Miss Windsor and I love a cream tea and are in complete accord when it comes to three pressing matters of scone etiquette.
First of all, do you say scone to rhyme with ‘gone’ or ‘phone’?
‘Gone’. And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!
Secondly, do you pull your scone apart gently at its ‘waist’ or cut it? Miss Windsor and I prefer to pull ours apart and happily; this is the correct scone etiquette!
Thirdly, should you spread your jam on first followed by a spoonful of cream or the other way round?
I hereby present my delightful sweet offering to Mrs Simkins and Miss Windsor’s summer garden party – my Seriously Scrumptious Lemon & Coconut Cake. What an adorable addition to your very own garden party, or afternoon tea pageantry of exquisite cakes and bakes. Oh, yes, and please do enjoy a slice or two with a cup of your favourite brew!
Darlings, just as it says ‘on the tin’ – it’s seriously scrumptious, very lemony, with a saucy taste of paradise. Oh, I say! I fear I’m sounding off like an advert for a Bounty chocolate bar! But nevertheless, I’m certain my glorious cake will send you into a hedonistic state of ‘coconutty’ heaven – How spiffing!
Lovely as cakes are, you can’t have a tea party without a savoury element to begin with, including some delicate little sandwiches: “Sandwiches before cake,” as my mum used to say and I know Miss Windsor agrees wholeheartedly with this sentiment!
Here are some sandwich suggestions to start you off: several based around cucumber (essential for keeping your cool in summer) and some tips for the perfect egg mayonnaise filling.
Don’t forget to cut the crusts off all your sandwiches and cut into dainty fingers or triangles.
They are called finger sandwiches, by the way, as you eat them with your fingers.
Well, I say, thank you for popping by – it’s always a pleasure!
So, whilst you’re here I wish to titillate your taste buds with my splendidly gratifying little meaty balls of deliciousness – By Jove, that’s quite a mouthful Miss Windsor!
Darlings, I guarantee my recipe created with quails’ eggs and butchers best sausage meat - ‘jazzed up’ with spring onion, a smattering of parsley, plus a dash of wholegrain and Dijon mustard - will satisfy all carnivore palates and will certainly give Fortnum & Mason a ‘run for their money! In fact, they proclaimed the delightful Scotch Egg was invented in 1738 at their Piccadilly, London store – Miss Windsor’s favourite!
Miss Windsor and I can scarcely believe our Queen has now been on the throne for 65 years. It’s a whole lifetime! She is our longest reigning monarch, Queen Victoria ruled for 63 years, seven months and two days, in case you are wondering!
The Queen loves afternoon tea and there are several cakes she particularly enjoys: Dundee cake, ginger cake, sponge cake filled with jam and maybe cream, possibly Battenberg, but her favourite cake of all is chocolate biscuit cake.
I say, my royal counterparts are really putting on a jolly good show this year – Bravo!
Not only were we treated to a beautiful wedding as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle become the Duke and Duchess of Sussex - Oh, how spiffing! Then on Saturday 2nd June, we joined the gaiety as HM Queen Elizabeth II celebrated 65 glorious years on the throne – Well done your grace!
You see, my darling Mrs Simkins and fellow collaborator – to commemorate the anniversary of the coronation rustled up her majesty’s most favourite tea-time dessert - Chocolate Biscuit Cake. I say, and following such merriment we now prepare for our next royal ‘knees-up’ – the Queen’s official birthday of Trooping the Colour which takes on June 9th (2018)
Miss Windsor and I send our very best wishes to newly married royals Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. And what a fabulous wedding they had, so very moving and full of wonderful and lovely surprises.
Well, I say, hip hip hooray - ‘summertide’ is surely on its merry way! And upon its arrival, will offer a glorious, palate quenching cocktail, concocted using the very best Somerset produce, plus a smattering of Indian fizz – How spiffing!
So, if you’re caught in a ‘fuddle’ or just gagging for a tipple, then please try my delectable summertide bounty - Miss Windsor’s recipe for Mr Miles Gin Berry Cocktail.
Eat cake, sip champagne, and be merry!
Come and join the revelry, as I crank up the volume to ‘Congratulations’ by pop sensation - Sir Cliff! One, two, three - now altogether, “Congratulations, and jubilations, I want the world to know I’m happy as can be!” – Oh, what a classic!
Miss Windsor presents Mrs Beeton’s rich and moist Christmas Pudding recipe from her 1906 edition of Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management. Traditionally made with beef suet, spices, rum or brandy, desiccated cocoanut, breadcrumbs, mixed peel, milk, and so on – which was re-created from scratch, with an extra special Miss Windsor ‘twist’!
Darlings, here I present Fannie Merritt Farmer’s recipe for GENUINE Sponge Cake – a flavour from the ‘old school’. Well, in this case, The Boston Cooking-School, Massachusetts, USA!
Miss Farmer is an American culinary ‘goddess’ from yesteryear, known as an advocate of ‘scientific’ cookery and household management. Thus, following her graduation in 1889 from The Boston Cooking-School, she served as assistant director and teacher; becoming school principal during the 1890's.
Foraging in South-East London, now who would have thought it!
Given the current state of affairs with our British ‘summertide’ weather, I scuttled around the provincial areas of South-East London in a fraught attempt to relive a joyous, yet nostalgic childhood past-time of ‘blackberry picking’.
Following an unfortunate spell of blustery showers and cool evenings, One finds it hard to believe that we’re slap-bang in the middle of British ‘summertide’! However, during those occasional sunny moments, I wish to nourish my palate with a slightly piquant, yet sweet dessert!
In keeping with the ‘spirit’ of The Championships, Wimbledon, one hoped to stumble across a recipe with a tennis connection. Well, 'lo and behold' whilst flicking through my 1906 edition of Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management, there I discovered a recipe for Tennis Cake!
Darlings, as you’ll soon discover, Miss Windsor’s spin on Mrs Beeton’s most decadent, moist and luxurious Tennis Cake boasts an appealing light texture and colour - bestrewn with a plenteous amount of chopped almonds and flavoured with a subtle zing of lemon.
It’s an absolute pleasure to present Miss Windsor’s ‘spin’ on a decadent, yet toothsome recipe fit for a QUEEN - Chocolate Queen Pudding! You see, I re-created this luxury kind of bread pudding to celebrate our dear sovereign's official birthday of Trooping the Colour, which took place on Saturday 17th June 2017.
I say, darlings, Grandmother Josie and Her Majesty The Queen both entered this magnificent world during the year of 1926 – known as the roaring 20’s! Of course, both ladies are of the greatest personage and have many things in common, one being they’re ‘chocoholics’ of the incredibly ardent and incurable kind – Oh, I say!
Here I present my delightful recipe for Chocolate Rum Truffles – Hmmm hmmm!
They say chocolate is an ‘aphrodisiac’ – Well, it certainly works for Miss Windsor! Maybe darlings, that was a trifle naughty of me to mention such a thing. However, if you’re tempted to work some ‘magic’ on your sweetheart, then Miss Windsor’s Chocolate Rum Truffles are just the ticket.
Here I present Fannie Merritt Farmer’s good old-fashioned version of an American Pumpkin Pie!
But let’s not forget about our English culinary marvel – Mrs Isabella Beeton, who offered Miss Windsor a helping hand in the realm of pastry – Oh, how generous of her!
Okey dokey - let’s crack on and make some Pumpkin Puree from scratch! Perfect for Pumpkin Pie or as a tasty, seasonal, and healthful alternative to our beloved starch ladened Mashed Potato!
Miss Windsor recommends to ‘jazz’ it up with a dollop of butter, followed by a sprinkling of sea salt and cracked black pepper – Oh, how spiffing!
Miss Windsor presents her Pink & Spicy Gooseberry Fool. A rather unusual, yet chucklesome name for a dessert that for some bizarre reason appears to tickle the American’s – How endearing!
Gooseberry Fool is a quintessential British dessert. Traditionally made with green gooseberries which are ripe and ready to pick during the cheerful month of August.
I'm delighted to share my vibrant and juicy version of Summer Pudding – Yum, yum!
In fact, I slightly ‘tweaked’ this summertime classic, which I discovered amongst the browned tinged pages of my 1935 edition of The Radiation Cookery Book – a generous gift from my darling friend – Sir Brian.
This utterly indulgent Lemon Drizzle Loaf Cake has recently sparked a ‘titbit’ of attention on Instagram – Oh, how spiffing! You see, I received a request from a follower who kindly asked me to share this recipe - and so here it is!
Miss Windsor is thrilled to share her delightful recipe for Foolproof Victorian Boiled Fruitcake, made with a traditional pantry favourite – McDougall’s flour.
In fact, I believe my recipe is 'loosely' based on Grandmother Josie's version, and I quote loosely, as sadly in 2013 she waltzed through the Pearly Gates without leaving any written record of her scrumptious fruity creation.
However, thank goodness for Miss Windsor's distinct memories of the taste and texture, which certainly helped her to re-create something similar to Grandmother Josie's teatime favourite.
Miss Windsor recently posted a photo of her delicious Gluten-Free Carrot Cake on Instagram, which surprisingly sparked a ‘titbit’ of attention – Oh, how spiffing!
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