Friday, 31 July 2015

The right way to serve a cream tea...

Occasionally I get emails from companies or organisations requesting a collaboration of some description here on the blog. I don't get them often enough to have a formal advertising policy so I treat each one on an individual basis. If it's something that interests me, or that is relevant to my eco/frugal/simple blog theme, then I'll go with it. The quirkier the request the more interested I am, although I did once turn down a writer who wanted to guest blog on the topic of "How to look after your books".  On the other hand, however, I have blogged in return for knobs. (You can read that blog post here - the knobs feature at the end). If it's a sofa company wanting me to link up with them, it's a big yawn and I'm definitely not interested.

When Fabrizio from www.holyart.co.uk got in touch and asked if he could send me a set of natural products that I could taste and use to cook a 'delicious dish', it was unusual enough to get me interested. I do blog about food a lot and I always like a natural product. Having visited the Cistercian monastery on Caldey Island last year and sampled the fudge they produce there, the part of Fabrizio's email that talked about helping some Monasteries to promote their natural products by blogging about them, appealed to me.

I was excited to see what the natural products would be...When a jar of jam and a bar of beautifully packaged chocolate arrived, I was surprised, but I am a jam lover and a chocolate lover, in moderation, so I could work with that!

This blog post will deal with the jam. (I couldn't come up with a recipe that could incorporate jam and chocolate, so the chocolate will get its own blog post later).

At this time of year there's only really one thing to do with jam and that is to eat it on top* of cream on a scone**. Perhaps I could have done something more elaborate with it but in my opinion there is no better way to show a jam off to its best than as part of a cream tea. Especially if you're from Devon, like me.


The cream tea using the Holyart jam was very special in that the jam had been sent by Fabrizio, all the way from Italy - it is Uva flavour. From the look and taste of the jam I thought that Uva must be plum, but the word for plum is in fact Prugna. Uva is grape/raisin/sultana/gooseberry. The jam is probably gooseberry jam. A cream tea generally utilises red jam, but a Wiltshire cream tea using Italian jam and Cornish clotted cream, is definitely allowed to bend the rules.

A big thank you Fabrizio and Holyart for enabling us to enjoy a cream tea on a rainy English summer's day!

* I am here referring here to the proper way to eat a cream tea, cream first, jam on top - the Devon way, of course.

** I always use Delia Smith's scone recipe which can be found here.


12 comments:

  1. The fudge from caldey island is to die for! Best fudge ever :-)

    Lucky you getting to try the jam, can't wait to seewhat you do with the chocolate

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    1. Yes, yummy fudge indeed! Still deciding on the best thing to do with Trappisti milk chocolate...

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  2. Mmmmmm scones, jam and cream what could be better?

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  3. My friend, Jo, runs the gift shop Ora et Labora in Bath which specialises in products made in monasteries, convents etc. it's a fascinating industry with some of the larger religious houses having worldwide reputations (esp the Trappist beers from Belgium although I can never understand why their beer is SO strong!). Jo also works with some really small organisations who make just one product (ie nuns on an island in Sweden who make exclusive skincare) - she even sells cards made by a real life hermit. In this day and age these small enterprises from religious houses are a refreshing antidote to the High Street stores and have such interesting stories attached to them.
    Disagree with the cream first approach though.....!

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    1. I've never noticed that shop in Bath but I'm definitely going to have to track it down...especially love the idea of a real life hermit...i wonder how he gets his cards to the shop...I shall save getting you to see the error of your ways regarding the order of cream/jam until I see you in person next...

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  4. I'm more of a chocolate person than a jam person (unless it is strawberry), so I'm looking for the next installment.

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  5. I just hope that you put your cream on before the jam ... that is the way here in Devon. In Cornwall it's jam on first, topper by cream. And it musts be clotted cream, of course, in both counties. Not whipping or double.
    Margaret P

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    1. I grew up in Devon and visit regularly so it's always cream first if I have anything to do with it!

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  6. I love jam so much! You should try it in a croissant and with a whipping cream! It's just insanely good!

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