A Literary Tea Party by Alison Walsh

A Literary Tea Party: Blends and Treats for Alice, Bilbo, Dorothy, Jo, and Book Lovers Everywhere by [Walsh, Alison]

A Literary-Inspired Cookbook for Voracious Readers at Teatime
Tea and books: the perfect pairing. There’s nothing quite like sitting down to a good book on a lovely afternoon with a steaming cup of tea beside you, as you fall down the rabbit hole into the imaginative worlds of Alice in WonderlandThe Hobbit, and Sherlock Holmes . . .
Fire up your literary fancies and nibble your way through delicate sweets and savories with A Literary Tea Party, which brings food from classic books to life with a teatime twist. Featuring fifty-five perfectly portioned recipes for an afternoon getaway, including custom homemade tea blends and beverages, you will have everything you need to plan an elaborate tea party. Cook up and enjoy:

 

  • Turkish Delight while sipping on the White Witch’s Hot Chocolate from The Chronicles of Narnia

 

  • Drink Me Tea with the Queen of Hearts’s Painted Rose Cupcakes from Alice in Wonderland

 

  • Eeyore’s “Hipy Bthuthday” Cake with Hundred Acre Hot Chocolate from Winnie the Pooh

 

  • Hannah’s Sweet Potato Bacon Pastries and Jo’s Gingerbread from Little Women

 

  • Tom Sawyer’s Whitewashed Jelly Doughnuts from Tom Sawyer

 

  • And more!

 

 
Accompanied with photographs and book quotes, these recipes, inspired by the great works of literature, will complement any good book for teatime reading and eating.

What a lovely book full of recipes and book references. Each one evokes a memory of a story, a book, another time and place. Perfect for the tea lover, book lover or both!

Netgalley/Skyhorse Publishing  June 05, 2018

THE COLOR OF THE EVOLVED SOUL

Happily sipping some Royal Wedding Tea from Harney & Sons this morning. Another day in the 80’s and then some severe weather in a few days. Our storm chasers are at the gate waiting for the signal to play find the tornado.

Yesterday was a beautiful day, if a bit windy, and we laid out in the sunshine with our uber white legs and listened to the 60’s channel. It was peaceful and so nice. The tiny terrorists went with their Daddy on a hike. Or as we call it a treasure hunt. So everyone got to spend time outside and we are all better for it.

If you are like me and don’t particularly like sugar, that STASH Meyer Lemon tea is a big winner in the iced category. I made a pitcher and it was really good unsweetened.

Last night I finished reading a book that made me feel angry. Described as a laugh out loud version of The Help, I did not have one laugh. I had many uncomfortable moments and a lot of racism and the end the horrible woman said Oh I’m so sorry, and the black lady said Oh it’s okay. No, it’s not okay and I wrote a rather scathing review. With a note to the publisher. This is a first for me. But if you are not from Mississippi but are writing about it, do your research. Don’t put a shiny dress on it and call it something it isn’t. It was insulting and I was glad to see this morning that at least 5 other people had emailed me saying how insulted they felt as well.

Happy Monday! Make it a great one with a nice cuppa and a nap! I am off to do errands that must be done. People want to eat and all. Thanks for listening to my little rant this morning. I would wake up OU Boy but he’s tired of hearing me talk.

xx Patricia….being quiet….lol

infuse: Herbal teas to cleanse, nourish and heal by Paula Grainger and Karen Sullivan

Lost your zest for life? Feeling tired and sluggish? Need a health boost?

Reach for a soothing cup of herbal tea and harness the extraordinary power of nature’s most potent healing ingredients. With more than 70 expertly formulated recipes for tasty, soothing, caffeine-free infusions, tea tips to help you get the most from your brew, and a comprehensive directory of herbal ingredients and their active properties and benefits, you can blend, brew and sip your way to wellbeing.

I am always looking for new herbals and this book has everything one would want to make themselves a cup of healing herbal caffeine-free tea.

From Bladder Bliss to Sweet Sleep, there is something for every ailment. It’s a really lovely book and the recipes may look daunting but the ingredients are easily found at bulk herb shops or on-line. I go to the San Francisco Herb Co. My local herbal store also carries their brand.

I’m sipping on a green ginger at the moment because I ate a burrito at 10 p.m. last night and woke up feeling like my stomach had staged a revolt, so I’m trying to calm that sucker down before date night tonight.

Try out the book and see what you think of it. It should be at your local library so you can try before you buy!

Enjoy your Saturday what ever you are celebrating this week-end.

xx Patricia

 

MUG CAKES ~Chocolate~ by SANDRA MAHUT

Good Tuesday Morning to you! Starting the day off with Taylor’s English Breakfast this morning. It looks a bit gloomy out the window. Yesterday was lovely with the sun coming out to stay and the temps warming up. Today it’s not cold, just gloomy, pre-rain mess.

In order to avoid making an entire cake which would not get eaten, we are discovering more and more mug cakes. They even sell the tiny mixes in the grocery now. Just add water and poof in the microwave and you’ve got a snack. This is portion control at it’s best! They also make wonderful individual desserts. If you haven’t tried one, they are surprisingly good.

Yesterday I spent the entire day on the phone with a government agency. All day. And tomorrow I’ll be there in person. News I’ll share later so as not to over think this too much. Lots of decisions between now and the first of March.

I received some new tea samples also and can’t wait to try them! Aged Earl Grey? Taking a wait and see approach. I hope your week is starting off well.

xx Patricia     Be kind. Make Tea. Relax.

 

THE SICK AND THE STUBBORN

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Grab a cup! Plenty of Irish Breakfast Tea with honey and lemon today. Yesterday I finally had a normal temperature. Yeah! The flu is gone. It started raining in the night sometime and was still going strong when I woke up. It was 50 degrees then and it is 28 now. Sleet, freezing on the roads and a lot of sirens outside today.

Today I woke up and couldn’t even walk a straight line. I felt like the ball in a pinball machine. I was so dizzy it was making me sick. Of course I called my eye doctor, who denied any responsibility for this, but did remind me I have low blood pressure and low blood sugar and maybe I should think about eating regularly and staying hydrated better. I told him my ears hurt and my throat hurts, and he suggested I stop hanging out with sick people. Smart Ass.

I finished the huge book I was reading. What a thrill ride that was! Now we are moving on to Lynn Cahoon’s ‘Who Moved My Goat Cheese’  a cozy mystery. Lynn is one of my favorite Cozy Authors.

OU Boy has called twice this morning to tell me to not get out of bed. But if there is one word to describe me it would definitely be “Does not follow directions well”. 

xx Love from the sick and stubborn

Tea with Jane Austen by Pen Volger

Enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake with one of the world’s favorite novelists

Inspired by the novels and letters of Jane Austen, this collection of cakes, bakes, and pastries is based on authentic recipes from the Regency era, which have been fully updated for modern-day cooks. In Jane Austen’s day, tea and cakes were usually served after dinner, or to evening guests, but these rolls, buns, tarts, and biscuits will be equally welcome at breakfast, with mid-morning coffee, or for an English afternoon tea. Recipes featured in the book include: English Muffins, based on the muffins served with after-dinner tea in “Pride and Prejudice”; Buttered Apple Tart as offered by Mr. Woodhouse to Miss Bates in “Emma”; and Jumbles, inspired by the cookies enjoyed by Fanny in “Mansfield Park”. From Plum Cake and Gingerbread to Ratafia Cakes and Sally Lunns “Tea with Jane Austen” has all the recipes you need to create the finest tea time treats, and the original recipes are given alongside, so you can compare them and appreciate modern time-savers such as dried yeast, and electric mixers all the more!

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Someone who knows me well sent me this lovely book. Full of delicious recipes for tea with or without Jane Austen. While I may not be a fan of her writing, I am a fan of this book!

Lovely pictures, stories and letters along with recipes which have been modernized which makes them very easy to prepare. I love this little book and I can see an entire tea with this theme! A great Book Club theme as well.

I hope this Thursday is treating you well. As I sit here sipping a huge mug of English Breakfast Tea from Taylor’s this morning, I noticed the weather button popped up with a high of 80 today. And I finally think I’m ready to get back out there and start running again. At least I’m going to try. It’s been a year since my first corneal surgery and I still have 11 stitches and probably have one more surgery, but I really feel the need to be out in nature, so we shall see.

xx Patricia

VICTORIA’S THE ESSENTIAL TEA COMPANION

Whether you’re enjoying a morning break, a quiet afternoon respite, or a soothing moment at day’s end, tea is a delicious indulgence. And Victoria has the ideal accompaniment to this celestial beverage.
Victoria The Essential Tea Companion collects the best of three classic Victoria books in a single beautiful volume. It serves up history and lore, advice on brewing the perfect pot, notes on collectible china, and best of all, menus for eight themed parties, from a children’s tea to a bridal shower. More than 100 recipes cover sandwiches, scones, tarts, cakes, savories, breads, and biscuits, as well as flavored teas both hot and iced, and honeys, spreads, and jams. An authoritative appendix provides the elegant final touch.

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Victoria Magazine and Books are a favorite of mine. Here they have taken their three companion books and compiled them into one book. It is lovely and the pictures and recipes are creative and easy to do.

This is one of those go-to reference books as well as a delightful book of recipes for all the goodies we like to share at tea time!

Enjoy it!

xx Patricia

 

Grab a cup and let’s share some Oolong!

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I am feeling all kinds of pink today! Sipping on a cup of lovely Harney & Sons loose leaf Oolong. It’s so nice and calming. If you haven’t tried Oolong, well, why not? Life is short, try them all!

Exciting News!!! First of all I am just going to assume you know I am sarcastic above all else so take this in the hilarious way it is meant to be!

The 5-year-old wrote a book! Yes, yes he did. Remember when he wanted that printer for Christmas? Little did we know we had a budding author in the office. It is a well documented fact that he is obsessed with snowmen. Well documented as in they are hanging all over our house. So he decided to write a book for those who may not know how to make a snowman. Here you go:

IMG_1206 Our newest writer in the family, Corbin. He is 5. When he isn’t being “extremely” good at Pre-K, he is known far and wide as Spiderman.

His favorite things are movies, his Momma, his pets and chicken nuggets. Although we call them Tender morsels of chicken with a whole wheat breading with pomme frites and a tomato sauce reduction. Yeah, Chicken Nuggets.

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He is old school and uses paper and pen. Okay they are markers but he has small hands.

Here is the finished product and we are now busy entertaining offers of representation for book and film rights.

Enjoy!

ELSIE’S Guide To Afternoon Tea by Julie Maggi

  • Elsie's Guide to Afternoon Tea by [Maggi, Julie ]

Full of recipes, tips and secrets, this book is the perfect gift for those who love organizing tea parties, for Afternoon Tea fans and for everyone who knows that there is nothing better than a good slice of cake and a tasty cup of tea. Whether you are a traditionalist who prefers Earl Grey, or an adventurer whose tastes run to Green Tea, Chai, Rooibos or even Chamomile, this is the right book for you! Inside you will find loads of delicious recipes for treats like: Lemon Drizzle Cake, Welsh Cakes, Carrot Cake, Red Velvet Roll, Egg Custard Tarts, Blueberry Tart, Shortbread and of course all sorts of tasty sandwiches. You will also learn how to make sure your Afternoon Tea party goes well, how to present a beautiful table, make your guests comfortable and add that air of charm and elegance through special invitations (templates included).

This sweet little book is full of lovely ideas for teas! The illustrations alone make me smile. This a new book and is really nice. The recipes are yummy as well. Welsh Cakes? Yes, please! Lemon Drizzle Cake? You had me at Lemon Drizzle!

There are so many ideas and even templates for invitations and such. For any one who has little girls or boys or grandchildren, this is a great book to share with them. And I love that the author put together a Kickstarter Campaign to get her books for kids out there. Way to hustle!

I know a couple of little girls this is going to!

It’s Thursday and we are no longer in the deep freeze! Should be some 60’s and 70’s coming our way! According to our weather guy who said on the news last night, Spring is right around the corner, to which I replied,” It’s Spring!”, and OU Boy replied,” Uh, that’s not what he said.” Well, I’m going to go ahead and say it is, you know put it out there in the universe for Mother Nature.

xx Patricia   Enjoy your own little tea party this afternoon. A pause in the business of life.

 

Tasting Hygge..Joyful Recipes For Cozy Days and Nights by Leela Cyd

Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is a Danish term with no exact translation into English.

The most delicious approach to hygge—50 recipes to satisfy and savor, from Almond Custard Pancakes to Greens with Parmesan and Nutmeg

Good food makes everyone feel warm and cared for, which is the very essence of hygge. This Danish way of life has been embraced by Americans who want that same sense of cozy. In Tasting Hygge, acclaimed food photographer and cookbook author Leela Cyd shares the recipes that make her happy, for cultivating moments of connection in the dining room, at the coffee table, or over a little bedside tray. Keeping in mind the idea of slowing down and enjoying the moment, Cyd shares more than 50 recipes that elevate everyday meals into very special moments. She organizes the book into five sensory experiences (Calm, Bright, Warm, Spiced, and Smooth) with recipes.

This charming little book is full of wonderful, warm, and really good recipes! From mixing your own teas to Swedish Semlor with Almonds and Cream, my personal favorite. I could exist on these alone.

The Almond Sourdough pancakes are heavenly and the Pistachio milk is different for me. But it looks divine! Give it a look and find out about Hygge!

And now I’m off to read the new Sara Blaedel book The Undertaker’s Daughter. A Danish author of really great books!

xx Patricia    Make yourself a priority. Be as kind to yourself as your are to the people around you.