Monday, March 28, 2011

Coconut Lime tea time

I baked a coconut lime square specially for tea time today.
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I am serving our tea in a  yellow and gold cup with an extended saucer which serves as a snack plate.
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The set is Queen Anne bone china. 008
This is a very delicious square…just the right amount of tartness. I love lime!007009-1
Here is the recipe:
Coconut Lime Squares
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Ingredients
For crust
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into bits
  • 1/3 cup sweetened flaked coconut, toasted and cooled
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
For custard
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from about 5 limes)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated lime zest (from about 2 limes)
  • 1/3 cup sweetened flaked coconut, toasted and cooled
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Preparation
Make crust:
Preheat oven to 325°F. and butter and flour an 8-inch square baking pan, knocking out excess flour.
In a bowl blend together with fingertips flour, butter, coconut, confectioners' sugar, and salt until mixture resembles coarse meal. Pat mixture into prepared pan and bake in middle of oven 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
Reduce oven temperature to 300°F.
Make custard:
In a bowl whisk together eggs and granulated sugar until combined well and stir in flour, lime juice, and zest.
Pour mixture over crust and bake in middle of oven 20 minutes. Top custard with coconut and bake 5 to 10 minutes more, or until just set. Cool confection in pan on a rack and chill 1 hour.
I am joining Sandi’s Tea Time Tuesday again this week. Be sure and visit her lovely blog.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Victoria…and Me

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The May-June 2009 Victoria magazine is one of my favorites, featuring blue and white...
one of the open pages with an article on linens...it just happens that I have one of the patterns...

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There is also a feature on blue and white Wedgewood ...

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I have photographed some of my pieces alongside the article...001004001
....here is my interpretation of blue and white...
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As a nod to the current issue of Victoria, which features some tea tables in green, I have  set out my own little tea table, with some scones...


...or perhaps you'd like to help yourself to a chocolate-cherry morsel?

On this spring day, I am joining in with :
Mary's Mosaic Monday, on whose blog you will see some lovely snowdrops:
Also,  Sandi is having a special tea party today, so be sure to go over there and enjoy her lovely blog

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Sand to Snow!

After a nice break in sunny Arizona, we are ready for Spring in Manitoba. Just a few pics of what we were doing in the last while…
..A view from our bedroom window…
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..flowers from Trader Joe’s…
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…watching a CUBS spring-training game…
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…Sightseeing in the beautiful desert…
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…shopping, LOTS of shopping!! including a visit to  the “French Bee”
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All in all, it was a fun and relaxing time…