I was surfing around Foodbuzz the other day and started a conversation with Joie de vivre about cream tea. Have you ever enjoyed one? Oh my...what a treat......
The first time we had a cream tea was in Wiltshire England. The small tea shop where we were served was situated in a small town just below a long winding road that lead to Old Wardour Castle
Having never experienced such a treat, the owner of the shop, who also served us our tea, was kind enough to give us instruction on which to spread on the homemade scones first - the clotted cream or the thick strawberry preserves. As it was, we were told to plop some clotted cream down first and then add the preserves.
This site here would better describe a cream tea and it has wonderful photos...so you can drool too. It was one of the best things I have ever eaten. Seriously, the warm homemade scones....the thick glossy clotted cream and fresh preserves...it was heavenly.
Well, we try at home to indulge in the same treat. It's not the same in hot old Florida, but it's still delectably tasty. You could make homemade scones but a packaged conveience is Sticky Fingers.
Sticky Fingers is a brand name that has been making more and more appearances in our kitchen.
Back to our first time - well, following a leisurely few cups of strong milky tea and those scones, we drove up to Old Wardour Castle and had a wonderful walk around. Doug snapped a good photo of a huge Copper Beach tree through one of the three-arched framed windows on the second floor of the castle. It sits in my office and I often look at it and pretend it's a window. A window to cooler temperatures, to a more relaxed time, to the very possibility of adventure and new foods.
If you can swing it - fly into Gatwick and head west. Stop at any small town and get yourself a cream tea and relax.
But if you can't (like most of us) buy the best tea you can, make a batch of scones, find or order genuine clotted cream and buy strawberry jam or preserves with no chemicals or additives. Really good stuff. Then enjoy!
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