I grew up in a British colony where neighbors and friends got together every afternoon for tea and with a mom who made everything, and I mean everything, from scratch. We had dessert every single day and off course, with tea every afternoon. We left when I was almost 10 and headed to the the US. Over here, my mother never got into baking all those desserts as she once had. She would say that it was too much work and so much easier to buy it - bummer, right?
Another challenge, reading my moms handwriting, but I'm getting through it. Many of the recipes she created on her own. She has an act for tasting something or looking at something and recreating it just perfectly. Some of the measurements are in "tea cups", "coffee cups", and "shot glass" and in British/English units...I'm so meticulous about being exact about things that its already driving me insane trying to figure out the exact conversion. Wish me luck though...After this one, she has a couple more waiting for me to do the same with.