Friday, January 25, 2013

Winter-time Reading with Tea

When the temperatures are frigid outside, don't you love staying indoors with a good book and a cup of hot tea? 

One of my Christmas presents was a Barnes & Noble gift card.  I could spend hours [and lots of money] in that book store!  The [Unofficial] Downton Abbey Cookbook is one of the items I got with my gift card. 

There are twelve chapters, but I couldn't resist jumping ahead to chapter 8, Tea at Downton Abbey, when I saw it listed in the Table of Contents.  Hosting a Downton Abbey tea is definitely on my "to do" list!  Some of the recipes in the tea chapter are:  
Mrs. Isobel Crawley's Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches
Mrs. Patmore's Madeira Pound Cake
O'Brien's Crumpets
Sybil's Ginger Nut Biscuits
Anna Bate's Chocolate Crumpets 

[Internet Photo of Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham]

The book contains both upstairs and downstairs recipes, and the author states while the elite upstairs residents may seem like miles - rather than feet - away from the downstairs inhabitants,  both share an appreciation for good food.  I'm going to thoroughly enjoy this cookbook! 

A special thanks to my friend, Angela, at Tea With Friends blog for writing a post about English Tea & Cakes.  I got it with my gift card too.  I think one could gain weight just looking at the scrumptious photographs!   

Lastly, I purchased the January/February 2013 issue of Victoria when I noticed the cover said, "An Invitation to Tea."  

Pages 77-81 are about "Winter's Warming Cup" which, of course, is tea.  The issue also features an article about tea caddies, titled The Allure of Antique Boxes.  

Right next door to Barnes & Noble is a Marshall's/Home Goods Superstore, so you know I couldn't leave without checking to see what merchandise they had pertaining to tea.   Come back on Monday and I'll show you!


  1. I'm staying home today, since we're getting freezing rain (yuck!) so a cup of tea and a good book sounds really good to me! Enjoy your new books, and I'm looking forward to seeing what you found next door, too!

  2. I looked at my coupon to use it (with membership discount too) on this book but the coupon had expired. I have to pay more attention to their coupon dates as they don't last long. The DVD's for downton 3 arrive on the 29th!

  3. Thanks for the review of the Downtown Abbey book, as I had been wondering what it was like! And I'm glad you found the tea magazine I had blogged about. Although now you've got my curiosity up about what you found at the Marshalls/HomeGoods store ... !

  4. I am "iced-in" here today. No school. It's a pajama day here. A good book and a cup of tea for me.

  5. What fun treasures and on a cold day you have that right, a good book and tea is perfection.


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