Monday, April 20, 2020

Blackberry Cobbler ~ 2020 Quarantine

 In the midst of 2020 Quarantine life, 
I find myself in the kitchen baking most days.

We are in the routine of shopping frequently as my foodie Chef
considers trips to the grocery entertainment.
Now with online shopping for curbside or delivery, we find we
often end up with extra amounts of food on hand, thus the baking!

I recently made Ree Drummond's Blackberry Cobbler
with an abundance of blackberries we had from 
curbside grocery orders.

The recipe made enough to fill a loaf pan and individual ramekins.
We like mostly berries, so I filled the pans with a 
small amount of batter, and then added lots of berries.
Blackberry Cobbler recipe found here.  

Spring here in Austin, is one of the most 
pleasant times of the year. 
My morning begins with hot tea or 
coffee and a bite to eat.

I fix a tray and take it out to the terrace
where I can enjoy the spring greens of the garden
and the sound of birds singing to each other.

 At times I like a hint of brown sugar to sweeten my tea,
and I add a touch of fresh cream to the cobbler.

 I've made plenty and would
love to have you join me.

I'm happy to share!

By the way, The Chef seems to like that
his wife has returned to baking.

Stay safe and stay healthy, and do a little baking!

Monday, April 6, 2020

Tartan Tea Party
~ National Tartan Day ~ April 6 ~

Bluebonnet Tartan

Like others across the globe, many Texans will no doubt celebrate National Tartan Day on April 6, 2020. The official State Tartan, Texas Bluebonnet Tartan, was designed by June Prescott McRoberts in 1986 and adopted by the state of Texas in 1989. You can read more details about the Texas Bluebonnet Tartan here.

My Grandparents
My grandfather, born in Helmsley, England, came to this country as a young man of 28 in 1884. He lived to be 78, but died before I was born. I've not traced our family history, but I suspect that there is Scottish ancestry in some branch of our family tree. Regardless, I've long been mad about tartan. It's not just for Christmas, you know! So join me as I honor all Americans of Scottish descent and celebrate Tartan Day.

I have a fresh pot of a special blend 
of Scottish tea steeping.

And I've pulled out one of my favorite little treasures from MacKenzie-Childs in the Maclachlan pattern and filled it with Scottish shortbread from Campbells.

The lid of this sweet box features a thistle, which like tartan, is one of the most recognizable symbols of Scotland. The thistle can be found in the Royal Arms of Scotland.

Campbells is internationally famous and according to the Campbells' website, is Scotland's oldest bakery. You can visit their site here.

We have a selection of shortbread 
from Campbells' Gold Kilt tin.

I've gathered some of my 
tartan pieces to celebrate the day.

Tartan paper maché 
balls gathered in a footed dish.

An empty Walkers' tartan tin filled with spring flowers. Walkers is another company known for Scottish Shortbread. You can find them here.

This vertical tin is perfect as a vase, and it
features a charming little Scottish lass with her dog.

Entitled "Which Hand Will You Take?",
this tin was filled with chocolate chip shortbread.

Fortunately, I don't need reading glasses, but I couldn't resist this pair of vintage specks in their own tartanware case.

The case is in the McDuff pattern. TARTANWARE by Princess Ira Von Furstenberg is a great little book full of photographs of tartan covered objects that were produced as souvenirs from Scotland in the early to mid 19th century. Many of the objects are from the Princess' personal collection. Published in 1996, this book is now difficult to find.

You might want to settle in with a cup of tea, a few shortbread cookies, and enjoy my copy.

You can see the Gold Kilt 
tin here on the tray.

The kilt is the distinctive traditional dress of the highland Scottish male. As this attire does not have the convenience of pockets, a sporran, (leather pouch) is worn to carry valuables.

Thank you for joining me today to celebrate Tartan Day, 2020.
I first shared this post in 2011.