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The Diamond Jubilee
This is a special year for Uk and especially for London due to the Olympics, but to a very important anniversary, as well: 60 years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, the Diamond Jubilee! In the history of the ountry, she is the third monarch who manage to reach this extraordinary result, together with Queen Victoria and King George III (data from the official website of the jubilee).
To celebrate this outstanding achievement, there are cups, plates, … but also teas…
Twinings proposes a blend produced for the Jubilee of 2002, limited edition. It is a blend of black teas (second flush) from Assam, especially from the north-east Brahmaputra Valley, and from Yunnan, southwest China. The tea, available in cans of 100 g of three different colors, are on sale from April 2012 but only for the English market. Of course you can find everything online at Twinings.co.uk
Whittard, in addition to cups, created a blend made from black tea of Ceylon flavored with calendula petals and aromas of peach and apricot. Available in stores or online
Harrods has lots to propose about the argument “Diamond Jubilee”. Still cups and dishes, but also shopping bags, playing cards, keychains, perfume, coins, placemats, tea cozy, chocolates, biscuits, jam, egg, and tea, of Course … Again, the base is a mixture of black teas blacks flavored, however, with rosebuds. I tried it with my sister and we loved it. One flaw: it was already sweetened and we would have done without . You can buy it online
As our reader Duccio reported last week, even at Fortnum & Mason there is an interesting Jubilee Tea: a blend of leaves from India, Ceylon and China in a beautiful tin box with the unicorn. Maybe this is my favorite pack! To buy on internet, as well
Have you seen or heard of other packages or nice things on the Jubilee? Just tell us!!!
4 tablespoons of sugar;
Soften the butter. Add it to flour, sugar, one whole egg and one yolk. Mix. Add half a glass of milk.
Add the vanilla, baking powder and orange zest. Mix by hand, form a ball, wrap in plastic film and keep in the fridge for half an hour.
After that, stretch the mixture with the help of a rolling pin. The dough should have a thickness of less than one centimeter.
Let the cookies using the molds in the shape of little man (easily found in this Christmas period). Carry all on a baking tray covered with baking paper and bake at 180 ° C for about 30 minutes.
Once cool, if you want, decorate the biscuits with food colors like I did. These cookies are especially good with tea blacks, specially Christmas Tea.
Have you ever tried Dammann Frères teas? Yesterday Afternoon I went to an interesting tasting tea organized by Dammann Frères in Milan. Our “guide” was Aline Guglielmino, flavorist, author of the famous melange of the French house blend. What a nice event!
The first tea was the Russian Goût Douchka, the historic blend of Dammann Frères, created in the Fifties by Jean Jumeau-Lafond as a tribute to his russian wife Douchka, who didn’t like bergamot and then he covered it by the aromas of lemon and orange. The result? A very cool product, suitable for biscuits or pastry orange peel.
The second cup was Macaron Cassis Violette, a Chinese sencha flavored with black currant, violet and amaretto. Almond was the strongest taste, because, as Aline said, this flavor is less volatile than others due to its molecular weight.
Moving on to the third tea. Its name was Bali, a Chinese sencha flavored with jasmine, rose petals, lychee and grapefruit. Aline said that, depending on whether served hot or cold, the prevailing taste change… interesting, isn’t it?
The fourth cup was a black tea named Coquelicot Gourmand, flavored with poppy, pink peony, almond, blueberry and biscuit… a very peculiar product!
Next tea was perfect for this season. I’m talking about Christmas Tea. Damman Frères one is special because it doesn’t taste spicy, as the usual, but it’s favored with orange, pineapple, rhum and orange peel. This blend was created in 1988.
At this point, Aline asked me what I liked more, and I sincerely had no idea, I wanted to tasted all of them over ad over again. She looked at me and said: “Next you’ll be your favorite.” It could not be otherwise: we had the same name, Charlotte. This tea is amazing, it seems to drink chocolate but it’s tea with no added flavors of cocoa. That’s because it is a Chinese black tea Keenum which has a natural flavor reminiscent of chocolate.
The last tea, Tourbillon, was a black tea flavored with candied apricot, orange blossom, caramel and marron glacés … very special! Then I love marron glacé!