I have always admired—actually adored—all things British. When Lady Diana became a household name and her wardrobe shaped the apparel business worldwide, I just loved it. My friend Barbara Cockerham and I actually studied her wardrobe and would buy every book we could find that had Diana as the subject.
One of the things we really loved and decided to master was the ritual of having tea. Now mind you, we had no clue about tea blends, scones and curds, or any tea treat that one would typically make to accompany tea. So we went to the store, bought shortbreads and lemon curd, and proceeded on to purchase Prince of Wales Tea.
When we finally got out our teapots and china cups, we thought we could pass for the Royal Family. But the truth is that basic tea started us both on a lifetime of loving tea and the wonderful foods that accompany tea. My favorite blend of tea is Earl Grey. It is a wonderful black tea that is steeped and then sipped to my extreme satisfaction. Nothing is as wonderful as a freshly baked scone with lemon curd and Devonshire cream.
Many of you experienced your first tea at a tearoom. And you probably have a wonderful tearoom in your area. Please write and tell me about the tearoom in your area. We are always looking for great places to feature in our TeaTime magazine. Tell me also why you love the tearoom, its name, and city so that we can get in touch. I remember many fabulous tearooms that I have enjoyed. No two are alike! That’s what makes traveling and finding tearooms so interesting.
I sample many teas along with our staff at TeaTime. We get some delicious teas sent to our offices for consideration in the magazine, and I am always ready to try new teas. Today Lorna Reeves, the editor, brought me the new Holiday Tea from Harney & Sons. I am ready for Christmas!
Another wonderful thing occurred today: our newest hardback book, Tea & Sweets, arrived. It is not only gorgeous, but the recipes and tea ideas are fabulous for afternoon tea. If you have always wanted to learn about tea, our TeaTime magazine and tea books will not only educate you but inspire you with beautiful table settings. The new book has more than 100 recipes that will please any palate.
I hope you fall in love with tea as I have. Every time I enjoy a cup of tea it makes me slow down and savor the moment. If you do decide to purchase Tea & Sweets, for a limited time, use code SWEETS to enjoy free shipping.