Lady Pamela's Tea Parlor

Monday, February 14, 2011

42th Tea Pots and Tea Things Tuesdays, McKelvie's

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42nd   Tea Pot and Tea Things Tuesday

A real friend is one who helps us to think
our best thoughts, do our noblest deeds,
and be our finest selves.

“It is who we are in our thoughts, feelings, dispositions, and choices—in the inner life—that counts. Profound transformation there is the only thing that can definitively conquer outward evil.”

-- Dallas Willard, philosopher
  Welcome dear friends, new and familiar, to a cozy corner of comfort and conversation with a cup of tea.  Did you feel loved this week around the tea table? I did. Thank you to everyone who shared their special post and those who took the time to comment. I visited each and every one.   I have discovered that my relationship (connection)? with you through  thought-provoking prose, your favorite scripture,  innovative projects and creative photography, encourage my personal journey in a positive manner.

Do you have time to linger by the fire?  I have soup simmering in the pot and fresh bread baking in the oven. Last month I served Bean and Barley Soup   and promised a recipe for McKelvie's Bannack bread or Soda bread.  Sorry for the delay but I have included that recipe below, as well a Creamy Broccilli White Bean Soup.

Simplicity was so appealing to me this week.
I used only black and white dishes and plain-jane one's at that!
A combination of five different sets
All thrifted or on sale.

A touch of spring green to accent.
After a busy week of Valentine's events this seemed restful.

By the fireplace

Vintage black necklace and fun feathers

Perfect for the Irish Soda Bread

A place for you

 A place for me.
Shell dish is sitting on a teacup for height.
Butter and sharp cheddar cheese will be served.


 I had a little extra time during the week and got creative with last week's vignette. 
I posted the extra pictures Sunday.  See them here   
“The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The LORD our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’

-- Jesus

Creamy Broccilli White Bean Soup

Steaming broccoli florets helps them maintain their nutrients; adding them to soup with olive oil, pine nuts, and garlic cloves makes a complete hearty meal. Serves 4


1 head broccoli (1 pound), cut into florets, stems thinly sliced

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 yellow onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

One 15-ounce can cannellini beans, drained

2 1/2 cups chicken stock

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted

1/2 ounce shaved Parmesan, for serving


1.  Steam broccoli florets and stems until tender and bright green, about 3 minutes. Let cool slightly. Reserve 1/2 cup florets for garnish.

2.  Heat oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic until translucent, about 6 minutes. Add beans and stock and bring mixture to a simmer. Remove from heat and add broccoli; puree in batches in a blender until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish each bowl with broccoli florets, toasted pine nuts, and shaved Parmesan.

From Whole Living, January/February 2011

Scottish or Irish?????

Picture from Little 

McKelvie's Delishes Fishes Dishes is a wonderful restaurant in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Over 100 years ago, Mckelvie's used to be an old fire hall that was destine for the wrecking crew. After undergoing some serious remodeling, this restaurant is now high-ceilinged and decorated with great marine artifacts. Not to mention a rowboat in the center of the floor. When we lived there 25 years ago it was a favorite of our young family.  Every guest is greeted with a basket of their special soda bread and butter.  As I looked for a recipe for soda bread, the reference to McKelvie's was common. I am not the only one who wanted to take the recipe home. This recipe is so close to the real McCoy, er McKelvie you would have to go there to get better. (By the is also very tastey with a before dinner glass of wine) source

Oat Bannock, McKelvie’s Style


1 c Whole wheat flour
1/2c All purpose flour
1/2c Rolled oats
2 Tbsp. Sugar, granulated
2 tsp. Baking powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
2 Tbs. Butter, melted
1/3c Raisins; optional
3/4c Water; approximately

Stir together flours, oats, sugar, baking powder and salt.

Add melted butter, raisins (if using) and water, adding more water if needed to make sticky dough.

With floured hands, pat into greased pie plate.

Bake in 400F oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until browned and tester comes out clean.

Cut into wedges.


~ I encourage you to stop by and savour another cup of tea while you enjoy her pretty vignettes.

The more the fun!

*Mr. Linky will arrive soon.

We don't want to miss a single teacup or teapot!

                     As always we cherish your comments and participation in our Tuesday meme.

~You will be warmly welcomed
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Tuesday Tea Time In Blogland!

These are the links to the other oh-so-delightful tea parties and tabletop parties that I attend.

I invite you to drop in. Many thanks to those who faithfully host each week.

~ Hope to see you there!!

*~The 70th, 'Tuesday Tea For Two'

~ Tuesday Teatime with Lady Katherine

~ Teatime Tuesday with Sandi

~ Teacup Tuesday with Martha

Teacup Tuesday with Terri

~ Tabletop Tuesday with Marti

~ A Return to Loveliness with Kathy

*~ The 42, 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday', with Wanda Lee and Pam @

Other favorite places I may visit this week:

~Tablescape Thursday with Susan

~ Foodie Friday with Michael

~Show and Tell Fridays with Cindy

~Sunday Favorites with Chari

Cheers and hugs from Pam and Wanda Lee; ( Wanda Lee is the other half of our weekly blog tea party meme; 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday'.., @


  1. Scottish AND Irish! And I make a mean Soda bread!! ;}

    m ^..^

  2. What a delightful tea setting. And the soup looks so yummy. Thanks for sharing the recipe.


  3. Beautiful tea setting. Thanks for sharing. Karie

  4. Beautiful, Pam! Love the black and white and I just love the shape of your white tea pot. Happy Valentine's Day!...Christine

  5. Simply love the black and white, just adore the the French Bread dish! How I wish I could find some!!! Thank You for joining me for Tea Time.
    Bread, cheese, and soup sounds wonderful! Happy Valentines!

  6. Yum! Your soup and bannock look wonderful! What a cute teapot and I love the tray! Hope you had a lovely Valentines Day.


  7. Thanks for sharing your lovely tea things - they're so pretty. And thank you for hosting this inspiring party. It's always a pleasure.
    Lynn at Cottage and Creek

  8. Lovely! Thanks for hosting!

  9. Oh Gorgeous as usual. Love all your different china and you always arrange such a lovely table. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  10. Lovely tea things! That broccoli and white bean soup sound really delicious...and since it is lunch time here, I wish I could reach through the screen and grab that bowl! Yum!
    Thank you so much for sharing!

  11. I have been in the mood for Irish fare. What a lovely post. Thanks!

  12. Dear Pam
    I hope you had a happy St. Valentine´s day
    Thank you for your tea

  13. Hi: What a beautiful table. It looks so romantic. I hope your Valentine's Day was very special. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

  14. what a yummy recipes! I love your simplicity tablewear and setting, i am in low with your paris bread plate, it's gorgeous!! thanks for sharing and dropped by my blog! Blessings, Susan

  15. Yummy recipes, and the setting for ME!, yes, what times Dinner?..I want some of the brocoli soup an sop with the Irish soda bread,
    dawg-gone, this makes me hungry!
    LOVE IT!

  16. Extremely lovely, elegant setting! Love your recipes! I can't wait to try the soda bread - sounds marvelous - thank you for being such a gracious hostess!

  17. I love the simplicity of your table and those recipes sound delicious.

  18. oh, your tea pots and plates are lovely. Haven't seen such elegant pots around my area. Your white bean soup looks delicious and super creamy! yum!


  19. Delightful! Such a pretty setting! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  20. I like the simplicity of this tablescape, and black and white have always been one of my favorite color combos.

    Thanks for linking to the party. However, your link was not direct. Perhaps you would like to enter it again, or even a different post. The party is still open. ;)

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  21. I love your table setting, very elegante.

    Thank you for sharing your recipes. I had planned on making a chicken stock this week for another recipe, I think I'll reserve some and make the soup.

  22. Beautiful setting, and the food looks delicious! Thanks for hosting!
    Have a blessed day!