Monday, February 7, 2011

Tea Sandwich Recipe

This recipe for Ham and Orange Tea Sandwiches 

I have prepared this easy, delicious, open-faced sandwich of several occasions.
The photo above was taken during the sandwich-making process at the Berea Health Ministry Fundraiser Tea
for 140 guests in October, 2010.

Ham and Orange Tea Sandwiches by Shelley and Bruce Richardson
16 slices pumpernickel bread
2 cups ground cooked lean ham
1/2 cup finely-chopped celery
6 Tablespoons mayonnaise
32 mandarin orange sections
Fresh parsley

Combine ham, celery, and mayonnaise in a bowl.  Mix well.  Remove crusts from each slice of bread and cuto into diamond shapes.  Spread a layer of ham mixture over each slice of bread and garnish with fresh parsley and orange sections.  Makes 32 open-faced sandwiches. 
Note: from Linda — I have used deli ham for this amount.  I always spread my bread with a thin layer of softened butter before adding the ham spread and I cut my bread in rectangle slices for convenience when making large quantities.  Be sure to drain the orange sections before placing on the sandwich. 

I recommend the Richardson's TEA 101 Seminar to anyone planning to open a tea room.
The seminar is currently held at the Historic Gratz Park Inn in Lexington, KY, the Horse Capital of the World.    

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Elmwood Inn Recipe Books

 Bruce and Shelley Richardson operated the Elmwood Inn in Perryville, Kentucky as a tea room from September 1990 until July 31, 2004. 
I live just an hour east of Perryville and visited Elmwood Inn frequently for afternoon tea with my family and with freinds. Our older daughter Melissa and I attended the Richardson's Tea 101 weekend seminar in 2001.
December afternoon tea at Elmwood Inn was one of our family Christmas traditions. 
We miss the Elmwood Inn afternoon tea experience.  

Bruce, Shelley and Ben Richardson continue to be very busy in the tea business with their writing, speaking, publishing, tea blending, wholesales of teas and books, and more! 

A Year of Teas at the Elmwood Inn is my most-used tea recipe book.  You can probably tell that from all the bookmarks in my copy above.  This book contains some of my favorite tea sandwich recipes.  It was the first of the Richardson's books, originally printed in 1994. 
It is the first book in my tea library of 250+ books that I turn to for inspiration and menu planning when I'm hosting friends or family for afternoon tea.

As the popularity of the tea room grew, Shelley Richardson's recipe collection expanded. 
A Tea For All Seasons was the second recipe book , published in 1996.
Their last recipe book, The Tea Table, above,  was printed in 2003.
All of these books contain great recipes.  
All the recipes were served to thousands of guests over the years at Elmwood Inn. 

Be sure to visit the Elmwood Inn Fine Teas website to see all their books,  teas, and tea products.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Teacup Trade ~ The Gift I Sent

Sharon at Faith, Hope and Cherrytea sponsored a Valentine TeaCup Trade

This is the teacup and gifts I sent to my swap partner, Marilyn P.
Marilyn doesn't have a blog, therefore,  I am posting the gift here. 

I chose this beautiful floral Stratford English bone china teacup from my collection to send to Marilyn. 

In addition, I sent a tea towel, an assortment of Harney and Sons individually wrapped tea sachets,
a tea kettle kitchen timer, a porcelain teapot trinket box,
a teapot shaped measuring tape,
and a Woman of God tea-themed book of devotionals. 

I sent these gifts nestled in red tissue paper, trimmed with heart decorated ribbon. 

Thank you Sharon at Faith, Hope, and Cherrytea for coordinating this special Valentine TeaCup Trade!

Note from Linda:  I forgot to take photos of the gift items before sending them to Marilyn.  The tea towel was a little different from the one in the photo above.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Valentine Teacup Trade

I participated in a Valentine TeaCup Trade by Sharon at  Faith, Hope, and Cherrytea

I received this beautiful Royal Dover English bone china teacup
 from my TeaCup Trade partner, Marilyn P. in Washington. 
Yellow is my favorite of all roses!  This beautiful yellow rose teacup is perfect! 

Marilyn also included the delightful book,
The Twelve Teas of Friendship
by one of my favorite inspirational authors, Emilie Barnes.

Also included was a  package of  Northwest Blackberry herbal tea, a lovely handkerchief, a pretty card, and a refrigerator magnet of Elenor Roosevelt's quote "A woman is like a teabag. You never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water" from the Attic Secrets Tea Room where Marilyn and a friend visited in preparation of this special gift-giving event. 
Marilyn, I am overwhelmed by your generosity! 
Thank you so much for the yellow rose pattern teacup and the lovely gifts.
My very special Aunt Ida, who started me on my teacup collecting journey, was never without a pretty hankie. 
  The book, The Twelve Teas of Friendship is perfect for my blog "Friendship Tea" and for the friendships developed through blogging and this Valentine TeaCup Trade
This has been so much fun!

Marilyn does not have a blog.  I will post my gift to her after she receives it. 

Thank you Sharon at Faith, Hope, and Cherrytea


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tea Book — An Invitation to Tea

I recently discovered "An Invitation to Tea" by Denise Whipple, owner of Traveling Tea Time.  The book, published in 2009, is described as a "Step-by-Step guide to Presenting the Perfect English Afternoon Tea."  Ms. Whipple is a native of England and has lived in Michigan for over 30 years.  She is educated in culinary arts and trained in tea and etiquette.

This book is easy to read and easy to use.  It includes tea party planning tips, ideas for tea table set-up, decorations and tea service, menu planning, easy delicious recipes, tea facts and more!  This is an excellent resource book for tea hostesses and guests. 

Frequently asked tea and tea etiquette questions are answered in Chapter Seven including my top tea pet peeve....
"What is the difference between Afternoon Tea and High Tea? " 
another example: 
"Should you have your pinky in or out?' 

If your answer is that High Tea is more fancy than Afternoon Tea, OR if you answer is your pinky should be out ... then PLEASE run out and purchase this book.

You can purchase  An Invitaion to Tea by Denise Whipple on  
By the way, there are several books with this same title, including a nice book by Emilie Barnes.

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