In collaboration with Portmeirion Group & Spode Blue Italian.
This week (14th to 20th August 2017) is Afternoon Tea Week, the annual celebration of one of the nation’s favourite traditions. Whether enjoyed in a 5-star hotel or as a home baked treat, the British love the combination of savoury and sweet treats served at an afternoon tea, accompanied, of course, by some of the 165 million cups of tea drunk each day in the UK.
I’m delighted to share with you that this year, for the first time ever (I must be officially a grown up now?), I have served my afternoon tea in a gorgeous matching handcrafted tea set. I am now the proud new owner of a Spode Blue Italian tea pot and matching tea cups and saucers as well as side plates, a two tier cake stand, a cream jug and wine glasses: everything needed, in my humble opinion, to show off the perfect Afternoon Tea.
The beautiful blue and white Spode Blue Italian collection was launched in 1816 and has been in production ever since. Now considered an iconic English design, this stunning collection features a finely detailed 18th century Imari Oriental border encompassing a scene inspired by the Italian countryside. Watch the video below to see how the pottery is made in their factory in Stoke-on-Trent, England.
Did you know that 22 pairs of hands make each piece of Spode Blue Italian? Each item is truly a handcrafted work of art, don’t you think?
For Afternoon Tea Week I thought I’d share three simple sandwich recipes; three of our family favourites: egg and cress, smoked Shetland salmon with cream cheese and a cheese and pickle sandwich. The perfect variety (I think) to go with the traditional scones with jam and cream and a selection of other sweet treats, displayed, perfectly, in my new Spode Blue Italian set.
When it comes to scones, are you a ‘cream on top of the jam’ person or a ‘jam always has to go on top of the cream’ person? AfternoonTea.co.uk recently conducted a large survey to find out.
They found that 58% of people prefer to put the jam before the cream on their scones, with 42% preferring cream first.
The rivalry between Cornwall and Devon over cream teas has been going on for decades. The Cornish way is to serve jam on the bottom, with the Devonians placing the cream on first. You’ll see, to settle any potential disagreements at our Afternoon Tea Party, I did it both ways to please everyone.
Oh, and don’t forget the Prosecco!
Portmeirion Group have very kindly sent me a second Spode Blue Italian two-tier cake stand worth £44 for me to gift to one of my UK readers. To enter, simply fill in the Rafflecopter form below!
What do you like to have served with your Afternoon Tea? Are you a jam on top or cream on top person? Let me know in the comments!
A Trio of Sandwiches for Afternoon Tea
for the egg and cress sandwiches
for the smoked Shetland salmon with cream cheese and chives sandwiches
- 100 grams cream cheese
- 1 tsp fresh chives snipped
- 0.25 tsp lemon zest
- 100 grams smoked Shetland salmon
- 2 slices white bread
- 2 slices brown bread
for the cheese and pickle sandwiches
- 100 grams mature cheddar cheese
- 15 grams small chunk Branston pickle
- 2 slices white bread
- 2 slices brown bread
- butter to spread
- To prepare the egg and cress sandwiches, mash the cooled boiled eggs with a fork until they reach an even consistency. Stir in the mayonnaise, pickle juice and celery seed. Season to taste. Gently fold in the cress.
- Butter your bread slices and divide the egg mixture between the two sandwiches. Cut off the crusts and slice the sandwiches into two triangles or three fingers.
- To prepare the smoked salmon sandwiches, spread 1/4 of the cream cheese on each of the four slices of bread. Sprinkle the cream cheese on one side of the sandwich with the snipped chives and lemon zest.
- Arrange half the smoked Shetland salmon on each sandwich and assemble. Cut off the crusts and slice into triangles or fingers.
- For the cheese and pickle sandwiches, finely grate the cheddar cheese and stir in the pickle to bind. Butter each slice of bread, divide the cheese mixture between them and assemble. Cut off the crusts and slice into triangles or fingers.
Choux Buns with Coffee Custard Filling
Courgette Almond Polenta Cake (GF)
Blackberry and Apple Cake
Afternoon Tea Cake
Tunnock’s Teacake Rocky Road
Mini Lemon Drizzle Pound Cakes
Cape Breton Fruit Scones
Spiced Apple Cake
A Selection of Cupcakes for Afternoon Tea
Lime Cupcakes with Lime Buttercream Frosting
Ooey Gooey Gluten Free Brownies
Strawberry Shortcakes with Balsamic & Black Pepper Syrup
You might also like this Cold Brew Iced Tea from Oh How Civilised.
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Spode Blue Italian 2-tier Cake Stand
Spode Blue Italian Teapot
Spode Blue Italian Teacups & Saucers
Spode Blue Italian 6-inch Plates
Spode Blue Italian Wine Glasses
Spode Blue Italian Cream Jug
3 for 2 All Loose Tea from Twinings Use the code AFTERNOONTEA until 31 August
This giveaway is open to UK entries only. Entrants must be age 18 or over. The winner will need to respond within 30 days of being contacted; failure to do this may result in another winner being selected.
The prize is offered and provided by Portmeirion Group. The prize is to win a Spode Blue Italian 2-tier Cake Stand worth £44. There is no cash alternative and the prize is not transferable.
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