Our Best Christmas Mugs!

New in at Carry On Tea & Sympathy – and just in time for Xmas – are a new range of fabulous British mugs and teapots. Adorned with a cool variety of Union Jack designs, these are just some of the crockery items available from our grocery store.  Come down and find the perfect gift for the tea lover in your life this Christmas!

All-New British Mugs And Teapots

 

Want hot drinks on the move? Our carry mug is for you, and we even sell our own brand of Rosie Lee – tea!

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Kate Middleton is a Glamorous Guest at a Friend’s Wedding

In her first appearance since returning from a tour of Asia with Prince William, The Duchess of Cambridge was on her best behaviour this weekend… trying not to upstage another bride at a wedding!

Kate Middleton was all smiles on Saturday as she attended the wedding of her family friend Thierry Kelaart at the glamorous St Bartholomew’s Church in Oxfordshire, England. The Duchess of Cambridge was there with her sister Pippa and mother and father. Michael Middleton even walked the bride down the aisle, whose own father sadly passed away in 1992.

Prince William was an absentee due to his duties with the RAF (Royal Air Force). He is currently based in North Wales, where he serves as a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot. Kate looked happy with her family though, and guests thoroughly enjoyed the hour-long ceremony and low-key reception, at the bride’s nearby family home.

Media outlets picked up on the fact Kate was wearing the same long-sleeved Erdem dress that she first wore at festivities to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June. But if anything, it should make a nice change for the Duchess of Cambridge to be recognised for wearing any sort of clothes!

Weetabix… Don’t Let Them Go Soggy!

America likes its breakfast cereals sweet, colourful, and largely made up of marshmallow. With cereals in Britain, we have a reputation for being a bit blander  – but the country’s not too worried, downing 6.7kg of the stuff each per year! British adult breakfast cereals may not be appealing to the eye (we’re looking at you, porridge!) but more than make up for it with lower sugar levels and great taste. In this week’s British Pantry we take a look at Weetabix, which isn’t just the most popular cereal in the UK, it’s also – for better or worse – a part of the culture too.

Weetabix in Popular Culture

Weetabix Skins

Advertising for Weetabix in the 1980s featured the ‘Weetabix Skins’, a skinhead gang that threatened viewers to “make it neat wheat mate… If you know what’s good for you!” OK!!!

Jon Stewart

The Daily Show presenter is pretty hilarious when turning his attention to most topics, and Weetabix is no exception. During a Daily Show package on American soldiers working in Afghanistan, he said:

“To the NATO Allies that we met. The troops from the other countries that were there. That give so much. Your service is much appreciated. But that is no excuse to introduce Weetabix to our troops. I’m sorry. That is not a breakfast. That is a building material.”

The Weetabix Challenge

Two minutes to consume two Weetabix with no liquid. Is it possible? [LANGUAGE WARNING]

Liam Gallagher

After Manchester United and England footballer Wayne Rooney had a hair transplant, pundits were at a loss with how best to describe it. Former Oasis singer and Manchester City fan Liam Gallagher stepped in, describing Rooney as “A balloon with a Weetabix crushed on top.”

NYFW: Kate Moss, Yeah Right!

New York Fashion Week is in full swing. We’ve had the great and the good of the Brit fashion crowd through our doors more times than Naomi has diamonds. And whenever we hear that famous Kate Moss axiom “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”, we can’t help but think of her finishing off her second portion of apple crumble. This one’s for you Kate – Strawberry crumble, fresh out of the oven.

Customer Pictures Make Us Happy

We were over the moon when we found these fabulous images from Hocus Kocis’ trip to Tea & Sympathy. Beautiful images and we love the layout. If you take photos while dining with us, please send them our way, eitehr on Twitter @TeaAndSympathy, on Facebook.com/TeaAndSympathy or on Instagram @TeaAndSympathyNYC. Gorgeous!

Banoffee Pie

This is the perfect recipe for the long weekend. Whether you’re spending it with friends and family or enjoying a few stolen moments alone, Banoffee pie is a real treat and so very simple. It is a British recipe, thought up in the kitchen of a countryside restaurant in 1972, with a definite American twang. Caramel, bananas, biscuits and cream make for a delicious crowd pleaser.

In the restaurant, we serve this in individual portions. If you’re feeding many mouths, it works just as well in a larger pie dish.

Serves 4

1 tin of condensed milk
Packet of digestives
1/4 lb of butter, melted
1/2 pint of double cream
3 bananas, sliced
Grated chocolate to serve

  • To make toffee: place unopened tin of condensed milk in boiling water for 2 – 3 hours. The longer you boil it, the darker and thicker the toffee will be. Make sure that the tin is FULLY immersed in water, otherwise, the tin will explode.
  • Crush digestives and mix with melted butter. Using a fork, press the digestives onto the pan, leaving no holes and then chill. Whip the cream until it’s stiff.
  • Layer sliced bananas over biscuit base and cover with the toffee. Add whipped cream and grated chocolate.

A Recipe For Prince Harry: Spotted Dick

After Prince Harry’s recent performance in Las Vegas, we think it’s about time his dear old Grandma hoicked him back to the Palace, sat him down with a cup of tea and some homemade comfort food and gave his ear a good bending. And we have the perfect dish to accompany this most regal of talking-to’s… Spotted dick! A classic British dessert with a name that causes as many “haha’s” as its indulgent flavors do “mmmmm’s”. This one’s for you Ma’am, get ya mixing bowl out!

Spotted Dick with Custard

From RecipeWise.co.uk

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 325g plain flour
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 60g brown sugar (demerara)
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 220g shredded suet (this can be vegetarian, but beef suet is best)
  • 220g currants (or raisins)
  • 300ml milk

To serve

” In a large mixing bowl sieve in the flour. Then add in the sea salt, cinnamon, sugar, shredded suet, and the currants (or raisins). Using a wooden spoon mix these ingredients together, then add in the beaten eggs and cold milk, keep mixing with the spoon until it comes together. If the mixture is a little wet and in more plain flour. The mixture should be of a soft ‘dropping’ consistency, i.e. the mixture is not too sloppy but will drop off the spoon when tilted.

Spoon the mixture into the greased pudding basin, pack it down a little and level the surface with the back of the spoon – the level of the pudding should be about 3cm (1.5 inches) below the top of the basin (or less). Cut a round, large sheet of greaseproof paper and one of foil slightly bigger so they will come down at least 10cm (4 inches) over the sides of the basin…”

For the rest of the recipe, click here. And we sell a tinned version in-store if you’re after a quick fix, if you have a game of billiards to attend to, for example…