St. Patrick's Day Tea~ Brown Bread and Belleek
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Please join me for tea as we celebrate this special day.
Barry's tea will be served in vintage Belleek tea cups (featured on my blog two weeks ago).
This pretty tablecloth was an early St. Patrick's Day gift from my mom. I really like the sweet details and the lace-like cut outs. Thanks Mom!
I love how there are lavender flowers among the shamrocks. It's not over the top St. Patrick's Day. I plan to use this tablecloth for spring and summer teas as well.
Help yourself to sugar from a Belleek Neptune sugar bowl.
Fourth mark (first green mark) circa 1946-1955
My last pieces of Belleek to share...both were gifts from my uncles. The harp is the national symbol of Ireland and this vase is special to me because it holds soil from my first trip to Ireland. (I know, very sentimental.) I hope a trip to Ireland is in my near future.
And finally no Irish morning tea would be complete without brown bread. When I visit my family in Ireland, I literally wake up to the smell of delicious brown bread or sweet tea bread (somewhat similar to American-like soda bread but sweeter). My aunt has made this bread since she was a child and doesn't use any measurements. Between no standard measurements, different brands in Ireland and the fact my aunt is a far superior baker than me, let's just say my brown bread has been a disappointment. I've tried to watch her make the bread and copy the recipe, but it never comes close to comparing to hers.
Through Ruth's Antiques and Teacups I saw a recipe for clotted cream which led me to Jean's slow cooker Irish soda bread recipe on Delightful Repast. Yes, you read correctly...a slow cooker brown bread recipe! I had to try it!
May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of St. Patrick's Day behold you.