On the heels of our election yesterday, I feel compelled to say that this is a 100% non-political tea party blog post! Simply a coincidence because my British Nanna and Aunt Gloria visited a few weeks ago and our tea party was so much fun I had to tell you all about it so you can have your own someday.
Since they had a lot of traveling to do that day and you never know if things are going to run on time, I knew I wanted to make something that would be ready in a moment’s notice or made ahead. I did a combination of those two things. I set the table with my beautiful Russian tea set (thank you so much, Zack!) and a box of different types of tea, and everything else had pretty much been done the night before. Dylan and I made carrot cake cupcakes and I had made a minestrone-type soup called ribolita and two quiches the day before. When they arrived, I put the quiches in a preheated oven to warm, set the soup on the stove on low, and set out a cheese, cracker and grapes platter. I also made one more thing to make it even more British…cucumber sandwiches. If you haven’t had these, try them. They are beyond simple to make and you will find yourself reaching for one quarter, then two, three…until they’re gone.
You can either brew a whole pot of one type of tea or you can simply fill the tea pot with hot water and allow your guests to select their own type of tea. My Aunt Gloria gave me a good tip to just pour in a little boiling water at first, swirl it around the pot, and then add the rest. It helps the pot acclimate to the boiling water and prevent any cracking from the extreme temperature change. Don’t forget to lay out honey, all the kinds of sugar and some milk or cream.
I hope you have fun setting up your own tea party sometime. Let me know what you serve and what else works well when it’s made ahead or in two minutes while guests are already there. Oh, and whoever said that tea parties are only for girls, they are mistaken! Both of my boys loved it, and Dylan sat and nursed his cup of chai tea for half an hour.
We loved seeing you Aunt Gloria and Nanna and can’t wait for our next visit sometime soon! All our love…
|Cucumber Sandwiches|| |
- The most flavorful cucumbers you can access: I love English (also known as seedless, burpless or hothouse cucumbers) or the mini cucumbers (also known as Kirby or Persian cucumbers)
- Kosher or sea salt
- finely milled pepper (fresh cracked can be too overpowering here)
- White sandwich bread (I love Pepperidge Farm's Farmhouse Hearty White)
- It is up to you if you want to peel the cucumbers, I do. Then, slice rather thick, about ¼ inch. Set aside the cucumbers on a plate and wipe your cutting board dry.
- Lay out eight slices of bread on the board and spread mayonnaise on each slice.
- Shingle the cucumber slices onto four slices of bread so they just overlap each other and no section of the slice is without cucumber.
- Season with Kosher or sea salt and pepper.
- Top with the other four slices of bread and slice into quarters. (I had originally sliced them into halves, but after Aunt Gloria suggested cutting them in quarters they all went! Tricky!)