If the drawing room pictured above is any indication, Harold loves old world opulence as much as I do. The drawing room is in a large Victorian house he now runs as a B&B. The next time you visit London, you might consider staying there. Trust me — you’ll be treated like royalty.
And speaking of royalty…our friend spent decades in the employ of the British Royal Family. His first job? Footman to Queen Elizabeth. His second gig? Butler to Charles & Diana. His third and final role in royal service? Butler to the wild and wonderful Princess Margaret. What a career!
Now, for the next 4 days, I get to “butle”(buttle?) and cook for Mr. Brown. Here’s what I’m serving for Afternoon Tea:
I’m serving scones, baby! Along with clotted cream and jam. My recipe for English Cream Scones.
I’m also serving an assortment of finger sandwiches, including the cucumber variety, prepared in the traditional British manner…
And sweet little “somethings,” like these Sugar Cookie Tartlets…
And these heaven-scented, easy-to-make Lavender Shortbread Cookies…
And these screamingly-delicious Blueberry Bars.
Of course, we’ll have tea, too. Iced, I imagine. Because it’s incredibly hot and humid here.
And by the way, our British friend will be spending the Fourth of July with us, when we — like most other folks — acknowledge our country’s independence from England.
How cool is that?