High tea and croquet went well. Our guests enjoyed themselves, they won at croquet (we let them win!), but they didn’t eat nearly as much as I had thought they would (I seem to instinctively cater for gargantuan teenage boy appetite, I have no idea why) so we are happily ploughing our way through left over cakes this week. I looked at afternoon tea menus for the Ritz and Claridge’s for extra inspiration, and this is what I served:
- sparkling wine (for £45 I though they deserved the closest equivalent I could give them to the champagne tea!); tea; mini sandwiches: cucumber on wholemeal bread and smoked salmon pate on my homemade challah bread; Victoria sponge sandwich; coffee cakes; lemon cakes; sultana scones with cream and strawberry jam; florentines, fondant fancies and Vienna biscuits (these last were all shop-bought).
My father-in-law is staying with his cousin this week, so we are having very simple dinners mainly based on leftovers I froze when we had students staying. I have painted the ceiling in the utility room, prepared the woodwork, and put a first coat on the walls – and I’m finding it all very hard going, my hand, neck and shoulders are suffering. I keep telling myself it is going to be worth it when it is finished, and I’m treating myself to a couple of hours in front of my father-in-law’s satelite TV when I’ve completed my work quota for each day. That, and the leftover cakes are keeping me motivated!