We really didn’t need to go out this morning, but as the heatwave had broken and it was simply mild (but windy) we decided to pop over to Wellswood, on the other side of the Bay, for a morning paper and a stroll.
After husband had parked our car and we had bought a paper, we strolled up to Me and Mrs Jones, the deli/café where the hanging baskets are spectacular. On a little table I then saw …
What a great accoldate for a great emporium! Congratulations to Me & Mrs Jones and all their staff
Of course, I popped in and bought pork & apple sausage rolls and we will have those, with cheeses, sourdough bread and pickled onions for our lunch (which we bought a little while later in St Marychurch – I wonder if pickled onions are popular in other corners of the world? I really wanted to buy Ede’s pickled onions are they are bottled right here in Devon and are lovely and crunchy, but the shop where I usually buy them had sold out, and so I bought another brand in a nearby shop) …
We have had Garner’s Sweet Pickled Baby Onions before and they were good
Once we had bought the paper, we decided to have morning coffee in Ilsham’s Tearoom …
We hadn’t been in this tearoom for a long time, but it looked as if new owners were there (I enquired and they are new owners, having taken over on 1st June). It really is a pleasant small café, with pretty polka-dot oil cloths on the tables, and plants that enhance the mint-green décor.
We enjoyed a pot of coffee for two, excellent value I might add, and very nice coffee.
Of course, I had to have a quick browse in the Rowcroft Boutique (charity shop)and while I saw several things I liked, I had no need of them (there is a huge difference between like and need, isn’t there – rhetorical question!) I was intrigued by what appeared to be an Art Deco silver teapot, sugar bowl and cream jug, but when I saw the price I think I actually gasped. It had been reduced from over £300 to around £275. Yes, in a charity shop.
The silver tea service on the top shelf – lovely, isn’t it?
There were also some pretty pieces on another display stand …
Sadly my ‘tart’s trotters’ days are over! I will never be able to wear ‘heels’ again!
And by the entrance, a rather pretty dress …
The faux- flowers were also rather attractive, but they had a price tag of £10 per bloom. A good job I prefer real flowers, even though they don’t last, because I then didn’t have to wrestle with my conscience about spending £10 on even one of these blooms!
And now it’s time for lunch.
PS Coming soon: Edwardian Gardens
PPS Marlene has asked me for the Watercress Soup recipe. I have posted this previously, but I’m not clever enough to categorize my posts, so I’ve no idea where it might be, and therefore I’m posting it again – this might vary very slightly from my original recipe post, but only very slightly.
You require watercress (obviously), a couple of medium sized potatoes, a medium onion, and about 4 vegetable Oxo cubes or vegetable stock (plus oil for sautéing the onions and potatoes, and a little crème fraiche or cream).
Chop and saute the onion; chop and add the potatoes to the onion and continue to saute; roughly chop the bunch of watercress and add to the onion and potatoes; add sufficient boiling water (or veg stock) to cover; add the crumbled Oxo cubes. (if you haven’t used stock). Now simmer for approximately 15 – 20 minutes with lid on the saucepan. After 15 – 20 minutes turn off the heat, add a dollop of crème fraiche or cream, and blend with a hand-held blender. Serve with crusty bread, and perhaps a little extra dollop of cream and some parsley or watercress on top of the soup, even a grating of parmesan. Simple, nourishing and tasty.
Until next time.