The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Tea Party/Book Club: Zuppa Toscana

So last October, every Wednesday, I have been a part of a Tea Party/Bible Study/Book Club. We started on The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis, and when we finished moved on to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. This is different from my book club and the Book Club Picks I have been reviewing (and desperately need to catch up on). 

Party time!

The second week we were inspired by the time Edmund spends with the White Witch. 

“Perhaps something hot to drink?” said the Queen. “Should you like that?”

Yes please, your Majesty,” said Edmund, whose teeth were chattering.

The Queen took from somewhere among her wrappings a very small bottle which looked as if it were made of copper. Then, holding out her arm, she let one drop fall from it on to the snow beside the sledge. Edmund saw the drop for a second in mid-air, shining like a diamond. But the moment it touched the snow there was a hissing sound and there stood a jewelled cup full of something that steamed. The Dwarf immediately took this and handed it to Edmund with a bow and a smile; not a very nice smile. Edmund felt much better as he began to sip the hot drink. It was something he had never tasted before, very sweet and foamy and creamy, and it warmed him right down to his toes.

‘It is dull, Son of Adam, to drink without eating,” said the Queen presently. “What would you like best to eat?”

‘Turkish Delight, please, your Majesty,” said Edmund.

The Queen let another drop fall from her bottle on to the snow, and instantly there appeared a round box, tied with green silk ribbon, which, when opened, turned out to contain several pounds of the best Turkish Delight. Each piece was sweet and light to the very centre and Edmund had never tasted anything more delicious. He was quite warm now, and very comfortable.

Of course as that only mentions one thing to eat, we ended up adding other recipes that sounded good. We decided to go with: Rose Petal and Green Tea, Rose Petal Earl Grey Tea, Blueberry Rose Petal Scones, Radish Ruffle Canapés, Zuppa Toscana Soup, Meatloaf, and Turkish Delight.

One thing I will be doing differently here than in my earlier posts, is that I will be sharing discussion questions that your group can discuss as you read and eat. I didn’t post discussion questions in the previous posts on The Magician’s Nephew, as I wasn’t in charge of that book. For discussion questions, click on this link.The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Discussion Questions Chapter 4-6.pdfDownload

This recipe comes from Slow Cooker Gourmet.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound Italian Sausage
  • ½ pound Yukon gold potatoes
  • ½ sweet yellow onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • Red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup frozen kale
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 pieces thick cut cooked bacon, chopped
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Add ground sausage to skillet over medium high heat and cook through.
  2. Transfer to slow cooker.
  3. Scrub and dice potatoes and add to slow cooker along with diced onion, garlic and red pepper flakes
  4. Add kale and chicken broth and cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8
  5. Stir in cream, cooked bacon and salt and pepper to taste

This soup was soooo good! I ate several bowls!

For more from our The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe teas, go to Radish Ruffle Canapés

For more recipes, go to Blueberry Rose Scones

For more soup recipes, go to Baked Potato Soup

For more tea posts, go to Honey French Toast

The Magician’s Nephew Tea Party/Book Club: Dark Chocolate Ginger Scones

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). The first week we had Cederberg Tea Company Rooibos + Ginger Tea, Cranberry-Spice Scones with Maple Cream, Tea Time Magazine’s Ham and Cheese Tea Sandwiches, Cucumber-Four Peppercorn Goat Cheese Canapés, Fotina & Pork Puffed Pastry, and Mini Apple Pies.

Now we are moving onto week two. We had Chami Spice Ginger Plum Tea, Dark Chocolate Ginger Scones, Curried Egg Salad Triple Stacks Sandwiches, Turkey Apple Sandwiches, Fotina Flower Pastry, and Lemon Gingerbread Cake.

I couldn’t share the recipes in October as I was in the middle of Horrorfst IX, so I am catching up and of course starting off our second dinner with scones.

This comes from With Spice

Tea first!

Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups and 1 Tbsp of Flour
  • 1/3 Cup of Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp of Baking Powder
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 Stick (1/2 Cup) Cold Unsalted Butter Cubed
  • 3/4 Cup of Crystallized Ginger, diced
  • 1/2 Cup of Bittersweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1.5 Cups of Heavy Cream, Cold
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1 Tbsp of Water

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and ground ginger until well combined.
  2. Add the butter and quickly rub it into the flour until it is small pea-sized pieces, or cut the butter using two knives or a pastry blender.
  3. Stir in ginger and chocolate chips.
  4. Make a small well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour the heavy cream.
  5. Using a fork, gently mix the cream and dry ingredients until it becomes a shaggy dough.
  6. In the bowl, knead the dough 6-8 times with your hands.
  7. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface, cut in half and gently shape into round balls.
  8. Roll the balls of dough into 7 inch round disks, sprinkling the dough with flour as needed to prevent it from sticking.
  9. If the dough wars up too much, put it in the freezer for a few minutes to keep the butter cold.
  10. Cut each circle into 6 wedges and place the scones on a parchment-lined baking sheet with about 2″ between them.
  11. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for 15 mins, and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  12. Beat together the egg, yolk, and water in a small bowl and using a pastry brush, lightly coat the tops of the scones.
  13. Bake the scones 15-18 minutes or until the tops and bottom are golden brown.

These were delicious, and if you like ginger you’ll love these.

And food to go with.

For more from The Magician’s Nephew Tea Party/Book Club, go to Mini Apple Pies

For more recipes, go to Tea Time Magazine’s Fotina & Pork Puffed Pastry

For more scones, go to Cranberry-Spice Scones with Maple Cream

For more tea posts, go to Tea Time Magazine’s Ham and Cheese Tea Sandwiches

Brown Sugar and Cream Cheese Scones

So last weekend I had a tea party with my friend and sister.

I wanted to share this amazing Golden Tip Lapsang Souchong tea from Crafted Leaf Teas. I got us chocolate biscuits, made Cucumber and Chicken Salad sandwiches, and for dessert the Triple Berry Salad

And then it came time for the scones. The previous recipes were ones I had made before, but for the scones I wanted to try something new. My friend had bought me a subscription to a tea magazine for my birthday, the first magazine being on Teatime Celebrations, and I thought I would try one of its recipes. You know me and holidays!

So I was flipping through the magazine and I had a hard time choosing between Brown Sugar and Cream Cheese Scones from Mardi Gras teatime and Cranberry Spice Scones with Maple Cream from Autumnal Harvest Tea. I eventually decided on Brown Sugar and Cream Cheese Scones with plans to make the cranberry ones at a later date.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of All-Purpose Flours
  • 1/3 Cup of Firmly Packed Light Brown Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/4 Cup of Cold Salted Butter, Cubed
  • 3 Ounces Cream Cheese, Cubed
  • 3/4 Cup plus two tablespoons of cold Heavy Whipping Cream, divided
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • Garnish: Turbinado Sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl: whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Using a pastry blender or two forks, cut in cold butter until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  5. Add cream cheese, stirring to combine, but leave in cubes.
  6. In a small bowl, stir together 3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon of cold cream and vanilla extract.
  7. Add the mixture into the flour mix, until it is evenly moist. (If dough seems dry, add more cream-1 tablespoon at a time).
  8. Working gently, bring the mixture together with hands until a dough forms.
  9. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently 4 to 5 times.
  10. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough to be 3/4 inch thick.
  11. Using a 2 1/4 inch fluted round cutter, cut 12 scones from the dough.
  12. Place the scones 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets.
  13. Brush scones with remaining cream.
  14. Garnish tops with turbinado sugar.
  15. Bake until edges are golden brown and a wooden pick inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 20 mins.
  16. Serve warm.

I also made some mock clotted cream to go with them:

So first of all, I completely recognize that I rolled these out too thin. I wasn’t paying attention to how thick they should be and then just got carried away. They don’t really rise so it is important to make sure  they are the right level of thickness.

These scones weren’t horrible but they turned out a bit plain. They definitely are in need of clotted cream, honey, jam, etc., something to give them a little more umph. But not bad-I would definitely make these again if I wanted to showcase a nice jam or something. They definitely do not overpower the tea or the meal. My sister put the cream on the scone and topped it with berries from the Triple Berry Salad and that came out really good.

For more scones, go to Scottish Oat Scones

For more recipes, go to Super Easy Classic Deviled Eggs

Mock Clotted Cream

So a few years ago when I went to visit my college friend she took me to a teahouse she had visited and knew I would love. She was right, I thought it was beautiful, had great food, and since then have gone back every time I return to that area.

The first time I went was the first time I had ever had clotted cream. I thought it was amazing and that scones were one hundred times better with it. In fact it made me just want to keep eating.

Or scones

Since then every time I make scones I wish I have some clotted cream to go with them.

Well you think, that’s easy-just head to the store.

Majorly

You can’t get it in any store around here. I’ve looked online, but it will take ages and you have to order a ton of it.

So after all that, I decided that I would just try to make my own.

This recipe comes from my sister blog, MysteriousEats.wordpress.com.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup of Sour Cream (Can substitute with Plain Greek Yogurt)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup of Heavy Cream
  • 2 Tablespoons of Confectioner’s Sugar (Powdered Sugar)

 

Directions:

  1. Fold vanilla into sour cream (or yogurt).
  2. Beat heavy cream until stiff peaks form.
  3. Fold the sugar into the cream.
  4. Fold this mixture into the vanilla/sour cream (yogurt) mixture.

It was delicious and a perfect addition to tea time.

For more recipes, go to Irish Blueberry Scones

For more posts on tea, go to Cozy & Comfy Tea Time