Books, Tea, and the Trinity: Pepper Teigen’s Thai Sweet Chili Tea 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 Chronicles of Prydain. When we started I resolved to share all the recipes, but I couldn’t keep up and that’s why I’m still two years behind (but I’m catching up!) All recipes are now going to be titled Books, Tea, and the Trinity.

After we finished The Magician’s Nephew, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; A Horse and His Boy, and Prince Caspian; the next book was The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

We continued our discussion of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. The first week we had Golden Tip Lapsang Souchang tea, Dragon Cheddar Scones, Roast Beef and Watercress Sandwiches, Bacon Lettuce and Tomato Tea Sandwiches, Pizza Balls, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies.

The second week we didn’t have anything homemade, but the third week we had Thai Green Milk Tea: Grandpa’s Favorite Thai White Tea; Blueberry Scones, Cranberry Feta Pinwheels, Pepper Teigen’s Thai Sweet Chili Tea Sandwiches; Cranberry, Cream Cheese, and Turkey Pinwheels; Lemon Squash; and Salami Wrapped Parmesan Cheese.

And food to go with.

This recipe comes from The Pepper Thai Cookbook: Family Recipes from Everyone’s Favorite Thai Mom by Pepper Teigen and Garrett Snyder. My sister and I really enjoyed this book as it had wonderful recipes and all were catered toward making Thai cooking easy for someone starting out along with what you can substitute with if you are unable to find certain ingredients. We also enjoyed reading about Pepper Teigen’s thoughts on life, food, and family. I recommend it if you like Thai food and cooking.

Ingredients:

  • 6 slices soft white bread or potato bread
  • 6 tbsp. (3 oz.) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 5 tbsp. Thai chili jam (nam prik pao) or 4 tbsp. chile crisp
  • ½ English cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced crosswise
  • Cilantro leaves
  • Kosher or flaky salt

Instructions:

  1. Place the bread slices on the counter.
  2. Divide the cream cheese evenly among three of the bread slices—use as much as you need so there’s a good blanket on the bread.
  3. Spread the chili jam onto the other three slices.
  4. Top the cream cheese side with cucumber slices, a few sprigs of cilantro, and a sprinkle of salt.
  5. Place the slice with chili jam on top and gently press together.
  6. Trim off the crusts (see note, below) and cut each sandwich into thirds crosswise.
  7. Place on a fancy platter and serve with your favorite tea.
  8. Note: While cutting off the crusts of the bread is a must, that doesn’t mean you have to throw those scraps away, says Teigen. Toast them in the oven for a few minutes until crunchy, then grind them in a blender and voilà, instant bread crumbs.

These were so delicious! Eaten immediately! I highly recommend.

For more from our Books, Tea, and the Trinity tea times, go to Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato Tea Sandwiches

For more sandwich recipes, go to Roast Beef & Watercress Tea Sandwiches

For more recipes, go to How to Throw a Valentea Party

For more tea posts, go to Dragon Cheddar and Tomato Scones

The Magician’s Nephew: Melt-in-Your-Mouth Buttermilk Chocolate Cookies

So every Wednesday, starting in October, I have been a part of a Tea Party/Bible Study/Book Club on The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis. This is different from my book club and the Book Club Picks I have been reviewing (and desperately need to catch up on). This week we had Cinnamon Bun Scones, Curry Egg Salad Triple Stack Sandwiches, Savory Beef Hand Pies, Cranberry Feta Pinwheels, and Melt-in-Your-Mouth Buttermilk Chocolate Cookies.

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I though it would be able to post these faster, but I have really fallen behind and I’m trying hard to catch up though!

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And food to go with.

I had made something and I had all this buttermilk left over and nothing I could think of to do with it. So I started looking around online for a recipe. The only thing I could find that wasn’t too time consuming and I had all the ingredients for was Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen’s Melt-in-Your-Mouth Buttermilk Chocolate Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dark chocolate baking chips (or another cup of chocolate chips)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Line a baking sheet. (I used foil).
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.
  4. In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter.
  5. While the butter is still warm, add the cocoa powder to the butter and whisk until smooth.
  6. Then whisk in sugar, vanilla extract, and buttermilk.
  7. Gradually add the flour mixture and stir until no streaks of flour remain.
  8. Gently stir in the chocolate chips.
  9. Drop dough by heaping tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving a few inches in between each cookie to allow for spread.
  10. Bake for 10-14 minutes, or until cookies are set around the edges.
  11. Cool for 3-5 minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack.

These were delicious and I just know I’ll be making them again when I have leftover buttermilk; such as after I make my Irish Soda Bread.

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For more from The Magician’s Nephew Tea Party/Book Club, go to Savory Beef Hand Pies

For more recipes, go to Cinnamon Bun Scones

For more cookie recipes, go to The Picture of Earl Grey Tea Cookies

For more desserts, go to Easy Fruit Tarts

For more tea posts, go to Brisket and Slaw Roulades

The Magician’s Nephew Tea Party/Book Club: Cranberry Feta Pinwheels

So every Wednesday, starting in October, I have been a part of a Tea Party/Bible Study/Book Club on The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis. This is different from my book club and the Book Club Picks I have been reviewing (and desperately need to catch up on). I also need to catch up on these recipes. Week four we had Tiesta Tea Victorian Earl Grey, Lavender and Earl Grey Scones, Chicken Salad Sandwiches, Hummus Tomato Salad, Cranberry Feta Pinwheels, and Triple Berry Salad.

I couldn’t share the recipes in October as I was in the middle of Horrorfest IX, so I am catching up and of course next is the pinwheels.

This recipe comes from Let’s Dish.

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup of Crumbled Feta Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup of Chopped Green Onions
  • 1 5-oz Package Dried Cranberries
  • 4 10-inch Tortillas

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl; combine the cream cheese, feta cheese, and green onion.
  2. Stir in the dried cranberries.
  3. Divide mixture evenly between the four tortillas. 
  4. Roll each tortilla up as tightly as you can and wrap in plastic wrap.
  5. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  6. Slice the rolled tortillas into 1-inch slices and serve.

This was delicious. We all loved them, and they were a great addition to our tea party. 

For more from The Magician’s Nephew Book Club/Tea Party/ Bible Study, go to Tomato Hummus Salad

For more tea posts, go to I Tried Madsen Creations’ Reusable Cloth Teabags

For more recipes, go to Lavender and Earl Grey Scones