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, we have made-but I haven’t gone through them as quickly as I hoped.
When we completed The Magician’s Nephew,The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; and A Horse and His Boy; we moved on to book four, Prince Caspian. This book is one of my favorites in the series as I love Prince Caspian (although the Disney film version is horrible). Like A Horse and His Boy, this book did not mention a lot of specific foods, so we planned whatever we wanted to make.
As I wasn’t in charge of this book, there will be no discussion questions, just recipes.
The first week we had Apple Cinnamon Scones: Salmon Radish Cucumber Canapés, Cinnamon Bread-Honey-Cheese-Apple and Ham Sandwiches, Kellogg’s Cheese Potato Crisps, and Applesauce Cake; all paired with Caroline’s Coffee Roaster Princess Earl Grey (as we needed to have some royal-tea).
The next week we had lavender flowering tea, Irish Soda Bread, Tuna Salad, Twice Baked Potatoes, carrot soup, and Quaker Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate Chips.
I originally wanted to make the Teatime Magazine twice baked mice potatoes in honor of Reepicheep entering the story; but when I went to the market they were all out of the small potatoes and I had to buy larger ones. I will attempt this recipe again, with small potatoes, and try to make them as nice
- 1 (24-ounce) bag small red potatoes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1¾ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
- ½ cup finely grated sharp Cheddar cheese
- 6 tablespoons sour cream
- 1 tablespoon whole milk
- 24 (2½x⅛-inch) slices green onion, green parts only
- 24 sliced almonds, lightly toasted
- 2 black olives, finely chopped
- Preheat oven to 425°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, toss potatoes with oil and 1 teaspoon salt. Place potatoes on prepared baking sheet.
- Bake until tender when pierced with a fork, approximately 18 minutes. Let cool on pan on a wire cooling rack.
- Reduce oven temperature to 375°.
- Using a sharp knife, cut 12 potatoes in half lengthwise. Peel and discard skins from remaining potatoes. Transfer peeled potatoes to a medium bowl.
- Using a ¼ teaspoon, scoop a small well from potato halves, adding pulp from wells to bowl with whole, peeled potatoes. Using a fork, slightly mash whole, peeled potatoes. Add cheese, sour cream, and remaining ¾ teaspoon salt. Beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Add milk, beating until incorporated (mixture will be thick). Transfer mixture to a piping bag fitted with an open-star tip (Wilton #4B).
- Pipe potato mixture back and forth into potato shells. Return filled potato shells to baking sheet.
- Bake until warmed through, 15 to 20 minutes. Let potatoes cool to room temperature.
- In a medium bowl full of cold water, place 2½-inch-long green onion slices to curl for tails. Blot dry on paper towels just before using.
- To create whiskers, using a sharp knife, gently cut a slit at each end of ¾-inch-long green onion slices.
- On each potato, gently press into place 2 almond slices for ears. Using tweezers, place 2 olive bits for eyes, green onion whiskers, and a green onion tail. Serve within an hour.
Notes: Potatoes can be prepared and filled up to 3 days ahead, let cool completely, place in an airtight container, and refrigerate. Up to 2 hours before serving, warm filled potatoes in a 375° oven. Let cool before decorating as mice.
So I did try to turn my large potatoes into large mice, but it just didn’t work out. Instead I had to admit defeat and just make regular twice baked potatoes.
These were delicious and like I said above, I plan on making them again. And even though they were not boiled, I do think Mr. Collins would have enjoyed them too.
For more from our Books, Tea, and the Trinity tea times, go to Applesauce Cake
For more potato recipes, go to Cheese Potato Crisps
For more Teatime Magazine recipes, go to Brisket and Slaw Roulades
For more recipes, go to Rice Krispies Chocolate Chip Cookies
For more tea posts, go to Spill the Tea: There & Back Again Cafe