Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Afternoon Tea at Home: Book Review

I was so pleased to bake a cake this week out of a new cookbook! Several of you noticed the cake in yesterday's tea post.  The book was Afternoon Tea at Home by Will Torrent.  The cake I picked was the Coffee, walnut and cardamom cake. The coffee and walnut cake is a popular cake to the British tea drinker so it sounded like a perfect cake for my Valentine tea. 

Afternoon Tea at Home by Will Torrent
Ryland Peters & Small, $24.95; www.rylandpeters.com
Photo credit: Photography by Matt Russell

Let's start with the book, it is a very classic afternoon tea recipe book with the most gorgeous photography.  The book is divided into seasons so you can plan menus and take advantage of the food at its freshest.  There is even a few pages of menu suggestions in the back of the book for special occasion teas; such as, birthday parties, anniversaries and the like.  I really enjoyed how the recipes were classics with a twist. 

Coffee, walnut and cardamom cake
From: Afternoon Tea at Home by Will Torrent
Photo credit: Photography by Matt Russell

For instance, the cake I baked is a much-loved coffee and walnut cake that Mr. Torrent added cardamom to. The cardamom is a perfect pairing with the coffee. It added an exotic flavor that my family really enjoyed as they taste tested this recipe.  

Raspberry and rose party hearts
From: Afternoon Tea at Home by Will Torrent
Photo credit: Photography by Matt Russell


I had to highlight this recipe for Valentine's Day. The cookies are just beautiful. Wouldn't they be pretty for Mother's Day or a bridal shower.

Mince pie brownies
From: Afternoon Tea at Home by Will Torrent
Photo credit: Photography by Matt Russell

The book begins with a narrative about afternoon tea and has recipes for the 'essentials,' which includes, jams, jellies, and spreads such as lemon curd.  The recipes included classic British sandwiches for tea, scones, the Victoria sponge cake, tarts, tea cakes, trifles, and mini pies.  There are recipes to indulge the most sophisticated tea or a simpler cottage tea.  Mr. Torrent gives you all the recipes you need to entertain and create a perfect afternoon tea for every occasion.

Recipe from: Afternoon Tea at Home by Will Torrent

Here is the recipe I used.   I have never made this icing before.  I had originally decided to make the sides of the cake in the 'rustic' style that is so popular here in the states.  This icing is different in texture from the standard buttercream and I really think the cake would have been perfect iced just like in the book.  (pictured above)  
I had no trouble following the recipe. The cake baked up exactly as described and decorated beautifully!
With sweet and savory mouth-watering recipes this is a sure recipe book to add to your favorite tea enthusiasts collection. I highly recommend it for any tea lover.  It is as beautiful to look at as it is fun to cook from.

The cake was a winner and it didn't last long at my house! Everyone really enjoyed the flavor and texture.  The walnut praline topping was a favorite attribute of the cake.

Enjoy! 

Sherry

Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm
Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 
Tickle My Taste Buds Tuesdays at Lori's Culinary Creations
Weekend Retreat Linky Party at AKA Design and Life
Foodie Friends Friday at Walking on Sunshine
Rooted in Thyme Simple and Sweet Fridays
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen  
Sunday's Down Under at Natasha in Oz   
What to Do Weekends at Shoestring Elegance
Idea Box Thursday at Mila's Little Things
Five Star Frugal at A Tray of Bliss

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

For the Love of Tea

Valentine's Day Tea: The Charm of Home
Today I am celebrating Valentine's Day by showing my appreciation of tea. Tea is the most popular beverage consumed in the world behind water.  Many have asked if hot tea will, in fact, ever catch on in America; I for one, have done my best to promote it.

Valentine's Day Tea: The Charm of Home
My mug today is perfect for that loving cup of tea on St. Valentine's Day.   The pattern is Hearts and Flowers and it is made by Rosina China Co. Ltd.  I found it on a trip to the thrift store and had been saving it for this post. 

Valentine's Day Tea: The Charm of Home
That is an actual Victorian era die cut valentine pictured here with the mug.  I found a box of these valentines years ago when at an auction. 

Valentine's Day Tea: The Charm of Home
There is a new book coming out that I have had the opportunity to review titled Afternoon Tea at Home.
A classic afternoon tea is just a recipe away in this enticing new book by Will Torrent an award winning pastry chef in the U.K.   The publisher is Ryland Peters & Small, photography by Matt Russell.  I will post a full review tomorrow.  
Hug someone this weekend and tell them you love them!

Sherry

I will link this to:
  
There Is No Place Like Home at Rose Chintz Cottage 
Home & Garden Thursdayat A Delightsome Life 
Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups 
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House 
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Vintage Charm at Charm Bracelet Diva
The Homemaking Party at Classical Homemaking
Thoughts of Home at Decor to Adore

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Home Sweet Home #257

Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home!  This week I posted All Kinds of Love and got some great responses to what love means with Valentine's Day fast approaching.

There are so many great ideas, decorating, and delicious recipes at the Home Sweet Home Party each week.   All of you are so very talented!  Here are a few that caught my eye. I pin a lot from this party each week! These features were all pinned!


Winter Morning Tea

Jacqueline at Cabin & Cottage always gets me with her creamy, dreamy, white posts and this Winter Morning Tea was perfection.


Snowy Day Tea
Debby Goes Shabby does winter just like I like it in; A Shabby Snow Day

Tissue Paper Heart
Ilka at Crafty Mom Running shared this cute Tissue Paper Heart Craft

Valentine's Day Treats
And in case you need some ideas for treats for Valentine's Day Debbie at One Little Project has you covered in; 44 Best Valentine's Day Treat Ideas.


I am really lucky to have all of your amazing posts because, it is you who make the Home Sweet Home party so special!  You are all so talented and share such wonderful posts! Thank you to everyone who joins me at Home Sweet Home!  It is wonderful to have you here!

Sherry

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Guidelines for Home Sweet Home Party: 
Attention: To link up you must have a permalink back to this party in your post or you won't be featured.
Link up anything from your home or garden.   I love seeing home tours and neat shops too!
My button for the party is under the button tab at the top of the blog, if you want to use it.   If you are new here I hope you will become a follower. Please don't link up more than two posts.  No Etsy link ups or direct advertising, please.  Please visit some of the other blogs and get some great inspiration.  Thanks.:)

Now let's see your beautiful home, delicious recipes, crafts, or whatever makes your home special!

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

All Kinds of Love

True Love: The Charm of Home
This time of year; every year, we are reminded of Valentine's Day and the ever present promise of true love.

There is all kinds of love, but only one true love...

True Love: The Charm of Home
It has become so clear to me that true love is only of the Father.

True Love: The Charm of Home
So like children or little lost sheep, don't forget where true love really is.

True Love: The Charm of Home
I am learning right along with the Father everyday and I needed to hear this more than anyone.  Love is an awesome thing!  
Tea cup is made by Grace's Teaware.
Teapot provided by Adagio.

Sherry

I will link this to:
  
There Is No Place Like Home at Rose Chintz Cottage 
Home & Garden Thursdayat A Delightsome Life 
Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups 
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House 
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Vintage Charm at Charm Bracelet Diva
The Homemaking Party at Classical Homemaking

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Home Sweet Home #256

Winter Tea: The Charm of Home
Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home!  This week I shared a Winter Tea '16.


Potato Biscuits: The Charm of Home
And I was baking for all of us out there with autoimmune disorders in Potato Biscuits.

There are so many great ideas, decorating, and delicious recipes at the Home Sweet Home Party each week.   All of you are so very talented!  Here are a few that caught my eye. I pin a lot from this party each week! These features were all pinned!


Instagram
Pam at Everyday Living shared some great Instagram accounts in Let's Get Social!  I loved this account! 

Barbour Coat
Angelina at Peonies and Orange Blossoms shared Barbour Beadnell Coat Review and Style Ideas.  I love English country style and fashion.  I learned to sew years ago to copy Princess Diana's fashions.

Winter hutch
Mimi at 247 Mulberry Lane shared  Wordless Wednesday where she just took photos of her cozy January decor

Vintage ribbonwork pillows
Liz at The Porcelain Rose shared: Divine-Ruffles, Lace and Ribbonwork.  Where she shared her gorgeous vintage pillow collection.


I am really lucky to have all of your amazing posts because, it is you who make the Home Sweet Home party so special!  You are all so talented and share such wonderful posts! Thank you to everyone who joins me at Home Sweet Home!  It is wonderful to have you here!

Sherry

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Guidelines for Home Sweet Home Party: 
Attention: To link up you must have a permalink back to this party in your post or you won't be featured.
Link up anything from your home or garden.   I love seeing home tours and neat shops too!
My button for the party is under the button tab at the top of the blog, if you want to use it.   If you are new here I hope you will become a follower. Please don't link up more than two posts.  No Etsy link ups or direct advertising, please.  Please visit some of the other blogs and get some great inspiration.  Thanks.:)

Now let's see your beautiful home, delicious recipes, crafts, or whatever makes your home special!

 *If you are pinning a post submitted here, please pin from the original source.


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Potato Biscuits

Potato Biscuits: The Charm of Home
I was photographing tea this week with this vintage Rumford Baking Powder cookbook (1908) under the tea cup and I was noticing the potato biscuit recipe while I am editing photos. 

Potato Biscuits: The Charm of Home
It just so happens that I am allergic to all grains, all dairy, and nuts. So this recipe being the one I opened the cookbook to for the photo must have been a sign that I needed to try the recipe.

Potato Biscuits: The Charm of Home
I get to work and make the biscuits with all potatoes and potato flour.  There is no grains, dairy, or nuts in these at all. I was mildly impressed that they cut out pretty nicely and they hold together well while you manipulate the flour.  Not the experience I have had with other flour-less baking.

Potato Biscuits: The Charm of Home
They do bake up denser than flour.  Nothing but potatoes...but look at the texture when pulled apart!!  So flour-like, so bread-like, I am satisfied!  You have to realize I haven't had a piece of bread in my mouth for several years. The doctors shake their heads at me on my yearly check-ups. My blood pressure is great and my cholesterol amazing.  They shake their head as I remind them of my allergies.  "Oh yes, you have that "weird" problem."  None of them have any idea what to do with me.  I had to figure it out on my own.

Potato Biscuits: The Charm of Home
So for those oddballs of us out there that have autoimmune disorders and can't eat grains this one is for you.  Maybe someone will enjoy this recipe as much as I did.  

Potato Biscuits: The Charm of Home
Anytime you cook with potatoes either white or sweet I have found that the bottom of the baking will be browner than with flour.  

Potato Biscuits: The Charm of Home
But, that didn't keep me form enjoying the first biscuit I have had in my mouth for over five years.  I drizzled honey on every...last...bite. 
Ingredients:
1 large sized potato, peeled, boiled, and mashed
1 cup of potato flour
1  1/2 teaspoons Rumford aluminum free baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons lard
1 egg
about 1/2 cup potato water, from boiling (replaces milk)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Peel, chop, and boil your potato.  Then mash it making it free from lumps.  Add the flour, salt, baking powder, and potatoes. Stir in the lard and potato water.  Mix all with the egg and roll out of a potato floured surface.  Cut with biscuit cutter.  Bake on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 14-15 minutes.
Yield: 6 biscuits

Potato Biscuits: The Charm of Home
I am going to continue to search for recipes like this I can adapt and share with you.  I often do have the most luck baking from scratch and using vintage cookbooks.  They are the gold standard really in this modern time when food is hard to identify as food anymore.  
Other posts for those suffering with autoimmune disorders:


Potato Biscuits: The Charm of Home
This is one place to look where I have shared all of my healthy recipes.  They should all be dairy, grain, and nut free.  Look at the texture on that biscuit!  I am still excited about finding this recipe.  I actually took two of these biscuits and made hamburger buns with them.  That was a rare treat for me.
Happy baking! 

Sherry

Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm
Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 
Tickle My Taste Buds Tuesdays at Lori's Culinary Creations
Weekend Retreat Linky Party at AKA Design and Life
Foodie Friends Friday at Walking on Sunshine
Rooted in Thyme Simple and Sweet Fridays
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen  
Sunday's Down Under at Natasha in Oz   
What to Do Weekends at Shoestring Elegance
Idea Box Thursday at Mila's Little Things
Five Star Frugal at A Tray of Bliss

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