Stonewall Kitchen lemon curd
Have lemon curd on hand for afternoon tea or dessert any time. Slather on scones. Spoon into tart shells. Make a trifle with fresh fruit, cake pieces and whipped cream. Or purchase sponge cake, split horizontally then spread curd between the layers. Add a few dollops on top and serve with juicy fresh berries. There are several brands in stores. We especially like the tart-butter balance from Stonewall Kitchen. It's $6.95 for an 11.5 ounce jar. At Sur La Table (surlatable.com) or stonewallkitchen.com.
Have an Olympics-watching party and English breakfast: eggs, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, bangers (sausages), beans and bacon. Not the usual strips (Brits call that "streaky bacon"), but slices of back bacon by Spencer's Jolly Posh British and Irish Foods. Nicholas Spencer dry-cures pork loin so there's less fat but lots of flavor we love. Suggested retail price for an 8-ounce package is $6. A store locater's at spencerfoods.com; online ordering starts in late July. Until then, it's available online at zingermans.com.
Add interesting sips (besides Fuller's ales) to your Olympic Games gatherings with Fentimans Botanically Brewed Beverages. Herbs and roots flavor recipes that drink-makers began using in England more than a century ago with a ginger beer. Today, the ginger beer (we found it refreshing) is part of a nine-flavor lineup including shandy (hints of malt) and dandelion & burdock (a lovely pear-ginger-anise brew). A 9.3-ounce bottle retails for about $1.99. Find a store locater at drinkfentimans.com.