Lemon and Currant tea cakes are lovely in the afternoon
paired with a good cup of Earl Grey.
Since I was in England this year,
my tea cupboard is replenished now with my favorite British teas.
One of my favorite Earl Grey teas is, Whittard's Afternoon Earl Grey.
(My box of tea is a bit rumpled from travelling home in my suitcase.)
This premium black tea flavoured with bergamot
is packaged in elegant round tea bags.
I like to drink mine "milky" with one lump or two!
"Few hours in life are more agreeable than the British ceremony known as afternoon tea. Our Afternoon Earl Grey is distinguished by a lighter bergamot taste. An elegant blend, it evokes an era of fine china and leisurely conversation, when the ceremony of teatime was an unhurried pleasure".
In the past, I've ordered teas online from Whittard in the UK and
they have excellent international service.
Luckily now, Whittard teas are available again in the US though on-line retailer Annie's Tea Time .
Need a little something to "spice up" your next picnic or barbecue?
Mama DeDomenico's Barbecue Macaroni Salad
can do just that!
. My Mamma Mia (my mother) has been making it for years. The recipe dates back to my days growing up in San Leandro, California and the famous pasta company in our town Golden Grain Macaroni Company.
Yes, the same company that made Rice-A-Roni ...
"the San Francisco treat"!
Golden Grain was founded in the early 1900's by Italian immigrants,
Maria (Mama) DeDomenico loved to cook. She had many old world recipes passed down to her and brought them to America. In 1912, she persuaded her husband to open a macaroni business and she supplied all the recipes. To this day, I still have her little Pasta brochure from the 1970's with her favorite recipes in it.
Here's a favorite Mama DeDomenico recipe...
Barbecue Macaroni Salad
16 oz Golden Grain Salad Macaroni
*1 can (8oz) Golden Grain Marinara Sauce
1 1/2 cup chopped celery
1 cup sweet pickle relish
1 can (4oz) chopped black olives
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup minced onions
Cook macaroni as directed on package; rinse with cold water. Combine macaroni, Marinara Sauce, celery,relish, olives, chili powder. Chill. Stir in mayonnaise and onions. Salt and pepper to taste.
*Golden Grain Marinara Sauce is now discontinued.
It came in a can and was the best!
I use Newman's Own Marinara as a substitute now.
My Momma Mia likes to make her version a bit more saucey..
so feel free to use more marinara sauce, if you wish.
I like to use 1 medium red onion and more olives.
I add the onion at the same time as all the other ingredients.
(In the photos: Emma Bridgewater Polka Dot plates and Vintage British Hamper.)
I'm also enjoying time in my kitchen with the last of summer's
Not all Americans are familiar with Summer Pudding.
Summer Pudding is a chilled British dessert made in a large pudding mould or small individual moulds. Its ingredients are simple...
stale white bread, luscious summer fruits and sugar.
I've wanted to make Summer Pudding for years now.
All my British recipes call for red currants which are very popular in England but very difficult to find here in sunny California. I finally found red currants earlier this month at a grocer in the San Francisco Bay Area. The red currants were grown and shipped in fromHurst's Berry Farm in Oregon... a climate closer to England for growing red currants.
So I finally got to make Summer Pudding! I adore small desserts so I chose a recipe for Individual Summer Puddings and I already had the moulds.