Friday, May 16, 2008

French Tea, English Idea

When Cousin J-Yah and I were window shopping a few months ago, we noticed a pretty but pricey tiered plate and remarked about how nice it would be to use it for a tea party like we did when we were children.

Then, not long after, I happened upon Tal-Y-Tara, a delightful little San Francisco shop that offers an unusual combination - horse tack and afternoon teas. Their tea included several different kinds of sandwiches on brown bread, quite delicious and served in a charming hodgepodge of jodhpurs, saddles, comfy chintz sofas and flowered teapots. I liked their selection of a variety of little bites so when J-Yah scored this colorful tiered plate at a yard sale for a tiny fraction of the cost of the one in the window, I stole their idea for our first tea party.

Using a combination of my homemade white and whole wheat breads and B&M Boston Brown Bread, all very thinly sliced, I stuffed them with fillings such as cucumbers and dill, cream cheese, chicken, cheddar and chutney, and ham and cheese with Dijon mustard. With a few ripe strawberries and some cookies to round out the meal, we brewed some of the The' de Paques and sat down to a tea party, happy as little girls.

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Blogger Dagny said...

I haven't made myself an afternoon tea in some time. Then again, I don't have a cute tiered plate either.

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Blogger ChrisB said...

Perfect English tea~ yummy :)

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Blogger Greg said...

I worked at a fancy hotel for many years and ate so many tea sandwiches. Yours are looking good.Where are you buying brown bread?

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Blogger Zoomie said...

Dagny, the yard sales, girlfriend! The yard sales for your own tiered plate!

ChrisB, glad I got the nod of approval from a true English lady!

Greg, I got the brown bread at Andronico's in Berkeley but I've seen it other places. Look in the bean aisle - sometimes they have it right next to the B&M brand baked beans.

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Blogger dancingmorganmouse said...

Oh how I love a fancy afternoon tea, wee sarnies, little hot savory things and dainty cakes -bliss on a tiered plate!

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Blogger Anna Haight said...

Oh this sounds so FUN! And I received a tiered plate for Christmas - and it's still in the box in the garage! Thanks for reminding me!

Friday, May 16, 2008  
Blogger Zoomie said...

DMM, ooh, I like the "hot savory things and dainty cakes" idea - maybe next time!

Anna, I'll be interested to read what you decide to put in yours!

Saturday, May 17, 2008  

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