“The business of life is the acquisition of memories. In the end that’s all there is.” -Carson, Downton Abbey, Season 6
Hello, sweet friend…
Eat your heart out Mrs. Patmore. (aka…the cook at Downton Abbey who believes she runs the house)
Today I thought It would be fun to share with you the highlights of a recent Downton Abbey Tea party I attended in California at my California girlfriend’s house with my California girlfriends!
I felt so privileged to be included in this special afternoon…and even more excited that I happened to be in California when it was being hosted.
The first course was a homemade mandarin orange/almond scone.
The second course was a delicious creamy butternut squash soup.
The Third course was a delicious bow tie pasta salad was served with sandwiches. The sandwiches were a maple pecan cream cheese on pumpkin bread…egg salad on a 12 grain bread…and a turkey avocado on a soft roll.
The Fourth course was chocolate pudding with fresh raspberries & ice cream paired with shortbread cookies.perfecto!
Don’t miss Part Three of Vacationing…A Christmas Open House
I had originally planned to prepare all the food myself...
However…as the week had been a little cray cray…
I opted instead to prepare just a few things…and purchase everything else. (trust me your guests will love anything you give them!)
Menu For an Afternoon Tea
Mini spinach quiche…found in the frozen section at grocery store
Pest0 swirls…delicious & easy…
Artichoke & Parmesan swirls…Just warm & serve…
Serve with love…
and a big smile…
Devonshire Mock Cream
1 cup heavy cream not pasteurized
One 8 ounce softened cream cheese
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
beat ingredients together in a bowl.
It mixes together quickly.
Egg Salad Sandwiches
Two-six hard-boiled eggs, chopped fine
1/2 -1 cup mayonnaise (I use vegenaise) salt & pepper to taste
1 teaspoon chives, finally chopped
8 thin slices white or wheat bread butter
Mix mayonnaise with eggs, chives, salt, and pepper. Spread each slice of bread with a thin layer of butter. Divide the egg salad among four slices of bread; top with the rest of the bread. Trim the crusts and cut each sandwich into three parallel sections to make finger slices. Refrigerate or keep it in a cooler until right before serving time.
Cucumber sandwiches are perhaps most commonly associated with an afternoon tea.
1-2 cucumbers peel cucumbers and slice very thin. Sprinkle slices the salt and drain on paper towels. Spread white bread and unsalted butter layer of cream cheese layer cucumbers no more than 1/4 inch high. Cut into desired shapes.
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
6 ounces semi sweet chocolate discs (or milk or white chocolate)
Melt the chocolate in the microwave in 3 second increments stirring in between ( I actually melted the chocolate over the stove) Dry the strawberries with a paper towel and dip them in the melted chocolate allowing any extra chocolate to drip off before placing the strawberries on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Let strawberries sit into completely hardened before serving.
The afternoon was delightful. It was fun for me to invite friends over for an afternoon tea. And now…