CELEBRATE EVERY DAY BY JAIME RICHARDSON

Celebrate Every Day: Recipes For Making The Most Of Special Moments With Your Family by [Richardson, Jaime]

Recipes for making the most of special moments with your family.  You may know Jaime from sophistimom.com. I love her and I love this book. This is a woman who was chosen by the editors at Martha Stewart’s official blog network to be a part of their small circle.

Yet she has a family and this book shows that. Everything in here is simple to make, takes simple wholesome ingredients and turns them into an experience.

My absolute favorite recipe is the Fresh Peach French Toast Bread Pudding. Oh my heavenly days it is good!  Want to make some jam? Blueberry jam that is easy as pie!

It’s a go to book if you have children or not. Beautifully done and worth every penny!

celebrateeveryday Yummy!!!  With some Harney & Sons Peach Tea….wow!

Teatime Parties: Afternoon Tea to Commemorate the Milestones of Life from Tea Time Magazine

What better way to celebrate special life events than with afternoon tea? Table settings for birthdays, christenings, engagements, weddings, graduations, retirements, and other milestones are presented with beautiful color photography. An expert tea-pairing guide, along with a tea-steeping primer, make it simple to choose and prepare the perfect pot of tea to accompany the 80+ recipes in this gorgeous hardcover book.

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Tea Time Magazines newest book of gorgeous teas and menus to celebrate those milestones in life. As always the photographs are beautiful and the recipes very easy to prepare.

This is a great gift for those of us who love the magazine!

 

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Afternoon tea at home by Will Torrent

Recipes and inspiration for how to host the ultimate tea party with instruction from master patissier Will Torrent.

Arranged by season, with extra chapters on a Classic afternoon tea as well as a Showstopper afternoon tea, Will showcases his no-nonsense approach to the key techniques involved in patisserie, baking, chocolate work, and serving savory dishes in 80 beautifully illustrated recipes. An invaluable source of inspiration, there are also six guest recipes from top restaurants and hotels, including The Ritz, The Dorchester, The Gramercy Tavern, The Berkeley, Les Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, and Harrods.

Starting with a brief history of afternoon tea and how it came to be such a British institution, Will then offers up store cupboard recipes for basic jams, spreads, butters, and curds – everything you might need to serve alongside a carefully planned afternoon tea. Recipes include classics such as Smoked salmon and whipped cream cheese sandwiches, Cherry and almond bakewell tarts, Vanilla shortbread, and Fruited scones; classics with a clever twist such as Malted milk egg custard tarts, Cucumber sandwiches with yuzu and chive butter, and Crab mayonnaise eclairs; as well as more adventurous offerings of Prosecco, lime and mint jellies, Roasted walnut and miso shortbread, Lemon and lime matcha tea friands, and a very decadent Apricot and lavender almondine from Raymond Blanc at Les Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.

A real feast for the senses, this book will make you want to pull out all the stops and create your own gorgeous themed tea parties at home.

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Full of scrumptious tea time foods, it is as drool worthy as they come! This was a gift and I am very happy to have it! If you get a chance, grab it! It is definitely a Forever book!

About the author:

WILL TORRENT’s love of food began with a week spent with Heston Blumenthal (owner of three-Michelin- starred restaurant The Fat Duck) at the age of 16. Since 2007, following a First Class Honours degree at the University of West London, he won the first Medallion of Excellence for a British pastry chef at WorldSkills Japan, won the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Award of Excellence, Craft Guild of Chefs Young Chef of the Year, an Acorn award and a WorldSkills UK Outstanding Achievement Award. He has worked with top chefs including Jamie Oliver as well as at Claridges, The Dorchester and The Lanesborough. In addition, his TV appearances include BBC’s The Apprentice, Sweet Baby James and Ready Steady Cook, Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, Food Fight Club and ITV’s This Morning.

He is a consultant pastry chef to Waitrose, Ambassador for Cacao Barry and WorldSkills UK,
a member of the Craft Guild of Chefs, Academy of Chocolate, Guild of Food Writers and a regular tutor at The Bertinet Cookery School in Bath. He is a Patron to the world-renowned London School of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure and an Ambassador for the Christian charity Tearfund. Pâtisserie at Home his bestselling first book aimed to take the fear factor out of desserts, he demystified the dark art of chocolate making in his second, Chocolate at Home, and now helps you bring the elegance of afternoon tea to your table at home.

Royal Teas: Seasonal Recipes from Buckingham Palace by Mark Flanagan

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What could be more quintessentially British than a spot of afternoon tea? It’s a hallowed tradition that’s taken particularly seriously at Buckingham Palace, where for more than a decade Royal Chef Mark Flanagan and his team have prepared an afternoon tea that reflects the best of this venerable tradition across the seasons, from springtime picnics to sophisticated summer garden parties and festive Christmas teas.

Royal Teas, the follow-up to A Royal Cookbook, shares Flanagan’s recipes for a variety of tantalizing tea-time treats, including sweet and savory pastries, cookies, and show-stopping cakes. Each recipe is reproduced with clear instructions and a table to convert measurements to the ones you are most familiar with and is accompanied by beautiful photographs of the tableware, floral arrangements, and other decorative items that adorn the royal table throughout the year. Organized by season, the book is also a testament to the Royal Kitchens’ commitment to sourcing fresh, local ingredients, from the mulberry trees in the Palace Gardens, whose berries are harvested and made into deliciously syrupy jam, to the beehives that provide the year-round honey used in honey sponge cake.

The first official tea-time cookbook from the Royal Collection, Royal Tea invites readers to take a break in the day to indulge in a Royal Family–tested sweet treat—well-behaved corgis welcome!
I am a big fan of Mark’s books. First they are absolutely beautiful and second the recipes are original and quite tasty. This is the newest book out and it has a nice new home now.

xxPatricia   Enjoy your Sunday and leave room for Tea!

NOT TODAY, ANXIETY, NOT TODAY!

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Gratitude never goes out of style! Every morning I am grateful there is tea in the kitchen and a kettle to boil the water! Yesterday I was grateful to celebrate our nation’s birthday.

Last night I was grateful I didn’t freak out when the fireworks began shooting into the sky with a loud boom!

This morning we are slurping some Tazo Awake English Breakfast Tea. But yesterday was a quiet and instrospective day for me.

    So I treated myself to some soothing Paris tea from Harney and Sons. This stuff could be perfume it smells so amazing and the Lavender-Lemon Macarons were perfect with the tea.

Since we have no filter what so ever here, I’ll tell you that I discovered a small lump on my back. Anxiety was right there with Oh My God, It’s a Tumor! Yep I can always depend on her to go to the worst case scenario. But it isn’t. It’s just a nasty bite from a bug and I’m taking care of it. But I can still feel her on the edge of my mind. Goading…doing the What if thing she loves to do.

Normally this would bring my week to a complete standstill, but I keep reminding myself that it is what it is. No more, No less. And really, what is it compared to a new cornea?

So today I win. Anxiety loses.   Good for me!

xx Patricia

Bring On The Red, White and Blue!

Everyone have your fireworks? And a safe place to shoot them off? Okay, then we’re good.  These are our go-to snacks for the Fourth of July!

Today is my Friday so I have a ton of semi-important things to complete. The first of which was moving my things back to my own bedside table. I give up. I can not sleep on the other side. I have to be closest to the door. For some reason I feel trapped unless I’m by the door. Some of that left over pirate blood I guess.

Yesterday OU Boy surprised me with a ton of macarons. And a Chocolate Cupcake with Peanut Butter Buttercream. My mouth was making some really unladylike sounds for about 20 minutes. But I did show some restraint with the Macarons, as I wanted them for breakfast.

This afternoon we have Physical Therapy, or he does, I’m going along because his first visit came with a Massage Certificate and I am all over that. I’m not sure how this holiday thing works with the 4th being on a Tuesday. As for me and mine, we will be parked at the lake. Eating watermelon, cupcakes and homemade ice cream. And slathering on sunscreen.

Have a good one!  And if you know the holiday protocol, let me know.

xx  Patricia    feb17

Meet Laura Childs Cosy Mysteries! Bring Tea and some Scissors!

It’s been so long since I read the very first Tea Shop Mystery by Laura. And I was instantly in love. This series has a lot of things I love. Tea, Charleston,Recipes and smart and funny characters. Here are a few of the titles!

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The Tea Shop Mysteries – set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.

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The Cackleberry Club Mysteries – set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality

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The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!

Laura Childs

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fund-raising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!)  I can say I have read every one of her books. She has truly mastered the cosy mystery genre and has now branched out to writing Thrillers! Her first was Little Girl Gone and next to come out will be Shadow Girl. Both Afton Tangler Thrillers. And she has nailed it! I have read them both and she has successfully crossed over to the hard side! OH, and she is writing these under her actual name Gerry Schmitt.

Laura’s latest Tea Shop Mystery is Pekoe Most Poison. So today I’m having some Pekoe and I’m pretty sure it’s not poison!

Give her a try. I’ve never been to a library that didn’t have them all, so you can try before you buy!

xx Happy Weekend

Peaches, Cobblers and Mysteries!

Feeling all peachy this morning! So I’m going to share a recipe with you!

This is my Momma’s Peach Cobbler recipe, which if you are in the south may be your Momma’s recipe also. This is the only recipe I know by heart. And last night I baked a cobbler. Yes, yes I did. And it was delicious and now I have a tummy ache, because my mouth is basically a whore and my tummy is a nun. They fight. It’s not pretty.

That juicy cobbler in the second row, first picture? That’s it. There is no rolling out of crust or dough of any kind, It is easy peasy and delicious! We had it with Harney&Sons Paris Tea and it was a party in my mouth!

Momma’s Cobbler:

1 stick of butter ( don’t use fake butter)

3/4 cup of flour

Dash of salt

2 cups granulated sugar

2 cups of sliced peaches

2 tsp. Baking powder

3/4 cup of milk

*One thing I have changed about this recipe is I also toss in a few drops of Almond Extract. It’s a whole different experience!

First set the oven to 350 degrees. Plop that entire stick of butter in a glass baking dish and stick it in the oven to melt.

Take the peaches and mix 1 cup of the sugar and let them hang out for a few minutes

Now mix everything else together and whisk. It should be thin. Now, take that bubbly butter goodness out of the oven and pour the batter over it evenly. Now, be nice with the peaches and lay them across the batter. ​DO. NOT. STIR. NO. NO. NO.  Leave it in there for around an hour. When it’s not jiggly remove it and try not to burn your tongue!

You don’t stir it because the butter and the batter are magic and they combine and fold right over the fruits and Voila! A cobbler to die for! And I use this same recipe on Blueberries, Blackberries and I guess you could use most fruit.

Susan Furlong writes the  Georgia Peach Mysteries, so check her out. I hope you enjoy !

xx Patricia

Sweet! Celebrations: A My Cupcake Addictiton Cookbook by Eliese Strachan

 

Sweet! Celebrations: A My Cupcake Addiction Cookbook by [Strachan, Elise]

The creator and host of My Cupcake Addiction—one of the world’s most widely viewed online baking shows—shares her most dazzling and delicious dessert recipes and ingenious entertaining tips so you can throw the perfect party.

Whether you’re putting together a simple snack or an over-the-top extravaganza, bringing sweets to the office or planning a trick-or-treat to be remembered, Sweet! Celebrations will be your go-to book in the kitchen.

Organized around special occasions throughout the year—from Valentine’s Day to Christmas—the book includes Elise’s favorite recipes for a rustic wedding, a game-day celebration, an elegant afternoon tea, a colorful children’s birthday bash, and many more. Get the party started with the centerpiece cake—such as a Jack O’ Lantern Smash Cake or whimsical Tree Stump Cake—and pair it with Elise’s tasty drinks. Her easy, innovative small bakes and “no bake” options are great for filling out your display and giving every get-together that extra “wow” factor.

The double-page photographs are beautiful and I love Elise Strachan, who has become a household name int he world of sweets, with tons of fans on her YouTube channel, My Cupcake Addiction. My kind of girl!

I love the drip cakes and the naked cakes the best. Here are some shots from the book and my own try at fancy cupcakes. Enjoy!

It’s Thursday! Have a cupcake! It will feel like Friday!

xx  Patricia

irresistible macaroons by Jose’ Marechal

1497101640025 This little book came to me by way of the lovely Susi at my library!  Now we all know by now that I am incapable of passing by any french pastry. But especially the Macaron!

This tiny little book has the cleverest flavor combinations yet! From Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry and my all time favorite Salted Caramel. What makes this book different is the combinations I had never thought of! Such as Coffee, Lime, Honey, Pear and Ginger, Liquorice and Violet, Lemon and Bergamot, I mean I would never have come up with those! But I’m glad someone did. The book also has them on a stick! I love anything on a stick! (cake pops)  Give it a look if you get the chance, it is really good!

Next week hopefully I will have my interview with the Executive Pastry Chef Toni Jones at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club. Chef Toni of the amazing Salted Caramel Macarons as well as my favorite Bittersweet Ganache Chocolate Cake. I hate to say it but she also makes a better Red Velvet Cake than I do!

My poor honey pie is still down with the back injury, but is improving. I’m going to take a pool break at some point…. I hope everyone has a restful and peaceful day today!

1491953595091   Patricia