I've been baking and I feel so much happier! January can be a bit of a cold month of hibernation and, oh, did I say, it's cold? Like many other people, I really don't like the cold or the shorter days so I tend to sleep more and go out in the fresh air less. Do you do the same? It can be difficult to break out of the habit and so, what I tend to do is force myself to go running: it's a win-win, I'm warm and I'm out in the daylight getting that vitamin D. This in turn helps to get my mojo going for baking and everything just gets better from there.
Therefore, I present to you my latest tea box: The Romantic. I've baked all the goodies I would want to eat myself: fluffy red velvet cupcakes dressed with swirls of cream cheese frosting and delicate hand-made roses; chocolate chilli scones for those moments of passion and spice, smothered in clotted cream and drizzled with fuchsia berry jam; freshly made sandwiches filled with honey and lemon blossom, strawberry and cream cheese, homemade cashew butter and cucumber. The boxes delivered on the 12th, 13th and 14th can also include a small bottle of fizz. In my next post, I will show you how to enjoy your tea box experience. After all, it needs to be done properly for that 1940's vibe.
What would you wear to enjoy your cream tea? I like to dress up for tea time. I particularly like the 1940's outfits because they are feminine and show that I've made an effort. Now that I'm a bit older, I don't have to follow the trends (not that I ever did!) and so I emulate the curves and layering of the 1940's women. I have even managed to persuade my husband to dress up when we serve tea from our caravan (not in women's clothes, I hasten to add! Although...). How about persuading your own partner, friends or family to dress up for tea. Somehow, it makes the tea taste nicer and the scones last longer!
Next week, I'll be posting instructions for the perfect cup of tea and a surprise recipe. See you all then and thanks for reading.