In accordance with the above quote, I’ve made an extra strong brew this afternoon. Do come in and enjoy a cup (or two) of Ginger Tea from TrueBrit. It’s a blend of Ceylon and other black leaves mixed with ginger. I find it delicious! With the increase in temperatures, we’ll take our break on the porch.
One of my children will soon be reading 1984 for his English class. I got excited when I saw it on the required book list. I’m wondering if it will have the same impact now that the year has long passed and a new generation of readers, unfamiliar with the Cold War, WWII, and largely protected from exposure to tyranny, has come along. I read Orwell’s classic in high school, sometime around 1980, and found it powerful. Do you have a favorite book that affected your own young perspective?
I realize I’m rambling a bit, but has anyone else noticed that tea is just better in England, Orwell’s homeland? I even prefer the Lipton there! I returned from my travels this summer with oodles of tea. That’s how I roll. My souvenirs consist of tea leaves, tea bags, and a few sweets (those are better in England as well). So, if you spot any in your local import store, don’t hesitate to indulge. You might find yourself enjoying the best cuppa ever! By the way, did you know George Orwell was the pen name of Englishman Eric Arthur Blair? His sister ran a tea house for a time, and he also lived in India (both adding to his tea pedigree), as well as on the Isle of Jura, Inner Hebrides, off the west coast of Scotland. He died young at age 46 of tuberculosis but lived an interesting life. He spent time in Paris and Spain, where he was wounded fighting in the Spanish Civil War.
I’ve kept our food simple today, utilizing cocktail cucumbers and pretzel rolls, along with fresh herbs. Simple butter cookies complete the table. I’ve mixed diced honey ham with two different flavors of cream cheese for the fillings. Everything came together in a jiffy.
- Keep an eye out for teas imported from England. You’ll want to give them a try.
- A supply of store-bought butter cookies comes in handy when entertaining.
- When weather permits, move your gathering outside. Soon it will be too cold for the great outdoors.
- Flavored cream cheeses are readily available and add a nice punch to sandwiches or crackers.
- Check your local grocery for specialty breads. The mini pretzel rolls I found proved perfect for small tea sandwiches and tasted delicious.
- Use a melon baller to scoop out soft vegetables. Stuff with your favorite filling. Cocktail cucumbers are refreshing and tasty when filled with diced ham and herb-infused cream cheese.
- Don’t be afraid to include fresh herbs. They add a great taste to your creations. Just watch the amount, so you don’t overpower any subtle flavors.
Thank you for joining me, and do pop by again soon!
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