Saturday, April 14, 2012

Tea Time

Afternoon Tea

My copper kettle

whistles merrily

and signals that
it is time for tea.
The fine china cups
are filled with the brew.
There's lemon and sugar
and sweet cream, too.
But, best of all
there's friendship, between you and me.
As we lovingly share
our afternoon tea.
by Marianna Arolin 
Wearing your vintage finds to an afternoon tea party adds to the festive mood as you mingle among the guests enjoying conversations and food. Here are some recipes for your consideration just in case you should decide to throw you own tea party one fine spring afternoon. 
Check out Anytime is Tea Time a blog posting from 10/2/10 for more tea conversations and ideas.
 Tea Sandwiches
Use firm bread like whole wheat, brown bread, banana bread. Serve as open face sandwiches with crusts trimmed and cut into triangles. You can freeze bread until firm which makes it easier to trim and cut. Sandwiches can be made up to four hours ahead. Cover loosely with wax paper and a damp paper towel, cover and refrigerate.Each filling serving will be about 1/4 cup.
The following are some alternative fillings to the standard egg,tuna, ham salad
Cucumber and Strawberry Filling
  • 1- 8 oz. package of cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cucumber
  • 1/3 mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion
  • 3 TB.finely chopped fresh basil
  • Beat cream mixture till smooth and spread on bread
  • Lay sliced strawberries over top-cut bread into triangles  
Walnut Cream Cheese
  • 12 oz. of cream cheese softened
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts-use food processor
  • 2 TB. parsley
  • 2 TB. finely chopped onion
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • dash salt and pepper
Beat all ingredients till smooth

Smoked Salmon
  • 1 cup mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
  • 1 tsp. dill weed
  • 1 tsp. parsley flakes
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. dried tarragon
  • 1/2 tsp. grated lemon peel
  • Dash ground nutmeg
  • 1 package of smoked salmon (4 oz.) 
  • Combine all ingredients except salmon and  lend till smooth
  • Spread on pumpernickel bread and top each bread slice with salmon
  • Garnish with dill sprigs
Orange and Cranberry
  • 1-8 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup orange marmalade
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • Blend well and spread on pumpernickel bread
  • Add thinly sliced smoked turkey
Russian Tea Cakes A.K.A. Walnut Snowballs
  • 2-1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup margarine softened
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1-1/4 cups finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • optional 3 tsp. brandy
  • large bowl of 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Preheat oven 350
  • Line cookie sheet with parchment paper
  • Combine 3/4 cup powdered sugar, salt, vanilla, egg yolk, brandy,margarine and butter
  • Beat on low speed about  1 minute
  • Add nuts
  • Shape into 1 inch balls
  • Bake about 9-11 minutes
  • While warm roll in bowl of powdered sugar
  • Cool on a wire rack and then roll again in powdered sugar
Cashew Clusters
recipe from Celebrations with Carmela Cucina by Carmela Hobbins
  • 12 oz. chocolate chips
  • 12 oz. butterscotch chips
  • 2 cups salted cashews-chopped
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  • Melt chips in double boiler
  • When chips completely melted add chopped cashews
  • Drop the mixture by teaspoons onto pan 
  • Put pan in refrigerator till set 


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