UnknownAh spring, where ar’ thou?

Today is March 20- the vernal equinox in the northern hemisphere. This season of increasing daylight, warming temperatures and the rebirth of flora and fauna, is nowhere to be seen in Canada where Simply Splendid Victorian Afternoon Teas resides. In Toronto, we woke up to fresh snow on the ground and right across the country the temperature is below zero Celsius. If you’re reading this blog in the southern hemisphere, you’re probably at the beach!

For those of us still toiling with shovels – the snow, not beach variety – we propose a good cup of tea. And yes – now is a good time to bake the scones we posted just last Monday.

While the scones are in the oven, put the kettle on. Start with a quality loose leaf tea, like our Baroness Grey Tea, a blend of high-blend Ceylon black tea leaves, cornflowers, citrus peel, rose petals and the traditional bergamot oil. Pour about one cup of the boiled water to your teapot, swish the water about and drain.

Add one rounded/level teaspoon of loose leaf per cup of tea. Pour the freshly-boiled  water over the tea leaves, give the leaves a gentle stir and let brew to your desired strength.

Pour. Add lemon or milk; sugar


imagesBaroness Grey Tea is available in 50 gram or 100 gram foil pouches. The 50 gram pouch is $6.42 (CDN $) and the 100 gram pouch is $12.42 (CDN $). Both prices inlcude HST (Canadian Harmonized Sales Tax) but NOT shipping charges. Payment by Interac bank transfer. To order: