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Pooh (and Lasso) Corner

Pooh (and Lasso) Corner

We’re excited that you’ve joined the conversation! At HMU, we want to continue the great authors’ conversations in a contemporary context, and this blog will help us do that. We look back to Aristotle and the early philosophers who used reason and discourse to gain wisdom and now we endeavor to do the same every day.


July 9, 2021

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

“I always thought that tea was just gonna taste like hot brown water. And you know what? I was right. It’s horrible. No, thank you.” – Ted Lasso

Because some places are starting to open up and because I see hope creeping back into our language for the first time in a long while, I thought I would collect a few lovable quotes from two very different sources. Please, do enjoy some hot, brown water with a good book. Please do enjoy a crumpet, crumb cake, scone, or other. Also, I placed one of my favorite recipes at the end of this post since baked goods pair nicely with humor, tea, and sunny days.


“Let’s go and see everybody,” said Pooh. “Because when you have been walking in the wind for miles, and you suddenly go into somebody’s house, and he says, ‘Hallo, Pooh, you’re just in time for a little smackerel of something,’ and you are, then it’s what I call a Friendly Day.” – The House at Pooh Corner

“If you would have told me that I’d be drinking tea at three o’clock every day… about a year ago… I would have punched you in the mouth.” – Ted Lasso

“I wish Pooh was here. It’s so much more friendly with two.” – Winnie-the-Pooh

Walton: “How do you take your tea?”
Ted: “Well, normally right back to the counter because there’s been a terrible mistake.” – Ted Lasso

“[T]hen they had a Very Nearly tea, which is one you forget about afterwards…” – The House at Pooh Corner

“Early drinkin’ means quick drunken.” – Ted Lasso

“[T]he only reason for making honey is so as I can eat it.” – Winnie-the-Pooh

“Don’t let the wisdom of age be wasted on you.” – Ted Lasso

“’Oh! Piglet,’ said Pooh excitedly, ‘we’re going on a Expotition, all of us, with things to eat. To discover something.” – Winnie-the-Pooh


Sorghum Shortbread

100 grams flour (or gluten free flour mix)
60 grams sorghum flour
75 grams sugar
100 grams of butter (7 Tbsp) (cold)
pinch of salt
1 ½ tsp herbs or lemon zest (optional)
1 tsp vanilla
2 large egg yolks

1] Mix the dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
2] Mix in the butter. For easier mixing, grate the butter into the dry ingredients and hand mix until crumbly.
3] Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well.
4] Roll the dough into a log and wrap in plastic. Chill until firm.
5] Cut ½ inch slices. Bake at 350F for 10 minutes (or until lightly browned).

These are best when shared with friends. I also like to pair shortbread with Earl Grey tea (milk and sugar, of course). My apologies to Ted.

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