The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Tea Party/Book Club: Turkish Delight

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). 

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 Oh The Things We’ll Make.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/8 tsp. citric acid or lemon juice or cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 5/8 cup cornstarch
  • Rose flavor to taste- rose water, syrup, or oil
  • Red coloring (optional)
  • extra cornstarch for dusting

Directions:

  1. Line pans with greased wax or parchment paper. (The final candy will be sticky, and that will help with the unmolding process.)
  2. Begin by mixing together the first 3 ingredients (sugar, 3/4 c. water, and citric acid) in a heavy bottom pan, and bring to a slight boil before lowering the heat.
  3. Heat, without needing to stir, over low to medium heat until you reach 260ºF. You can occasionally use a spatula to wipe down any sugar crystals from the side of the pan throughout this process.
  4. Meanwhile, mix together the solution of cornstarch and water.
  5. When the sugar syrup has reached the right temperature, temporarily take it off the heat source and ladle in a bit of the sugar syrup into the cornstarch mixture to warm it.
  6. Slowly drizzle the cornstarch mixture into the sugar syrup while continuously stirring them together.Once all of the cornstarch solution has been completely incorporated, begin to stir the mixture over low heat.
  7. You will notice that the mixture should get quite thick almost immediately.
  8. Despite the fact that the mixture is quite thick, you will want to reduce and thicken it even more before adding in your flavorings. Keep the mixture over a low heat so that the sugar won’t caramelize on the bottom, affecting the flavor of the final product.
  9. As you heat and stir, you should notice that the gel becomes quite transparent. It will also reduce slightly in volume.To determine the point when you should add your flavoring, test the consistency of your candy by dipping a spoon into the gel, and then dipping the gel covered spoon into a glass of ice water.
  10. As the candy cools, you can judge the consistency and stop when you are happy with it. The longer you cook the candy at this stage, the chewier it will become and the more it will hold its shape at room temperature.
  11. Add in your flavorings and colorings. Use a combination of 2 Tbsp. rose water, and 2 Tbsp. rose syrup.
  12. Once you’ve incorporated all of your flavorings, check the texture once more to make sure that the addition of any new liquids hasn’t affected the consistency of your candy too much.
  13. If necessary, slightly mix and warm your mixture a little longer at very low heat to help evaporate a little water, but be careful and take into account that doing this for too long can alter and diminish the flavorings you have added.
  14. When you are happy with your result, pour the mixture into your prepared molds and spread it out as best you can with a spatula. It should be very thick and sticky.
  15. Let cool for several hours. Cut into small squares, using cornstarch to keep the candies from sticking to one another.
  16. If you do choose to use powdered sugar for dusting, keep in mind that the candy may sweat and the sugar coating may end up “melting” off of the candy so you may have to add in more cornstarch or reapply the coating before serving your candy.

So to be honest with you guys, I don’t get what Edmund was going on about. I mean I know they are magical/enchanted but Turkish Delight is not worth betraying your whole family for. I found it to be too sweet and not something I could ever find myself wanting. The rest of the group loved it, but I just was not a fan.

I guess I’m just not angry and envious enough? Maybe I’m too much like Lucy? All I know is Turkish Delight was not the thing for me.

For more from our The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe teas, go to Zuppa Toscana

For more recipes, go to Radish Ruffle Canapés

For more desserts, go to Snickerdoodles

For more tea posts, go to Jane Austen Birthday Party Music & Party Review

The Magician’s Nephew: Savory Meat Hand Pies

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. I’m trying to catch up though!

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So my friend had made some meat pies a few weeks earlier and they were amazing! I begged and begged her for the recipe but she couldn’t give it to me as she didn’t really have a recipe. She just kind of throws things together.

So I instead went searching online and found a site called Longbourn Farm, and I was like “Longbourn”? Do you mean this Longbourn?

Pride and Prejudice’s Longbourn?

So of course I went with it. I ended up using my pie crust recipe from my apple pie recipe.

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Ingredients: Pie Crust

  • 2 Cups of All-Purpose flour
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 3/4 Cup of Shortening
  • Ice Water

Filling:

  • 1.5 lbs of Ground Beef
  • 1 Cup of Chopped Onion
  • 3/4 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Ground Thyme
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Ground Oregano
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 Cup of Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Teaspoon of Water

Directions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, mix up the shortening and flour. Add in water, a tablespoon at a time until dough is more malleable. If you add too much and it is too liquid-y, then just add a bit more flour to firm it up.
  2. Put dough aside.
  3. In a medium frying pan on medium heat, add ground beef and spices.
  4. When ground beef is brown, about 8 mins, add onion.
  5. Cook until the Ground Beef is completely cooked through and the onoions are translucent.
  6. Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
  7. Roll out pie dough and cut circles out of the pie crust, they should be about 4-6 inches in diameter. You can use a large cookie cutter or biscuit cutter or just trace a drinking glass if you don’t have a cutter.
  8. Divide the Ground Beef and cheese up evenly between the circles.
  9. Fold the circles in half and press the edges together gently. Crimp them firmly with a fork.
  10. Whisk the egg and water together.
  11. Brush the egg-water mixture onto each beef hand pie.
  12. Place the beef hand pies on a lined or greased sheet tray.
  13. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the tops are golden brown.

So these weren’t as good as my friend’s hand pies, but they were extremely delicious.

I did run out of pie dough though, and ended up having to buy more (I just bought the premade frozen ones).

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For more from The Magician’s Nephew Tea Party/Book Club, go to Cinnamon Bun Scones

For more recipes, go to Easy Fruit Tarts

For more pie recipes, go to Mini Apple Pies

For more tea posts, go to Brisket and Slaw Roulades

How to Clean Your Tea Infusers

If you are a tea addict, or teaddict, like me, you drink a lot of tea.

And when you drink as much tea as I do, your tea infuser gets all gross and brown and embarrassing for people to see.

But I have found a way to clean them. On the box that my forlife teapot came in said to use baking soda and warm water.

Huh

Not super clear, so I went online and cruised a few pages for a little more info:

  1. Put some baking soda on the areas affected. Then add a little warm water so it is pastelike.
  2. Scrub the areas with the paste, adding more baking soda if needed.

Voila! It looks amazing.

I’ve had this infuser like 4 years now and it looks brand spanking new. Amazing!

This one I’ve had even longer, and it was horribly brown and look at it now!

I just wish I had taken a before picture for you all so you could see it. I’m kicking myself as this is amazing, baking soda is amazing!

Wow!

And it will help all you tea lovers keep their tea things nice and clean.

For more tea posts, go to Cucumber Aioli Canapés

For more tea love, go to Mug o’ Tea Treats Christmas Gift

The Magician’s Nephew Tea Party/Book Club: Fotina Flower Puffed Pastry

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 two was Chami Spice Ginger Plum Tea, Dark Chocolate Ginger Scones, Curried Egg Salad Triple Stacks Sandwiches, Turkey-Apple Tea Sandwiches, Fotina Flower Puffed Pastry, and Lemon Gingerbread Cake.

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 after sandwiches we have our sides.

And food to go with.

This comes from Tea Time Magazine. I did change the recipe a bit as I took out the olive salad, I forgot to buy it. Oops!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Sheet of Frozen Puff Pastry, Slightly Thawed
  • 6 (1-inch) Cubes Fotina Cheese
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 Tablespoon of Water

Directions:

  1. Preheat the Oven at 400 Degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Using 2 1/4 inch flower-shaped cutter, cut 12 flowers from puff pastry sheet.
  4. Using a 1-inch round cutter, cut out and discard centers from 6 flowers.
  5. Stack a cutout flower on top of a whole flower and place on a prepared baking sheet.
  6. Repeat for remaining flowers. Press edges together using a fork.
  7. Place a cheese cube in the center of each flower.
  8. In a small bowl, combine egg and water, whisking well to make an egg wash.
  9. Using a pastry brush, brush tops of flowers with egg wash.
  10. Bake until flowers are puffed and golden brown, 10-12 mins.
  11. Serve Warm

These weren’t bad but very cheesy. I think they would have been better if I had put in something with the cheese, the olive spread or basil or something.

But otherwise tea was wonderful.

For more from The Magician’s Nephew Tea Party/Book Club, go to Turkey-Apple Tea Sandwiches

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

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

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

For more tea posts, go to Dark Chocolate Ginger Scones

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