High Tea

  • January 20, 2013 · 3:00 PM
  • Mary's House!

Who wants to make crumpets?  Someone suggested doing a formal "high tea" and I love it.  I want to eat those little sandwiches with no crust.  Please plan to bring something from the excerpt below.  I am going to make petite fours (little cakes).  It's ok if you haven't made these foods  before, it will be a fun experiment.  Preparation and assembly at my house if fine, just let me know what accommodations you need.  I'm hoping that someone with a lot of tea making experience (hint hint Connie) signs up to bring the tea, but if not, I will figure it out. 

 

From wikipedia:

Afternoon tea is a small meal snack typically eaten between 3pm and 5pm. The custom of afternoon tea originated in England in the 1840s.[2]

Traditionally, loose tea is brewed in a teapot and served with milk and sugar. The sugar and caffeine of the concoction provided fortification against afternoon doldrums for the working poor of 19th and early 20th century England who had a significantly lower calorie count and more physically demanding occupation than most Westerners today. For laborers, the tea was sometimes accompanied by a small sandwich or baked snack (such as scones) that had been packed for them in the morning. For the more privileged, afternoon tea was accompanied by luxury ingredient sandwiches (customarily cucumber, egg and cress, fish paste, ham, and smoked salmon), scones (with clotted cream and jam, see cream tea) and usually cakes and pastries (such as Battenberg cake, fruit cake or Victoria sponge). In hotels and tea shops the food is often served on a tiered stand; there may be no sandwiches, but bread or scones with butter or margarine and optional jam or other spread, or toast, muffins or crumpets.[3][4][5]

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  • A former member
    A former member

    So I know this is last minute, but does anyone else live in Redmond near Microsoft main campus that could possibly pick me up? I can't drive today. :-(

    January 20, 2013

  • Bryan

    I'm working on an idea that will feature Kraft Singles. (what comes around goes around! especially if doesn't have an expiration date ;-)

    January 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ooops, just saw that someone else signed up for lemon curd. Back to the drawing board as to what to bring.

    January 16, 2013

  • Kristina

    I'll make cream scones.

    January 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think I am going to venture out and make lemon curd to put on the scones and crumpets.

    January 15, 2013

  • pavithra

    I will bring either cheddar cheese chutney sandwiches or cucumber cream chesse sandwiches

    1 · January 15, 2013

  • Eli

    I'll bring little tea sandwiches: either crab and avocado (if I can find a ripe avocado), or tomato, roquefort and walnut. I'd make a Victoria Sandwich (aka "Sponge") but looks like we already have plenty of sweeties already.

    January 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a collection of Hall teapots (26). Let me know if you need any. Also have a tea set from France that would be fun to use.

    1 · November 15, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      How many?

      January 14, 2013

    • Mary

      Looks like you and connie coordinated this above. :)

      January 14, 2013

  • Connie

    Greetings, I am bringing a simple winter fruit salad w/mixed citrus & if I can get it together, a lightly smoked salmon salad w/gluten free crackers as the ratio of savories to sweets is a little low. Logistics - wow, if we really planning on providing serious tea for 25 bodies, my little Japanese mahobi (hot pot for hot water) may not be sufficient. Mary, I need to coordinate w/you to be able to drop off my 50 cup buffet hot water machine thing that has never been used to brew anything but hot water, lots of glass punch bowl cups, a portable water filter thing (brita) & other basic prep stuff stuff to be able make/serve lots of tea easily & without problems. I have a few large tea pots as well (probably not as pretty as Nancy's) that might come in handy as well. As I tend to run late to most events, it might be better for me to make arrangements to drop off stuff before Saturday. Mary, please email me privately to let me know when I can drop stuff off ... feedback, thoughts? cheers :)

    January 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      No problem, it will be fun to use them!

      January 14, 2013

    • Mary

      yay! I'm looking forward to this Connie. I'll be home Friday Saturday evening or thursday evening but that's about it. Unfortunately this weekend is super busy for me..

      January 14, 2013

  • Molly

    I'll bring scones, strawberry tart cookies, and tiny sandwiches

    January 14, 2013

  • Liz

    I'll being tea.....and food as well!

    November 20, 2012

  • Connie

    I love caffeine but others may not in the mid-afternoon. I will try to bring some non-caffeine alternatives that are decent but I am limited...suggestions/options ?

    November 15, 2012

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