Category: British Tea

Sunday Afternoon Tea – Exploring Several Odds and Ends in UK Delectables

Sunday Afternoon Tea – Exploring Several Odds and Ends in UK Delectables

Shopping at Cost Plus World Market and Nugget Market has filled our cupboards with UK delectables, including garnishes, sauces, and foods. Many of these items serve well in fancy meals or snacks with children. However, fancy meals and children rarely enter this home, which made the UK garnishes, biscuits, jams, and sweets far too comfortable in sitting and waiting in the cupboard. So, to solve this dilemma, Alex and I decided to have Sunday afternoon tea with all our odds and ends!



Preparation for Sunday Afternoon Tea with UK Delectables

UK Delectables
Preparing the Afternoon Tea – amidst the pizza from the night before.

Alex and I knew from previous study that a proper afternoon tea must have mini sandwiches and scones. Fortunately, earlier in the year, when Alex and I had visited Oregon, we stumbled across some marionberry scone mix. After church service on this particular October Sunday, we also went to the independent grocer in town and bought a cucumber, a red onion, some celery, apple vinegar, and canned chicken.

Using only some water, I quickly and easily prepared the marionberry scones. For the cucumber sandwiches, Alex sliced the cucumber while I mixed some light and regular cream cheese and made the sandwiches. Two chicken salads were made. One with apple vinegar, the other with light mayo. So, using the canned chicken, celery, red onion, and some grapes, together we made half a dozen sandwiches of each chicken salad.



UK Delectables Bought and Consumed on This Particular Occasion

We tried to follow the “British Code” in regards to Afternoon Tea. Unfortunately, on this occasion, America alone grew and packaged the ingredients for the scones and the mini sandwiches. But the aforementioned odds and ends were all UK delectables! The British and Irish foods and treats included in this special occasion for two are listed below:

UK Delectables
The table spread for the Afternoon Tea.
  • Plaza’s Black Capelin Roe
  • Carr’s Table Water Crackers, Original
  • Chivers Olde English Marmalade
  • Full Circle’s European Strawberry Fruit Spread
  • Devon Cream Company’s Luxury Clotted Cream
  • Elizabethan Pantry’s Lemon Curd
  • Candy Kittens’s Gourmet Sweets, Sour Blueberry
  • Farrah’s Rhubarb & Custard Candy
  • English Tea Shop’s White Tea, Blueberry & Elderflower

A special shoutout goes to Plaza’s Black Capelin Roe, Elizabethan Pantry’s Lemon Curd, and English Tea Shop’s White Tea, Blueberry & Elderflower. These three flavorfully unique tastes startled my husband and I with their wholly Irish and British flavors. Sealed tightly and imported straight from overseas, the products popped with strong flavors, freshness, and smoothness on their way down our throats. Buying these three products again became a certainty for the future.



Aiming to Learn How to Best Use UK Delectables

UK Delectables
Munching up the UK delectables.

As happened before in previous posts on the world’s beloved Facebook, I’m certain someone will criticize me on how I used these UK delectables. Therefore, I’m taking the time now to apologize for my ignorance on how to best use these foods and treats. According to what I’ve seen in movies, Carr’s crackers and the caviar would be best served in a party setting. Children would enjoy the sweets, such as the Sour Blueberries and Rhubarb & Custard Candy. But the creams, jams, and tea do seem proper for an Afternoon Tea. Am I wrong?

Thank you for reading! Alex and I had created such a large Afternoon Tea that we filled our bellies long before making any dent on the food. So, I look forward to future days with these UK delectables, and hope to invite friends over for future tea parties. How would you use these delicious garnishes, biscuits, jams, and sweets? Please comment below!



TWININGS English Breakfast Tea – An Exemplary Loose Leaf Tea

TWININGS English Breakfast Tea – An Exemplary Loose Leaf Tea

Seeing the loose leaf Twinings English Breakfast Tea was love at first sight.

As Alex and I pushed our shopping cart down Walmart Neighborhood’s Market’s aisles, we stopped at the tea bag section. During previous visits, the tea bag selections were severely limited in options, missing many items on the shelf. But Walmart had restocked every tea selection since then, enabling us to find Twinings’s collectible English Breakfast Tea container.

Selecting the Correct TWININGS English Breakfast Tea

TWININGS English Breakfast Tea loose leaf style.

Walmart Neighborhood Market presented us with a happy dilemma. Should I buy the Twinings English Breakfast Tea in the tea bag style? Or should I try the loose leaf style? The logical solution was the tea bag style, for I was unable to brew the loose leaf style. But, oh, the collectible Twinings English Breakfast Tea container! The packaging made the dilemma an easy choice.

With great joy, I snatched up a well-intact Twinings container and plopped it into our shopping cart. My choice required me to add a tea strainer or tea ball to the shopping list, to enjoy the tea at home. So, once Alex and I had finished selecting our food items, we looked for the tea strainer or tea ball, and we found none. “Off to another store then!” I said.

Where Walmart Neighborhood Market Fails, Walmart Superstore Picks Up

A tea ball for the loose leaf tea.

Nugget Markets was the next nearest store, so we hoped to find some tea strainer or tea ball there. But alas, my favorite store carried tea spoons and coffee mugs, but no tea strainers or tea balls. “We’ll try Walmart, the regular store,” said my fiance. So off we went.

Once inside the ever-crowded discount store, we traversed the long way around the store until we came across the kitchen utensil section. Alex and I separated, searching for the item up and down the aisles. He spotted it first. “Found it!” Alex said. With rising excitement, I went to him and looked at the spot where he pointed, and I smiled to see the tea ball.

Brewing TWININGS English Breakfast Tea with the Tea Ball

Pouring boiling water into a tea cup with a tea ball.

The hook on the tea ball’s end confused me. What did it hook to? I wondered. Alex did some research, and based on his findings, we were to fill the tea ball and place it in a tea kettle. I owned only a whistling tea kettle, located on the stove top, and I didn’t know if the tea ball could handle a kettle on the stove.

Instead, I only partially filled the tea ball, and placed it in my tea cup. Alex kindly poured some boiling water into the tea cup, and the loose leaf tea brewed smooth and dark. Within around five minutes, I had breakfast with a cup of Twinings English Breakfast Tea loose leaf style.

Personal Opinion on TWININGS English Breakfast Tea Loose Leaf Style

Flavorful and rich, the Twinings English Breakfast Tea in the loose leaf style is right up there with PG Tips! As stated in a previous post, PG Tips currently stand as my favorite tea. However, having drunk this Twinings loose leaf tea several times, I may change my mind. Both black teas are superb and worthy of a try!

So if looking for something to look forward to in the morning, consider purchasing some black loose leaf tea from Twinings. The flavor stimulates the tongue, body, and mind, and the container is adorable. It’s an overall pleasantly British experience!

Breaking News! Cost Plus World Market Has Restocked English Luxury Clotted Cream!

Breaking News! Cost Plus World Market Has Restocked English Luxury Clotted Cream!

What Transpired

  • At half past one o’clock in the afternoon, Mary placed her dirty cleaning rag in the laundry bin and clocked out from work.
  • Ten minutes later, she met her fiance at her house, where they decided to grab a bite to eat and do some shopping.
  • Between half past two and half past three pm, they spotted the English Luxury Clotted Cream at Cost Plus World Market.

What Feelings Came to Pass

Hidden in a corner was a delectable treat…

Was I so glad to be wrong! If anyone who stumbled across this post has read my earlier post about Double Devon Cream at Cost Plus World Market, then he or she knows the great disappointment Alex and I experienced with the store’s English cream selection. This time was different!

Hidden in the top cupboard of the small food items’s bottom shelf was the long-coveted English Luxury Clotted Cream. Though we had searched in this section in an earlier visit to the store, this particular location must have run out of stock on the delectable treat. There was hope in Cost Plus World Market’s collection after all!

Chagrin played a major role in my feelings, for I have misinformed others on the company’s reliability in their multicultural selections. Although, some evidence gathered today also proves how some product origin labels may differ from the products’s manufacturing countries. More on that later.

What was Found

To be tried later with tea…
For the next time we enjoy British bangers…

Cost Plus World Market had imported many, many food products from England, Ireland, and Scotland. And, if the United States had manufactured the items, the items at least claimed to be a United Kingdom product. (The same applied for the products representing other countries.)

Alex snapped the photos displayed in this blog post. Some of the products we bought today. Others we plan to purchase when we have more money. Our experiences with these products we will share with you at a later date!

 

Our Conclusion

Soft drinks for later…
What in the world do we eat this with…?

Nugget Markets still reigns supreme as the multicultural market to shop at in Northern California. However, due to our experiences today, Cost Plus World Market comes to a solid second in providing multicultural foods to purchase and enjoy.

Prices are higher than the discount grocery stores, such as Walmart Neighborhood Market, but they remain reasonable. My soon-to-be-husband and I will remain loyal customers to Nugget Markets and Cost Plus World Market to satisfy our need to explore different cultures.

And for me to write this blog about all things in the UK!

Number One Grocery Chain in Northern California – Nugget Markets

Number One Grocery Chain in Northern California – Nugget Markets

Thank you, Stille family members, for your hard work and excellent service in providing customers like me with unique and multicultural shopping experiences. With you and your Nugget Markets, I have found quality British products and more to try and enjoy.

Getting to Know Nugget Markets

When I learned of my mistake in buying Double Devon Cream instead of Luxury Clotted Cream at Cost Plus World Market, I sat at home and sulked a bit. “Where would I find true British clotted cream?” I asked myself. And within a couple days, the answer came to me: Nugget Markets!

The Stille family

Mack and William Stille founded Nugget Markets in 1926 in Northern California, specifically in the Sacramento Valley. They branched out into cities such as Davis, CA and Vacaville, CA. Family continues to operate the business under Eric Stille’s leadership and Kate Stille’s help in marketing and communications.

Nugget Markets serves customers with their various health needs, serving vegan, non -dairy, gluten-free, and similar products. They even import products from countries such as Great Britain, Ireland, Israel, France, Germany, and more to provide their customers with multicultural experiences.

Why I Love Nugget Markets

Without help from the Stille family and their outstanding grocery chain, I would never have experienced genuine British food at this point in my life. Now, thanks to the market’s clarity in labeling their imported items, I have the sense to look at online British markets and consider purchasing their products as well.

Nugget Markets has a layout, gorgeous and attractive, to draw in the customers. The dark wood paneling attracts attention to the brightly colored food items, such as fruits, veggies, and baked goods. Personal care items, such as locally-made soap and Philippine shower scrubs, also call out for customers’ attention.

With the exception of one rude young man, the customer service at the locations are helpful and kind. The clerks provide quick service when needed, and they keep the stores exceptionally clean. My fiance and I visited a location late one evening, expecting them to be closed, but they stay open late!

Why Write about a Northern California Chain?

Local cheese section in Woodland location.

Okay, you caught me: Nugget Markets is strictly American in nature. However! I have found many British, Irish, and Scottish products at this Californian store, many imported, and plan to buy and write about them in this blog.

So, if any reader wishes to try some British cuisine, and they live in the Sacramento Valley, then Nugget Markets is the place to go. The Stille family provides unique and memorable experiences with their wide product variety.

Top 3 Reasons to Try PG Tips

Top 3 Reasons to Try PG Tips

Why I Began Drinking PG Tips

Hollywood loves to show British people drinking tea. More specifically, the movie producers like to show young British women in long, pastel-colored dresses holding detailed teacups and saucers, daintily sipping at sugared, black tea and gossiping together about young men in stylish green coats.

“Oh, so women drank a lot of hot tea during the 1700’s and 1800’s,” I thought, after having seen several Jane Austen movie remakes. “People only really drink iced tea now.”

Several events then occurred. For example, my college roommate spent a semester at Oxford. On her arrival back, she sang nothing but praise about British tea. Also, several weeks back, my fiance introduced me to a modern, British show: Sherlock. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman always seemed to be making tea!

This left me with one conclusion: I was wrong. People in the United Kingdom still, and possibly always will, hold high regard for a cup of tea.

With this knowledge, I had one course of action in my desire to adapt British customs – to drink hot tea. So, every few weeks, I scrape up a few dollars and skip out to purchase a box of PG Tips. Here are the top 3 reasons why anyone reading this post should do the same:

Number 3 – To Kick-start the Busy Day

Americans drink coffee, black or sweetened, to kick-start pg-tips-1their busy day. The British drink a cup of black tea, otherwise known as Breakfast tea. One such British tea is PG Tips.

PG Tips makes many different teas. However, in the United States, PG Tips makes the most sales with their strong, black tea. So, instead of guzzling down the steaming hot, black coffee, I would highly recommend PG Tips for a strong caffeine kick.

Number 2 – To Accompany Lemon and Honey

pg-tips-3Before Sherlock, I never knew what to add to my cup of tea. I’m thinking of the third episode in the most recently aired fourth series, where Sherlock, John, and Mycroft watch Molly cut a lemon and squeeze its juice into her teacup. The next time my fiance and I visited the Neighborhood Market, we picked up some lemons to add to our morning tea.

To say the lemons were good in the tea does the experience little justice. One lemon slice with PG Tips is delightful and flavorful, and something to experience regularly. If lemons are hard to find, honey is a more than acceptable substitute.

Number 1 – England’s No. 1 Tea

Searching the PG Tips website revealed different teas and different packaging than what I can find here in the United States. However, on the USA packaging of PG Tips, the lid reveals a red banner claiming PG Tips as the Number 17193837_10102207437384887_977297190_oOne Tea in England!

Can this merely be good marketing? Yes, of course. It’s also effective. When my college roommate came back from Oxford, she bought only PG Tips. Hence why they became my go-to tea in the first place.

In writing this post, I have zero intention of slighting other teas. I merely write to encourage my readers to try a delightful British, black tea that has brought this writer much joy in her tea drinking. If the reader knows me, come on over and try it yourself!