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Month: May 2019

Afternoon Tea at The Drake Hotel Palm Court

The Palm Court Afternoon Tea at the Drake

It’s a Thursday afternoon, just past mid-week, and I’m back from Afternoon Tea at The Drake Hotel, one of Chicago’s historic establishments. I have to tell you, it feels rather decadent. Well, Afternoon Tea usually does, but even more so on a weekday. There you are sipping tea while others are busy at their desks. […] Read more…

How to make Finger Sandwiches for a Tea Party

finger sandwiches for afternoon tea, egg and cress sandwich

Off with the their crusts! Classic Finger Sandwiches The hardest thing about making Finger Sandwiches is cutting them without squishing the filling out. I’ve found the key is to put your bread in the freezer beforehand. This makes them a bit more rigid, and as bread thaws rather quickly, they’ll still be ready for their […] Read more…

The History of Afternoon Tea

afternoon tea at a Scottish Castle

In the beginning…. Afternoon Tea originated with the Duchess of Bedord in the early 1800s. In that era, mealtimes were a hearty breakfast, a very light lunch, and then hours later, dinner. The Duchess said she had a ‘sinking feeling’ in the late afternoon, and thus Afternoon Tea was born, with cakes and tea served. […] Read more…

The Copper Pot aka The Beginning

Copper Jam Pot

Day One. My Mauviel copper jam arrived – delivered to my doorstep via Amazon Prime Shipping, just like most of my online purchases. To me, the copper jam pot signifies the beginning of this blog, and my jam-making adventure; if you didn’t see my ‘ABOUT’ post, this is my journey to becoming not only a […] Read more…

Afternoon Tea. With Jam.

A Love for Afternoon Tea… Tea and Jam, tea with jam. I’m sure I’ve attended some sort of Afternoon Tea party when growing up, but I no longer remember anything specific. The first time I recall actively seeking out the experience of Afternoon Tea was on a trip to London just over a decade ago. […] Read more…