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Christmas Tea

Discussion in 'Foods of the Civil War' started by donna, Dec 6, 2017.

  1. donna

    donna Brev. Brig. Gen'l Forum Host

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    Last Saturday my UDC Chapter had our Christmas event at Mrs. Teapots Tea Room in Bellevue, Ky. It is a small and quaint town just pass Newport, Ky. on the Ohio River.

    We celebrated with High Tea. We all dressed up and wore our hats.

    The menu consisted of:

    Quiche and salad. It was a cheese quiche and greens salad with raspberry vinaigrette.

    Scones, Bread and fresh fruit.

    Assorted Finger Sandwiches. It was her famous chicken salad on croissant.

    Dessert which was cake, Christmas cookie, and ice cream.

    Pot of your own tea, your choice. I had Chocolate Caramel Vanilla. It was so delicious.

    We always exchange gifts. Had a great time. It started the Christmas season off just right.
     

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  3. Anna Elizabeth Henry

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    Sounded like a really fun time! I love having High Tea - such fun to dress up and enjoy tea treats! I'm a real sucker for chicken salad on a croissant! At one time when Dunkin Donuts first started serving lunch sandwiches they made a really tasty one! Shame they don't have it anymore.

    However, for those who love a good chicken salad sandwich this is a favorite recipe from Tea Time Magazine - it's long on the ingredients, but very tasty, I promise!

    Coronation Chicken Salad - created for Queen Elizabeth's Coronation in 1953

    Ingredients -
    • 1 tablespoon salted butter
    • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
    • 6 tablespoons Major Grey’s chutney*
    • ¼ cup tomato puree
    • ¼ cup water
    • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons curry powder
    • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1 bay leaf
    • ½ cup mayonnaise
    • 3 cups finely chopped roast chicken
    • ½ cup chopped toasted slivered almonds
    • 3 tablespoons finely chopped dried apricots
    • 2 tablespoons finely chopped green onion (green tops only)
    • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
    • 2 tablespoons dried currants
    • 12 slices potato bread
    Directions - https://www.teatimemagazine.com/coronation-chicken-salad-sandwiches-recipe/
     
  4. christian soldier

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    Donna. Is the menu based on a civil war era high tea menu? and Do you basically serve the same foods at high tea? David.
    Anna Elizabeth. Nice recipe for chicken salad. You're making my mouth water. I have to admit that all the times I have made chicken salad I never thought of including currants or chutney in the recipe. Great suggestions. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. David.
     
  5. donna

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    The recipes are the ones of Lady who owns the Tea Room. She does Victorian theme in the place. It is lovely with all her collection of teacups and sauces, teapots, hats and old gloves. The tables are set in Victorian style. The Christmas decorations were all old ones. We had a wonderful time with delicious food and excellent teas.
     
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    I have always mixed some chutney into the mayonnaise when making chicken salad. I really brightens up the flavour, without over powering the chicken. I make my own chutney, using peaches, pears and apples, but cranberry chutney would be nice for Christmas. My recipe is posted somewhere on here.
     
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    I am sure you ladies had a lovely time.
     
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    The dried apricots is also a different addition
     
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    We like to add dill into our chicken salad.
     
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  10. Northern Light

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    That would be interesting! I will have to try that.
     
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    Nice, Donna! You should bump some of your ' Tea ' old tea threads, too- since this tradition of yours is wonderful!
     
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    It's an odd addition when you first read the recipe, but it does work providing you chop them up very finely! Adds an touch fruity sweetness without being too sweet. The same applies to the chutney and I agree with @Northern Light a cranberry chutney would be great with this recipe!
     
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  13. Anna Elizabeth Henry

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    Glad you liked the recipe, it's quite yummy. The short answer to your question is originally back in the 19th century, afternoon tea filled the gap between lunch and dinner. Think of it as an afternoon snack. Servants especially in grand houses often had their lunch early to accommodate their employers' eating schedules, so you'd have lunch at 11am but have to wait till 6pm for dinner. That's a long stretch, so afternoon tea was helpful for working classes.

    High tea in the era was a necessary meal eaten when workers returned from their jobs. Today though the difference is negligible as scones, cakes and little sandwiches and savories are typically served at both versions. As a personal observation while in London recently I noticed that afternoon tea seemed less formal while high tea had more courses/choices of food and the table was set with elegant china, etc.

    As to your question about tea, I direct you over to a thread from a while ago I posted about the history of afternoon tea - https://civilwartalk.com/threads/afternoon-tea-where-did-it-come-from.120705/
     
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  14. christian soldier

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    Anna Elizabeth. Thank You very much for the interesting information. Its quite fascinating. I certainly appreciate it. David.
     
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