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Hostesses With The Mostest => Entertaining and Hospitality => Topic started by: mbbored on February 16, 2013, 04:05:53 PM

Title: Lunch Time Tea
Post by: mbbored on February 16, 2013, 04:05:53 PM
So tomorrow afternoon is my book club meeting and the hostess had a sudden change in plans, so I volunteered to host. Normally the hostess serves a light lunch, like quiche or soup and salad followed by a sweet bread or coffee cake and fruit. I thought since we're reading a book set in England that features several scenes at afternoon teas, I would do a "tea" themed lunch. I'm a pescatarian so I'll serve vegetarian or fish dishes but nothing with meat. Does this seem like it will be enough for lunch for 6?

Salmon and cream cheese on baguette
Cucumber and herb butter on white bread
Egg salad on sourdough
Mixed baby greens with a honey orange vinaigrette
Scones with strawberry vanilla jam and grapefruit ginger marmalade
Persimmon spiced cake
Fruit salad

For drinks I'll plan on serving what everybody else does: white wine & water with lunch, coffee and tea with dessert.

Should I add some roasted nuts? Olives?
Title: Re: Lunch Time Tea
Post by: Amara on February 16, 2013, 06:02:38 PM
I think your menu sounds delightful and perfectly in tune with the book. You could add to it, but I don't think I would.
Title: Re: Lunch Time Tea
Post by: oceanus on February 16, 2013, 06:11:07 PM
I think that's plenty.  Persimmon spiced cake sounds yummy.
Title: Re: Lunch Time Tea
Post by: Roe on February 16, 2013, 06:17:20 PM
Your menu sounds perfect!  Can I join in?  ;)  I love doing afternoon tea.  Can't imagine a better way to spend an afternoon. 

Have fun!
Title: Re: Lunch Time Tea
Post by: Baxter on February 16, 2013, 06:18:43 PM
Your menu sounds lovely.  You might consider having some Pimms to drink, if you want to go totally english.
Title: Re: Lunch Time Tea
Post by: Sharnita on February 16, 2013, 06:19:21 PM
do people know about your eating restrictions?  I would let them know the menu ahead of time in case they feel the need to grab an alternate source of protein ahead of time.  It sounds good but I know a lot of people who would expect meat at lunch and eggs or fish might not be what they have in mind.  It is a great idea but if people forgo lunch to eat it there it might be wise to tell them what is on the menu.
Title: Re: Lunch Time Tea
Post by: Thipu1 on February 16, 2013, 07:06:04 PM
The whole meal sounds delicious.  If people can't have a meal without meat, that's their problem not yours. 

Also, during Lent, many Christians may welcome a meat-free lunch.

If I may make one small suggestion, a bit of curry powder in the herb butter for the cucumber sandwiches would be a lovely touch.  I always made it that way when we celebrated Frederick's Birthday at the Gilbert and Sullivan Society.


Title: Re: Lunch Time Tea
Post by: rose red on February 16, 2013, 07:36:20 PM
As someone who don't like salmon and cream cheese, I can still see myself satisfied after eating the rest of the menu.  Also, may I suggest adding a non-sweet dressing option for the baby greens?
Title: Re: Lunch Time Tea
Post by: oceanus on February 16, 2013, 07:55:53 PM
I agree, rose red.  I'd pass on the salmon and cream cheese but for a lunchtime meal I'd be fime with a few of the other things, topped off with the spice cake.
Title: Re: Lunch Time Tea
Post by: mbbored on February 16, 2013, 07:56:57 PM
do people know about your eating restrictions?  I would let them know the menu ahead of time in case they feel the need to grab an alternate source of protein ahead of time.  It sounds good but I know a lot of people who would expect meat at lunch and eggs or fish might not be what they have in mind.  It is a great idea but if people forgo lunch to eat it there it might be wise to tell them what is on the menu.

Great point, Sharnita. Fortunately, most of us fall on the vegetarian/pescatarian spectrum so if meat is served to our group it's as a side dish.
Title: Re: Lunch Time Tea
Post by: Deetee on February 16, 2013, 09:59:07 PM
Looks delicious. I'd love that.

Are you pulling out any fun silverware/fancy dishes/tea cups that are stashed away? That is always fun with a delicate fancy meal!
Title: Re: Lunch Time Tea
Post by: Amara on February 16, 2013, 10:22:53 PM
I was curious about high tea so did a quick Google search, which turned up, among others, this: http://www.afternoontea.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=132&Itemid=23#.USBa3t1kk4Q

Title: Re: Lunch Time Tea
Post by: Library Dragon on February 16, 2013, 11:30:07 PM
May I come too  :D
It sounds delicious and during Lent very welcome. There are many people who eat almost meat free, but don't tell people because they don't want anyone looking over shoulders when they have a piece of chicken.  They will be appreciative as well.
Title: Re: Lunch Time Tea
Post by: sweetonsno on February 17, 2013, 02:26:36 AM
Sounds yummy. If you can find clotted cream, serve it with the scones. It's a bit tough to come by in my neck of the woods, but it's a delightful treat if it's available.

I don't think you need to do anything else.
Title: Re: Lunch Time Tea
Post by: mbbored on February 17, 2013, 03:18:20 AM
I was curious about high tea so did a quick Google search, which turned up, among others, this: http://www.afternoontea.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=132&Itemid=23#.USBa3t1kk4Q

Hahaha, Google, that would have been a good idea. I was actually mimicking the menu from the only time I had a so-called high tea and had no idea it was so traditional!
Title: Re: Lunch Time Tea
Post by: cicero on February 17, 2013, 03:40:00 AM
sounds perfect!
Title: Re: Lunch Time Tea
Post by: Zilla on February 17, 2013, 06:31:29 AM
That looks delish.  I too agree with offering a non sweet dressing for those that may prefer it. 
Title: Re: Lunch Time Tea
Post by: Winterlight on February 17, 2013, 09:08:12 AM
Sounds delicious!
Title: Re: Lunch Time Tea
Post by: EmmaJ. on February 17, 2013, 09:27:12 AM
Your menu is perfection.  :) 

Do you share recipes? I would love to try to make persimmon spice cake. It sounds so exotic!
Title: Re: Lunch Time Tea
Post by: Deetee on February 17, 2013, 09:31:25 AM
Oh, I thought it was perfect but then someone mentioned clotted cream which would be perfect plus perfect. I have never found clotted cream in north america, but there is a "Devon cream" that is found in a jar near whipping cream. Or if you are ambitious, you can make clotted cream by baking whipping cream overnight.
Title: Re: Lunch Time Tea
Post by: marcel on February 17, 2013, 10:18:53 AM
Oh, I thought it was perfect but then someone mentioned clotted cream which would be perfect plus perfect. I have never found clotted cream in north america, but there is a "Devon cream" that is found in a jar near whipping cream. Or if you are ambitious, you can make clotted cream by baking whipping cream overnight.
Mascarpone with whipping cream also gives a good aproximation to clotted cream
Title: Re: Lunch Time Tea
Post by: Amara on February 17, 2013, 11:38:24 AM
Apparently Whole Foods sells clotted cream by its other name Devonshire cream.

I wonder if you might want to go all the way and use delicate bone china cups and saucers? It seems to me that I have seen them (not in a set, though) at thrift stores for not much money. That may be too much, but if not I think it would be fun to have different cups/saucers with the delicate flower patterns that are traditional.
Title: Re: Lunch Time Tea
Post by: mechtilde on February 17, 2013, 11:38:45 AM
Oh, I thought it was perfect but then someone mentioned clotted cream which would be perfect plus perfect. I have never found clotted cream in north america, but there is a "Devon cream" that is found in a jar near whipping cream. Or if you are ambitious, you can make clotted cream by baking whipping cream overnight.

What sort of oven temp?
Title: Re: Lunch Time Tea
Post by: mbbored on February 17, 2013, 11:51:52 AM
Apparently Whole Foods sells clotted cream by its other name Devonshire cream.

I wonder if you might want to go all the way and use delicate bone china cups and saucers? It seems to me that I have seen them (not in a set, though) at thrift stores for not much money. That may be too much, but if not I think it would be fun to have different cups/saucers with the delicate flower patterns that are traditional.

I've been collecting antique willow ware china for a few years now and finally have enough to serve this group on my lunch and dessert plates along with the tea set. I don't have quite enough soup bowls yet, so thank goodness soup is not a traditional accompaniment to afternoon tea!
Title: Re: Lunch Time Tea
Post by: Amara on February 17, 2013, 01:39:13 PM
It sounds like it's going to be a delightful party, mbbored. Please let us know how it goes.
Title: Re: Lunch Time Tea
Post by: Margo on February 17, 2013, 01:44:59 PM
It sounds lovely! (& I speak as a Brit!)
I suspect 'Devon cream' might be clotted cream- if not, extra-thick double cream might make a workable solution.
Enjoy!
Title: Re: Lunch Time Tea
Post by: mbbored on February 17, 2013, 05:18:21 PM
Your menu is perfection.  :) 

Do you share recipes? I would love to try to make persimmon spice cake. It sounds so exotic!

I used James Beard's persimmon bread recipe, substituting cinnamon for nutmeg.

http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2005/11/persimmon-bread/
Title: Re: Lunch Time Tea
Post by: EllenS on March 04, 2013, 02:56:45 PM
Lovely!  I love high tea, and yes your menu sounds very traditonal and delightful.