Linderhof


Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas


Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Afternoon Tea at "Downtown Abbey"



Tonight was my cooking class
at life+style
called
"Downtown Abbey Afternoon Tea"

It's always a fun class


With some neat "Downton Abbey" props
And pictures of a kitchen which we toured when we lived in England

At each guest's place


A Spode blue cup and saucer
An afternoon tea spoon
And a menu

With pots of freshly brewed Earl Grey tea
the class enjoyed:


Real English cucumber sandwiches
bread, butter, thinly sliced cucumbers, salt and pepper


Freshly Baked Fruit Scones
From an English recipe and baked with currants
Served, of course, with cream and jam
(although the cream was "faux")



Lemon Tarts
Lemon curd in boughten tartlet shells
Topped with a candied viola


Victoria Sponge
(supposed to be Queen Victoria's favorite tea cake)


Sybil's Ginger Nut Biscuits
(The Sybil of Downton Abbey fame)
Very traditional English ginger biscuits


The Silver Curate filled with tea goodies

It's Friday and I'm sharing my Afternoon Tea Class with Michael at Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday.

15 comments:

donna baker said...

Scones are my favorite food and those look wonderful. Wish you'd post the recipe.

Pondside said...

What fun - everyone must have felt, for a wee bit of time, to be in the lap of luxury!

thepaintedapron.com said...

What a fun afternoon! Everything looks delicious too!
Jenna

Rosemary said...

This looks like such fun! But for the miles between us, I would have attended this special class!

Lavender Cottage said...

What a delightful class Martha with traditional English treats. I've always made my scones with currants and the youngest granddaughter, when younger refused to eat them because she said there were bugs in them. She's 8 now and can polish off 2 of granny's scones pretty quick, bugs and all! :-)
Judith

Bernideen said...

This looks wonderful and I am sure everyone loved it! I bought the 3rd season DVD's at Sam's for around $28.00 and finished watching it this week. I would have loved your class!

Rebecca said...

"What a wonderful theme for a class," she thought wistfully as she mentally calculated the miles/hours that prevented her from having signed up...

Bernideen said...

Martha:
I hope you will share this at "Open House". Also, Victorian Homes Magazine has quite a feature on "Downton Decorating".

Martha said...

I will share . . . and I will have to get that issue of Victorian Homes.

DLC Log said...

I really enjoyed the tea and the scones were excellent. Who knew cucumber sandwiches are so tasty.

Marilyn said...

Lovely~

On Crooked Creek said...

Martha,
A Proper English Tea, indeed!!!
Love the Victorian Sponge Cake!!! YuMMy!!!
Elegantly served in our blue & white!!!
Fondly,
Pat

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Everything looks amazing!!! What fun!!!
Blessings,
Cindy

A Haus to Call Home said...

I tried to sign up for this class, and yes, I would have driven an hour to attend, but it was already full! Maybe next time. Looks like an enjoyable time!
xo, Michelle

A Haus to Call Home said...

I tried to sign up for this class, and yes, I would have driven an hour to attend, but it was already full! Maybe next time. Looks like an enjoyable time!
xo, Michelle