Yesterday Jehara shared with me the joy of elevenses.
Now, when I was a kid and reading Paddington Bear, he always enjoyed his elevenses with a cup of cocoa and a marmalade sandwich. Sounds sticky, and I don’t think I’d care to combine cocoa with marmalade. I swear I’ve read elsewhere about elevenses including Earl Gray tea and a Bath bun. I didn’t know what a Bath bun was, but it sounded lovely.
I decided to enjoy my elevenses this morning, albeit at 10:30 because that’s when I did it. I brewed a nice cup of Earl Grey tea, added a few cubes of sugar from Mauritius that I purchased at the British Emporium. I didn’t have a Bath bun, nor indeed a bun or scone or muffin of any sort, but I had the tea. And I sat for 3 or 4 minutes just sipping the tea and letting my mind calm down.
It was nice.
What I would change: it seems proper to enjoy one’s tea in a china cup and saucer instead of a purple Aladdin insulated cup. I would also have a bun or muffin or something. And now I know what a Bath bun is:
The Bath bun is a rich, sweet yeast dough shaped round that has a lump of sugar baked in the bottom and more crushed sugar sprinkled on top after baking. Variations in ingredients include candied fruit peel, currants or larger raisins or sultanas.
Thank you, Wikipedia. I think I might just have to make a batch of Bath buns to enjoy with my tea. I’ll need to purchase some yeast, but I already have plenty o’ sugar, and I even have currants.
And thank you, Jehara, for the reminder to slow down a bit, as even 3 or 4 minutes can be a lovely break.