Elevenses: The Language Of Flowers
Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen I hope you are feeling extremely eleven o clockwise because the time is indeed eleven o clock so please, Hang up your top hat of imposing mental prowess, fold down your pugnacious parasol and pull up a chair (or lemonade crate)
This morning our lovely werewolf butler has been out picking flowers for us… hm? Oh no, no, no don’t worry, nothing like that… we need them for the revolution. Sorry? War of the roses? Oh I see, you are trying to be amusing! Oh well done, yes…hm… but seriously now, please, these flowers which Max is diligently dismantling over there are going to play a vital role in overthrowing the queen and taking our first tentative steps towards world domination…. Hm? Oh yes, sorry, you’re right of course I did mean world liberation. Liberation from the tea time tyranny of Wiz.
You may be aware that Max and his fellow revolutionaries communicate with each other using coded poetry books and an unnecessarily complicated language of stamps? Well now we are attempting to incorporate Floriography (the language of flowers) as well. If you are plotting a revolution, you may wish to consider using this marvellous coding method yourself and so here, for your convenience, are some commonly used flowers and their traditional Victorian meanings to get you started…
Yellow Marquerile – I come soon
Canterbury Bell – Your letter was received
Iris – I sent a message
Red Fuchia – I like your taste
Pinks – Yes
Wild Rose – Pleasure and pain
Poppy – I am not free
White rose – I cannot
But goodness, all this flower arranging tires one’s tentacles to the extreme, let us break for a while and see if Klapka has not been too busy flower picking to to make us something delicious for our elevenses… mmm, lemon and lavender tea cookies! They are her own recipe, and here it is…
Lemon and Lavender Tea Cookies
150g plain flower
100g butter or margarine
50g caster sugar
1 lemon zest finely grated
1 tsp hot earl grey tea
1 tsp lavender flowers
Mix all ingredients together to form a soft dough, adding a little more flour or tea as needed. Roll into a sausage shape, wrap in cling film and chill for 1 – 24 hours. Slice into cookie rounds (each about the thickness of a pound coin) and bake on a greased tray on gas 4 for about 10mins until pale gold. Leave to cool down and firm up then serve with a cup of jasmine or lady grey tea.
Delicious! And now there is nothing left to do but find some soothing music to tap our tentacles to as we nom …
Marvellous, we hope you have a very lovely afternoon and we invite you back to join us for our morning cuppa on Monday, until then please be always
This entry was posted on February 7, 2017 by Penny Blake. It was filed under Elevenses and was tagged with cake, code, cookies, flowers, food, geek, history, Language of flowers, LGBT, music, nerd, octopus, recipes, revolution, spring, steampunk, tea, Victorian.