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Let's Have A Cuppa

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.

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

CUCUMBER SANDWICHES
- 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?

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

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

      1. 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. 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.

            1. re: rasputina

              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

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

            2. 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. 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.

                1. 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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                  1. re: beanodc

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

                    So what do you drink with your sandwiches? Bubbly?

                  2. 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. I'm bringing brown butter pecan cookies. You'll love them so much, you'll want the recipe.
                      http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

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

                        1. 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.

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

                            1. I quite like the idea of a theme for the tea. Like this one, which focuses on some local specialities.
                              http://www.afternoonteaonline.com/res...

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                              1. re: Harters

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

                                1. re: Harters

                                  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

                                    + 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

                                      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.

                                      1. re: Cynsa

                                        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

                                        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.

                                        1. re: gembellina

                                          Good, innit?

                                          Going to try making that.

                                      3. i would bring watercress sandwiches
                                        and
                                        first flush darjeeling

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

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

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                                            1. re: relizabeth

                                              Are we nobbled, now that we've nibbled?

                                            2. 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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                                              1. re: Emme

                                                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

                                                  next time let's get together at my place

                                                    1. re: Cynsa

                                                      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!

                                                      1. re: souschef

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

                                                        1. re: sandylc

                                                          Need some butter as well.

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

                                                          1. re: souschef

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

                                                            1. re: souschef

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

                                                                1. re: buttertart

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

                                                                  Yay! Good old Canucks give weights.

                                                              1. re: sandylc

                                                                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

                                                              2. re: souschef

                                                                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.