Will you join me for a traditional English 'Cream Tea' afternoon?
A 'Cream Tea', rather confusingly, is not a cup of tea, taken with cream and sugar. (You will know from this blog that mostly, tea is taken with milk.) The Cream Tea, refers to a special treat we indulge in on sunny days at the seaside. As it is gloomy and wintry today, I thought you might like to take a summery seaside day-trip with me. What a pretty little cabin above!
You never know where you will find a cosy teashop. This one is in Cornwall. They call them 'Cornish cream teas' here.
But there are lots in Devon too - only they are called 'Devonshire Cream teas' : ) Actually you will find tea-shops selling their version of cream teas in seaside towns mainly in the West-country of England, and also in Wales.
A cream tea includes - Home-baked scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream
And a pot of tea for two. Sometimes eaten outside if the weather is hot.
This is a pot of well-known clotted cream. It tastes so good.
This link takes you to information about clotted cream.
Oh, oh, oh, it's too delicious! Sometimes holiday-makers have pots of clotted cream delivered to their family or friends back home
I have just discovered that there is a company who will ship to America!
(I have had another look at this link and the cream is in a jar, and has a long life, so I'm not sure if it will taste the same as fresh clotted cream.)
Now we might take a gentle stroll along the promenade to end our perfect afternoon.
Ladies, if you are thinking of visiting England and experiencing a cream tea, please do a little research on the best teashops. One or two may not come up to expectations, but there are many tea-shops who will give you a lovely tea. try the smaller, independent tea-shops if you are in doubt.
Happy tea-time, ladies