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Saturday, December 24, 2011

A Spiced Tea Christmas & Trees in Teapots

Well, it's Christmas eve! How, how, how is it Christmas already?!

And so here we are then, another Christmas, another Christmas tree in our large 50s teapot, sat supping a pear & vanilla tea.


Afraid we didn't chose the best tree this year and many a pine needle has dropped already. Perhaps it's bearing itself to show off the pot more clearly... perhaps...


And whilst on a little Christmas shopping trip to Morrisons recently, we came across some festive and sweet sounding teas. Perfect.


Ooooo we've had a few sips of the pear one and it hit just the right spot and merrily looking forward to supping the others. Especially Clipper's Dandelion & Burdock! Mmmmmmmmm.

Well ladies and gents, we've got a Christmas eve table to set up and a few drinkies waiting for us, so we'd better scoot.

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone!

Chin chin...

Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Delights of Turkish Tea * Guest Post

Arrrrfternoon ladies and gents. We just love this guest post below from Cajame Creations. It's great to read some genuine insider information about Turkish Tea...


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We like to think of ourselves in Britain as a nation of tea drinkers, but I don't think we can hold a tea-bag to the Turkish when it comes to our love of the brewed leaf.

The Turkish take their tea drinking very seriously indeed, and I dread to think how much the average person gets through in the course of a normal day. Unlike us, they drink their tea black - and find the notion of adding milk quite ridiculous. Your average Turk will also find it hard to believe that tea can be drunk without the addition of sugar. Whereas we would go out in the evening and enjoy an alcoholic drink with friends, the Turkish will meet and drink tea. The tea will be delivered in small glasses, and is likely to be carried in on a special serving tray. The glasses may be small, but the tea certainly isn't! It's strong in taste and aroma.

I spent 4 years living in Turkey, and my home is still there. During that time I've spent hours waiting to be seen in offices and banks (I will never complain again about the waiting times in the UK, you can be waiting to be served in the bank an entire morning!), and witnessed the ever-present delivery of glass after glass of tea. Every large office will have their own tea-boy, and where they don't, the tea is delivered at frequent intervals from a nearby stall. Most streets have a little nook or cranny containing the tannin nerve-centre for the immediate vicinity.



It's a pity, but they don't all dress like this seller in traditional dress anymore! Instead they dash about carrying a silver tray with a carrying handle, each one balancing about a dozen little glasses.

Wherever you go, you will be offered tea as a courtesy - and the host is likely to be mildly offended if you refuse a glass. Oh boy, does this prove awkward if you don't like tea! Ever since I became pregnant with my third child (ooh - 12 years ago), I have been unable to bear the smell of tea, let alone drink it. Neither have I got a sweet tooth. So... imagine my predicament when presented with a glass of the strongest, sweetest tea imaginable! It's happened to me so many times I've lost count. I see the tray coming towards me and gulp inwardly. I smile and say thank you........ and then wonder how on earth I'm going to get rid of it. My husband has saved me on so many occasions, by drinking mine quickly when no one is looking.

One event remains so clearly ingrained though, it makes me shudder. The Turkish are incredibly hospitable and love to invite you into their home. No visit will ever be made without tea being served. A lovely elderly couple entertained us one afternoon. We'd never met them before and the last thing we wished to do was offend. In came the tray of tea. Hubby was sat the other side of the room. I began to sweat slightly, and could see no way out. I was saved when the wife went back into the kitchen to refill the pot, and the husband went to a sideboard to fetch a photo. In a split second I hurled the tea into the plant pot beside me, replacing the glass in its saucer with a feeling of elation. Elation that instantly turned to desperation as I sat and watched my glass be immediately refilled. Three times.... yes THREE times, I had to summon every bit of will-power and down the contents. Eventually, hubby realised it was time to say our goodbyes and beat a hasty retreat, as I began to turn a peculiar shade of green!

Not only do the Turkish drink their tea differently to us, they brew it differently too. Not for them a kettle, instead a two part brewing process. Usually boiled over a flame (though there are electrical versions), in what looks rather like a normal tea-pot sat on top of a saucepan. Pop over to Turkish Cookbook for the full process and photos. It's made me chuckle reading that the tea must be served fresh and weak. I don't believe a word of it! I've seen pots that have been on the go all day, with the tea never being made fresh, but just more being thrown in the pot. And weak? You've got to be kidding me! (or perhaps that's in a different part of Turkey).

It was interesting to read that the Turkish produce their own tea, and that it's lower in caffeine than elsewhere. I didn't realise that until today. I wonder what it's packaged under? As far as I'm aware, Liptons seem to have firm control of the market, as that's all you ever see in the shops. Liptons is like a blast from the past for me, as it takes me straight back to childhood. I can picture my Gran sitting with her tea-pot beside her, spooning Liptons tea in "for a mash", before popping on a knitted cosy to let it brew. Can we still get it in the UK?


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Funnily enough, even though it's quite a way from Turkey, on our recent voyage to Holland we noticed that Lipton tea appeared to be the tea of choice, pretty much everywhere we went...


Rather than sitting about in a dreary greasy spoon with a cuppa.... wouldn't you rather do as the Turkish, and float away the afternoon on a raft? This is the way families and friends meet to chat during the summer. Escaping to the relative cool of a mountain river; sat upon cushions, trailing a hand into the icy water. No need to bother with getting up for an order, the tea will be delivered to you. The raft will either be pulled in to the shore by rope, or when shallow, the waiter will wade out.

Now that's my idea of a tea shop!

Ooooo we do like the sound of that... sounds absolutely wonderful... oh to be whisked away to Turkey for tea. Delightful.

Thank you ever so much for the brilliant guest post.

Chin chin...

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Surrrrprise!!

Just for Christmas we thought we'd give you ladies and gentlemen (delete where appropriate!) a little treat and a chance to stock up on those pretty vintage tea dresses, upcycled tea cups and readymade tea trays, by giving you all 20% off until the 24th of December!

Clicky clicky pretty 80's Vintage Dress
Perfect for Christmas!

We'll be stocking up over the next few days, so keep a little eye out and grab a bargain for Christmas, (or for a loved one that's got an eye for vintage!).

Fabulous Floral 80s Pretty Part-Tea Dress

A little confused and bamboozled about buying tea dresses in winter? No need to worry!! We wear tea dresses all year round and accessorize wth chunky knits, cool biker boots and colourful tights.

Have a little look at our first What Do You Wear post featuring Kathryn Sharman showing us how she likes to wear her tea dresses during Autumn/Winter. and instantly receive 20% off.

Pop on over to our Etsy shop and at checkout use the code iloveteadresses and instantly receive 20% off.

Happy 1st of December everyone!

Chin chin...

Tea & Bakes * Turkish Delight Cake

We appear to have had a little theme running over the last couple of days.

We've been drinking Turkish Tea, we have a guest post coming up all about Turkish Tea Sellers and here for you biscuit dunkers, we have a very delicious Turkish Delight Cake recipe from A Girl and her Bird.



Hi I'm Leanne and I love a cup of tea and a slice of cake so I was very excited when Isle of Tea asked me to share this recipe for turkish delight cake! It's pretty easy to make so here it is and enjoy!

You will need...

...for the cake

110g butter
110g caster sugar
110g ground almonds
2 medium free range eggs
75g chocolate (I used dark but you could use milk if you prefer!)
1/2 tsp baking powder

...for the icing

105g icing sugar
2 tsp rose water
couple of drops of pink food colouring

1. Preheat your oven to about 200c and grease a cake tin ready for your yummy mixture!

2. Melt the chocolate on the hob in a bowl over a saucepan of water or in the microwave.

3. Beat the sugar and butter until it's light, then beat in the eggs and the chocolate once it has melted.

4. Fold in the ground almonds and baking powder and then pop it in your cake tin.

5. Bake for about half an hour or until firm to touch. Take it out and patiently let it cool completely before you ice it!

6. To make the icing sift the icing sugar in a bowl and add the rose water and pink food colouring (I added a bit too much which is why mine's a very bright pink!). Then spoon over the cake.

Enjoy with a cup of tea! (Mine's milk and two sugars please!)


You can find Leanne over at her Tumblr blog at agirlandherbird and if you'd like to follow her tweetings click the link @agirlandherbird

Thanks ever so muchly Leanne for the fab recipe!

Chin chin...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

What do you wear... *Guest Post*

Now it's about time we pretty much got this post up as we've been promising to show you how we wear our tea & summer dresses during the Autumn/Winter for a good coupla weeks now.

So here we finally have it... and how better to start our first What do you wear with a guest post from Kathryn Sharman.

How to wear your tea dresses, now that winter’s here!


I hate packing away my summer dresses. Firstly, I’m not really organised enough to have my wardrobe divided into summer and winter. But secondly, what’s the point when the good old British summertime is about as fleeting as a Mayfly?

No, the good thing about having a jumbled wardrobe like mine is that my trusted woollies, long-sleeved tops, thermal vests and tights are always on hand. Similarly, it’s nice to open the wardrobe and still see a rainbow of dresses hanging there to brighten the dullest of winter days.

But what I really like is combining them to give you the best of both worlds, and a warm, pretty range of outfits to boot!

So I’ve started this season, dressing as I mean to go on, still in my floral prints and colourful, pick-me-up clothes, but I'm layering up for warmth. Crucial to this is my secret weapon: the thermal vest.

I own several thermal vests; long-sleeved, short-sleeved and even a strappy one for chilly summer days (I really feel the cold). I've bought them from M&S, Sainsbury's and even off the market. They're not sexy but they can be (vaguely) pretty. The main thing is they're warm. And the great thing is that you can continue wearing your favourite summer dress even when Jack Frost starts nipping!

Here’s how I try to do it:


Great combination of colours.


Ah! Our favourite floral and stripes combo.


Loving the knee-highs Kat!


Sweet ditsy floral & ever so loved stripes again.


Thanks Kathryn! We like your style.

So! How do you wear yours? Cardis? Jumpers? Tights? Shawls? Boots? Send us you pics and a little bit about your style and join in with our What do you wear with your tea & summer dresses throughout Autumn & Winter posts! That was a bit of a tongue twister...

Well folks, we're off to Holland tomorrow. If we get a chance we'll try and sample Holland's tea, between visiting galleries and taking many a picture or two.

Chin chin...

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Turkish Sweet Tea

Good evening you lot.

Today we went for a little saunter into town and came back with a box of Turkish Tea. It was quite surprising as we would never have dreamt of the health food shop stocking it before in a little British seaside town.



We've previously had a little taste of Turkish Tea at a friends house a while ago, who had been on a trip and brought some back. We were quite surprised at how incredibly sweet it is and a little relieved that the custom is to drink it in small quantities!


We were quite excited to open the pack tonight as we couldn't quite remember what exactly it looked or properly tasted like. Again to our surprise it looks exactly like sugar.



The box suggests you put two teaspoons of the apple tea mixture into a suitable cup. We've heard that you're supposed to have Turkish Tea in tiny glasses. So we got out one of our little cups we found on the market, labelled with HMS INDIA on the bottom.



One little problem though... it leaked...all over the place. Harrumph. Hmmmm and so we looked around for the other little drinky cups and they were nowhere to be seen. Double harrumph.

So we gave up and poured the tiny little amount into our Make Do & Mend teacup.


Oooooo what a substantial amount of tea, we hear you say. Darn that leaky cup.

Well, we think we should show you the proper customary way of drinking Turkish Tea.



Image from here.

From a beautiful little glass cup, like this.

Oh wouldn't it be very delightful to own such pretty little tea drinking cups.

And the verdict of the tea...

If you have a sweet tooth, dear ladies and gentlemen, this tea is very much for you. Think, English tea without the milk, without the black tea and go along the lines of flavoured sugar with a little boiling water. It is a fairly decadent as it is literally flavoured sugar. Definitely one to give you a good kick during your mid-afternoony slump or to kids that need sprucing up a bit.

We remembered, (when tasting the tea this time) that the last time we had it, we'd noted how it was not only sweet, but also quite sour as well. It's almost on the brink of that sharp tangy sherbet taste one may remember from their childhoods, so a good little nostalgia tickle.

You can drink it cold too! But not one to dunk your biscuits in little crumpets.

Keep a little eye out for the first What do you wear post...

Chin chin...

Monday, November 21, 2011

Versatile Blogger Award

Good afternoon world of the Internet.

You may have noticed a few little changes to our little site recently. For one, the tea (gin...ahem) drinking ladies are out in style, doing their squiffy tea drinking in the summer long-gone sun.

We have a little space for any of you lovely lot that would like to sponsor us at very reasonable rates (contact us if you'd like more info) and also, we've been given this!



Many thanks to Sam from Sam's Notebook for giving us this award!

Upon receiving this award we had better follow the rules... which are:

1: Thank and link back to the person who gave the award to you. Check!

2: Share seven things about yourself. Check! (below)

3: Send it along to five other bloggers and let them know you have awarded them. Check!(below)


Righto, tea chums...seven things about us...hmmm this may be a little difficult without stating the very obvious...




1: We love to watch the good old black and whites, (especially those with James Stewart in) and could merrily sit and watch Mary Poppins, Singin' in the Rain and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on repeat.

2: Favourite EVER cake = Hot chocolate fudge cake with either cream, custard OR icecream. (Goes down nicely with pretty much any tea too!)

3: We believe the little things mean an awful lot and we should never take anything for granted.

4: Wonders how time flies so quickly and why we (more often that not) never complete a day's list of things to do.

5: Can often be found with noses in books. (Isle of Tea Towers should be transformed into a library! *Note to Mrs IOT - get the blummin' Tea Reads Page sorted soon!*

6: We do actually like coffee too...

7: Slippers are a must! Cosy, warm, comforting and fairly decadent. Almost like a cup of tea for your feet.

8: Wonders what a widget is... isn't that something that comes in a drink? (Yes... there should have been seven... but we're ever so slightly naughty...)

That's that then! Very nice to have been given an award. Now, here's to some of our favourite blogs we shall give the award to.

1: It's got to be said at place No.1 it has to be Kat Got The Cream as she has been our most faithful and brilliant guest poster of all our Tea loving days (and we have a fab What do you wear from Kat coming up next too!) and she's a very good versatile blogger indeed!

2: Vicky from The Owl and The Accordion for her interesting, bright and colourful reads who needs a HUGE congratulations for the recent news of cooking a little bun in't' oven!

3: Kirsty from Dottynoggin because we just love her work and we could easily sit, cuppa after cuppa just admiring it all.

4: Floral & Purl for sharing with us all the sweetest, most lovely things in life and appreciating all those little things. Mustn't forget the wonderful photos!

5: Handmade by Emily Oh and how we love Emily's crafty makes and inspirations.

Phewph...all these inspiring hours of blog surfing are pretty tiring. Time for a cuppa with Arsenic and Old Lace.

Chin chin...

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

All we want to do...




...is drink tea and knit by our little craft table...



What do you like to do when the weather's getting a bit nippy?

P.S. We have a huge amount to catch up with yet again, as those very annoying money making jobs have been keeping us away!

More of an update very soon.

Chin chin...

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

We Love...

...This brilliant, amazing Etsy shop we've just recently come across, selling some brilliant, amazing, retro-cool tea thangs (ceramics/handmade pottery). (Flora & Purl directed us to this special place a few weeks ago). Thanks muchly!



Go to the shop here! You will not be disappointed.

Just look at these goodies!


Oooo this has just reminded us of Movember... remember remember Movember? Time to get growing those moustaches for charity again ladies and gentlemen.



Our kinda guy. Welcome over any time Mr Tea.


And darlings! Just look at this beauty. Every single time we have seen this recently it makes us all chuckle. This is most definitely our favourite teapot of the month!



And oh what a beautiful sugar bowl this would be in IOT Towers. One is rather willing to put this on the top of this year's Christmas list.

I think we're in love with this shop.

Oh...and we have to show you this too. We do like a beer now and again... (but will not be making an Isle of Beer...ahem...)


Oh what clever witty people! We like you A LOT!

So do go along to their site. They have many more brilliant pieces for such tea loving people. Oh and you must follow their blog for some good ol' belly laughs, (that will well and truly make your mouthful of tea dribble out through your grinning cake hole). And you tweeting twitter tweeters may like to follow their "new listings, words of wisdom or drunken ramblings" here .

Lenny Mud
own all the above photographs of ceramics.

If you haven't had a look yet, do take a little looky at our Etsy shop. There's a handful of dresses left that we'd love to go to new homes. As soon as this lot have gone off the shelves, we'll be getting a whole new bundle of vintage tea dresses back in.

Also, time is running out to catch them online as from the end of next week we'll be taking them to a vintage/antique fair in London! And then after that we may be taking them down to Bridport's amazing Vintage Market.

To find out more about our background and why we love Vintage Tea Dresses so much, get your tea-loving selves over to Running Rabbit Arts and Crafts to see our interview.

And don't forget, our What Do You Wear will be coming up very shortly. Don't lose your chance to get involved!

Chin chin...

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Guest Post by Betty Bee


As this blog is called The Isle Of Tea I thought I would share with you my love of throwing tea parties. Most women (and maybe a few men) will remember throwing doll's tea parties as children. Lining up teddy and tiny tears and pouring orange squash into plastic beakers. I don't think I ever really grew out of this phase and as Ive grown older my love of a good tea party has only increased.

To my mind there are a few simple rules to the perfect tea party. These are my rules obviously so feel free to ignore them but to raise your daily cuppa up from the routine to the regal it s worth the extra effort.


Rule #1-Make A Proper Space
Whether it's at the kitchen table, on the garden patio or even on a rug in your living room, clear all clutter away and create a beautiful clean space.


Time for Tea


Rule#2-Use A Table Cloth
Using a tablecloth helps lift this from the normal mug of tea and digestive experience to something with a little more cache. I really love old linen tablecloths and these are always for sale at car boot fairs and jumble sales. If you are really lucky you might find one which is hand embroidered. A great tip if you find a table cloth which is made of beautiful thick linen but is no longer a crisp white is to dye it a bright colour. I changed a chewing gum grey table cloth into petal pink in the time it took to put a wash on using a machine dye from Dylon


Tablecloths add a little extra


Rule#3-The Tea Must Be Made From Tea leaves And Made In A Pot
George Orwell famously said "There are 11 rules for perfect tea making, rules from which nobody should dare depart" Whilst I don't think I have 11 here are Betty Bee's rules for a perfect cuppa.

Perfect tea in my spotty Teapot


*Warm your teapot. Pour boiling water into your teapot and allow the pot to be warmed through. Then empty the pot. This means you wont be preparing tea in a cold pot which could lower the temperature of your tea while it brews.

*Use one heaped teaspoon of good quality tea leaves for up to four people. Tea leaves offer a more intense flavour than teabags and seem to have a stronger smell as well. Use boiling water and allow to stand for a few minutes before stirring. Keep pot warm with a tea cosy.

*Pour your milk into your teacup before you pour your tea, never after. There are various theories as to why this is best practice, some say its a throw back to the class system when putting milk in after pouring tea was considered a sign of being working class whilst other argue there is a scientific bias as in high temperatures, milk proteins begin to unfold and link together in clumps. All I know is that it tastes better when done this way around.

*Serve in china cups. Thin china seems to offer the best drinking experience whether its because the rims are more delicate so the sipping more enjoyable or just that it looks so pretty drinking out of china it really seems to add to the flavour.


Rule#4-Serve cake or baked goods
Whether its just a packet of jaffa cakes or a lovely home made confection nothing goes better with a cup of tea than a slice of cake. If you have a cake stand that's even better. You can follow my easy guide showing you how to make one for only a few pounds on my blog, Tales from Betty Bee Towers


Fairy Cakes compliment Tea perfectly

Rule#5-
Fill a jug with some flowers out of the garden, invite your favourite people over and put the world to rights.

Two for tea

That's my idea of a perfect tea party. What's yours?





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P.S. Excuse some of the alignment of the photo captions... blogger was not being our friend this evening!

Chin chin...

Thursday, September 29, 2011

We want you...

What would you wear with this in Autumn?


...to show us how you like to wear your tea and summer dresses over the Autumn and Winter. We love to wear our favourite dresses, all the year round. Accessorizing with with warm knits, chunky boots and sometimes colourful tights...
Cropped knitted cardi? Shawl? V-neck jumper?



Over the next few weeks, we'll being showing you how we wear ours.

And you know how they say, great minds think alike? Well, we only happened to find out that one of our favourite guest-posters, here at Isle of Tea, Kathryn Sharman has been thinking so much along the same lines, that we thought it would be great to put all of our Autumn/Winter wears/brains together and give you all we've got, here at IOT.

Do check back soon as we've got a wonderful *What do you wear* post from Kat coming very shortly...

So folks! How do you wear yours? Cardi's? Jumpers? Tights? Boots? Leggings? Jewellery? Send us your pics and a little bit about your style, by clicking here.



Chin chin...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tea & Bakes Guest Post by Vulnavia Vanity

Let us introduce to you, a wonderfully elegant Tea & Bakes post from Vulnavia Vanity...

I have always been a fan of lemon drizzle cake, but I never truly discovered my passion for it until this summer.

I was out in town on a date of sorts with an old lover, and we decided to stop for a bite to eat in a darling little café on the side of the road..

Being the indecisive soul I am & offered the choice of endless amounts of cake and pastries, I pondered for a few a moments or so and then decided to join my companion by purchasing a slice of his favourite cake, Lemon Drizzle.

Sitting at a high table, fashioned from old mobile phone fascias, we waited and spoke politely until the cheery waitress brought over our cake and beverages. I ordered a green tea and he a chocolate milkshake, the sweetheart.

I sunk my fork into the moist, yet firm sponge, through the thick layer of lemon-crystallised sugar and put the piece of cake between my salivating lips. There really is nothing compared to the sour tang of lemon, blending gracefully with the sweetness of the sponge! Euphoria.

I washed this down with a sip of my hot tea and the delicious contrast between the bitter and the sweet was to die for. I find the powerful taste of green tea often compliments a sweet dish with a finesse that most other beverages cannot begin to dream of accomplishing.

It was a perfect day. The sun was shining and I was eating cake with the boy I loved.
And this is why lemon drizzle is so special to me.

A few weeks and endless heartbreak later, I revisited the cake with my own hands, along with my partner in crime Delilah, a pro-baker. The sun was shining ever-so brightly. This is a rare occurrence in Devon, so we made it our business to organise a picnic. We ended up with another two guests, which was quite useful, as we have four very twee glass mugs that are excellent for such an occasion.

Cake time. First we consulted the trusty 'Crank's Recipe Book' to look for a recipe, but to no avail. Failing this we consulted the internet, only to come across some much more disturbing ideas, such as the best way to cook and serve a baby:


Secondly and I find much more disturbing is a recipe by 'Simon Rimmer':


I can't handle the description: "Simon Rimmer scores a lemony hat-trick"
I would never, ever trust Mr. Rimmer's lemony hat-trick.

Cranks had failed us & the internet too. It was time to resort to a little improvisation, using my favourite basic sponge recipe as a basis:

Lemon Drizzle Cake á la Vulnavia & Delilah - Floral Delight


See how they bloom! Very English flowers. Despite this, I can feel Hawaiian breezes blow.

Ingredients:
Cake:
150g Butter
150g Sugar
3 Eggs
1-2 tsp Vanilla Essence (optional, for taste)
175g Self Raising Flour
3-4 lemons
Drizzle:
Sugar
MORE LEMONS

1. Turn on your oven to 180c/Gas Mark 4.

2. Measure the butter (softened) and sugar, mix them together perhaps with a whisk, until the mixture is as light and fluffy as a cloud. We want the finished product to be anchored, yet buoyant, no?

3. Next, we must add the eggs and vanilla. Whisk it quick! We don't want a curdled disaster. Make sure it is well mixed and creamy, scraping all the excess on the side of the bowl.

4. Now we must add the flour, little by little, through a sieve, folding with a wooden spoon as we go until is all mixed into a thick, yet still liquid substance.

5. Next wash your lemons, and grate them with the tiny side of a cheese grater and gather all the zest. Once you have done this, throw it into the mixture and mix away.

6. Finally, juice the lemons and pour the good stuff into the bowl, ensuring you don't put any seeds into it. The last thing we want is choking guests at a tea-party, unless of course you are only inviting people you don't like, in which case, seed to your heart's content. Check the mixture is still thick and if you wager it is too thin, add a little more flour until you have found the right consistency. It must be light enough to rise, but heavy enough to set! Also, do have a taste. If this citrus invasion is not enough for you, do add more. The mixture is finished! Voilá!

7. Next, quickly grease a cake tin, or vessel of your choice (we used little Chinese takeaway style containers and they worked a treat!) pour in the mixture and leave it in the oven give or take 20 minutes until golden brown/hot all the way through (test with a fork). Do not open the oven for at least 15 minutes or your baby will not rise!

Do not lick the bowl, we haven't enough time! You can do that later! It's time for a spot of gardening now.

We can't have a Floral Delight cake with no nature on it! Remember though, don't use flowers that have been grown with pesticides! Yuck!

Here is a small list of garden flowers that are safe to eat:

Primroses (a beautiful classic)
Hyssop flowers & leaves (should be avoided by pregnant women, those with hypertension & epilepsy)
Bachelor Buttons
Lemon Gem
Pansies
Dianthus
Mint leaves

Do improvise with different tastes, but it is imperative you check the plant is edible before you chow down.

Is the cake done yet? Check and if so, then take it out to cool down.

Now we will make the drizzle. This step will be played by ear a little, because we do not want a thin layer of 'ponce-crisp'. No we do not. We are strong boys and girls with good strong teeth and we want the kind of lemon & sugary goodness that we can crunch into.

Put the juice of about three lemons onto the hob at medium heat and stir together with a generous amount of sugar until it becomes hot and sticky. Make sure there is enough before pouring onto the cake and spreading with a knife to cover the whole treat.
Once this has dried, release your Inner-Goddess and create your personal Garden of Eden on the sponge. Don't be afraid to be bold and beautiful! That's what the flowers are for. The cake is complete! Feed it to the special people in your life.... ♥


When we made these cakes for the first time, we had to go on a little floristry mission in my garden (& my absent neighbour’s, because we are cheeky).

When I showed Mamma Vanity the picture her reaction was not:

"What beautiful cakes!"

Like one would expect any decent person to say, but in fact she asked:

"Are those my bloody primroses??"

Some people, huh? Yes they are your primroses and they were delicious and there are so many more in our garden.

They went down a treat and we ate them all along with our cucumber sandwiches and home-made lemonade. Here is the beauty in the process of devouring:



And there you have it. The perfect addition to a picnic, a sweet tantalising pleasure for a summer’s day.

And in the words of Derren Brown:

"Have your cake and eat it... there's no other reason to have a cake!"

Thanks sweetie...

Chin chin...

Pomegranates, Rose & Roibosch tea.

Today we've sat and pondered about what's up next for Isle of Tea and what the future holds for us. This was (looking back) one of the main reasons why we took a little time away... to ponder.

However, today's turning out to be a good day.

The sun's shining, we found a scrap store with huge amounts of recycling arty goodness and have sat and drank roibosch tea (black), with a bag of Rose tea thrown in the pot for good measure. Which is actually a surprisingly good combination of tea. One to try for the adventurous types out there.


It was made even better when this sweet little pomegranate was brought into the equation. It was a very good combination indeed. No cake in sight! Just sweet little pink jewels to nibble on.

And we've got some very exciting news for you. We have our very first interview over at Running Rabbit Arts and Crafts. Have a little look to find the answers to questions such as;

Who is the Isle of Tea? How did you start selling tea dresses? Do you enjoy blogging?


Talking of sweet treats, we recently found some very delicious tubes of chocolatey wafer goodness, that we just had to share...

We Love...



...these rolled wafers filled with dark chocolate cream. A tad different from the normal dunking digestive, eh? A perfect after dinner treat to have with a cuppa when you're looking for something to hit that sweet-tooth spot. It would most probably be a perfect accompaniment to a good peppermint tea too.


You might have thought that we'd been abroad or found a lovely little shop selling great sweet treats from Greece, with the brand name being Papadopoulos. However, look no further than your own Supermarkets. Thanks Waitrose!

Have a little looky at their site. They come in all different colours and flavours too.



And just look at this fantastic pop-up card we found recently too. This is one to add to our ever growing collection of tea inspired bits.

Don't you just love it when someone out of the blue surprises you with a gift?



Just look at this marvellous vintage inspired Make Do And Mend mug...



We think we're going to have our dresses in an antique/vintage fair within the coming weeks. They are currently in our Etsy shop, so grab them while you can, otherwise they might all be gone!

Hope you're all enjoying the beginning of Autumn...

Chin chin...
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