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DSCF0212We remain enamoured by the pomp and circumstance of taking a proper afternoon tea.

It does not have to be a big deal; just a china cup and saucer, a teapot, some good loose leaf tea. Sandwiches and shortbread are nice too.

Now winter is truly upon us, tea is a very small indulgence

Our friend Tricia Waldron has an interesting collection of cookbooks.

 One cookbook in particular caught our fancy: Year One. Yes, that’s the name of the self-published cookbook, published in 2001 by the family of Agnes Waldron, to celebrate the centenary of her birth. Born in 1901, Grandmother Agnes always maintained the year of her birth was Year 1.

One cookbook in particular caught our fancy: Year One. Yes, that’s the name of the self-published cookbook, published in 2001 by the family of Agnes Waldron, to celebrate the centenary of her birth. Born in 1901, Grandmother Agnes always maintained the year of her birth was Year 1. The cookbook is full of favourite family recipes.

Agnes Waldon, a beautiful young woman

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Agnes Waldron in her kitchen in Montreal, Christmas 1964

Granddaughter Tricia explains, “ …. her grandchildren never went home from a visit to her house empty handed; we always had a ‘lunch’ to take with us – fancy sandwiches, home baked cookies, butter tarts”.

Imagine our thrill when we discovered Grandmother Waldron’s recipe for shortbread – it’s exactly the same as our recipe for our very popular Classic Shortbread.  Exactly the same ingredients. Exactly the same proportions.  We were simply thrilled. This holiday season, we are re-launching our Classic Shortbread as Lady Agnes Waldron Shortbread.

To order, email marilyn@splendidafternoonteas.com or phone 416.658.5518.

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Do you have a shortbread story to share?

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