Wednesday, June 30, 2010

pump up the jam: Tea at Lady Gregory's

Saturday we went to Coole Park, home of Lady Gregory, founder of the Irish Literary Theatre and the Abbey Theatre (fun fact: her birthday is the Ides of March too. poor gal!). While pretty, all that remains of the estate are the house's foundation, the stable building and the autograph tree (carved by the likes of Synge & Yeats and a few others... that was interesting, but I think I went in to the trip expecting to see and learn more than what was available at the site).

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Lunch was on the pricey side and the line was long, so I opted for a scone and some tea. The scone was only 2.50 and was accompanied by freshly whipped cream and homemade ginger rhubarb jam, which had a looser consistency than most jams, allowing it to seep into every nook, cranny and sultana it touched. The rhubarb was sweet and mellow while the ginger added a welcome kick and the unsweetened cream balanced both flavors.

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