Thursday, March 12, 2015

Tea, Scones & Sherlock Holmes TBT



We were on our way home from a two-week vacation in Italy.  Our plane was late leaving Malpensa Airport in Milan, so we had little time once we got to London Heathrow to make our connection into New York.  We were dragging heavy suitcases, loaded with goodies (Venice has the most AMAZING paper stores...but I digress), breathing heavily, worried that we wouldn't make our gate on time.  We zoomed past younger passengers with skilled ease.  We ignored our parched throats every time we passed a beverage stand or cafĂ©, knowing our gate was our only mission.  And then I saw it.  The most wonderful little Sherlock Holmes teapot in the front of a shop of British goods that I knew belonged in my collection.  I had nothing like and I knew that I must, MUST!! I say, add it to my collection.  Without breaking stride I veered to the right.  I shifted my purse and two cases into my left hand, pulled my credit card from my pocket and secured it between my teeth.  With my free arm I scooped up the boxed teapot and in the blink of an eye slipped into the checkout, leaving heads of tourists behind me in a spin.  My lips parted and my credit card dropped onto the counter.  I nodded at the checker who knew what to do.  Swipe!  And the deed was done.  I signed, thanked him, and pressed on.  I made it!  And so did this little gem from England.  I smile every time I see it remembering that moment as though frozen in time.  Ahhh, the beauty of it all!

The cinnamon scones are delicious and the recipe is a breeze.  
You can find it here.

Nothing beats clotted cream with any type of scone, but
when it's not readily available you can make a reasonable
(though not authentic) Devonshire Cream at home.


DEVONSHIRE CREAM

1 cup whipping cream
½ tsp. cream of tartar
½ cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Beat all together until stiff. Refrigerate. Serve with scones and jam.


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16 comments:

Terri T said...

Cute teapot! Love the story about how it came in to your collection too :)

Martha said...

A lovely teapot! And those scones look good!

Theresa Begin said...

Hi Pattie,
Theresa from What to do Weekends, I love your new Tea Pot and the fun way in which you came to get it! I agree with you, nothing beats clotted cream on Fresh Scones! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

Lilly's Mom said...

Wow! I loved reading this post...I could feel the excitement as you found this lovely teapot and grabbed it on your way to the gate! It's lovely and I'm sure the scones are delicious, too!

tablescapesbybev.com said...

Wonderful idea...love that teapot!

Valerie Roberts said...

I love this teapot and have never seen one like it. I collect teapots as well. What an adorable story and so amusingly written. We love Benedict Cumberbatch here so having this teapot would be wonderful. You are lucky to have found it!

Sarah said...

Oh, it is a beauty! So glad you spied this teapot and were able to get it home. Job well done! '-)

Parlor Room Ponderings said...

I could visualize your travel through the airport! My husband and I have been watching Sherlock on Netflix. Love the show! Such a cute teapot! I'll be pinning the whipped cream recipe. Visiting from Amaze Me Monday. Have a great week! Diane

Ruth W said...

I love all the Sadler theme teapots...haven't seen that one...definitely a keeper! Love it!

Jann Olson said...

Oh I'm so glad you snagged that baby! It is simply stunning. Can you believe I have never had clotted cream? And I am a cream lover. Glad to have your recipe. Never having the real deal I probably won't know the difference. lol! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Bernideen said...

What a wonderful story and glad you got the teapot which I think is a Sadler? They do different series in this shape of Shakespear's Cottage, etc. I love your post and so glad you shared at Friends Sharing Tea.

Margie said...

I'm so glad that you acquired the awesome Sherlock teapot and caught your flight home! I definitely agree that scones always taste better with clotted cream!

Blue Jeans And Teacups said...

I love love love the way you shared this story. It was charming to read. The pot is - ahhhhhhh - wonderful! Do you watch Sherlock? I love it! Thank you. Have a blessed St. Patrick's day evening! ~Heather Elizabeth

Beth @ Conversations from my House said...

What a wonderful story. I am pretty sure I would have done the same....

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

I LOVE your teapot! And I'm so glad you were able to purchase it and make your gate on time! It will be a real conversation piece over tea. I have made Devonshire Cream but with cream cheese. Yours sounds easier and I'll give it a try. So glad you shared this wonderful post with us and thank you for joining me for tea.

Blessings,
Sandi

Snap said...

I giggled reading your adventure through the airport and spotting this adorable teapot! It's a teapot any Sherlock fan would love, too! Well done! Happy Tea Day!