Cornish Cream Tea
Cornish Cream Tea
How To Eat A Scone
About this time of year I am usually getting close to the time when my wife and I will be setting off to Cornwall for a couple of holidays during the summer. We would stay in Padstow, where we would rent a delightful cottage, usually in the old part of Padstow and then from there we usually go to a variety of places, notably Boscastle, Tintagel, Fowey, St Austell, Truro.
There are always so many different things to see and do and sometimes, the things we see and do are just the same as last time and the time before and the time before that.
Quite often our grown up family of 3 children, who are all in their 20s would come with us for their free holiday, paid for by Mum & Dad (do you get that too?) and occasionally we have gone with friends.
We have such a tremendous time either on the beach at Trevone Bay, which is just 5 minutes out of Padstow on the Newquay road. We sit on the beach, eat sandwiches and pasties, drink tea, read books, body board and surf, play beach cricket and a host of other beach games involving frisbees, balls, bats, stumps . . . . .
A nice, wooden deck chair situated in a well chosen spot (which usually follows a long period of argument and debate - "NO! That's no good, we don't want to sit there. How about over on that far side by the rocks"? "No . . .too far to walk to the shop for an ice cream - it would be melted by the time we get back" and so it goes.
But then, we would arrive back in Padstow and if it is too early for dinner, we would stroll around the harbour and end up at the Clipper restaurant where we would have a very seductive cream tea.
A plate of scones (plain, no currants!) a dish of jam and another of clotted cream plus a pot of tea.
Aaahhhh Bisto (as we say in the good old U of K) and then, the arguments begin.
Being brought up in Cornwall, I like to think I know it all about Cornish food, drink, places, customs and practises. My wife, on the other hand, likes to disagree and so we have our annual battle.
You see, eating a scone is not just as simple as . . . .eating a scone. Oh no; There is a ritualistic argument that goes with it, accompanied by lots of observations of other people.
My wife is just odd (in my view) and in her opinion, I am the odd one and the reason for this war between sposes is how to eat a scone.
I pour my tea, pick up the scone and then, lavishly spread Clotted cream on it (ideally Rhodda's Clotted Cream - THE best). Then, I spread a modest amount of jam - not necessarily evenly, but in a sort of picasso way - abstract, lumpy, kind of casual and not at all even or neat.
Then just as I am about to get stuck in, she starts.
"Ignore your father. Look at him. It doesn't matter how many times we have a cream tea, he always gets it wrong"
There then follows this pleasant exchange of banter while my wife, God Bless Her, does things the Aussie way - upside down. She carefully applies jam and then follows this by dolloping loads of clotted cream on the top.
That is the point when I tell her and our kids (for the millionth time) that she is just weird and has no idea what she is doing, apart from ruining a perfectly good scone and our entire holiday in the process.
So, do any of you have any views? Maybe someone has THE definitive answer to how a scone should be 'dressed'. If so, I would LOVE to hear from you.
My lovely wife is relatively normal in most other ways, except for this and also the fact that she doesn't like cliff walking, playing beach games, she usually wears a cardigan on the beach and NEVER joins the rest of us in the water.
Mind you, she makes delicious salmon sandwiches, on wholemeal bread with a generous amount of mayonnaise!
Sadly, we won't be able to enjoy the one thing we dream about all year. Usually we begin our search for that lovely, idyllic cottage around 2 days after our last trip down for the summer and then by about January we have found what we want.
This year, however, due to the fact that my poor wife was the result of a bungled NHS procedure, which resulted in near death, major corrective abdominal surgery and nearly a 12 month recovery, we won;t be in Cornwall. Instead, we will be in Edinburgh with the leading surgeon in the UK for the corrective surgery that she needs to help her health situation improve from the poor level she has lived with for the past year.
That will be the subject of another hub, a blog and possibly a website.
Mind you, if all goes well, in August, and the operation is successful, she should be recovered enough for us to visit at the end of October.
So, any views, opinions or scone related tales to tell?
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