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!

 

Give it a look and see what you think!5ef7878b0fbf3afdf2e4b161bcf6652e

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.

The Butterfly Pea Flower and It’s Benefits

The butterfly pea flower makes for quite an interesting cup of tea.  As you drop a few flowers into your mug and add some boiling water, the steep releases a vivid deep blue hue that is beautiful to watch.  The infusion creates an aroma similar to green tea but more woody and earthy to the palate.  Add some fresh squeezed lime or lemon juice and the blue shade turns violet.  It’s impossible not to stare down at your cup as the colors are too pretty to ignore.

The Benefits:

*  Strengthens the hair for healthy hair growth
*  Prevents skin bruising
*  Keeps skin glowing & healthy
*  Treats urinary problems
*  Improves eyesight & night vision
*  Treats eye infections
*  Stimulates blood circulation
*  Detoxifies the whole body
*  Provides antioxidants
*  Slows aging process
*  Enhances immune system

Directions:

For a light flavor, take only 2-3 organic dried butterfly pea flowers to one cup of tea, add boiling water, steep for 10 minutes and enjoy.  However, for a stronger taste (as I often take it) add 6 dried flowers to one cup of tea, steep for 15-20 minutes and then sit back, feet up, gazing at your tea in peace as you sip to good health.  You can always add raw honey, fresh squeezed lemon juice or your sweetener of choice.

Where can you find it? Check Amazon. They have quite a few brands. I choose the Organic and GMO free brands. It’s a really lovely herbal for tea parties!

 

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

The Tea Fairy Makes An Apperance

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Thanks to Harney & Sons and the Tea Fairy, yesterday was a fine day. My postman knows to bring Tea mail first thing. Probably just to watch me do the tea dance, but we’re at a good place now.

Yesterday’s mail brought a lovely tin of Lapsang Souchong. Let’s take a look at what Mike rated this one. Briskness 1, Body 2, Aroma 5.  Okay, so I’m going to agree with all of these.

For this tea, the leaves are plucked and carefully dried over special wood fires. It is light in body with a pronounced smoky flavor. Brewing Time about 5 minutes.

As soon as you open the tin ( I got loose leaf), the aroma is very pronounced. Smoky, not bitter at all. This is one of my all time favorite teas. There really is nothing like it. And I admit I use it to cook with also. Today we’ll be making Lapsang Souchong Chicken Salad.  I’ve done this two ways. Poaching the chicken in the tea as well as baking chicken breasts with a rub of tea and spices. Either way is good. Today I’m going to poach the chicken, dice it, mix in some apple, grapes, celery, sweet onion and mix it up with a Dijon flavored home-made mayonnaise. 

Y’all are welcome to stop by later and check it out. Bring a cup and share some tea with us!

xx Patricia

Pekoe Most Poison: A Tea Shop Mystery by Laura Childs

Pekoe Most Poison (A Tea Shop Mystery) by [Childs, Laura]

In the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs, Theodosia Browning attends a “Rat Tea,” where the mice will play…at murder.
 
When Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is invited by Doreen Briggs, one of Charleston’s most prominent hostesses, to a “Rat Tea,” she is understandably intrigued.  As servers dressed in rodent costumes and wearing white gloves offer elegant finger sandwiches and fine teas, Theo learns these parties date back to early twentieth-century Charleston, where the cream of society would sponsor so-called rat teas to promote city rodent control and better public health.

But this party goes from odd to chaotic when a fire starts at one of the tables and Doreen’s entrepreneur husband suddenly goes into convulsions and drops dead. Has his favorite orange pekoe tea been poisoned? Theo smells a rat.

The distraught Doreen soon engages Theo to pursue a discreet inquiry into who might have murdered her husband. As Theo and her tea sommelier review the guest list for suspects, they soon find themselves drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse…

There was definitely a different tone to this latest Tea Shop Mystery.

While I have always loved the trio that are the Indigo Tea Shop, Haley the baker extrodinaire, Drayton, the perfect gentleman and tea sommeliar and Theo, running the show and loving what she does.

We meet some new characters in this book and of course all of our favorites are here. Although one is definitely missing and missed!

After being practically blackmailed to investigate, Theo and Drayton put their heads together to find out who killed Beau and why. There are no shortage of possible suspects, really unsavory characters, but are the killers too?

Theo has developed quite a backbone. I enjoyed her new bolder personality and I think it is a very natural growth process for her as a character. Everyone felt very sure of their place in this one. A maturing of all the characters.

The recipes are included in the book and as usual, they are divine! Laura always gives us such good tips for teas and tea sources and we get to read a great cozy mystery!

Enjoy with a cup of Assam and a slice of lemon bread!

Moonlight and Magnolia Oolong…So Good!

Yesterday afternoon Tea was this lovely loose leaf Magnolia Oolong from Harney & Sons, blended by Master Tea Blender, John Harney. I made enough tea cakes to last a year yesterday so we had something sweet to go with the tea.magnoliaoolongtea

The Feng Huang Mountains are located outside of the beautiful old monastery city of Chao Zhou. This area is located in the north of the Guangdong Province. They have made great teas there for centuries. This is a light oolong, and different from our regular Fenghuang Shuixian. The light floral flavors are a joy.Magnolia Oolong

The leaves are just lovely.light brown and the aroma was fruity and floral. It is a lovely tea. The aroma is delicate and like all of Harney Teas, this one is smooth and was so good, I forgot the tea cake!

AS you can see it is light in color and has a delicateness about it that I found very nice. A very calming tea. I will definitely be getting more of this one! Perfect for all those Spring events!

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xx Patricia

 

 

tea & crumpets by Margaret M. Johnson

Recipes and Rituals from European Tearooms and Cafes.

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Curious armchair travelers, nostalgic food excursionists, and inventive home entertainers will adore this tour of Europe’s legendary tearooms and salons. A delicious culinary and cultural experience as well as a treasure trove of recipes from top-notch destinations, this little gem lets readers in on the rituals of taking tea. Recipes like the Ritz’s cucumber sandwiches, Claridge’s famous raisin and apple scones, or chocolate scones from Edinburgh’s Balmoral Hotel, as well as color photographs of tasty tea fare and European teahouses, bring the charm of afternoon tea to anyone’s home.

Whether it is detailing the history of Twinings or the history of my favorite place Laduree, Ms. Johnson has put together some of the best Tearooms and Cafe’s throughout Europe.

This book is beautiful. The pictures, the history and the recipes. I have tried a lot of these recipes and I can honestly say they are all baker friendly. And I love that she puts the addresses to tea rooms and a great resource section also.

I can’t pick a favorite but I am determined to work my way through the entire book!

May your day be easy and enjoy a cuppa today! Like now!

XX Patricia

Make Your Own Chai!

Authentic Indian chai tea recipe - Foodess:

Chai Tea Concentrate

  • 4 Black tea bags
  • 1  4 inch piece of fresh ginger

Baking & Spices

  • 3 Allspice, whole
  • 2 tbsp Brown sugar
  • 12 Cardamom pods
  • 4 Cinnamon sticks
  • 8 Cloves, whole
  • 1/8 tsp Nutmeg
  • 8 Peppercorns, whole black
  • 2 Star anise
  • 1 Vanilla bean

Liquids

  • 4 cups Water

Yummy Goodness is what this is!  A good book, warm socks, a fireplace and a mug of Chai…heavenly!

xxP

Holiday Tea and Cardamom Bread!

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There are holiday teas galore out now! So no matter who your favorite tea seller is, I can guarantee they have a holiday tea to fit your needs.

Cooking with these teas is easy as can be. If you are making say gingerbread, replace the liquid with an equal amount of strongly steeped gingerbread tea. Do the same with peppermint, pumpkin spice, caramel, really any of them that match your flavor of baked goods.

teagift12  This is one of my favorite treats to have in winter. Cardamom Bread. And here is an easy recipe for you!  It is a perfect accompaniment to your holiday teas!

Ingredients

2 cups unbleached white flour
2 tsp cardamon, freshly ground
1 tsp cinnamon, ground
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt
3 large eggs
1/4 c sugar
1 c sour cream
10 Tbsp butter, unsalted, melted

Directions

1 Preheat oven to 350°F.

Grease and flour a loaf pan.

2 Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.

Beat eggs and sugar together until creamy. Add dry ingredients and mix until combined. Mix in sour cream and melted butter.

3 Pour batter into prepared pan, baking until done, about an hour.

Cool in pan for 15 minutes, then turn out onto rack and finish cooling.

Dust with powdered sugar.

And just pick a tea!

Starting next week, we are going to dig in to my Southern Roots for Christmas…oh, yeah, it’s going to be good!

fridaytea2 xxP

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