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Monday, March 5, 2018

Tuesday Cuppa Tea Irish Things




Hello and welcome to my Irish tea for St. Patrick's Day tea edition of Tuesday Cuppa Tea!





I hope that Irish Eyes are smiling for you this week! 






It's been fun putting this togethe...and it really started as an Irish breakfast...with a Shelley Shamrock teacup, Irish Breakfast Tea, crumpets and boiled eggs in Guinness eggcups!







I had to grab a quick window of sunlight pretty early in the morning, as rain was expected...no surprise, this is the Pacific Northwest...





Since this is Tuesday Cuppa Tea...meet my Irish teacup! A Shelley Shamrock pattern cup and saucer in the Dainty shape.  I love the little clover chintz pattern!





The pattern number is 8064 ad the color is the /57. The st was also made with various green and gold trim combinations, and the /57 means green handle and trim.  The pattern was made starting in 1908 when it was entered in the pattern books, and was made in Bute, Mocha, New York, Norman and Vincent shapes under older backstamps. Because it was a very popular patter, it ontinued to be made on the Dainty shape from 1940 to 1966 when the pottery closed. One of Shelley's more enduring patterns.







And another Shamrock set by Aynsley, England from the 1930s...that we used for tea a few days ago...






But back to today's Irish Breakfast tea....





You may remember that we had tea at the Tea Room At Port Gamble a few weeks ago, I posted about it HERE and brought home a tin of Irish Breakfast tea for St. Patricks Day. It is a nice loose tea...described as a blend of Chinese and Indian teas with some Golden Tips. It is very nice! 




 A few years ago we had to visit JoAnns Fabrics for something, and I saw this lovely shamrock fabric 

with copper flecks, so I bought some and made a tablecloth for my small tea table in the sunroom...isn't that perfect?!!







And I had to have my boiled eggs in our Guinness eggcups! A few years ago we were on a drive from our week in London up to the family in the midlands and happened to see a church fete going on, with a bit of a jumble sale...and found these. I LOVE them and Guinness was my Honey's favorite drink....until the Parkinson's Disease medications eliminated alcohol from his diet...




I take my tea with Demarara sugar...an Irish product...and here, with my Apostle sugar tongs...surely it's St. Patrick!



This lovelhoto with Daffodils and an Irish Belleek teaset is from Tea Time Magazine...



And my crumpets! Jean, of a Delightful Repast blog has a great recipe HERE which turn out great! I use the rings I got from my English Nana...
in the middle of England where are families are, they are also called Pikelets...

That was breakfast...but for tea time...



I made Irish Scones that I got from a Kerrygold Irish Butter packet I bought at Costco, and they were delicious! I have added the recipe here:

Irish Scones
These delicious baked goodies make a strong case for scones becoming part of a traditional Irish breakfast.  Kerrygold Butter keeps them moist yet light. Topped with jam or preserves they could almost be breakfast all on their own.
Ingredients:
1 3/4 cups (about 8 ounces) all-purpose flour---I used 1/2 whole wheat
1/4 cup sugar, plus additional for sprinkling over tops
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons (2 ounces) cold Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter, cut into pieces
1/3 cup raisins
1/2 cup whole milk--I used almond milk
1 large egg, plus additional beaten egg for brushing over tops

Directions:
Heat oven to 425° F. Sift together flour, 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder and salt into large bowl. Using fingertips or pastry blender, rub or cut the Kerrygold Butter into flour mixture to form coarse crumbs. Add raisins. Whisk together milk and 1 egg. Make a well in the flour mixture; pour in milk mixture. Using fork, stir just until soft, moist dough is formed.
Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface; gently knead 1 or 2 times to incorporate loose pieces of dough. (Do not over knead.) Pat dough to 1 1/2-inch thickness. Using well-floured 2 1/2-inch biscuit cutter or bottom of a glass, cut out about 6 rounds, recombining scraps as necessary. Place rounds on lightly buttered baking sheet. Brush tops with additional beaten egg; sprinkle with additional sugar.
Bake until golden brown, about 14 to 17 minutes, rotating pan halfway through baking for more even browning. Serve warm with Kerrygold Irish Butter and jam.
Makes about 6 servings
Note: These scones are more muffin-like in texture; dough will be moist and wet, which ensures a tender texture.



So thanks for joining me for an Irish Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
I am joining:


Here is the Tuesday Cuppa Tea linky for your tea related posts...please remember that it is SSSLLLOOOOOOWWWW but if you are patient...it's there!  I am so looking forward to visiting you!


24 comments:

  1. What a fun post to read today, Ruth. I love both of your teacups, and would be happy to sip Irish tea from either of them. The crumpets and the scones look so yummy! The best scone I ever ate was at a castle in Ireland. They sent me the recipe, but mine didn't turn out the same. I bought some Kerrygold butter from Costco just last week. It's a must in my Irish kitchen during March! Thank you for hosting, and enjoy your week.

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    1. Hi Kitty...I do like Kerrygold butter, but really any is good...as long as scones follow! Lol!

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  2. Ruth, what a delightful post featuring your shamrock china! Green is a favourite colour because it's so bright and reminds me of springtime when all is bright and fresh. The crumpets look so good! I have a boiled egg every morning and the crumpets would be a real treat. I will look up that recipe. I love the shamrock fabric under the tea; so sweet! Thank you for hosting and enjoy your day. Blessings...Sandi

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    1. Springtime is a green season, isn't it? I am indeed a boiled egg fan! And it's fun to change it out with the crumpets...or pikelets as my husband's family call them. The recipe works really well.
      Ruth

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  3. Hi Ruth!Love that Irish Blessing...Your pretty tablecloth is perfect!The teacup is amazing too!Love the beautiful vintage cards.Thanks for hosting and have a lovely week!Hugs,Maristella.

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    1. It's a fun time of the year! I love old postcards so...Thanks for coming to tea!
      Ruth

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  4. What a charming tea time! I can't remember the last time I had crumpets. I don't have any Irish tea so I'll be drinking green tea on St. Paddy's Day. Thanks for hosting and have a great week!

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    1. Well green tea is green, so...perfect! As long as it's green it's a win anyway!

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  5. We love Irish tea at Creekside Cottage! We drink it everyday, cold or hot! Barry's, or Lyon's brand or a good Irish Breakfast is our tea of choice!

    Your shamrock things are sweet, I'll be using mine on St. Patrick's Day for sure!

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    1. Love Barry's too! But the Twinings is what's in the cupboard at the moment...as long as it's strong and black and tasty I am happy!

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  6. Ruth,
    What a fun post! I smiled all the way through. From the choice of tea, to the tea cup, to the vintage postcards, to the Guinness egg cups (who knew???!!!!) .. a St. Patrick's Day tea for sure. And a recipe. Have a lovely week and thanks for hosting!

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    1. Oh good...I hope especially the eggcups would make folks smile! It's such a fun spring opportunity for something sifferent, isn't it?!

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  7. Hi Ruth,
    Your post today is just perfect for St. Patrick's Day! I absolutely adore that Clover Chintz Shelley teacup and plate. Is your teacup a belleek? Everything is lovely. Thank you for hosting Tuesday Cuppa Tea. Blessings, Karen

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    1. Hi Karen. Everyone's Irish this time of year! Lol! There is indeed a Belleek on the tray from Tea Time. I have had a few but sold them in the shop, and always regret it this time of year! Lol!

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  8. Ooops I meant to say is your teapot a Belleek? Sorry.

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  9. I love St. Patrick’s Day with it happy shamrocks and beautiful green overtones... Your table has perfectly displayed the mood with so much creativity. I took notice of that wonderful tablecloth ...and love the vibrant messages of Spring in this post... even the Guinness cups that made me smile...Of course , your Shelley teaset is so beautiful and I just wanted to sit at your table and enjoy a scrumptious scone( my favorite) Thanks for hosting and sharing such a happy message.

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    1. Thanks for your kind words! It was so nice to have you join me for tea!

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  10. I love all things Irish, and so this is perfect. And I love Shelley!

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    1. Shelley is the best! Thanks for joining me for tea!

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  11. Ruth, I didn't even know Shelley made a Shamrock pattern! Love the shape of that cup. I think Shamrock looks perfect for spring. Thanks for mentioning my Crumpets! I haven't made them in a few months, we're way overdue for some crumpets. Though tea was right there for my current post, I didn't get a good photograph with tea, so I hesitate to link it. But I hope everyone will come over for some Scrambled Eggs AND my Le Creuset Giveaway.

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    1. I agree, time for crumpets! A favorite around here, and your recipe worked beautifully...of course!

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  12. Dear Ruth: This will put everyone in the mood for St. Patrick's Day for sure! There was a lot of work in this post (as in all you do) and it really is wonderful1 Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks so much Bernideen...nothing as nice as yours though!

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  13. What a fun post. The Shamrock cups are beautiful and I just love the Guinness egg cups.

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