Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Feeling like a Limey libertine

Feeling like a Limey libertine.

 The other day the conversation with Master turned to the subject of a “British Tea”. Master has been to visit the English Empire often, but was not really that knowledgeable on the customs and practice of this light “eat and drink” at 4 PM that is so VERY British.

The closest that slave has ever been is listening to Roger Miller sing about how “England swings like a pendulum do.” However slave reads like crazy and much of its knowledge has been from the written word, not taste so it was decided that slave should write up a small English Tea.

Slave wishes to thank the lovely Eileen Prichard at The English Shop in Saint Charles, for a wonderful chat and discussion of the customs of a High Tea. Slave was lucky enough to pick up a little bottle of Devonshire cream there! Sheer heaven to spread on any pastry! Also known as “clotted cream.” A bloody good companion to any jam or jelly as you will find on this side of the pond!

Slaves Ideas for an English Tea:
Earl Grey Tea
Iced Cocoa Coffee

w/ custard and strawberries

Fruit Salad w/Orange Cream Dressing

Finger Sandwiches:
Roasted Asparagus

Lemon Crisps

Iced Cocoa Coffee:
half normal coffee
half normal hot chocolate
Let get cold and serve over ice!

1 cup flour
1 cup milk
3 Tbs salad oil
½ tsp salt
3 eggs

Pre-heat to 400. Blend all ingredients well in blender. Preheat the greased muffin tin for 8 to 10 minutes. Fill each 2/3 the way up & bake for15 minutes, reduce the heat to 350 and continue to bake for 30 minutes., DO NOT OPEN the oven door during the baking time or popovers wont!

Fruit Salad w/Orange Cream Dressing
1 can tropical fruit salad in heavy syrup, drained and reserved juice
½ cup of homemade mayonnaise
2 Tbs orange zest
2 Tbs orange juice
1 Tbs sugar
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
1 carton of frozen whipped topping thawed!

Sealed up overnight to blend flavors!

Mix the mayonnaise with ¼ cup of the syrup until smooth. Add zest, juice, nutmeg, and sugar. stir well.
Fold in whipped topping and refrigerate.
Finger Sandwiches
To Roast Asparagus: Cut into 3 inch pieces along with some cut up red onion, toss with 1 Tbs oil, sprinkle with kosher salt and roast at 400 degrees for about 25 to 30 minutes—You'll never go back to french fries again!

Roasted Asparagus
½ cup left over roasted asparagus
¼ cup non fat Greek yogurt
¼ tsp garlic powder
pinch roasted red pepper flakes

Mix together the yogurt with garlic and red pepper flakes, spread on white bread and arrange asparagus, top with second slice of bread and cut the crusts if you like. Then cut into 4 squares.

2 slices of pumpernickel bread.
Mix ½ cup of cold baked beans with 1 tsp prepared mustard. Add ¼ cup thin sliced green onions
Spread mixture to make two sandwiches then cut each into finger size.

2 slices white bread.
Slice the zucchini lengthwise very thin.
Mix some non fat Greek yogurt into low fat cream cheese with chives until it is spreadable. Maybe a bit of lemon juice might help.
Spread on the bread and top with zucchini
trim each. Then cut into 4 squares.

Lemon Crisps
2 cups flour
¾ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
¾ cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 pkgs. (3 ¾ oz) instant lemon pudding mix
3 eggs slightly beaten

 Spray your teaspoon with cooking spray so that the dough will slide off easier.


Sift together four, baking soda, and salt. Set aside
Cream shortening and sugar. Add pudding mix and continue until mixture is light and fluffy. Add eggs, mix thoroughly. Add the dry ingredients and beat until well blended.
Drop by tsp onto greased baking sheet about 2 ½ inch apart
Bake 375 for 8 to 10 minutes. Can make 6 dozen!


You will notice that slave made them a bit larger because Master likes a chewy cookie. If this were to impress guests, slave would have rolled the dough into marble sized balls. The cookies would be much more elegant and crisp!

Hope you try this sometime, (it does not have to be served at 4 PM) It is a great excuse to get friends together and try something new.
By the by, the only difference between High Tea and a regular Tea is that much more food is served at a High Tea, often almost what we might call a main dish!

Remember the purpose of a “Tea” was to hold you over until the proper meal time of 9 PM! Sorry, never waited that long in my life!

Pip Pip, and Cheerio Master!


To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil,
comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
..I cook!

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