Friday, January 21, 2011
A Friday Evening Tea Tradition
Friday evenings are always welcome at our home! After a busy week of chores, work, school, and activities, everyone is ready to relax and spend some time visiting together. Tea is a part of our Friday night ritual. It's been a tradition we've always had, starting in my family home during my teen-age years. Herbal tisanes and infusions, although not technically "tea", are our favorites. But all teas, white, green, black, and flavored are delicious too! Setting aside a specific time each week for rest and regeneration is beneficial for individuals and families. Having a 'no fail' plan for rest that one can look forward to during each week is a blessing to anticipate.
As teens, sometimes my sister and I would bake a Snackin' Cake for Friday night tea. Do you remember them? The cake mix goes in the cake pan, liquid ingredients are added, and then after a quick stir the cake goes in the oven. I don't think they make Snackin' Cake mixes any more, but they sure were popular in our family. Recently Dad and Alma came to visit and we made a Depression Chocolate Cake. It reminded me so much of the Snackin' Cakes that sis and I used to bake. It goes well with tea. Would you like the recipe?
Depression Chocolate Cake
1 1/2 cups flour (gluten-free if necessary)
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup water
In a well-greased cake pan, stir together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder and baking soda until well mixed. All at once, add the vinegar, vanilla, oil and water. Stir well. Bake at 350 F for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick poked in the center of the cake comes out clean.
Now, go put the teakettle on!
Teapot ~ Teekanne Mikado
Table Runner ~ Gift from Aunt Cella; from one of her trips to Romania.