As I have said before, inviting someone to tea is an invitation is an invitation to spend time with that person and what better time to do that than during Valentine’s Day. A friend from my London trip came over to have tea with me. That makes it special in two ways, first, she and I both experienced London England together for three months. There were about twenty of us to who went, and those memories are very dear to my heart. Secondly, because she went to London as I did, we value afternoon tea highly and appreciate it all the more because it reminds us of a wonderful time in our life. Plus, I deeply enjoy this friends company. Afternoon tea is so enjoyable with someone you truly enjoy their company. And with it being close to a Valentine’s day, I thought a Valentine’s day menu would be appropriate. Word to the wise: this menu is only a template. Sometimes my thinking and dreaming of tea menus become extremely large, and this menu probably would feed about 6 people. I did serve some of this items on the menu, and they created a fabulous tea! The Sweetheart Sandwiches and Red Velvet Scones are in this month’s Tea Time magazine, which is very good and would be well worth you money! I hope this menu will inspire your Valentine’s day menu!
Valentine’s Day Tea
Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Roasted Red Pepper and Goat Cheese Quiche
Red Velvet Scones with Mascarpone Hearts
or Chocolate Covered Strawberry Scones
Brie and Chocolate Sandwiches
1 roasted red bell pepper
½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
⅓ cup half and half
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray. Sprinkle the peppers evenly in 6 cups. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese evenly among the cups. Whisk together the eggs, half and half, salt and pepper. Pour into each of the cups, filling about ⅔’s up the top. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
Brie and Chocolate Paninis
Courtesy of Giada
6 slices of sturdy white or wheat bread (sourdough is best)
4 ounces of Brie cheese
½-1 cup chocolate chips
Cut the bread with heart-shaped cookie cutters. Slice the Brie. In between two slices of bread, place the Brie cheese and 2 tablespoons chocolate chips. Grill on a panini press (being careful not to mash the sandwiches down. I had to make four sandwiches at once to support the weight of the press top.) When grilled, remove from panini press, then slice into four.
Makes 6 sandwiches.