(Cameo Tea Set From Victorian Trading Co.)
I went for a walk this morning in the fog and took this picture. I discovered that you don't have to worry about getting a "clear" picture of fog. It always looks blurry, no matter how carefully it is photographed.
Today I prepared blueberry tea by pouring boiling water over blueberries. The reason I chose blueberry tea is that the fog sometimes takes on a blue color.
With the blueberry tea we are having foggy pudding. I made up the name so that the family would say "Bring us a foggy pudding."It is made with layers of cake (using a nut-bread recipe minus the nuts), custard (I made tapioca pudding for the custard) topped with fog cream. The cake, custard and cream were all flavored with almond extract. There is no recipe for foggy pudding. It is whatever the hostess wants it to be and can be made of any combination of foods. Fog cream is whipped cream dusted with almond flour (ground almonds) and there is no official recipe for that, either. These fog recipes and menus are all experimental and I am trying to make them compliment the fog as well as create special memories.
One day the shabby-chic industry will capitalize on fog, as it should. Then someone will write a book called "Fog-Chic," because so many things look like fog and could be included in special books and magazines. I can see in my mind's eye the beautiful pages of such a magazine filled with outdoor fog scenes and special indoor events and fog things.
I have a friend who told me how she grew up on the coast where it was almost always foggy. Her mother made a cinnamon tea to serve the children when they came in from outside. Since they had been in the fog, she wanted them to be warm, so she boiled cinnamon sticks on the stove several hours ahead of time to make this tea. She also prepared a hot bath for each of them before they had their tea, because she believed it would prevent illness. While my friend was growing up she said she and her siblings never had the colds and flue and coughs that were going around. Since she grew up in that foggy climate she always loved the fog.