Maybe It’s Time for Another Soup Exchange

The plan was to set up all the tea and food inside (it just seemed a lot easier, given all the fragile china, the need to boil water for tea, not needing to worry about keeping bugs away from the table full of food, etc.), ask people to wear masks when in the house getting their food and beverages, and then come out to the garden for the tea party, where they could be unmasked. Our town has pretty high vaccination rates, which helps with feeling like this was a reasonably safe activity to host.

It worked REALLY well, and made me feel like with a little forethought, I could’ve done a lot more entertaining this past year. We had gorgeous weather on Saturday, very lucky, and even though I now have a heater on my front deck, and a firepit in the backyard, there probably will soon be some limits on how much people are willing to hang out outside. We’ve had snow on Halloween some years!

But I’m hoping for another month of decent weather, so I can get in some good socializing before the snows descend and we hunker down for three months.

Maybe it’s time to host another soup exchange. 🙂 Everyone brings soup to share, takes some away so they have a variety for the winter (ideally soups that freeze well), and we also have some hot here, with bread, for people to try while chatting outside. I think if people don’t mind using mugs as well as soup bowls, I probably have enough for thirty or so…

Pictured: egg salad sandwiches, curried mushroom sandwiches, my Star Trek captain’s tea set (a surprise Christmas present from Kevin a few years back, much loved), mimosas (your choice of mango, passionfruit, or mango-passionfruit, mixed with either prosecco or non-alcoholic ginger beer), someone’s utterly charming bicycle near my cemetery, and a nice big red pot full of tea that Lori brought all the way from Agatha Christie’s home of Greenway!

A Weakness for Wicked Smart and Snarky Bad Boys

Kavi and her friends, Emma and Dani, hard at work. Apparently, they got into quite an argument later on, because Kavi likes Dean (Gilmore Girls), and Emma and Rose (not pictured) emphatically do not. They told Kavi she doesn’t get to have an opinion yet, as she’s only partway through season 2.

I admit, I am with Emma on Team Jess. 🙂 I have a weakness for wicked smart & snarky slightly bad boys.

Summer treat tea blends

Two tea blends for the summer treat boxes (both caffeinated):

• orange spice (black tea, orange peel, cinnamon, cloves, orange and clove oil)

• fruit and flower (black tea, calendula, rose petals, cornflowers, mango and passion fruit)

It’s fun making up tea blends. 🙂

Making Forsythia Tea

Harvest blossoms, pour boiling water over, let sit overnight to cool completely, strain.

Once you have the flower tea, you can boil with sugar to make a simple syrup for drinks and desserts, or add honey to make forsythia honey, use pectin, lemon juice, and sugar to make forsythia jelly, etc. and so on.

A Little Addicted

Um, I might be a little addicted to designing tea towels now. Help. Take this Procreate program away from me…

But really did want Autumn Logophile to complete the set with the Pumpkin Curry and Two Cups patterns. 🙂 They’re going to be nice hanging in my kitchen all together.

(Have ordered proof, so will be available on Spoonflower and in my shop once they process that.)

The BIG Holiday Package

The BIG holiday package ($85) gives you:

– a gorgeous hardcover of Feast
– two lovely coordinating tea towels (of your choice)

– 4 oz. of homemade dark-roasted small batch curry powder


(If you bought all these separately, this would be….$96.)

(Coming soon to the Serendib Kitchen store.)

Despite Best Intentions

You never did learn to speak Tamil, despite your best intentions, but at least Appa will be happy to see you celebrating the language with these tea towels.

Two tea towels + a hardcover of Feast = $80 of apologetic familial affection? 🙂

(Coming soon to the Serendib Kitchen store.)

The Foodie Friend

Then there’s your foodie friend, the one who’s hard to buy for, and has maybe had a hard year. I promise you, there’s nowhere else on the planet where you can get a Sri Lankan cookbook, homemade curry powder, AND a Sri Lankan pumpkin curry tea towel, all in one glorious package. 🙂 $65.

(Coming soon in the Serendib Kitchen shop.)

Dreaming of Writing Sheds

Sometimes you just want the big beautiful coffee table book, full of photos — my friend, the Feast hardcover is for you. And with your choice of tea towels; wouldn’t it be nice to browse this cookbook and simultaneously dream of building a writing shed? You can do both, at the same time, with this holiday package — $60 for a hardcover of Feast + tea towel of your choice.

(Coming soon in the Serendib Kitchen shop.)

Life Is Busy

I mean, you COULD make your own curry powder. But life is busy, so feel free to have a little shipped to you, along with a tea towel AND a copy of Feast. (No photos in the paperback, to keep cost down as much as possible, but you’ll get a link to an online archive of lovely pics.) This lovely package will run you $55.

(Coming soon in the Serendib Kitchen shop.)