Downton Dish: Russian Tea

What with Mary’s ‘sketching trips’ and Edith’s creepiness and Robert’s pouting, you may have missed the little tidbit that Rose has started volunteering. Her chosen cause: dispossessed Russian aristocrats. While perhaps not a demographic one thinks of immediately when the words ‘in need’ come to mind, she’s pretty dedicated to them, and it’s nice to see her getting out of the house and doing something … Continue reading Downton Dish: Russian Tea

Places to Eat: eteaket Cafe and Tea Boutique

I spent part of my 4th of July holiday meandering through the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, taking in the sight of many a Stuart monarch and aristocrat. It was lovely (I highly recommend you visit–it’s free!) but walking around a climate- and moisture-controlled environment for a while can be hard on the feet and leaves you with quite a thirst. I emerged almost precisely at … Continue reading Places to Eat: eteaket Cafe and Tea Boutique

Cranberry Ginger Scones

Winter weekends always put me in the mood for baking, and what’s more English than whipping up a batch of scones to munch on with a pot of tea? Like muffins and other quick breads, scones are fast and easy to make, just don’t handle them too much or you’ll toughen them. This is one of my favorite recipes, adapted from a recipe found in … Continue reading Cranberry Ginger Scones