Whose tradition is it anyway?

My parents are moving.   All the way from upstairs to downstairs, but there is no doubt they are moving.

To anyone vaguely involved in the process or even watching from afar, all the stress, drama, tears and sentimentality attached to a shift in location are present, as a day to day reminder of how much work any type of change can be.

My parents were war babies, growing up during a time when your life, in the midst of constant oppression, was the most valuable thing you could own.  They were lucky to have been able to blossom into full grown adults during the prosperous 50’s and 60’s, meeting up as students in my beloved Melbourne. My parents have a frugal ‘waste not, want not’ mentality, coupled with enough wealth, in later years, to ensure that they always had more new items to ‘not waste’, that is so common of that generation.

This of course means, that our family home, houses the treasures of the ages, and then some.

“So”, you ask???

Look what I found!!

To which I reply…”Look what I found!!!!”  Amongst the boxes and boxes of tea paraphenalia,  I stumbled across this lovely traditional Wedgewood sugar and creamer.  I just swooned and fell in love 🙂

Afternoon tea, anyone?

Love at first sight is such a strange thing.  I have never really liked Wedgewood and yet it caught my eye straight away. When I discovered it was actually one of my Mum and Dad’s engagement presents, the set, of course took on a whole new importance, and represented love of a whole other time and place!  I have never seen this sugar and creamer being used, and to be honest I have never even noticed it being on display.  So, in commemoration of love in its many forms, how could I celebrate these 2 lovely pieces in a less formal, Bliss-ful manner?

Melbourne in the day was so English, so proper.  Tea with milk and 2 sugars at 4pm, alcohol served only after 5pm, pre dinner drinks of sherry or gin, hats and gloves to church and of course the traditional Sunday roast.  Custard tarts,  home made biscuits and jam and cream sponges dusted with icing sugar, stick in my mind as the items ‘de riguer’ for afternoon tea.

Bring on the Bliss! ' Blue gin' glace icing, white chocolate dipped blueberries, white chocolate curls, lightly dusted with icing sugar!

Well, ‘Bliss’ is definitely 21st century Melbourne, where Champagne is served for breakfast lunch and tea, where houses boast outdoor kitchens and Dad’s cook barbeque dinners regularly, and Melbourne is most notably now, a city that has become a melting pot of sights, sounds, tastes and traditions.

So here is my take on a ‘traditional’ Wedgewood, afternoon tea. No, I have never shaken my love for white tea with 2 sugars, although I now only take a more PC 1 sugar!!

Fluffy and light, white chocolate cake, in a suitably lady-like size 🙂

Fluffy and light white chocolate cake with a ‘blue gin’ glace icing topped with white chocolate dipped blueberries, white chocolate curls and dusted with icing sugar.   Serve anytime between 10am and 12am with English breakfast tea, Jasmine green tea, Champagne or a short black.

For Mum and Dad, to a great new start! Chin, chin 🙂

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8 thoughts on “Whose tradition is it anyway?

  1. An fascinating discussion is worth comment. I believe that you should write more on this topic, it might not be a taboo topic but generally individuals are not sufficient to speak on such topics. To the next. Cheers

    1. Wow, thanks. I am really blown away by the response to this topic. Are you also based in Australia, or is this crossing international borders and hitting nerves for all second generation migrants? I will definitely keep it in mind for another post. Cheers, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanakka, Happy (Chinese) New Year, Selamat Hari Raya, Happy Deepavali….may we all have a magnificet holiday season xxx

  2. LOVE!!
    Love the article. Love the sentiment. LOVE the wedgewood ( the colour of which i have been trying to recreate on my walls in the last 3 places I have called home) and LOVE love LOVE that cake!!!

    I’m sure you needed a stiff gin after the move >_<

    1. wow! thanks 🙂 I am so glad you enjoyed it. There is plenty more for them to move. I might have to do a series of cakes based on all of mum’s tea sets! The Royal Doulton in memory of Uncle John would have to be next.

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