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Sunday, June 15, 2008

In Thoughts of You

In Thoughts of You
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Jack Vettriano is a Scottish artist. I love this painting of his titled "In Thoughts of You". I think it is extraordinarily romantic. What - or who - is she thinking of as she drinks her tea??? Is something just beginning ..... or just ending??? Is she contemplating a decision .... or has she already made it???

Book of the Week: "Tea & Sympathy"

This book sat and sat and sat on my Wish List until it eventually went out of print and I more or less forgot about it. But last week-end, Tall and Handsome and I visited a local antiques shop and there it was, on a table, with a $10 price tag so I snatched it up.

What an entertaining read! The subtitle of this book is "The Life of an English Teashop in New York" and it is written more or less in "memoir" form by a former waitress. It's full of superb, atmospheric black & white photographs, and the stories about the staff, patrons, and famous customers are just delightful. The owner, most of the staff, and many customers were British and characters in their own right!

An added bonus to this book are the traditional English recipes to "Tea & Sympathy's" most popular dishes - they are simple to follow and use ingredients available at most any American supermarket.

The only question remaining is ... should the book now reside on my bookshelf, or amongst my cookbooks in the kitchen???

(Dedicated to Stephanie!)

Makes about 20 squares

3/4 cup butter
1/4 cup Tate & Lyle Golden Syrup (available at most British food shops, online or otherwise)
1 cup light brown sugar
2 1/2 cups instant oatmeal
1/2 cup shredded coconut (supermarket variety)
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • Heat the butter and syrup together in a large pan until the butter has melted. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining ingredients.
  • Turn the batter onto a greased nonstick 7 x 11-inch tin and spread evenly. Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Cool slightly and then cut into squares or fingers, if you prefer. Mark out and cut the cookies before they cool; otherwise, it is too difficult to cut them. If it does go too cold, you can always return it to the oven for 1 minutes to soften.
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