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

Non-Austen Reads for Austen Readers: Ella Enchanted

Happy Mother’s Day!

For those who are celebrating, I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day. To honor my mother, today’s book was a recommendation from my mother. I am always thankful for her patience toward my obstinacy.

Non-Austen Reads for Austen Readers is something I started a while back for fans of Jane Austen who are looking for something to read.

There are Jane Austen’s works and numerous variations, but while those adapts are fun, sometimes you don’t always want to read the same story. You want Austen-like works, but something different. But what can you read instead?

That’s why I started this series. I will be reviewing books that have the things we love about the Austen novels, but are not another retelling.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

A few years ago I reviewed Ella Enchanted as part of my 30 Day Challenge: Literature Loves (something I ended up running out of time to finish but will one day complete. I think I’m only short two books). And at the time it made me think of Pride and Prejudice, well at least Prince Char made me think of Mr. Darcy.

I always meant to write a post about how it reminded me of elements of Jane Austen, but I ended up forgetting all about it as I was sidetracked by other reviews and life. You know how it goes…

My life motto right there…

But now not only do I have this new series to put it under, Non-Austen Reads for Austen Readers but I also have reread it and decided it’s finally time to finish the post I drafted three years ago.

If you are interested in a full synopsis/review of this book and why I love it, then you should check out my post: At Midnight, Your Coach Will Become a Pumpkin Again, and the Animals Will Regain Their Original Shape Until Your Next Ball: Ella Enchanted.

But for those who do no want to go to a separate post, I’ll do a quick synopsis. Ella Enchanted is a retelling of Cinderella and one of my favorite retellings.

In Ella Enchanted, Ella is “blessed”, really cursed, with obedience. She must always do what someone tells her to do, it is physically impossible for her to deny an order. This has made life really hard for her, as she struggled to make the best of her situation. Ella has a sharp mind and tongue, her words sometimes being the only thing that can get her through some days.

Ella’s mother dies at a young age and Ella is raised by her father, who does not really care about her, but himself and status more. She is sent away to finishing school where she is controlled by two girls who discover her secret, Hattie and Olive.

Ella escapes finishing school and charms ogres, reunites with the Prince (who she earlier befriended), and discovers that her father has lost his fortune and plans to remarry. Not only is the horrible woman Mum Olga going to be her stepmother, but her stepsisters are going to be the terrible Hattie and Olga. When these ladies discover Sir Peter’s lack of finances, they poor their angry into ordering Ella about. Will Ella survive life with these horrible ladies? And will she ever discover a way to break the curse?

This book has action, adventure, romance, and more. I highly recommend it.

Or 10th, 50th, 100th….

But why do I recommend this book to Jane Austen fans? First of all Ella reminds me of Elizabeth Bennet and Emma Woodhouse. All three women are beautiful, witty, from a life of privilege, and brave enough to face on people head to head. But while they are all witty and intelligent, they all tend to act rashly and make decisions that make things difficult for them later on. All of these ladies: Ella, Elizabeth, and Emma; tend to make quick judgements, like to be right, and can have issues with humility.

Areida, Ella’s only friend from finishing school, is extremely sweet and caring, just like Jane Bennet. Areida is bullied at finishing school as her family isn’t wealthy and she has an accent as she is from Ayortha. However, when one of the mean girls who likes to humiliate Areida becomes ill, Areida stays up all night to take care of her. That is such a Jane Bennet thing to do.

Sir Stephen is one of Prince Char’s knights, and while he isn’t in the book long; the way he talks about his dogs reminds me of Sir John. Both men are kind, sweet, and absolutely love their hounds.

Sir Peter, Ella’s father, is extremely similar to General Tilney. He is not a kind man, and only cares about wealth and status. Both men will eagerly trade their children’s happiness to achieve what they want. Like General Tilney, Sir Peter can pretend to be kind and charming to woo a rich woman, in order to gain the wealth and status he desires.

General Tilney

The step family of Olga, Hattie, and Olive remind me of the Elliot’s from Persuasion: Sir Walter Elliot, Elizabeth Elliot, and Mary (Elliot) Musgrove. Like Sir Walter, Dame Olga only cares about status, looks, and having the right presence in society. Hattie and Olive both love to use Ella and have her take care of everything, slowly sucking the soul out of her; just like how Elizabeth and Mary treat Anne. Hattie and Elizabeth only care about themselves and are constantly putting down their sisters. Like Mary, Olive constantly wants attention and likes it whine about how she has the short end of the stick, compares her life to her sisters. When Anne is with her sisters she is often treated as a servant, the same stays that Hattie and Olive downgrade Ella to.

And last, but not least as he is the one that inspired this post: Char. Char reminds me of Mr. Darcy. While Char is full of responsibilities, having been taught at a young age how to be and how his actions reflect on the kingdom (just like Mr. Darcy and Pemberley), they also both share the same characteristic of “when their opinion is lost it is lost forever.”

mr-darcytemperopinion

However, this sentiment does not apply to the woman they care for.

And while Char can be open and fun, he tends to be closed off when he is with people he doesn’t know and only really shows his true self to a select full-like Darcy with Bingley, Elizabeth, Colonel Fitzwilliam, etc. Char also loves and cares for his younger sister, just like Darcy.

It’s one of my favorites and I strongly recommend it.

For more Non-Austen Reads for Austen Readers, go to Catherine Morland’s Reading List: Secrets of the Heart

For more Mother’s Day posts, go to Book Club Picks: Julie

For more on Ella Enchanted, go to At Midnight, Your Coach Will Become a Pumpkin Again, and the Animals Will Regain Their Original Shape Until Your Next Ball: Ella Enchanted

For more fairy tales, go to Once Upon a Time There Were Three Sisters…

Books, Tea, and the Trinity: Red Pepper Triple Stack 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 since then have decided to rework these posts. 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 plan 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 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

This recipe comes from Teatime Magazine’s Teatime Celebrations edition of their magazine.

Ingredients:

  • 1 8-Oz Package of Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon of dried Italian Seasoning
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Onion Powder
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper (they recommend canned red peppers, but I prefer fresh)
  • 9 Slices of very thin wheat bread

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese with a mixer at medium-high-speed until creamy.
  2. Add Italian seasoning, garlic salt, onion powder, and black pepper; beating until combined.
  3. Chop two tablespoons of red bell pepper and add to cream cheese mixture, stirring to combine.
  4. Spread a generous amount of cream cheese mixture onto two slices of bread and then stack them on top of each other; cheese side up.
  5. Top with a third slice of bread.
  6. Repeat. If the bread is too thick, you can just use two slices instead of three.
  7. Using a serrated bread knife in a gentle sawing motion, trim and discard crusts from sandwiches.
  8. Cut each sandwich into threes.
  9. Cut the remaining bell pepper into hearts, too the sandwiches with them.

Delicious!

For more from our Books, Tea, and the Trinity tea times, go to Healthy Waldorf Salad

For more sandwich recipes, go to Eating Well’s Radish Tea Sandwiches

For more recipes, go to Apple Cinnamon Scones

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