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(it's TeaTime Magazine time!!)

the most exciting thing about this cover is that the teapot may be from the same set as the teacup I'm using right now

and obviously the history of Wedgewood, whom among us has not been waiting with bated breath for that

okay I'm also very excited to demystify clotted cream, there's a lot to look forward to in this issue

dang I also overlooked that this is the annual British issue!! iconic

what an apropos day for unbridled anglophilia -- surely nothing problematic here

food pic 

I'm very interested to find out more about these buns! What are they

they're selling a wall calendar! they know their audience: people too old for computers

Never one to shy from controversy, this issue will get into the "ongoing debate between the Cornish method of eating [clotted cream] on scones (jam first, then cream) and the Devonshire method (cream first, then jam)."

"According to the best cookbooks of the day, teatime during the Regency period included such delights as Seed Cake Blanc'mange, Bath Cakes, Ratafia Biscuits, Quaking Pudding, and Naples Biscuits. You might think you recognize some of these delights, but in the days before raising agents and standard recipe terms..., you might not get what you were expecting."

this is the first paragraph of their description of a (cozy corner) murder mystery novel.

I sort of thought I'd be seeing Bridgerton references these days but I wonder if that's too racy


How long have they been waiting to use this pun

this is the first time the tea spread has been all unflavored! love to see a tasting note

"...new leaves of the tea plant emerge as tapered emerald-green buds. These buds appeal to hungry insects that nibble on the tender shoots. Consequently, the tea bush protects the baby leaves by by pumping a large amount of alkaline into those infantile buds. An unsuspecting grasshopper takes on small bite and is deterred by the bitter taste, the functional marker, or secondary metabolite, we know as caffeine."

does climate change exist in the TeaTime universe? perhaps surprisingly, yes:

"Many tea farmers in Assam are taking steps to mitigate the effects of climate change with improved soil conservation practices and planting shade trees to shield the bushes from the sun's harsh heat."

"It is perhaps easy to imagine that, with so many student residents, [Cambridge] is the sort of town where tearooms flourish, but sadly, there are very few venues that can be described as true tearooms or tea lounges."

Appalling! Cambridge, get it together!!

"For visitors who arrive by train, Clayton Hotel is the first recommended tea venue they come to as they emerge from the railway station."

I'm skeptical of hotel tea services at a baseline (ime they're super overpriced), doubly skeptical of first-place-you-find-off-the-train venues.

"...and the Rice Pudding Macaron is made in honour of Bernard Charles Saunders, a chemist at Magdalene College, who helped investigate chemical weapons being used against Britain during the Second World War."

FIRST, I am pretty interested in what a rice pudding macaron is
SECOND, not sure how that relates to WWII chemists
THIRD, loving that they used the British spelling of "honor" here

I love this 1811 china pattern design book and I ALSO love that in the caption they say "buyers, including Jane Austen, could order tableware..."

Jane Austen was theoretically capable of buying these products, people!

"By 1800, [Josiah Wedgwood] was one of the four wealthiest men in the United Kingdom, a key architect of the British Industrial Revolution, and – to top it off – the grandfather of Charles Darwin."

put that in your trivia dossier.

I regret to inform you that the article about the personal chef to Prince Charles and Princess Diana monumentally fails to dish, absolutely devoid of intrigue or gossip. Word is they ate food, which this lady sometimes cooked.

'Traditionally, clotted cream was created by straining fresh cow's milk, letting it stand in a shallow pan in a cool place for several hours to allow the cream to rise to the surface, and then heating it either over hot cinders or in a water bath before a slow cooling. The clots that formed on the top were then skimmed off with a long-handled cream-skimmer, known in Devon as a "reamer" or "raimer."'

Now you know

'By the mid-1930s, the traditional way of using milk brought straight from the dairy was becoming a rarity in Devon, because using a cream separator actively separates the cream from the milk, a process that produced far more clotted cream... from the same amount of milk. As a farmer's wife in Poundsgate once said, "The separator saves a whole cow!"'

those farmer's wives in poundsgate!

Don't think we were going to finish this issue without some creepy ceramic dogs

And with that, and an ad for Precious Memories figurines, we are done with this issue of TeaTime Magazine.

thank you for joining me

@checkervest wow you're right, I didn't even notice it but it rules

@tripofmice Additionally, he married his Wedgewood cousin. Development of the theory of evolution was funded by good china patterns

@tripofmice this is where I get to share my favorite Faraday Fact, which is that when the crown asked Michael Faraday to investigate the production of chemical weapons he told them to get bent

@phooky and thereby missed a chance to have a rice pudding macaron dedicated to him

@tripofmice (for a macaron dedication, it's definitely too late for him to have a heel turn)


"doubly skeptical of first-place-you-find-off-the-train venues"

Yes, brings to mind lazy researchers who didn't want to spend long there... 😴

@tripofmice these young turks are no doubt being lured away from tea by the faddish coffeehouses, where they can discuss the newly minted ideas of communism and sex

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