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What ho! I've invited a boat-load of Johnny Foreigners to afternoon tea.

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allhailtheaubergine Wed 15-Jun-11 08:46:35

I want to do a bloody brilliant English Afternoon Tea.

I have the time, the inclination and the cash to make it really good, and I'm not a bad cook so will be making the lot.

I thought this was just the sort of thing Mumsnet would be perfect for advising on (and bickering over whether the milk goes in first).


Victoria sponge?
Cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off?
China cups and saucers?

C4ro Wed 15-Jun-11 08:49:54

Scones with proper thick clotted cream and strawberry jam.
Dainty cups of earl or lady grey tea
Definitely cucumber sandwiches (or nice cheddar and marmite if they are forren for a bit of a challenge!)

allhailtheaubergine Wed 15-Jun-11 08:51:54

Scones with sultanas or without?

C4ro Wed 15-Jun-11 08:53:15

I'd do plain ones but you could split the batch of mix and do both.

belgo Wed 15-Jun-11 08:54:54

Clotted cream isn;t usually popular with foreigners - I would go for the Victoria sponge.

allhailtheaubergine Wed 15-Jun-11 08:56:24

Doubt I'll find clotted cream over here anyway. In fact I'll be lucky to find fresh cream - have seen it occasionally but usually can only get Elmlea or UHT.

acatcalledbob Wed 15-Jun-11 08:56:37

Scones without sultanas for cream tea please! Also egg and cress sandwiches and proper darjeeling tealeaves (earl grey in the mornings)

belgo Wed 15-Jun-11 08:59:15

egg mayonnaise and cress sandwiches.

Which country are you in? In Belgium? <hopeful for an invite>

FrumpyPumpy Wed 15-Jun-11 08:59:45

Finger sandwiches, no crusts, with cucumber... Also Nice Ham ones. Maybe some rare roast beef with horseradish.
A poached salmon?
Strawberries and cream?

Gah! Starving!!

Xiaoxiong Wed 15-Jun-11 13:53:31

It is with Americans belgo...clotted cream, fact the last time I was in Boston, Rhodda's was on sale in the local fancy imported food deli.

belgo Wed 15-Jun-11 14:13:36

Hope it goes well!

TrillianAstra Wed 15-Jun-11 14:16:07

Is it any particular foreigners who don't like clotted cream belgo? <curious>

C4ro Wed 15-Jun-11 14:29:00

belgo I'm also curious who doesn't like CC- from my experience the Dutch and Austrians I hang out with love the stuff! Is it China that they don't like dairy/ cheese and things?

Still think you should give them marmite, probably on toast soldiers with a dippy egg <knows that is not high tea but likes it anyway>

belgo Wed 15-Jun-11 14:37:59

Just the impression I have from speaking to lots of non-brits.

pirateparty Wed 15-Jun-11 14:44:13

Hugh F-W had a 'recipe' of how to make cucumber sandwiches 'correctly' in the Observer or Sat Guardian magazine if you're interested?!

And def no raisins in cream tea scones (so speaks the wife of a Cornish man!)

TrillianAstra Wed 15-Jun-11 15:04:22

HFW cucumber sandwiches

LordOfTheFlies Wed 15-Jun-11 16:40:05

Cheese scones (Delia recipie) with Philly and cucumber and tomato (I don't like butter)

At Kew Gdns Orangery I had toast spread with honey,cinnamon and brown sugar then popped under grill.
Their cake was so thinly sliced it was early see-throughshock
Millionaire shortbread

ComradeJing Wed 15-Jun-11 17:13:58

<hopes allhail is in Beijing>

Without for scones please.
UHt cream will be fine tho obv not clotted cream perfect.
Poached/smoked salmon on brown bread with butter and lemon
Cucumber sandwiches
Egg sandwiches
Victoria sponge
Lemon drizzle cake or some other slice cake. Maybe a Ginger one spread with butter?

motherinferior Wed 15-Jun-11 17:18:00

Marmite sandwiches, surely?

allhailtheaubergine Wed 15-Jun-11 17:23:36


Thanks everyone.

Yes, of course, a slice cake. I have a wonderful dense ginger cake recipe somewhere too - I think it uses fresh ginger.

Thank you for the cucumber sanger link.

I think I will dpo marmite sandwiches too, just for everyone's reaction!

Sorry though, am not in China or Belgium. You're welcome to scoot down to Oman though if you really need a scone smile

pointydog Wed 15-Jun-11 17:24:50

Mini meringues with cream and raspberries.

QueenofDreams Wed 15-Jun-11 17:25:01

oi oi people I'm a Jonny Foreigner and I love a good cream tea! (clotted cream is yum)

Slubberdegullion Wed 15-Jun-11 17:25:49

No sultanas in the scones.

Deffo VSC

Maybe some macaroons or eclairs?

Grockle Wed 15-Jun-11 17:26:29

Scones with raisins (that's how it's done in Dorset) but also some without
Finger sandwiches with:egg and cress, cream cheese & cucumber, smoked salmon
Assortment of little cakes - victoria sandwich, battenburg & last time we went out for Afternoon tea, they did mini eclairs & meringues.

motherinferior Wed 15-Jun-11 17:28:29

Eclairs have a touch of the French, though, Slubber. Choux pastry surely veers into patisserie?

Cheese scones?

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