank you for hosting and have a great week!

  4. Congratulations on your Wedding anniversary!How darling your picture is!The teacups are very beautiful,love both of them.The cake looks so good!Thanks for hosting,dear Ruth!Hugs!

  5. Congratulations on your anniversary! What a fun picture of the 70's. I love the Royal Standard cup and saucer! How lovely. I am fond of those old florals! The recipe is interesting too and the old recipes are wonderful reminders of bygone eras! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Ruth, the light was too bad for photos by the time I got the vegetarian faux tuna tea sandwiches made. Good thing I'd photographed a bigger sandwich early in the day when I made the salad! Happy anniversary to you - love the wedding photo!

  7. Hi Ruth,
    I love your Royal Albert Forget-Me-Not teacup today. What a beautiful wedding photo. Happy Anniversary and Happy Presidents Day. Thank you for hosting Tuesday Cuppa Tea. Blessings, Karen

  8. The cider cake recipe looks delightful and your wedding photo is lovely... YES, It’s hard to believe where the years have gone. Your ta look delicious and I really must research that book...I do love teatime literature and recipes...Thanks for sharing...Hugs


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