I loved reading this article, including the history, which I did not know - especially the "high" versus "low" or afternoon tea. I really appreciate your visit and your comment. I am such a huge fan of tea, I travel the world for it. These days, full afternoon tea service with three elegant, dainty courses (a nod to the original afternoon tea gatherings of the British aristocracy back in the 1800s) appears to be served only at upscale hotels and caterers. My lasts trip to England was about 25 years ago, but if I am lucky enough to return I definitely will try to get to York and will seek out Betty's! Savories, such as finger sandwiches (sandwiches with the crusts removed and cut into "fingers") or small finger food appetizers. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Goodness, I truly enjoyed reading this lens. Very nicely done ~~~Blessed~~~, I'm from the UK as well, and have to admit I often cringe a little whenever I hear talk of 'high tea'. Here's what you'll need: Before your event, read my article that explains how to properly chill, uncork and pour champagne and the best shape of wine glasses for serving it. @JLally: Thank you, John! Great page and the recipes look wonderful. A wonderful place to start is the "Tablescapes" section of TeaTime magazine, which has lots of themed tabletop decor ideas specifically for afternoon tea. Blessed! Barbara Walton from France on February 02, 2013: What a fabulous, marathon lens! I hope this lens brought back happy memories of time shared over a cuppa. Make your reservations today! Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. You put a LOT of work into this page! Your recipes look wonderful too! Very enjoyable read. Question: I know nothing about serving afternoon tea and have been put in charge of planning one for 30 guests. Thanks very much for letting me know. One thing I can't get used to in NZ is people calling dinner 'tea' but your explanation of the meal for tea explains it:). Hugs! @jlshernandez: Thanks so much for your lovely feedback! If your style is more casual, let your invitations and writing style reflect that. You can still serve your guests a sumptuous, elegant meal in a more relaxed, casual setting. I bookmarked this blog a while ago because of the useful content and I am never being disappointed. :). To make sure the food is within easy reach of everyone at your party, plan on one tiered serving plate for every two or three guests. It is great fun. I, did indeed, see several recipes featured here that I would enjoy trying and I am definitely ready for a nice afternoon tea! This article should help. Nearly any dessert that can be made or served in very small, individual portions can be part of the sweets course of your menu. Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on February 01, 2013: @rayncathy: Thanks so much for your lovely feedback! Hugs. Follow the four simple steps to learn to serve champagne like a professional sommelier! When the pastries are baking, don't open the oven door until it's time to remove the pastries, so that they don't deflate (the same reason you can't peek inside the oven when you're baking a soufflé). Margaret has a passion for cooking, baking, and creating recipes that satisfy her cravings for delicious and indulgent food. Learn how to host a gracious casual or formal afternoon tea service with these elegant entertaining ideas. Pastry and tea does sound good. Love this lens! First, define and envision what a successful event would look like. Champagne Tea: A full afternoon tea served with a glass of champagne. For a contemporary update, consider a colored tablecloth topped with a white or ivory lace one, so the colored cloth shows through. :). Brian Stephens from France on February 06, 2013: I was drawn to the typically British traditions of this lens and have to say you have done a great job explaining all the differences. So the formal, multi-course meal that many people, and even restaurants, outside the UK often refer to as "high tea" is properly called either a full afternoon tea or low tea. Your write up is a good example of it. @anonymous: Thanks, Pat! Note: You can't achieve the necessary full head of steam by boiling water in a saucepan or in the microwave! Great lens! Your website is very useful. @Cari Kay 11: Thanks so much, Cari! Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on February 05, 2013: @SusanRDavis: Many thanks, Susan, for your return visit, "Like", blessing, and wonderful comment! :) Thanks for your wonderful comments and your kind angel blessing! Scones served with jam and clotted cream. However, I have to say that lens is superbly written, one of the best I've seen in quite a while, so lovingly detailed and wonderfully illustrated, that I just had to give it my vote in the January food club quest! All the pieces I have owned or seen in fine gift stores have looked much more expensive than their price tags. I've put together helpful information for creating and serving a wonderful and memorable meal, including recommended menus, instructions on how to brew a proper pot of English tea, delicious recipes for scones, petit fours, lemon curd tarts and trifle, and suggestions for setting a beautiful table. After removing them from the oven, quickly cut a slit in each éclair or cream puff and return them to the oven for another five minutes to let the steam escape. with my Grandmother for afternoon tea when I was growing up--it is such a lovely custom. If you're having a friend or two over and want to serve them "a little something," this simple menu is a lovely alternative to the typical American offering of coffee and cake or cookies. Afternoon tea has been an elegant and originally aristocratic British custom since the early 1800s. Are you inviting several couples over on a pleasant spring or summer afternoon to enjoy the weather and a light meal? Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on January 29, 2013: I'm glad you enjoyed this lens even though you're not a big fan of tea. So glad you enjoyed my recipes! Time to turn the clock back I think. Host the Perfect Afternoon Tea Like a Pro. I'm delighted that this lens brought back fond memories of tea times with your grandma. Love the teapots! This can certainly take up some of the dreary winter to plan, prepare and execute. The Champagne High Tea Party at Customs House is fit for a queen. The original elegant, three-course service lives on around the world as a festive special occasion meal usually reserved for celebrations and parties. :). Ina Garten is the author of the Barefoot Contessa cookbooks and host of Barefoot Contessa on Food Network. I am not an avid tea drinker, but I drink tea occasionally. It's about slowing down and taking a little time to chat. I'm commenting as a reply because there was no "comment" button.). Complex, informative and fun! Thank you for the history lesson and all the how-tos. I hope you have a chance to take advantage of the article’s suggestions. French macaron recipe troubleshooting tips, chocolate dipped strawberries with drizzle recipe, Godinger crystal and silver 3-tier server, how to properly chill, uncork and pour champagne. @Gypzeerose: Rose dear, I'm so very sorry to hear of your sister's recent passing. When tea becomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things. I really appreciate your lovely feedback and agree completely with your sentiments about afternoon tea. Margaret Schindel (author) from Massachusetts on February 11, 2013: @LouisaDembul: Thanks! @balancebydesign4u: Many thanks for that lovely comment and for your kind blessing! Thank you! Complete with the most fantastic views of the Story Bridge, this heritage-listed icon knows how to do ribbon sandwiches, handcrafted petit fours and vintage Champagne with aplomb. :). Keep up the good work. @norma-holt: Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback, your kind compliments, and your blessing! I did not know the difference between high tea and low before. Wonderful lens. :). Oh, my goodness! I'm delighted to hear that my lens has inspired you to serve a proper tea for your Downton Abbey party. One or more pots of strong, hot, freshly brewed tea should be served throughout the meal. to help give you the best experience we can. Where did those days go? See more ideas about Tea sandwiches, High tea, Food. Very nice! Thank you SO much for that wonderful compliment - both your lovely words and your vote in the January food club quest. Let the cooked mixture cool for a few minutes and then beat in the eggs quickly, one at a time, at high speed and continue to beat for another two minutes so the mixture is smooth and thoroughly homogenized. Susan R. Davis from Vancouver on January 27, 2013: I love tea, and the English tea tradition is wonderful. Do you envision a formal event or a casual get-together? : ). — Muriel Barbery, "The Elegance of the Hedgehog". Thank you SO much for your kindness and for your squid angel blessing! Tiered serving plate of "finger food" sandwiches, scones and desserts, A plate of elegant, stacked, open-face tea sandwiches from the Palace Hotel. It's been a long time since I made lemon curd, you reminded me of this delightful spread! Note: Most (but not all) fonts I've suggested here are free for personal but not commercial use. Much appreciated. 13oz Cocktail Glass Set. I think you have given enough tips on how to serve an elegant afternoon tea :) Thanks for sharing! And so glad that I've learned something from you today! Use only the colored zest and avoid the bitter white pith of the lemon.

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