Rocky Road Cake, Poppy Seed Lemon Cake, and Ginger and Spice Fruit Cake are all delectable desserts; but the word “pudding” can refer to any dessert in England, so these might all be “puddings” to the Brits.
On Thursday, we went from Bramley Cottage to Royal Tunbridge Wells, where the Chalybeate Spring waters are located, and where they are still ritually dispensed by a real “dipper.”
The Chalybeate Spring waters are mythical and said to provide healing power for whatever illness may afflict the body. Stella and I decided to have a toast in hopes of curing everything from tired limbs to upset stomachs.
It is also believed that these royal spring waters may match Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth. Though I cannot hope to regain youth, perhaps Stella may keep it; and the swervelady may be around to see her become a very famous photographer!
On this same day, we went to Juliet’s tea shop to have brunch. We had some very different, but very good English entrees – and some amazing desserts. Lucky for us we had the spring water to calm our insides after such decadent food as you see below!
Hot chocolate with cinnamon and yummy little marshmallows – English style.
Queen Victoria’s Sponge Cake with fruit filling with lots of
gooey whipped cream and custard in the middle (yum!)
The English love warm tomatoes. This is an herbed homemade bread with grilled and seasoned cherry tomatoes on top.
Herbed scrambled eggs with smoked salmon – an elite English breakfast. These offerings are English cultural foods, offered in a variety of ways.
Stay tuned for Culture and Food Courses, with topics about the origin of human diets, nutrition and culture, car-centered diets, our green genes and much more, to be offered on this website in the near future.