A world of magic at Hazendal, and not just for grownups


A world of magic at Hazendal, and not just for grownups

The ‘Valley of the Hares’ is a great place for a wine tasting ... and educational play fantasies for kids

Andrea Nagel

The Russian Tea Ceremony is a deliciously drawn out affair. Set with exquisite Dulevo porcelain and fine silver, the centrepiece of the table is the samovar – a finely crafted boiler that keeps the water hot while you relax and let your cares evaporate into the steam. A small teapot is kept warm on top of the samovar.

It’s filled with a specially imported tea concentrate called zavarka to be diluted, sweetened with syrupy, red jam – varenka – and accompanied by a special Russian necklace of edible biscuits called baranki.

The Russian Tea Ceremony is to be savoured ... slowly, and with attention paid to every delicious sip, every sumptuous tea snack of blini, blinchik, medovik, pirogi or sharlotka. (Of course this is impossible to do if the kids are running around your ankles whining in unison.)..

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