Friday, October 22, 2010

Christopher Dresser Teapots 1834 - 1904

Teapot, Christopher Dresser, 1878. 
Teapot, Christopher Dresser, made by James Dixon and Sons, 1879
Christopher Dresser (1834-1904) was one of the most talented British designers of the nineteenth century, and these teapots are rare survivals of the radical work he produced at the very peak of his powers.  They are so ahead of their time in design.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

"The Teapot Song"

"The Teapot Song", commonly known as "I'm a Little Teapot", describes the heating and pouring of a Teapot.  The song was originally published in 1939.  It was written by Clarence Kelley and George Saunders.  Kelly and his wife ran dance studio.  The younger children at the studio found it hard to master the tap dancing steps to the "Clog Waltz", thus the creation of this little pantomime song to help them along.

It become tremendously popular in the States and around the world, along with "The Teapot Tip."

First verse:

I'm a little teapot,
Short and stout,
Here is my handle (one hand on hip),
Here is my spout (other arm out with elbow and wrist bent),
When I get all steamed up,
Hear me shout,
Tip me over and pour me out! (lean over toward spout)

Second verse:

I'm a very special teapot,
Yes, it's true,
Here's an example of what I can do,
I can turn my handle into a spout,
Tip me over and pour me out!,


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Teapots on Display at Armadale Castle

"Those who love good Tea
Will please remember me."
"Be sure allow the water to boil
And the Tea you will not spoil."

I took these teapot pictures at Armadale Castle on the Isle of Skye


Friday, October 15, 2010

Lipton Tea

Thomas J. Lipton was born in 1850 in Glasgow, Scotland.  At 15 he went to the States with $8.00 in his pocket.  After working in various jobs down south, he landed up in New York, working in the retail trade and learning a lot about it.

He returned to his home, opened up a store and grew from there.  Eventually buying several debunk coffee plantations in Ceylon after the crop failed and turning them into tea plantations; therefore launching into the tea business.  Brisk Tea was a phrase he coined.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Mock Devonshire Cream

Devonshire cream is made from the unpasteurized cream from Jersey cows, and because only pasteurized cream is available in the States, it's hard to make the real thing here.  

  • Buy two cups of 40% butterfat cream from a real dairy or farm
  • Place the cream in a bottle with straight sides (no neck) for ease of serving
  • Add two table spoons of lemon juice, secure jar lid
  • Shake and turn upside down
  • Leave at room temperature for 24 hours, away from drafts
  • Place the bottle in refrigerator for another 24 hours and it's ready to serve


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