Back in March, when the weather was glorious, just before the drought in the UK was declared, swiftly followed by rain which has yet to cease, I hosted a little tea party.
I made lots of scrummy things to nom and invited some of my friends.
I made sweet things and savoury things, including tinned salmon and cucumber sarnies. Ooooh yeah!!
The taste of Sunday lunches at my Grans.
And, finally - oh! finally - I had a use for my 1930's tea plates. A whole set of 6 that I picked up in a charity shop for £1.30. I have yet to find such a bargain since.
Being they type of gal who likes to have a go in the kitchen, I turned to a book I have had for a while, but have failed to use.
The Vintage Tea Party by Angel Adoree, creator of Vintage Patisserie is a treasure trove, not only of recipes but of ideas also. I know that it has been on the market for a while, but, if you have not checked it out, then please do so. You will not be disappointed.
I made her Chicken & Bacon rolls (beyond simple - although blitzing raw chicken made me want to heave - it just looked so wrong) and Spinach & Parmesan muffins. Although, mine were fairy cakes as it is all I had to hand.
I made both in advance, cooking and freezing the cakes, and freezing the rolls unbaked, cooking from frozen for about 30 mins at GM5. This saved me a whole host of time.
And me likes that.
I also made a bumper batch of WW2 Carrot Scones and some orange curd.
Which were served with the clotted cream. Dribble
I spy Margaret from Penny Dreadful Vintage
And so, we sat in the hazy warmth of my front room, ate copiously and some of us got a bit drunk.
There was lots of laughter and I was taught the beginnings of crochet. Hurrah!
I heart this picture of Lena from Style High Club
And then, all that was left was a full tummy, a foggy head and a sleepy body.
Oh. And the washing up.