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

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

It’s A Fairy Valentine Tea Party!

Sick or not the Valentine Teas need planning. Our theme is A Fairy Valentine. And it isn’t at all difficult to pull together!

The heart cut-out banner is simply shabby chic scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby. The pixie dust necklaces are tiny bottles from a party supply store filled with glitter. Pixie Sticks are always a favorite and using candy bracelets or necklaces as napkin rings is adorable. The Dollar Tree has wands and fairy wings, so this one is pretty much good to go. Using the Passion Tea from Tazo will give us a lovely pink color and don’t forget sugar cubes. We love those tiny sugar cubes! Buy a bunch of plain cake donuts, dip them in pink candy melts and sprinkle with coarse sugar glitter. This tea is for 7-year-old girls/boys and we have a thumbs up from their leader.

It’s simple as can be but the memories are priceless! And don’t forget to leave a bit of sweets for the fairies!

Let your imagination go wild! Enjoy your day and have some Tea!

cupofmetea  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

 

A FEBRUARY CONUNDRUM…WITH TEA!

It’s Monday! Again! Sitting here looking out the window and wondering why the weather is so unpredictable!? From the high 60’s to the 20 somethings this morning. No wonder everyone is sick. Sipping on a nice cup of Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea this morning. Now this stuff will get your blood pumping and make you a delight to kiss!

We’ve come to the end of the month. January, while you are not even close to my favorite month, you have been especially nice to us this year! With February quickly approaching I notice that Mardi Gras, my favorite Tuesday ever, is the day before Valentine’s Day and said Valentine’s Day is on Ash Wednesday! For any heathens out there, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday after the frenzied debauchery of Mardi Gras, you are supposed to give up or sacrifice something for the season of Lent. So what to do about all that seductive chocolate? Well, you could stick in the freezer until after Easter or you could just not buy it. I mean, who decided chocolate was the gift to give? Someone wanting to plump up his girlfriend/boyfriend? “Here, have some diabetes and fat because I love you!” No thanks.

I had a baby on Valentine’s Day so I’m set for life! Best gift ever! Here at the Pirate Nation we buy our own chocolate all year-long and tell ourselves everyday how much we love each other so we don’t need a special day for that. We shall take our Mardi Gras, partied out selves to church and receive our ashes on our foreheads like good Catholics. And then we shall celebrate my son, the atheists birthday!

I am researching for a Mommy and Me Valentine Tea today. I can’t wait to share what I’ve found with y’all!  In the meantime, get out there and slay the day!

xx Patricia 

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.

 

Planning A Tea Party Without Losing Your Mind

Planning a little girl’s Tea Party doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg along with your sanity! Here at the Pirate Nation we are planning a simple, pink tea party for a young lady.

No, I’m not spending hours in the kitchen. These are all simple to do. I even found a picture on Pinterest breaking down the Naked Cakes, as I call them, Get yourself a Sara Lee Pound Cake and slice it into 3 equal lengths and then just choose a round or as they did in the picture, a decorated cookie cutter and pop some out. Squeeze a bit of icing and plop on a flower.

What could be easier than Rice Krispie Treats? Just dunk them in some melted candy dots in pink. Same with the pretzels. Easy, as well as eatable! Kids don’t care about fancy, they like simple things and you’ll only work yourself up into a snit paying $4/cupcake when they only eat the icing. And a simple heart-shaped Strawberry Jam tea sandwich will be a hit.

As for decor, Boas are cheap at the party store and tutus are easy to make and you can customize your colors.

I like the pink tea tins and I have a few…or maybe more, but we like using a Red Rooibos Tea as it gets pink. Nothing is as cute as tiny baby food jars, painted and topped with tiny crowns and full of jelly beans. Great favors. And the paper straws are a must. I snap them up any time I see them. I have been known to design a tea around a straw. Think Flamingo!

My little miss Charli Ava loves those straws so much I have taken to hiding them!

Have yourself a little tea party with your favorite girls! I promise they will love it!

xx Patricia

If Teacups Could Talk by Emilie Barnes

This isn’t a new tea book. It’s been out since 1994. But it is a great little book full of tea lore, knowledge and friendship. All of Ms. Barnes books are wonderful treats full of lovely things to sip and nibble on.

If you find a copy, snap it up! In the meantime have a wonderful Monday, I will be in surgery and will have to do without my morning cuppa, so have one for me and keep your fingers crossed!

xx Patricia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every Tea Should Come With A Tiara!

All tea services should come with a tiara, that way you can be prepped and ready for the 8 pm white tie dinner

I stole the above picture from Harney & Sons on Pinterest. The caption was Every Tea Should Come With A Tiara.

Being the Southern lady that I am I heartily agree! We look for every opportunity to wear our tutus and tiaras. Except when you go out to get the mail. Yeah, I learned that the hard way. People will talk. Kind of like when OU Boy weed whacked the bar ditch in his Tommy Bahama flip-flops and shorts. Farmers talk….

So it’s Sunday. I think our rain has stopped but our poor neighbors are getting hammered still. So let’s all keep them in our thoughts and donate whatever you can, time, money, food, clothing.  Poor OU Boy had to deal with flooding all day yesterday and again this morning. He called and said the Tea Vault had water on the floor but all the tea was safely high up on the shelves. Whew!

Today I’m getting our rocks ready to become Ladybugs, little cottages and some inspirational words. Yes, that is what we settled on. And since Miss Charli Ava has decided she wants to learn to speak French, I think we’ll do some French words as well. It warms my heart that she wants to learn and keep our French heritage alive! And her Mom is helping her also, so soon she will be all snooty and looking down her nose at the rest of us!

paristea3  Since I poached their picture, Let’s give some love to the people who keep me out of jail. Thanks Boys!

xx Patricia

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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