Hello gentlemen. Saturday approaches and it brings the annual ladies afternoon tea at our home. This is a bit of a tradition my wife and I started about seven years ago. It has been a cracking success every time. The ladies love the pampering and are truly appreciative of the hand made treats we make for them. It is always a gratifying moment when one of them asks me where I bought a certain item and I tell her it was from Todd's kitchen. They somewhat marvel that a man can make this stuff. Let alone enjoy it. But I do. About the only prepared items from the store are jams, the clotted cream, and of course the tea. The rest we(usually me since I am the baker of the house) make up from scratch in our kitchen. So with that I wold like your opinions and critique of the list if victuals we will be providing. Please, feel free to offer up suggestions or modifications to our list.
Port and fig butter prosciutto sandwiches with baby lettuce.
Cucumber and buttered bread sandwiches.
Scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam. The jam will be something nice like Wilkin and Sons or Bonne Maman. The clotted cream is from The Devon Cream Company
Scratch made white and chocolate cakes with matching icing.
Shortbread tarts filled with lemon curd and topped with a fresh raspberry.
Poached pear and custard tart.
We are serving Ahmad Tea both Darjeeling and "English Afternoon Tea" flavours.
Whatever else happens to come up at the last minute but I think we have it covered for now. Again, suggestions here are welcome. If someone suggests something really interesting we may consider it as substitute for one of the listed items. I will try to get some photos posted up of the prep and final products if I can.
I can heartily recommend these sorts of festive occasions for the ladies in your life gents. Our afternoon tea has become a much anticipated event for some of these ladies and they always react with enthusiasm when they know it is once again time to gather round the table.