Festival Globetrotting: Shakespeare Performances

Some version of Shakespeake in the Park exists in several parts of the world but here are few locations that you don’t want to miss:

New York: Shakespeare in the Park

Los Angeles (Topanga Canyon) Shakespeare at the  Theatricum Botanicum

Spain: Santa Sussana Shakespeare Festival

 

 

British Fave Cocktail Recipe: Pimm’s & Lemonade

Image from London Eats

Here is a no fuss cocktail recipe to Pimm’s & Lemonade:

Place some ice in a a glass or plastic cup then add thin slices of cucumber, lemon and orange, add chopped ripe strawberries and some bruised mint leaves. Thin slices help the flavours come out into the drink, and the bruised leaves will impart a stronger mint flavour.  Pour the neat Pimm’s over the fruit.  1 part Pimm’s to 3 parts 7 up or sparkling lemonade works well for this cocktail recipe.

Serving Suggestions:

Drink and enjoy or try this without ice allow the drink to sit in a pitcher for 30 minutes to allow those flavors to really burst.  Pour drink over ice and serve.

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Inside the Royal Wedding Menu-Prince William & Kate

THE 650 royal wedding guests who have been invited to Buckingham Palace for the reception after the royal wedding next week shouldn’t spend too much time worrying about which fork to pick up for the fish course. That’s because they are probably not going to be served any courses at all.

At the lunchtime reception, Queen Elizabeth is expected to lay out a modest spread of Champagne, wedding cake and two-bite appetizers, or canapes. While the kebab shops close to Buckingham Palace may welcome post-reception drop-ins from hungry alcohol-fueled guests, others have wondered at the decision to welcome diplomats and heads of state with finger food. READ MORE

England: The History of the Scone

The scone is a small British quick bread (or cake if recipe includes sugar) of Scottish origin. Scones are especially popular in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and the United States, but are eaten in many other countries. They are usually made of wheat, barley or oatmeal, with baking powder as a leavening agent. The scone is a basic component of the cream tea or Devonshire tea. READ MORE

Film and Foodie Review: The King’s Speech

Utterly Charming from the cast to the story, The King Speech’s earns a majestic place among films. Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush and Guy Pearce make up a splendid cast. From the beginning, it is easy to see this film is an actor’s film. It is a clever film about Queen Elizabeth’s dad King George VI of Britain, his impromptu ascension to the throne and his relationship with his speech therapist along the way. READ MORE

English Party Crackers

English Crackers are decorative party favors used for a variety of special occasions including, weddings, dinner parties, and Christmas tree trimmings.  Crackers consist of a wrapperd and decorated cardboard tube containing a paper crown(tissue hat),

When the elaborately decorated treat is split between two individuals, it produces a loud bang and releases its contents. Invented in the late 1840s by London’s Thomas J. Smith, Crackers are popular in the United Kingdom, Commonwealth countries, South Africa, Russia, and New Zealand.

Crackers originated as popular Christmas favors but are now also used as New Years Eve treats.  New Years Eve Crackers are normally festive in color and are usually silver, or bright metallic.  Their contents usually consist of New Year’s fortunes and celebratory noisemakers.

Check out Olde English Crackers to learn more about these popping treats, order some, and try making your own for family and friends!

Foodies take notice: Crackers are also filled with candies and small cookies!

The Spicy Mel B.

She first came to the public’s attention with the smashing success of the Spice Girls. Everyone claimed they would only have 15 minutes of fame but for Mel B.(Scary Spice) that did not turn out to be true and a certain Spice Girl named Posh now known as Victoria Beckam.However, attention for Mel B came with a paternity dispute between Mel B. and Eddie Murphy. READ MORE

Bramley Apples: The British Apple Season

The British apple season has well and truly  begun and these gorgeous Bramleysare a prime example of what this country has to offer. There simply isn’t a better cooking apple and these superb apples fresh from the market are going to taste fantastic whatever you cook with them…

Taste: Bramleys are a great cooking apple – they’re the best choice when it comes to baking tarts, pies and chutneys and ciders.  Quite tart if eaten raw, their flavour improves with cooking, and the consistency becomes  fluffy with a lovely golden colour.

READ MORE from the Natoora Blog about Bramley Apples

Photo Credit: motherlindas.com

History of the Scone

The scone is a small British quick bread (or cake if recipe includes sugar) of Scottish origin. Scones are especially popular in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and the United States, but are eaten in many other countries. They are usually made of wheat, barley or oatmeal, with baking powder as a leavening agent. The scone is a basic component of the cream tea or Devonshire tea.

The pronunciation of the word across the United Kingdom varies. According to one academic study, two-thirds of the British population pronounce it /ˈskɒn/.

The word scone derives perhaps from the Middle Dutch schoonbrood (fine white bread), from schoon (pure, clean) and brood (bread).[2] The Oxford English Dictionary reports that the first mention of the word was in 1513.

The original scone was round and flat, usually the size of a small plate. It was made with unleavened oats and baked on a griddle (or girdle, in the Scots language), then cut into triangle-like quadrants for serving. Today, many would call the large round cake a bannock, and call the quadrants scones.- (Wikepedia)

Tea /Garden Party Menu

Anyone who knows me is well aware that I love tea parties.  I throw a garden party every year.  Thus, MCCN is excited about the exposure that Alice in Wonderland is giving to the age old tradition.  Garden parties are great for the spring and often in the winter people hold annual Holiday tea parties.  Enjoy trying out these menus suggestions.  I will note among one of my favorite things on my menu for tea parties is teacakes.  Martinos Bakery in  Burbank, CA is famous for their teacakes.

The traditional menu for a full afternoon tea usually consists of:

•a cup of soup •piece of quiche

•side salad

•tea sandwiches (Cucumber, Watercress, curry chicken)

 •scones •sweets/bite-size desserts

It is your choice to deviate from the traditional menu. Consider the season, available produce, time of day of your event, how much work you want to do, your guests needs, etc., and customize the above menu accordingly. What tea do you plan to serve?

Tea pairs with and compliments food similar to wine. The following teas are the best choices for an afternoon tea event:

1.Assam

 2.Ceylon

 3.Darjeeling

4.Green

 5.Lapsang Souchong

6.Oolongs

 7.Yunnan

Visit the Tea Party Girl Website for exact pairing of tea with food:

http://www.teapartygirl.com/articles/the-steps-to-creating-a-tea-party-menu/

MCCN enjoying a spot of tea with guest