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Wimbledon tea – with our help

Wimbledon tea – with our help

Nothing evokes the onset of an English summer more than the Wimbledon tennis championships. Between the drama, tears and triumphs, though, we can celebrate another English success – the afternoon tea. So between showers, turn that radio on and indulge in some lovely tea-time treats from Jamie’s great range of classics. Here are just three ideas to get you game and set for putting your feet up.

First service – Pigeon is such a delicate and gamey meat and makes a really tasty sandwich filling – this Flying steak sandwich is one of Jamie’s favourites.

Second set – What about a gorgeous fresh salad to go with your sarnies? Watch Jamie’s rules for the perfect salad on our site.

Match point – Enjoy this lovely treat of a carrot cake, made all the more surprising with the addition of lime in the mascarpone icing!


What to drink and eat while watching the historic Wimbledon final

Set your alarm for an early Sunday morning, and get ready to pair day drinking and sweet treats with your viewing of an historic Wimbledon final.

For the first time ever, a male tennis player is representing Canada in a singles final of a major tournament 25-year-old Ontario native Milos Raonic will face #2 seed Andy Murray in the match.

Canadians looking to catch the action on the telly can also enjoy the action on the court as the British do, with strawberries and cream and a classic bevvy, such as champagne or Pimm’s–all without getting out of their PJs.

To help you get ready for your Wimbledon Final festivities, we’ve got a recipe (courtesy of The Lazy Gourmet) on making strawberries and cream–the quintessential Wimbledon treat, which you can pair with your favourite bottle of champers, or a recipe for a Pimm’s Dragon cocktail (a twist on the British summertime classic) courtesy of Minami.


Simple English Tea Party Sandwiches (Three Recipes!)

I can’t get my recent Notting Hill tea party experience out of my head. Matter of fact, every night I’m like, “Aaron, let’s watch Notting Hill! I need to be transported back.” And he’s like, “Let’s seeee, do I feel like swimming into a boat motor today.”

(I’ll let you take a guess if we’ve watched it or not.)

You know, tea is great and all, but it’s the SAMS that blow the party out of the water. I mean tea. Out of the tea kettle. Delicate, crustless sticks of munchy afternoon bliss. I can agree with this.

Inspired by my short stint in London, I made you three VERY simple tea party sandwich recipes. All based on what we had in sweet Caroline’s (ba ba baaa) flat a few weeks ago. We also made scones and shortbread, but since my baking skills are that similar to a drunk Muppet’s, I’ll stick to the savory sammies.

Oh guess what! I learned that the English butter the INSIDES of their bread to keep the filling moist. Sorry for saying moist. So I mixed a teeny bit of fresh dill and salt with some some softened butter, layered some English cucumber slices, and called her good. And she was good. And great. And great and good.

Egg salad! This one is up there for me. There’s something about (Mary?) chopped up hard-boiled eggs mixed with a tiny bit of mayo, a teeeensy bit of pickle juice, a baby pinch of celery salt, and freshly ground pepper that’s like ARE YOU KIDDING ME.

You can go crazy with the egg chopping, if a creamier salad is your bag, or leave it chunkier with a bit more texture if you’re into happy things in life.

I like mine chunky. A bit of oomph! DEPTH. BOWELS OF THE EARTH.

I’m . . . I’m not entirely sure what I’m talking about anymore.

Smoked salmon! Can’t have a tea party without some vibrant layers of cool smoked salmon.

Get how simple this recipe is – rye bread, cream cheese, smoked salmon, dill for garnish, the end. And it’s INCREDIBLE. And I ate 18 sandwiches. And never been happier.

Now for the teaaaaaa, just brew what you dig! I brought back some intense, almost-floral Earl Grey straight from London’s historical Borough Market. Earl Grey is Aaron’s favorite tea, so mama did gud. (<–sorry about the last part of that sentence.)

I also had some English Breakfast tea bags from London, so we had a nice lil’ mix, mate! (<–this is getting worse, isn’t it?)

I think I might need to have a tea party every single day for the rest of ever if it involves smoked salmon and egg salad and cucumbers. You bloody in?

Let’s play a little game called, “Find the iPhone Ghost People.”


Simple English Tea Party Sandwiches (Three Recipes!)

I can’t get my recent Notting Hill tea party experience out of my head. Matter of fact, every night I’m like, “Aaron, let’s watch Notting Hill! I need to be transported back.” And he’s like, “Let’s seeee, do I feel like swimming into a boat motor today.”

(I’ll let you take a guess if we’ve watched it or not.)

You know, tea is great and all, but it’s the SAMS that blow the party out of the water. I mean tea. Out of the tea kettle. Delicate, crustless sticks of munchy afternoon bliss. I can agree with this.

Inspired by my short stint in London, I made you three VERY simple tea party sandwich recipes. All based on what we had in sweet Caroline’s (ba ba baaa) flat a few weeks ago. We also made scones and shortbread, but since my baking skills are that similar to a drunk Muppet’s, I’ll stick to the savory sammies.

Oh guess what! I learned that the English butter the INSIDES of their bread to keep the filling moist. Sorry for saying moist. So I mixed a teeny bit of fresh dill and salt with some some softened butter, layered some English cucumber slices, and called her good. And she was good. And great. And great and good.

Egg salad! This one is up there for me. There’s something about (Mary?) chopped up hard-boiled eggs mixed with a tiny bit of mayo, a teeeensy bit of pickle juice, a baby pinch of celery salt, and freshly ground pepper that’s like ARE YOU KIDDING ME.

You can go crazy with the egg chopping, if a creamier salad is your bag, or leave it chunkier with a bit more texture if you’re into happy things in life.

I like mine chunky. A bit of oomph! DEPTH. BOWELS OF THE EARTH.

I’m . . . I’m not entirely sure what I’m talking about anymore.

Smoked salmon! Can’t have a tea party without some vibrant layers of cool smoked salmon.

Get how simple this recipe is – rye bread, cream cheese, smoked salmon, dill for garnish, the end. And it’s INCREDIBLE. And I ate 18 sandwiches. And never been happier.

Now for the teaaaaaa, just brew what you dig! I brought back some intense, almost-floral Earl Grey straight from London’s historical Borough Market. Earl Grey is Aaron’s favorite tea, so mama did gud. (<–sorry about the last part of that sentence.)

I also had some English Breakfast tea bags from London, so we had a nice lil’ mix, mate! (<–this is getting worse, isn’t it?)

I think I might need to have a tea party every single day for the rest of ever if it involves smoked salmon and egg salad and cucumbers. You bloody in?

Let’s play a little game called, “Find the iPhone Ghost People.”


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Wimbledon Afternoon Tea at the Great John Street Hotel

Located in the busy vibrant city of Manchester, Great John Street Hotel is the perfect destination for a spot of tennis-related high tea.

The Wimbledon themed afternoon tea, launched to celebrate the tournament’s fortnight of sporting fun consists of traditional cucumber and cream cheese finger sandwiches, strawberries and cream and crafty edible macaroon tennis balls.

And if that isn’t enough to tempt you, a refreshing glass of chunky fruit Pimms while you watch the latest match should do the trick.

Combing old and new décor styles with a relaxed and intimate setting, Great John Street Hotel is one unique and chic town house you will want to visit.

Where: Manchester

Venue: Great John Street Hotel

Address: Great John Street, Manchester, M3 4FD

Nearest railway station: Manchester Victoria

How much: £26.50 and must be pre-booked for a minimum of two guests on the same afternoon tea offering.

To book call: 0161 831 3211

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Pimm’s Cup Cocktail – Drink Like You’re at Wimbledon!

One of the things I most enjoy when doing a Classic for Friday Cocktails is discovering the history behind a well known drink. This is certainly one of those times and in this instance history is wrapped up with a grand tradition. The Pimm’s Cup Cocktail is considered the signature drink for Wimbledon…what more could you ask for this weekend?

Although Wimbledon started play a while back, I knew that I wanted to feature the Pimm’s Cup during the final round of matches. This coming weekend should include some of the most exciting tennis there is…and it seemed that it would be the perfect opportunity to quaff this thoroughly Wimbledon cocktail.

The Pimm’s Cup’s primary ingredient, Pimm’s Gin No. 1, originated at an oyster bar in London’s financial district in the 1800’s. Bartender James Pimm blended the original concoction of gin, quinine (the ingredient in tonic water that gives it a bitter taste) with a variety of herbs to make his Pimm’s No. 1 Cup tonic.

Originally served as a digestive for his clients, the original recipe remains a secret held by only a handful of people. I wish I had a hint of what is in there it’s an aroma that is hard to define through scent or taste and everyone queried guessed at a variety of ingredients and few hit on any that were the same. So the mystery remains but the story continues!

The No 1 cup is as popular today as ever first introduced as an English summer drink, the first Pimm’s Bar opened at the Wimbledon tennis tournament in 1971 and every year, over 80,000 pints of the combination of Pimm’s and lemonade are sold to spectators.

Though most closely associated with Wimbledon, it has a long history of appearing at events for the ‘upper class’ including cricket and polo matches, yacht regattas and an annual opera festival. I wonder if they would have been up in arms to see my motley crew sitting around a picnic table in shorts and t-shirts…and not a one of us with our pinky properly extended!

To understand the huge popularity of the Pimm’s Cup, imagine it is to Wimbledon what the Mint Julep is to the Kentucky Derby. Yes, that big!

The version I’ve made includes a recipe for lemonade by combining simple syrup with lemon juice which is then combined with Pimm’s and sparkling soda. In Britain you would most often see a call for the use of 7-up in lieu of the lemonade and soda.

I much prefer our ‘Americanized’ Pimm’s if that’s what I must call it especially since you can sweeten the cocktail as you prefer by upping the simple syrup ante a bit for those with more of a sweet tooth. Still either way is good…as long as you get some fizz!

I first published this cocktail six years ago. I remember that day well. It was not at my home, I had little control over the light and it was so bright I needed sunglasses to look at the post. Today was close but I think these photos are a better representative and give me a chance to introduce you to the Pimm’s Cup Cocktail all over again.

When I first made this cocktail one year for the 4th of July, I actually made several but only used two for photos…when company arrived we brought the other glasses that I had put lemonade into out to the table in the backyard to finish with the other ingredients and enjoy with our dinner. Let’s just say that despite loving the bite of lemon, discovering that I had forgotten to add the simple syrup to my glass at all was a real eye opener. A little bit of sugar is a very good thing.

I found Pimm’s (no one ever actually calls it by it’s full name of Pimm’s No. 1 Cup) easily at a decent sized liquor store and it is considered a liqueur if you have to hunt for it. As for those garnishes they have little to do with the overall taste but all of my guests agreed that the abundance of fruit and color just added a certain something that spoke loudly of summer. While some might decry their need…it’s just so damn pretty that it’s a need I will continue to have.

Get ready for this weekend…get some Pimm’s and soda, make some lemonade and start practicing now. Tennis? Heck no…drinking with the uplifted pinky remember..we’re at Wimbledon!!


Wimbledon 2018

Each summer, the best of the best in tennis come together for an all-out tournament in Wimbledon, UK. As you know, the Championships at Wimbledon are the world’s oldest and most prestigious tennis championship in the world. The start of Wimbledon according to some marks the official start of summer.

A well-known food at Wimbledon is strawberries and cream. When most Americans think of strawberries and cream, the cream is usually whipped. The English, however, take their strawberries with cream simply as-is. During each tournament, about 28kg (about 61lbs) strawberries are grown and consumed by spectators and sometimes the competitors! That’s about 2 million strawberries! Strawberries are in season and irresistible this time of year so try them with cream while you can!

You may or may not know this, but Robinson’s squash has been the official soft drink of Wimbledon since 1935. Their signature barley waters were created specially for Wimbledon in 1934 to help hydrate the players. Ever since then, people of all ages have enjoyed the fresh and fruity taste of Robinsons Squash. Try traditional orange and lemon barley water or go for plain squash. We’re not talking about the game of squash or the vegetable. Squash is another name for a juice that you dilute with water.

Here is some Wimbledon trivia. Test your guests if they are big fans of Wimbledon!


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This is how much Pimm's we all drink at Wimbledon

Wimbledon marks the start of Summer (even though the weather outside isn't agreeing), and many of us will head to the famous tennis courts to watch the likes of Andy Murray and Serena Williams over the course of the next 10 days.

But while we're there, how much do we actually eat and drink? After all, Wimbledon is famous for its Pimm's and strawberries, and a day out at the tennis wouldn't be complete with a cold glass of the stuff in your hand!

Well according to the team behind the Wimbledon catering, 320,000 glasses of Pimm's are consumed throughout the duration of the competition, alongside 140,000 portions of English strawberries!

As well as this, 330,000 cups of tea and coffee are handed out, along with 230,000 bottles of water and 29,000 bottles of champagne.

And if it's food you're after, 110,000 sandwiches and baguettes, 25,000 scones and 86,000 ice cream portions are served, meaning you're never short of a bite to eat.

But that's unsurprising when there are around 39,000 spectators in the Wimbledon grounds at any one time, watching 662 games altogether during the fortnight the tennis is on.

Phew, that's a lot of numbers. Someone pass us a glass of Pimm's - only 319,999 to go.


Tips for a Mindful Tea Ritual

Don’t saturate your ritual

All the aromas you need for these herbal spells are contained within the tea itself. It’s better not to use any other elements such as incenses or scented candles because they might interfere with the enjoyment of the aroma of your tea. Don’t make your tea meditation too complicated by adding extra steps or unnecessary ingredients.

Every Step of the Ritual Counts

While you’re waiting for the water to boil, keep your attention focused on the ceremony. Don’t go away to check your phone, get dressed, or something else.

Stay in the present moment. Look around. Listen to the water as it starts to boil. Focus on your breathing. Choose your herbs and hold them in your hands trying to connect with their properties before pouring the water.

Once the water is ready, pour it and watch the steam rise. Let the tea settle. Take a deep breath, feel its aroma and its warmth. Empty your mind and focus on feelings of peace and clarity.

Take it Easy

Once the tea has settled, drink it consciously, slowly, taking small sips. Focus all your attention on its taste and aromas. Experience its flavor, consistency temperature.

Keep breathing slowly and deeply. If at any time you notice that you’re getting distracted or your mind starts wandering, use your breath as an anchor to bring the attention back to the process of preparing and drinking the tea.

Stay safe

Before ingesting any herbs, make sure that you know exactly what you are taking. Don’t drink teas or infusions to which you may be allergic.

Tea naturally contains caffeine. While the benefits of caffeine include increased energy and alertness, if you consume too much or are sensitive to caffeine, you may experience some negative side effects.

Keep brew time under three minutes. Pregnant women should check with a doctor before trying any of these infusions.