At the moment the boy and I are a staying at my parents house while we are packing up our unit in preparation for moving next week.
Here at my parents house there is only ever three drinks on tap. Water is one, milk is another and the most important is... tea.
However more than being just a drink, tea is a ritual in my family and there are important, unspoken rules that accompany it.
Rule number 1. Tea is made in a pot with leaves.
Rule number 2. Tea is to be taken mostly with family, sometimes with friends, occasionally with acquaintances and never alone.
And rule number 3. (my favourite)
...Tea should always be served with something sweet.
Welsh Tea Cake
1 ½ cups of strong, hot tea
2 ½ cups of mixed dried fruit (sultanas, raisins, currents)
2 ½ cups of self-raising flour
1 teaspoon of mixed spice
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons of marmalade
Place fruit in a bowl and pour over with hot tea, cover and leave to soak overnight.
The next morning preheat your oven to 180˚c.
Then add all remaining ingredients to fruit mix and mix until well combined.
Press into a standard loaf tin and bake for just over an hour or until a skewer, inserted into the middle of the loaf, comes out clean.
Serve with butter.
Will keep in fridge for up to two weeks.