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Ideas for a High Tea

Posted by IngridO 
Ideas for a High Tea
March 12, 2018 04:43AM
I'm having a high tea at my house in a few weeks and I'm trying to get a menu together and would love to know some fresh ideas to serve. I have one gluten free guest and one who is pregnant but the rest will eat everything.

A mix of savoury and sweet and I'm up for a challenge!
Re: Ideas for a High Tea
March 13, 2018 08:25PM
I think High teas should be traditional, I don't want to try and work out what the food is, I like the predictable.
Therefore my list would include;

*Cucumber sandwiches and/or club sandwiches
*little savouries
*blinis with smoked salmon etc...
*bite sized sweet treats of ginger crunch, yo yos and other Edmonds cookbook kind of old fashioned favourites
Re: Ideas for a High Tea
March 15, 2018 11:14PM
As per Helen.

Cucumber, cream cheese sandwiches
Chicken and lemon mayo sandwiches
Beautiful mini cupcakes
Dainty scones with jam and cream
Mini lemon curd tarts
Small pieces of opera cake

For the gluten free brigade
little almond friands
macarons (watch that the icing sugar is gluten free)
use gluten free bread to make some of the sandwiches (remember to keep it away from surfaces where you have had gluten based things)

The pregnant one can eat pretty much everything on offer as long as mayo is bought and opened fresh (raw egg mayo is a nono, although the actual risk is pretty teeny, cream cheese and cream is also ok as long as it's freshly opened)
Re: Ideas for a High Tea
April 07, 2018 03:34PM
I would say get the right crockery to display everything and some pretty tea cups, serviettes ect.
Keep the small bite sized and small and think traditional....


English High Tea usually involved a mug of tea, bread, vegetables, cheese and occasionally meat. Variations on high tea could include the addition of pies, potatoes and crackers.

So while Afternoon Tea was largely a social event for their upper class counterparts, high tea was a necessary meal in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This traditional high tea still exists for some parts of the North and Scotland.

A possible explanation why this type of meal was called high tea is the fact that it was eaten at a table. In comparison, Afternoon Tea was taken whilst seating in low, comfortable chairs or sofas. Of course, soon after, the upper classes developed their own variation and also called it 'high tea'.

So all along I believed it was a posh upper class tradition, its actually not.

Anyway my criteria would be freshly prepared and baked food, delicious bite sized things, a variety of sweet and savoury served with good coffee. ;-)

Re: Ideas for a High Tea
April 13, 2018 11:36PM
a mix fo small pieces of traditional baking and sandwiche. "Tea and Tinies" is a good rule to remember.
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