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
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!