Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Tea

Welcome friends for tea this week.  As this is our last chance to gather before Christmas, I'm serving a blend of cinnamon, orange peel, spearmint, vanilla and cloves called Christmas Eve.  I even made a special treat for us, warm Christmas pudding, topped with Devon custard. 
My recipe, similar to the one my mother always made is traditionally called 'carrot pudding' because it has grated carrots, potatoes (to make it moist) dates, red cherries, raisins, some seasonal spices and a couple of teaspoons of molasses and it's steamed instead of baked.
Growing up at home the pudding was served with a brown sugar sauce; the adults had a bit of rum added to theirs.  Christmas dinner always ended with this warm and filling dessert and I'm sure  it must have a zillion calories in it and since the brown sugar sauce is so sweet, I've switched to using custard. 
The snowman and Santa are a couple of my favourite ornaments that sit on the kitchen windowsill because they both have birds with them.  We cherish the birds that visit our wildlife habitat year round.
Last month, myself and a couple of friends formed a 'circle of friends' to meet for lunch once a month and talk about the things we have in common; gardening and tea.  We have added another to our circle and although one could not be with us, the December lunch was held at Lavender Cottage. 
I set a Christmas table of gold, silver and white with just a hint of pink. 
We had spinach salad with crimson pomegranate seeds sprinkled on top, vegetarian black bean soup and rosemary  bread. I served my friends Christmas pudding for dessert with Christmas Eve tea too.
We had previously decided to have a gift exchange and after drawing numbers, I was the lucky recipient of this white grapevine teapot.
We had a great time together and I hope you will find time during the holidays yourself to sit with a friend or two for some inspiring conversation over a cup of tea.
Sandi from Prince Edward Island has been hosting our weekly Tea Time Tuesday parties at her Rose Chintz Cottage for a number of months now and she is a gracious host, visiting each of her participants with  friendship and kind words.  Thank you Sandi for bringing us together, even though it is through our blogs.
Merry Christmas to the friends that share tea with us each week.

12 comments:

  1. Oh, beautiful & delicious, I'll be right over.

    Merry Christmas ~
    Have a beautiful celebration week ~
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

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  2. Hi Judith: Christmas dinner would not be complete without a pudding with burnt sugar sauce. Yumee. Love your table setting and what a lovely teapot. LOL.

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  3. What a lovely idea you and your friends have. And what a gorgeous little teapot you received. I love Christmas pudding with custard ... a tradition from Britain. Happy Holidays.

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  4. Hello Judith,
    this was a very nice tea time with that wonderful china. I love the snowflakes pattern and the napkin ring is perfect with that. Your pudding with custard sounds delicious. I think all your guests has certainly enjoyed their time with you. And a charming little tea pot have you gotten. Have a Merry Christmas.
    Greetings, Johanna

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  5. Hi Judith, I love your teapot. We have had 'carrot pudding' very similar to yours every Christmas since I was a young girl. Love idea of using a custard sauce instead of a brown sugar sauce. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas. Take care, Jen

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  6. Hello Judith,
    My, what a beautiful tea! The silver and white china is lovely and looks so pretty with your Lavender Rose teapot! Your pudding looks amazing! Cute teapot you received too! BTW, I really like your new blog look and your new header is gorgeous! Thank you, dear friend, for particpating in Tea Time once again and I wish you and your family a lovely holiday filled with joy.

    Christmas blessings,
    Sandi

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  7. What a lovely pause in the rush of this last week. Enjoy your pretty teapot - it's very sweet.

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  8. Everything looks so warm and inviting at your house, Judith, and the tea party sounds like it was delightful! :)
    Wishing you a beautiful Christmas!
    ~ Zuzu

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  9. What an exquisite tea setting...so festive and gracious!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    Have a blessed Christmas,
    Carrie

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  10. What a beautiful luncheon! Love your snowflake china and the little gift bags at each placesetting are a nice touch. Lovely spoons too. The Christmas pudding looks fabulous! What a beautiful tea today, Judith! Merry Christmas to you!
    Beth

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  11. Hello Judith!
    That sounds so delicious! What a lovely setting you prepared! Wonderful post,
    Kathy

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  12. Hi Judith,
    I am sure everyone enjoyed the visit very much-it all looks lovely! I love your new tea pot too.
    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and blessings for the New Year too.

    Carolyn

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