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Cynsa Oct 10, 2012 01:03 AM

It's time for tea time treats, my dears. Please come to afternoon tea (virtual) here at four o'clock on Thursday Afternoon 11 October - when I will close this thread.
The kettle is on and the china teapot has been warmed with boiling water for just a minute or two. Tea is measured - one teaspoon per person and one for the pot.

- lightly brush dry leaves with beaten egg white and dip into granulated sugar. Place on rack to dry in a warmish place.

- thinly sliced cucumber on buttered white bread. I like to add a dash of hot mustard powder (Coleman's) to the softened butter.

what will you bring to the tea table, please?

  1. souschef Oct 10, 2012 05:07 AM

    Orange Madeleines, and (since it's you) love.

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      pavlova Oct 10, 2012 06:03 AM

      I made some Scottish oatcakes yesterday, so I'll bring those.

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        Harters Oct 10, 2012 06:57 AM

        Afternoon tea is not afternoon tea unless there's scones and strawberry jam. I'll bring them on the assumption that others will know there has to be other sandwiches than just cucumber and will bring the expected ham & mustard and smoked salmon.

        1. Gio Oct 10, 2012 07:31 AM

          In my basket will be Smoked Salmon Sandwiches on Pumpernickel, Goat Cheese and Watercress Tea Sandwiches, and my favorite Chicken Curry Tea Sandwiches. Someone else can bring the ham and mustard...

          Thank you for the invitation.

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            rasputina Oct 10, 2012 10:04 AM

            biscuits and country ham

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              JungMann Oct 10, 2012 10:44 AM

              I'm with you. On the rare occasion I can steal away for a cuppa I take the opportunity to go big or go home. Hot cup of strong Irish tea. Digestive biscuits, cheese, ham and pickle.

              1. re: JungMann
                Cynsa Oct 10, 2012 12:22 PM

                Cannot wait until tea time on Thursday. I'm having that hot cup of Irish tea with biscuits, cheese, ham and pickle this afternoon.

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              calmossimo Oct 10, 2012 02:09 PM

              How lovely. I'll be a bit late to tea time, but will have some nice crackers, cheese, salumi, dates, and almonds on the ready. I don't even know if these are appropriate tea time snacks but they will be delicious either way.

              1. Ruthie789 Oct 10, 2012 03:22 PM

                Definitely some dainty sandwiches, I like little rolled ones, some stuffed with gherkins, others with cream cheese and cherries. Something savory to go along with the sweets, a small hot savory bite of some sort.

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                  beanodc Oct 10, 2012 04:10 PM

                  I love, love, love tea sandwiches but not necessarily with tea. With an afternoon cup of tea I would prefer a slice of David Lebovitz's almond cake.

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                    souschef Oct 11, 2012 02:07 AM

                    Crusts removed of course; the sandwiches that is, not the cake.

                    So what do you drink with your sandwiches? Bubbly?

                    1. re: souschef
                      beanodc Oct 11, 2012 05:30 PM

                      you got it!

                  2. buttertart Oct 10, 2012 04:52 PM

                    I'll make some lovely shortbread fingers. Helen Gustafson's recipe from the Fannie Farmer Baking Book. And bring lots of love, like souschef, for the same reason.

                    1. roxlet Oct 10, 2012 05:47 PM

                      I'm bringing brown butter pecan cookies. You'll love them so much, you'll want the recipe.

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                        sandylc Oct 10, 2012 06:25 PM

                        Lovely, lovely idea. I'll bring some Sarah Bernhardt cookies.

                        1. tim irvine Oct 10, 2012 07:57 PM

                          I like English muffins with either lemon curd or Rose's lime marmalade. The orange Madeleines sounded great. Savories always turn into a meal for me. I like my cucumber sandwiches with a nice freshly baked pain de mie, a tart lemony mayonnaise, some ground black pepper, and scads of thinly sliced, peeled, small cucumbers...about a half dozen sandwiches at a time...like candy.

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                            sandylc Oct 10, 2012 08:38 PM

                            For cucumber sandwiches I like 1/2 sour cream and 1/2 cream cheese, mixed with fresh dill. Both rich and fresh.

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                              Harters Oct 11, 2012 02:12 AM

                              I quite like the idea of a theme for the tea. Like this one, which focuses on some local specialities.

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                                Berheenia Oct 11, 2012 03:34 AM

                                Wouldn't be proper tea without Fairy Cakes. Mine are double vanilla.

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                                  JungMann Oct 11, 2012 06:16 AM

                                  John I do wonder if we might be the only two men crashing this tea party, though I do like the idea of coronation chicken for tea. Especially with champagne.

                                  1. re: JungMann
                                    Cynsa Oct 11, 2012 06:30 AM

                                    + Bernard, John, Tim: Absolutely invited, not crashing : )
                                    sigh, I do love the sight of bow-tied gentlemen at the tea table. t-shirts and sandals are acceptable, if you have a nose ring. we like bling. champers chilling.

                                    1. re: Cynsa
                                      souschef Oct 11, 2012 08:27 AM

                                      Thanks for including me in the invitation. I like my champers in a flute, not a saucer, please. I don't own a bow tie, nor do I own sandals, but will be appropriately dressed.

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                                        tim irvine Oct 11, 2012 06:14 PM

                                        Thanks from me, too. I do wear bow ties. One of my fondest memories, back in the 60s when I was at the Claremont colleges, was tea every day at Scripps' common room at 3:30. People in bell bottoms, tights (from ballet classes), mud spattered shirts (from pottery classes), etc., occasionally giving me the honor of pouring out. Tea at 3:30 makes us all a little better. And as I recall from the opening pages of. Ulysses, milk, never cream. btw, as regards Champs, I' ll take a cold mug of Krug and some oysters with a twist of pepper and a squeeze of lemon, but not for tea.

                                      2. re: JungMann
                                        Harters Oct 11, 2012 06:37 AM

                                        I fear not the company of women, JM. :-)

                                        I also like the idea of including coronation chicken sandwiches - particularly this year as it's Liz Windsor's 60th anniversary.

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                                        gembellina Oct 11, 2012 08:13 AM

                                        Haha Vimto jelly!

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                                          Harters Oct 11, 2012 08:51 AM

                                          Good, innit?

                                          Going to try making that.

                                      4. jpr54_1 Oct 11, 2012 07:47 AM

                                        i would bring watercress sandwiches
                                        first flush darjeeling

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                                          gembellina Oct 11, 2012 08:12 AM

                                          How lovely. I will bring some hot buttered toast fingers spread with Gentleman's Relish (anchovy spread) and topped with sliced boiled quail eggs.

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                                            relizabeth Oct 11, 2012 06:43 PM

                                            hobnobs topped w cheddar and a schmear of some good pickle.

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                                            1. re: relizabeth
                                              Cynsa Oct 11, 2012 11:12 PM

                                              Are we nobbled, now that we've nibbled?

                                            2. Emme Oct 11, 2012 06:57 PM

                                              i'm a bit late, but i'm bringing cream cheese glaze drizzled pumpkin scones, and some cream scones with apple butter and pumpkin butters...

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                                                Cynsa Oct 11, 2012 11:12 PM

                                                M'dear, better late than never. We keep the pot warmed and cozy for calmossimo, too. All are welcomed - come as you are!
                                                Thanks to all for setting a fine repast for us to enjoy together. I've had a lovely afternoon with y'all.

                                                1. re: Cynsa
                                                  jpr54_1 Oct 12, 2012 04:34 AM

                                                  next time let's get together at my place

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                                                    Cynsa Oct 12, 2012 07:16 AM


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                                                      souschef Oct 12, 2012 09:10 AM

                                                      That cuppa was just in time. I see snow flurries outside my window. Time for some serious baking. Maybe make puff pastry, which I haven't done in years!

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                                                        sandylc Oct 12, 2012 09:54 AM

                                                        Ooh, little puff pastry squares topped with thin apple slices and sugar!!! So simple and yum....

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                                                          souschef Oct 12, 2012 10:30 AM

                                                          Need some butter as well.

                                                          I also do sheets of phyllo topped with pastry cream, apple slices, sugar, and butter.

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                                                            sandylc Oct 12, 2012 10:34 AM

                                                            I saw (and tried) one with honey on the apples as well - that was also yum! (From Maury Rubin)

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                                                              Emme Oct 12, 2012 03:33 PM

                                                              just picked some pumpkins... thinking about roasting and caramelizing those to pair with the vanilla bean pastry cream and puff...

                                                              1. re: souschef
                                                                buttertart Oct 12, 2012 04:29 PM

                                                                Try the dynamite Canadian Living recipe for it, souschef.

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                                                                  souschef Oct 12, 2012 05:36 PM

                                                                  Okay, I'll give it a whirl. Let's see how it compares with Anne Willan's.

                                                                  Yay! Good old Canucks give weights.

                                                              2. re: sandylc
                                                                Cynsa Oct 12, 2012 04:41 PM

                                                                I think I can... so I made the puff pastry, topped with apples and one cup of brown sugar with 1/4 tsp. of salt. Alas, I forgot the butter and the sugary juices are hardening into a crystalized candied shell. http://flic.kr/p/dj7bCy

                                                              3. re: souschef
                                                                tim irvine Oct 12, 2012 04:50 PM

                                                                Envy here. I am in Austin, where it is humid and in the upper 80s. My bride of 37 years has her birthday this weekend, and the things I love to cook are so much better in a cooler clime. So grilled loin lamb chops, soubise, green beans, and chocolate cake sounds pretty good. My baking, alas, will be ( other than cake) a typical Saturday loaf of sourdough. You and many of the posters on this thread have me thinking "cool day... Caneles!" Maybe in a month or two.

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                                                                  sandylc Oct 12, 2012 04:57 PM

                                                                  lucky bride.

                                                                  1. re: sandylc
                                                                    tim irvine Oct 12, 2012 05:16 PM

                                                                    Lucky me

                                                                  2. re: tim irvine
                                                                    Cynsa Oct 12, 2012 04:57 PM

                                                                    welcome to the hive, tim irvine.

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