Monday, August 30, 2010

Delightful Redundancy! Another Afternoon of Tea at London Farms

Welcome to another delightful, 'Tuesday And Wednesday Teatime In blogland' and also to Friday's lovely blog parties as well!.., Enjoy my friends!

This week I am joining in with these tea parties; the 18th , 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday' @ and also @

.., And also @  for the 46th, 'Tuesday Tea For Two', and also the 37th, 'Wednesday Tea For Me And Thee'.

I am also linking in with Martha and Terri's, Teacup Tuesday this week @

And the lovely,  Teatime Tuesday ,  at dear Lady Katherine's which is held weekly  @

And also with dear Sandi for, TeaTime Tuesday @

I am also linking in with the fabulous, Foodie Friday @

As well with the wonderful, Show And Tell Friday @  ( I am featuring my red and white, gingham slip covers for Show And Tell Friday, that my dear little pup is sitting beside at the bottom of this post)..,

If the fact that I adore Tea time is not evident by the existence of this blog, one need look no further than my repeated visits to the London Farms Tea Room to conclude that I am a bit of a fanatic.  Truth be known, I would probably go there on a weekly basis, if I had the discretionary time and funds.  My only criticism is that they don't "do" a bonifide "cream tea" as they chose  not to serve clotted cream with their delicious scones.  However, they offer a lovely homemade raspberry jam, creamery butter, and three scrumptious sweets which vary from time to time, along with a smashing spot of splosh known as London Lady Tea which they also sell in their darling little gift shop! It is seldom that I possess the needed self control to leave there without buying a little something for my collection, whether it is silver-plated spoon, a fragrant lavender sachet,  or a lovely tea-cup!   I say, blushing all the while, that I have been to London Farms no less than three times this season.

In my own defense however, I must admit that I do have a "partner-in-crime" on my frequent forays to the farm in the person of my dear friend Ruth, who knows that she need only mention the possibility of a visit to the tea room to obtain my hearty agreement.  This time we took delight in viewing a bevvy of free range chickens clucking contentedly in the front garden. amid the brown-eyed-susans.  As we sipped on our delicious brew and lingered over our scones and sweets, we discussed plans for our church's  up-coming Christmas Tea and bandied about ideas for everything from decor to door
prizes, and keynote speakers to scones!  It was a lovely break from the everyday.  I do hope that perhaps, we might go there just one more time before the season ends.  In my life there is always room for tea!     

The folks at London Farms Tea Room have many such collectable teacups and teapots .., I do not know who these little teacups are made by, but aren't they pretty!?.., I love antique, teacups and saucers!

Another delightful recipe for you to enjoy my friends..,

Nova Scotian Gingerbread

1/4 cup shortening

1/4 cup lightly packed demerara brown sugar

1/3 cup Molasses

*1 egg

1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

3/4 cup boiling water


In a medium-sized bowl combine the dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking soda, and spices) Set aside. In a separate bowl, cream together shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Into these wet ingredients beat in molasses and egg.Stir the dry ingredients gently into the creamed mixture, alternating with with boiled water, and ending with dry ingredients, combining until just mixed. Spoon batter into a lightly greased 8 X 4 or 9 X 5 inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees F oven for 40-45 minutes or until a tester inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool in pan for ten minutes. on a baking rack. Remove from pan and allow to sit of baking rack until completely cool. (If you can STAND it, but I like to serve mine warm from the oven!) To store, wrap tightly or put in an air-tight container. Each 1/12 of a loaf is 133 calories! Pretty good for a delicious dessert, but that of course does not include the lemon sauce or whipped cream. (Lemon Sauce Recipe to follow! Yum, yum, oh yum!)

* your egg should be room temperature, but I NEVER remember to take it out of the fridge in time for that, so soaking the egg in warm water for 15 minutes before hand will bring it closer to room temperature.

Lemon Sauce

1/2 cup white sugar ( if you are concerned about calories you could use a 1/2 and 1/2 split if sugar and Splenda)

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1 cup boiling water

1 tablespoon butter ( Go ahead and indulge, it won't kill you!)

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

*the juice of one lemon

In saucepan combine sugar, cornstarch, salt and nutmeg/ Gradually whisk in boiling water, stirring to remove any lumps. Simmer over low hear, stirring occasionally until the mixture is thick. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter, lemon zest and lemon juice. Serve over warmed gingerbread and enjoy AS, NO DOUBT, YOU WILL!

* To get the most juice out of your lemon, heat it in the microwave for 10 seconds on high. You will double or even triple the amount of juice you will get from the lemon. I like to zest my lemon after if has been juiced, because if you do it before, the lemon falls apart as it is juiced.

Please  also enjoy my little, "puppy-scape", tablescape for Marti's , Tabletop Tuesday @ 
~This is my dear little doggie,  Charlie D. Dog. ~ Woof!
 Warmest regards from Scone Queen

~ I always so enjoy your comments , so please kindly leave me a comment and I shall visit you in return.., (I am still making the rounds from last week, so please be patient; I adore visitng you as well my dear blog friends)!  ~ Thanks so much for all of your lovely comments last week!


  1. This is so delightful my friend; I'm so happy to see you blogging regularly these last few weeks!..,Love it!

    London Farms Tea Room looks lovely and your dear friend looks to be a wonderful lady, Scone Queen!~ Also, the Nova Scotian Gingerbread with Lemon sauce recipe, looks so very yummy, tasty and scrumptious!..,Delish!

    Thanks so much for being part of, 'Tuesday Tea For Two', 'Wednesday Tea For me And Thee", and also, 'Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday' once more!

    Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee
    and also

  2. Hello, The London Farms Tearoom looks absolutely delightful. I love tearooms too! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week.
    Blessings, Beth

  3. Hello my friend,
    Your tea room sounds like a smashing place to enjoy a spot of tea! I have frequented my favourite tea room several times this season also. Fortunately, my hubby enjoys it as much as I do so I have no guilt whatsoever when I visit. *smile* I must confess however that I do my share of swooning over the many beautiful tea sets and tea things there! Ah, so many pretties! The teacups you've shared today are gorgeous and the gingerbread sounds divine! I adore gingerbread myself! Thank you for sharing your wonderful post and for joining me for tea. Have a splendid week.


  4. Oh what a lovely tea. So much fun to enjoy it with friends. Your puppy tea is just so precious. Love it. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

  5. Oh how I love antique tea cups and saucers too! And the photo of the three cups is so intriguing to me, I would love to see those cups and who they are made by, they are gorgeous!
    Thank you for sharing with us.

  6. Charlie D. Dog is adorable, such a cute idea!

    Beautiful tea time, and that gingerbread and lemon sauce sounds so delicious!


  7. I know I would enjoy tea there too, and the teacups you showed, love them! Vibrant , beautiful, cheery!

  8. Looks like a nice place to visit, I love the chickens! Please consider joining the Barnyard Bash with this fun post!
    And your doggie teascape is cute, have a great day!

  9. The tea room looks so inviting. I have to tell you that my dream is to open up a tea room...someday :) So I can meet and chat with nice ladies like you. Love your doggiescape...he's cute! Stopping by from Tea Cup Tuesday.

  10. So happy you came along to the tea party.
    The tea room does look inviting. I would find it difficult not to return often. Those teacups would be another stumbling block for me.
    Your pup is adorable. He doesn't seem to mind being part of a tablescape.
    Blessings, Pam
    PS Recipe looks yummy!

  11. London Farms Tea Room looks like such fun. Love your stacked cups! Lovely post and pup! Happy Tea Day!

  12. I miss going to tea rooms. The one near me closed down not to long ago.
    It would be hard to pass up such lovely tea cups!!
    Have a blessed day.
    I'm stopping by from Artful Affirmations.

  13. Your "Puppy Scape" made my day! Such an adorable little one. Thank you for the recipe for the lemon sauce. I have a weakness for lemon anything. London Farms Tea Room reminds me of the Mad Hatter Tea room near where I live. Take care.

  14. I just love seeing Tea Rooms and this one was so delightful!


  15. Hello...

    Ohhh, I would love to have tea at the London Farms Tea Room! Such sweet ambiance...I can certainly see why going for tea would be such a treat! Thank you for sharing it with us for the Tuesday tea parties...sure enjoyed your photos, my friend! Ohhh...and your recipe for Nova Scotian Gingerbread sounds divine! I'm gonig to have to buy some molasses next time I'm at the store. I'd love to give your recipe a try...sounds like a perfect dessert with autumn nearly here!!!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  16. What a treat! Sorry I am late. Such a lovely time viewing your photos and thanks for sharing your recipes!

  17. What a wonderful Tea Time spent with a special friend! I so wish I was there too! The teacups, I love them both! The recipes sound wonderful! The puppy is so cute on the Table Top! Thank you for joining me for Tea Time Tuesday. When I saw the free range chickens I had to laugh, for I have near 40 chickens that are free range. Tea on the Farm is wonderful here too! I know it was so much fun to shop in the gift shop!

  18. That looks like a lovely tearoom. Thanks for sharing the pics and the gingerbread recipe.

    Your little canine friend is adorable.

  19. Enjoyed visiting your blog. Thanks for sharing the gingerbread recipe. My dad used to make gingerbread for me when I was a little girl.

  20. I hope you'll join us once again dear Scone Queen for this week little cyber tea parties!..

    Thanks so much for joining us this past week for; 'Tuesday And Wednesday Tea Time In Blogland', dear friends!..,

    ..,You are once agin most warmly invited to partake with this week's 47th,'Tuesday Tea For Two', the 38th, 'Wednesday Tea For Me And Thee' at the Plumed Pen blog, as well as for our 18th, 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday' shared meme, right here..,

    ~and also @!..,

    Thanks to those of you who so graciously left encouraging comments as well as having joined us last week, ( as also mentioned above); for our tea parties!~ We so delight in having you partake each and every week that you are able to do so!

    Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee

  21. How lovely! I am hosting a 50 dollar CSN Giveaway on my blog. I would love for you to stop by.Thanks Anu!