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The art of reaching 89? Afternoon tea she says…

Happy birthday 

If you have read my blog before, you’ll know that two of my main inspirations are my Grandmothers, who may or may not always remember we’re not in 1945, but make me smile all the same.

Weekend brought one Grandmothers 89th birthday.

If that doesn’t scream “AFTERNOON TEA DEAR!” then I don’t know what does.

Plus, we had a special request that I don’t tend to see on the general Afternoon Tea menu:


What Grandmother wants, Grandmother has!

I guess someone of nearly ninety would tell you their secret to old age is a good night’s sleep, to never drink or smoke too much.

I’m beginning to think a little differently…

Gins all round!

On the menu:

Finger sandwiches

Fruit scones

Cheese scones

Rhubarb and vanilla jam tarts

Lemon curd cake squares



Rhubarb and vanilla jam-a taste of sweet Spring:

Rhubarb is in season right now and it’s utterly delicious! There was hoards of it at the market, and it”s such a lovely sight to see on a sunny Spring day.

250g chopped rhubarb

A vanilla pod

The juice of half a lemon

Half a teaspoon of finely chopped ginger

350g jam sugar

Place a plate in the fridge.

Soften the rhubarb in a large pan with the lemon juice, ginger and the seeds from the vanilla pod. Halve the pod and throw that in the pan too.

When the rhubarb is soft, pour in the sugar and stir until dissolved.

Turn the heat up to high and leave to bubble for 2 1\2 minutes.

Dab a little jam on to the plate that’s been cooling, and place it back in the fridge for 30 seconds. Push the jam with your finger and it should ripple. Pour in to a sterilise jar and leave to cool.

Lemon curd:

This recipe is from my other Grandmother’s cook book and it is delicious! Enough zing to wake a ninety year old lady up from her afternoon nap!

8oz butter

4oz sugar

the juice of 4 lemons

4 eggs whisked

Slowly melt the butter and sugar in a pan.

When melted, take off the heat and quickly whisk in the eggs. You must pour the eggs in slowly, but whisk quickly so you don’t get scrambled eggs!

Place back on a medium heat and stir in the lemon juice, and continue to stir until the mix begins to thicken.

Pour in to a sterilised jar and eat like a ninety year old woman with a very big spoon!

Half way through the afternoon tea, my Grandma looked at me and said “This is wonderful, thank you. This is how people used to have parties, “high tea” was how we did it.”

Then she giggled and popped a jam tart in her mouth.

Now isn’t that just pure happiness?

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