Monday, February 18, 2013

A decidedly American tea party (just a title...no politics)


As promised, here's another book from my pantry closet book shelf--The Tasha Tudor Cookbook.  There's some marvelous recipes inside, like the one for Baked Beans, and another for Yorkshire Pudding.  Scrummy!  

I like Tasha Tudor.  We used to share the same fashion sensibilities

In honor of Presidents' Day, I baked her Washington's pie.    

 It's a simple sponge cake, or "delicate", as Tasha would say.  Its main flavors are the raspberry jam mixed with kirschwasser spread between the layers.
  
 What do you think of the cunning little hatchet design?

And as promised, I'm inviting you to tea.  You don't mind the mismatched china, do you?  Speaking of china, I saw a 1930's tea set from England in the local thrift shop, missing only a saucer or two.

   It was under twenty dollars.  It was charming.  I decided not to pounce but to think about it.  I was a fool.  Went back a few days later.  Let's just say that she who hesitates is lost.  Especially in the world of thrifting. 

But never mind that.  I'm glad you're here.  One lump or two?


47 comments:

It's Just Dottie said...

Thank you for asking me to have tea with you today. It has been wonderful, warm and yummy to share this time with you.
Dottie

Joy Lake said...

As always, I love your cunning hatchet. Why doesn't the cake use cherry jam? Com'on Tasha! ;) Your tea party is so pretty.

Ron and Theresa said...

If I were only closer I would accept the invitation

Jodi said...

Dottie, you're welcome, and I'm glad you came. :)

Jodi said...

Joy, of course you love the cunning hatchet. You're my child. Kirschwasser is cherry liqueur. It's good mixed with raspberry jam. Tasha knew what she was doing. xx

Jodi said...

Ron and Theresa, that's the beauty of the virtual tea party. You're there if you're here.

Emily said...

I am SO THERE. That cake looks delicious. And we can discuss Tasha Tudor and her corgies and how much we love her illustrations.

Jodi said...

Emily, I'm glad you're here! Have you read Tasha Tudor's book "Drawn from New England"? Milk in your tea?

Connie Smiley said...

That was delicious! Thank you!

angelina said...

Oh the cake was delicious,may i have anorher cuppa? I brought my
crochet hooks xxx

Southern Gal said...

Two lumps, please. Love the hatchet. I was also wondering why it wasn't cherry jam, but read your explanation. Now all is right with the world.

Jodi said...

Connie, You're most welcome.

Jodi said...

Angelina, but of course,darling.

Jodi said...

Southern Gal, Two lumps it is. :)

Kim said...

Thank you mum, this is just what I needed to end this blustery day ! This is one of my favorite cookbooks and Tasha's Oatmeal Bread recipe page 27 is a staple in this home.

Emily Wierenga said...

I will take two lumps please :)

Jodi said...

Kim, I'm glad you got out of the wind. Sit closer to the fire...I'll pour. And I'll definitely give the oatmeal bread a go.

Jodi said...

Emily W. - coming right up!

Linda said...

Absolutely lovely! There is nothing as elegant as an elegant tea with delicious cake. So glad I came!

Emmie said...

I love this so much! What a lovely, lovely idea.

julie said...

How clever is that hatchet! You're an artist -- even the medium of cakes!

Amy said...

You can even make a hatchet on a cake look great! How fun:) Also, mismatched china = the best. I have a lot of everyday dishes, but I've never had china. It could stress me out if I paid a lot of $ and had to act all perfect. So, I adore the idea of mismatched, I'm-pretty-but-you-can-still-have-fun china. And, lady, reading your blog is as good as two lumps of sugar.

Jodi said...

Linda, I was hoping you'd come. We need to set a time for the real thing sometime. :)

Jodi said...

Amy, I <3 you tea girl.

Jodi said...

Emmie, Glad you like it! How do you take your tea?

Jodi said...

Julie, thank youuuuuuuuuu.xox

Lyndsay said...

I had forgotten how much I love Tasha Tudor. :) I used to have a book of the 23rd Psalm illustrated by her when I was little....it was precious. The cake looks delish--I want a slice!

Jodi said...

Lyndsay, pull up a chair!

Cheryl said...

Oh yum! Is there room for me? I'll bring my own cup and saucer, if it helps.

Jodi said...

Cheryl, there's always room for you,friend. :)

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

Delicious of you to invite me to tea. One lump please. Love the hatchet design and wonder how you did it. Did you combine something you cut out yourself for the center and a doily outside? And sorry about your tea set "loss". But you never know what's around the bend in the road, waiting to be discovered!

Jodi said...

Kristi, if you click on the words: "Cunning little hatchet," you'll find the post on where the hatchet came from. You're right about the doily. I cut out the center, placed the hatchet in the middle, and then sprinkled powdered sugar all over it. Now you said one lump, right? :)

Val , Kate, The Cute Kitten ,Razzy, Kepsey,Darwin ,Charon and Echo. said...

Like the White Rabbit ...I'm late!


That looks so scrummy :0)

Jodi said...

Val, sit down girl, I'll warm the pot!

JoAnn Hallum said...

you're adorable. Sometimes I come back twice, just for the cozy feeling.

Dewena Callis said...

I should have known you'd have her cookbook too! I stood in line for hours for her to sign mine and her little hand gave out before she got to me. But I got to see her and it was the same as if she'd stepped out of one of her books. Have you made her bran muffins? I've never tried this recipe.

Mary Drennen said...

Hello Mrs. Jodi,

I love the picture of you in the window. It was so great to see you all, Joy and Rhys during Christmas time. Anyway, I just wanted to drop a line to say hi to you from bella Roma. Have a great weekend.

Love, Mary

Jodi said...

Dewena, darn that Tasha - she could have pushed a little harder. After all, you stood in line just as long ;) I've never tried the bran muffins but I just might on your recommendation.

Jodi said...

Mary, I'm so jealous that you're in Rome! That's wonderful. Can't wait to hear about it when you come home. Lots of love, Jodi

Sara said...

That's a very clever hatchet indeed. Cherry jam instead of raspberry might be a tasty option sometime. I wonder what George would think? I bet he'd join you for a cup of tea and a slice of that beautiful cake.

And so would it.

Mary Drennen said...

I know. I just love being here. There is so much to take in in such a small amount of time. I am looking forward to telling you all about it when I come home.

Leslie said...

i love tasha tudor, too (and i'll take honey with my tea)

elizabeyta said...

Your comment about fashion made me laugh! I have been meaning to look for this cookbook. I have to admit that I picked up a old tea and saucer for myself. Too bad it was not thriftted! Antiquing I did.

Simmy said...

Hi Jodi,

Love the painting - wish I could add it my Jodi 'prints' collection I have (only one in England to have any)! You'll have to let me know if you make it in to a print.

That sponge looks like a cake we call Victoria Sandwich. I made one for Raj's birthday with jam spread on it and then a mixture of mascapone and fromage frais ( a bit lighter than the usual double cream).

Btw did you get our Christmas card this year?

love
Simmy

Jodi said...

Simmy!!!! You have been on my mind. Yes I did get your Christmas card. Did you get ours? I need a current e-mail address from you, please. xx

Aqeela said...

I love the look of your little tea party!
Ive hesitated before with things in charity shops, and missed out :-(
Aqeela xx

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