Books, Tea, and the Trinity: Hummus and Veggie Sandwiches

Back in 2020, some friends and I started a Tea Party/Bible Study/Book Club. We met every Wednesday and worked our way through the Chronicles of Narnia and are currently working through the Lorien Legacies. When we started I resolved to share all the recipes, but have fallen behind in posting. Instead of having the book we are reading through at the front of the recipe, I’m changing it to be our tea group’s name: Books, Tea, and the Trinity. 

After we finished The Magician’s Nephew and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; the next book in the series was A Horse and His Boy. This book was a bit harder to plan recipes as it didn’t have as many starting off points as The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, but that also meant we could make whatever we wanted to. 

For the first week we had Cederberg Tea Co. Classic Red and Red Chai Tea. We also had Apple Cinnamon Scones, Heirloom Tomato Tarts with Basil, and a Healthy Waldorf Salad.

The second week we had veggies and Greek Yogurt Dip, Teatime Magazine’s Red Pepper Triple Stack SandwichesZuppa Toscana, and Chocolate Covered Strawberries; with Vanilla Rooibos Tea

The third week we had Tea Time Magazines’ Sweet Cream Scones, Homemade Strawberry Preserves, Tea Time Magazines Egg Salad and Cherry Tomatoes Sandwiches, Hummus and Veggie Sandwiches, Empanadas, and Chocolate Chip Cookies; with Celestial Tea Devonshire Breakfast Tea.

This recipe comes from Simple Veganista

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices of bread
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup hummus
  • leafy greens of choice
  • 1 tomato, thinly sliced
  • 1 cucumber, thinly sliced lengthwise and cut to width of bread
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 1/4 onion, thinly sliced
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions:

  1. Slice the veggies
  2. Spread hummus on one slice of bread.
  3. Layer with the leafy greens, tomato, cucumber, red bell pepper, and onion.
  4. Sprinkle with salt & fresh cracked pepper.
  5. Slice in half and enjoy!

I love veggies and hummus so I loved these sandwiches. Not only were they delicious, but you can add or subtract any vegetables you like when making them.

And food to go with.

For more from our Books, Tea, and the Trinity tea times, go to Egg Salad and Cherry Tomatoes Sandwiches

For more sandwich recipes, go to Red Pepper Triple Stack Sandwiches

For more recipes, go to Sweet Cream Scones

For more tea posts, go to Healthy Waldorf Salad

Jane Austen Children’s Stories: Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey (Jane Austen Children’s Stories #5) by Jane Austen, adapted by Gemma Barder

If you’ve been following me, you know that I love to brainwash share my love of Jane Austen with my nieces and my friends’ children.

So any time I spot a children’s book that has to do with Jane Austen, I try and purchase it to gift to them and hopefully influence spark a love of Jane Austen in them.

One day I was on Amazon when this Jane Austen Children’s Stories series came across my book recommendations. This series takes the text of Jane Austen and adapts it for children who are reading on their own and want something longer than a beginning reader, but not quite ready for a thick chapter books. Each novel has easy to read text, illustrations, but at the same time still retain the plot of the original novels.

The recommended age for this series is 7-10 years old. The series has adapted Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Love and Friendship. You can buy them individually at ~$7 a paperback (hardcover is ~$12 per book) or in a set of all seven in paperback form (plus a journal) for ~$27.

Northanger Abbey was the first of Jane Austen’s books to be written and is a parody of gothic novels and a satire on society. In the story Catherine Morland is a minister’s daughter who loves to read and has an overactive imagination. She is asked to accompany family friends to Bath and while there her life becomes a bit like a novel as she meets the mysterious Tilney family, and the. delightful and handsome Mr. Tilney. She also has another less moral man vying for her affections, Mr. Thorpe. She is later given an opportunity to stay with the Tilneys in their home, Northanger Abbey, and while there wonders if there is a dark secret on the premises. Catherine begins investigating but is there really a mystery or has her overactive imagination just struck again?

I thought the adaption was very well done as it reminded me a lot of the Great Illustrated Classics series I used to read when I was a child, but geared for a slightly younger age. They kept the plot of the book, but removed some of the language or plot points that would sail over a elementary aged child’s head.

I also enjoyed the illustrations, well…except for the men’s outfits, they were not accurate.

I love the way they drew General Tilney. Look how sour he is, there is no doubt that General Tilney is an unpleasant man. Just look at his face.

I really enjoyed it, and I’m hoping my 10 year old cousin, who I purchased it for, will love it as well (fingers crossed). If you are looking for Jane Austen for an elementary schooled child in your life, then I definitely recommend giving this series a read.

For more Jane Austen children’s books, go to Jane Austen (Little People, BIG DREAMS)

For more on Northanger Abbey book adaptations, go to Jane in Love

For more on Northanger Abbey, go to What’s a Girl To Do When Your Parents Won’t Allow You to Live Your Gothic Dreams?

Books, Tea, and the Trinity: Egg Salad and Cherry Tomatoes Sandwiches

Back in 2020, some friends and I started a Tea Party/Bible Study/Book Club. We met every Wednesday and worked our way through the Chronicles of Narnia and are currently working through the Lorien Legacies. When we started I resolved to share all the recipes, but have fallen behind in posting. Instead of having the book we are reading through at the front of the recipe, I’m changing it to be our tea group’s name: Books, Tea, and the Trinity.

After we finished The Magician’s Nephew and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; the next book in the series was A Horse and His Boy. This book was a bit harder to plan recipes as it didn’t have as many starting off points as The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, but that also meant we could make whatever we wanted to. 

For the first week we had Cederberg Tea Co. Classic Red and Red Chai Tea. We also had Apple Cinnamon Scones, Heirloom Tomato Tarts with Basil, and a Healthy Waldorf Salad.

The second week we had veggies and Greek Yogurt Dip, Teatime Magazine’s Red Pepper Triple Stack SandwichesZuppa Toscana, and Chocolate Covered Strawberries; with Vanilla Rooibos Tea

The third week we had Tea Time Magazines’ Sweet Cream Scones, Homemade Strawberry Preserves, Tea Time Magazines Egg Salad and Cherry Tomatoes Sandwiches, Hummus and Veggie Sandwiches, Empanadas, and Chocolate Chip Cookies; with Celestial Tea Devonshire Breakfast Tea.

This recipe comes from Tea Time Magazine.

Ingredients:

  • 6 slices firm white bread
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 to 2 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 hardboiled eggs
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped green onion
  • 1 to 2 lettuce leaves, finely shredded
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • Salt, to taste
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • Watercress (Can substitute with cilantro)

Instructions

  1. With a serrated knife, trim and discard crusts from each bread slice.
  2. Butter one side of each slice; set aside.
  3. Cut tomatoes in half and scoop out flesh and seeds; dice tomatoes.
  4. In a medium bowl, mash eggs.
  5. Stir in tomatoes, onion, lettuce, mayonnaise, salt, and pepper until smooth.
  6. Spread a thick layer of egg mixture onto buttered side of each bread slice. Top with watercress and cover with the remaining bread slices, butter side down, to make 3 sandwiches.
  7. With a serrated knife, cut each sandwich diagonally into 4 triangles. Serve immediately or cover with a damp tea towel or paper towels and refrigerate until ready to serve.

These were absolutely delicious and a great twist on egg salad if you are looking for something new. I’ve made them several times since and I love them.

And some yummy tea sandwiches on a plate.

For more from our Books, Tea, and the Trinity tea times, go to Sweet Cream Scones

For more sandwich recipes, go to Red Pepper Triple Stack Sandwiches

For more Egg Salad recipes, go to Curried Egg Salad Triple Stacks Sandwiches

For more Tea Time Magazine Recipes, go to Radish Ruffle Canapés

For more recipes, go to Healthy Waldorf Salad

For more tea posts, go to Apple Cinnamon Scones

Quaintly & Co’s Jane Austen Themed Box Review (September 2021)

“The ‘Jane Austen’ Box

Love British Lifestyle goes back in time to revisit one of Britain’s best loved authors!

Snuggle up in September with our delightful Jane Austen Box, inspired by the Jane Austen Festival held annually in the beautiful city of Bath where the author based a good many of her novels. Sign up this Wednesday for your next box of Austen-inspired treats and literary gifts, alongside our curated guide to British period living and the history of Bath itself. This is always one of our most popular annual themes… don’t miss it!

I have wanted to try several different subscription boxes, but so far my experiences with the ones I have ordered have not been favorable. Every time I order a box I tend to like only one or two items, while the rest of it are things I don’t really like or can see myself using, and I end up giving them away.

Quaintly & Co was one such subscription box I have had my eye on for quite a while as their past Poldark, Cornwall, London, Outlander, and prior Jane Austen boxes have all looked amazing!

Last year I decided to take the plunge and purchased the London Lifestyle box. While it wasn’t what I was expecting, there ended up being only two items in the box that I didn’t really care for; and I loved the little book that had information and word games on London. When I saw that the following month they were doing a Jane Austen themed box, I decided to purchase that one as well.

This was a September box, but as I live in California, I didn’t get the box until mid-October, (which I had expected as my August box didn’t arrive until mid September.)

When ordering the boxes you have the option of a classic box which is 6 items at £32.99 before taxes (+ shipping and handling) or a Quintessential box of 10 items at £59.99 before taxes (+ shipping and handling). I chose the first as I was still a bit hesitant if I would like what I would receive. My box arrived and contained:

  1. A Signare Tapestry Bag: Brown and in an oak motif inspired by a coat belonging to Jane Austen £14.00
  2. Lady Austen Tea Sampler: A version of Earl Grey with French lavender and cornflower petals £3.00
  3. A Feather Quill Pen: Feather pen designed in the style of William Morris in the 1800s £6.00
  4. Magnetic Bookmark: Features a drawing of Jane Austen and a quote. £3.50
  5. Greeting Card: Features a quote from Sense and Sensibility (1995)
  6. A Booklet on Jane Austen
  7. Bonus Items: Shore and Sweet Biscuits, two kinds (Not included on the official “What’s in the Box!” List but was in the box.)
  • Signare Tapestry Bag: The Signare Tapestry Bag was nice, but I didn’t really care for it, as I have a lot of those small bags already, and I ended up giving it to my niece who collects them.
  • Lady Austen Tea Sampler: The Lady Austen Tea Sampler contained 4 teabags, and I enjoyed it as I love Earl Grey tea. However, Tiesta Tea, makes a similar Earl Grey with lavender and cornflowers that I prefer. I loved the biscuits and ate them immediately with my first cup of tea.
  • Feather Quill Pen: The feather quill pen is cute and I enjoy using it. It is probably my favorite thing in the box.
  • Magnetic Bookmark Featuring a Jane Austen Quote: The bookmark was cute and useful, I actually really appreciate the fact that they went with Mansfield Park instead of Pride and Prejudice, it’s nice seeing one of her lesser known/loved books getting the spotlight.
  • Greeting Card: The card was nice as well, and I sent it to the next person on the Flat Jane list when I mailed Flat Jane.
  • Booklet on Jane Austen: The booklet of information on Jane Austen was item I really liked. It had Jane Austen trivia, information on what to do in Bath in the fall (when they have the Jane Austen festival), a biography on Jane Austen, and a a brief overview of the Jane Austen festival. At the end is an ad for Signare

As a whole this was an okay box, however, as I live in the USA I get to see the information from customs on the different items in the box. With inflation as what it was, I’m paying extra for everything from $2-12 more. I probably wouldn’t order another, especially as I can order similar things stateside for cheaper.

But if I lived in England I think I would order this again, or have a subscription as the items weren’t bad and I do often use half of them, and I did use two right away.

For more Jane Austen products, go to MadsenCreations’ New “Spring” Jane Austen Items!

For more Jane Austen product reviews, go to Jane Austen Runs My Life Holiday Gift Guide: Jane Austen Products

Books, Tea, and the Trinity: Sweet Cream Scones

Back in 2020, some friends and I started a Tea Party/Bible Study/Book Club. We met every Wednesday and worked our way through the Chronicles of Narnia and are currently working through the Lorien Legacies. When we started I resolved to share all the recipes, but have fallen behind in posting. Instead of having the book we are reading through at the front of the recipe, I’m changing it to be our tea group’s name: Books, Tea, and the Trinity.

After we finished The Magician’s Nephew and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; the next book in the series was A Horse and His Boy. This book was a bit harder to plan recipes as it didn’t have as many starting off points as The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, but that also meant we could make whatever we wanted to.

For the first week we had Cederberg Tea Co. Classic Red and Red Chai Tea. We also had Apple Cinnamon Scones, Heirloom Tomato Tarts with Basil, and a Healthy Waldorf Salad.

The second week we had veggies and Greek Yogurt Dip, Teatime Magazine’s Red Pepper Triple Stack Sandwiches, Zuppa Toscana, and Chocolate Covered Strawberries; with Vanilla Rooibos Tea

The third week we had Tea Time Magazines’ Sweet Cream Scones, Homemade Strawberry Preserves, Tea Time Magazines Egg Salad and Cherry Tomatoes Sandwiches, Hummus and Veggie Sandwiches, Empanadas, and Chocolate Chip Cookies; with Celestial Tea Devonshire Breakfast Tea.

This first recipe comes from Tea Time Magazine, but the preserves a friend made. As it was an experiment in making the preserves, I unfortunately don’t have a recipe to share for it.

Ingredients:

  • 3½ cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 3 ounces cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • ¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon cold heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Garnish: confectioners’ sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Using a pastry blender or 2 forks, cut butter into flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in flour mixture.
  5. In a medium bowl, whisk together ¾ cup cream and egg.
  6. Pour cream mixture into well in flour mixure. Using a fork, stir together until a dough begins to form.
  7. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface, and knead gently until dough comes together. Shape dough into a round.
  8. Using a rolling pin, roll out dough to a 1-inch thickness. Using a 2¾-inch round cutter dipped in flour, cut 10 scones from dough.
  9. Place scones 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Brush tops of scones with remaining 1 tablespoon cream.
  10. Bake until tops of scones are golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Serve warm.
  11. Garnish tops of scones with a dusting of confectioners’ sugar, if desired.

These were absolutely delicious and a perfect addition to our tea. I would definitely make them again.

And eat scones!

For more from our Books, Tea, and the Trinity tea times, go to Red Pepper Triple Stack Sandwiches

For more TeaTime Magazine Recipes, go to Radish Ruffle Canapés

For more scones, go to Apple Cinnamon Scones

For more recipes, go to Healthy Waldorf Salad

For more tea posts, go to Spill the Tea: Caroline’s Coffee Roaster