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, August 13, 2020

The Tea Trio's Weekly Tea

We named ourselves the Tea Trio,
Judy, Carol and I
It's an island of civilization in this sea of loneliness that COVID has created.

I've know Carol "forever" and she told me about her new friend Judy, whom I should meet
And I did -- social distancing on the front porch of Carol's 1919 home -- with masks!

We hit it off and did it again, only the second time Judy brought her latest tea book

I resisted buying it but upon seeing Judy's, I ordered one as did Carol

Carol always provided tea for us and Judy and I and sometimes Carol would provide a nosh

But in mid July it was Carol's birthday, she was fond of Victoria sponge and I was intrigued by the individual sponges found in the Downton Abbey book.

So Judy and I decided that I would bring the Victoria sponge from the book and she would bring something else from the book.

Carol set a lovely tea table for us

And we celebrated her birthday in style!

The Mini Victoria Sponge's -- fantastic

Judy chose the Scottish shortbread
The best homemade I've ever eaten!

And so a "tradition" was born . . . We all three had the cookbook.    We all three loved tea.    We would have a tea party every week and each one of us would bring a treat made from a recipe in The Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea book!
What fun!!!!

Week two:

I made the orange butter cake
That recipe was the one that intrigued me the most -- loved the slice of orange on the top

Judy made the Ginger Biscuits

Week Three:

Yorkshire Curd Tarts for me

Lemon Drizzle Cake for Judy

Prince of Wales Biscuits that Carol made

She even bought the stamps to make them look just like the ones in the book!

Week Three:

I made madeleines

Carol chose palmiers

And Judy the plum cake

Week Four:

After having watched Great British Bake Off Master Class and watching Paul make Chelsea buns more than once, I got brave, and decided to try something yeasty -- so I brought Chelsea buns

Judy brought the Apple Crumb Cake

And Carol made the perfect Bakewell tart

Not for our group, but for dessert on tea day --


The raspberry meringues from the book.    Only because I had two egg whites left from my Yorkshire Tarts and rather than tea size I made them dessert size and Husband Jim and I had them for dessert that night.

The Tea Trio loves the book.    It is fun to bake from the same book and before we left yesterday, we decided what we would bring -- Judy is doing the Ginger Butter Cake, I'm doing Banberry Tarts and Carol is doing the Butterfly Cakes.     We'll have another great tea time next week -- we Tea Trio Girls!


Mrs. Paul said...

Martha your tea parties simply look scrumptious! I will have to check out the Downton Abby cookbook for sure. I so enjoy coming to your tea parties and to your home through blogland.

Hugs and blessings from HOT Arizona,

Sandra said...

Every recipe looks delicious. My granddaughter loves all things Downton Abbey. The cookbook would be a great gift for her upcoming birthday.

Autumn's Glory said...

What a great way to get together and spend some time visiting. I have watched Downton Abbey more than once and I love it. I think I need to look at getting one of their cookbooks too. Your baked goods look wonderful. Thanks for sharing and I hope you will share more of your tea parties.

Joy B said...

What fun! And all your tea treats look delicious.

Linda W said...

What a fabulous story about 3 friends sharing a common passion! It really struck a chord with me, as I am also a fan of Downton Abbey as well as The Great British Baking Show. This last week I started binge-watching the last 2 seasons of GBBS on Netflix and have been anxious to try some of the recipes. Your desserts look fabulous!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Martha, what a scrumptious post! You three girls are having the most fun that I have heard about in ages. All of those baked goods look splendid and I am happy to hear that you are all getting together for tea with the Downton Abbey treats. Thanks so much for sharing. I have enjoyed this very much!