“Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea! How did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea.”
Sydney Smith, A memoir of the Rev. Sydney Smith
Those who follow LadyBudd, know that this past summer I took few weeks to go on an adventure with my family. It was our “Industrial Revolution” tour that took us into Wales and England. The culinary highlight of the trip was embracing the gentile tradition of cream tea, also known as Devonshire tea, Devon cream tea or Cornish cream tea. It is tea consumed with scones, thick clotted cream and a generous amount of jam.
What better place to go than the Pettigrew Tea Rooms, located at West Lodge, Castle Street, at the entrance to the green expanse of Bute Park and Arboretum adjacent to Cardiff Castle. It was a perfect afternoon, complete with sunshine and a mild breeze that carried the aroma of freshly baked cakes and pastries. There we were, amidst the chatter and laughter, the clatter of silver teaspoons against china, partaking in a ritual that some believe dates back to the 11th century and the Benedictine Abbey in Tavistock, Devon.
Food and drink is all about tradition, ritual, belief, convention and folklore. We require these essential elements to sustain our bodies so that we can turn our attention to other things. There are many “other things” we need to accomplish within our lifetimes, from building our careers to establishing a family unit. We need to eat and drink, preferably on a regular basis to fuel our activities, and get us from point A to point B, whatever form that takes. It is no wonder that the food cycle attracts our attention.
It is time to return to Taking the Kitchen!
Just in case you are in the neighbourhood, Pettigrew Tea Rooms is offering A Christmas High Tea, complete with Traditional Mulled Wine! Pettigrew Tea Rooms Christmas 2013
“Food is an important part of a balanced diet.”