Tea time in Annapolis and Chincoteague

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This is the Reynold’s Tavern- excellent food- great ambiance- and friendly service!

I give it a high grade in the tea service arena!

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We interrupted our trip on the way to Meredith’s house to stop for a cup of tea and some yummies!


These are the yummies!

Spicy Pumpkin- soup of the day!

And the Christmas Pudding- flaming with brandy sauce!

I came home determined to make that soup.

I didn’t.

It is difficult to make foods when you have only limited spices and ingredients.

I think I needed cardamom.

I couldn’t find any at a do-able price.  It was ridiculous. 

So I came up with my own version.

And like it better!



I baked a butternut squash and mashed it.

Then I carmelised half of a large chopped onion.

I added 1 tsp. of cumin and 2 tsp of cinnamon, 1/2 tsp sea salt and 1/2 tsp black pepper and 12 oz. of beef broth and stirred over a low fire.  Then I added about 2 1/2 cups of a brewed tea ( Winter Solstice) mainly fruits and hops,cloves,rosemary- it is a tisane from serendipiTEA.  Then I added about 2 tsps of a very good quality Balsamic vinegar.


Sprinkle chopped cilantro on top and an extra dollop of balsamic vinegar when serving- and look at the happy faces around the table!


7 thoughts on “Tea time in Annapolis and Chincoteague

  1. Leek and potato here today, with a hint of chilli. And I have soaked some cannellini beans and am going to make a huge parcel of pork and beans. I saw a lovely message somewhere about the weather here in the UK. They keep talking about ‘a cold snap’ on the News, someone said ” This isn’t a cold snap, this is WINTER!!’ So nice to see you having a great time x Joanna

  2. That soup sounds sooo yummy! I’m only just now getting my boys to branch out their ideas of soup beyond chicken noodle, though. After several years of exposure, they finally eat broccoli cheese! A couple more years of working on them and I’ll be looking up this recipe!

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