Welcome to Tea, my online tribute to the art of having tea. As Henry James once said: “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.
These virtual tea parties were inspired by Christine, a follower who lives in France, who was curious about English tea traditions after watching a few episodes of Downton Abbey. The British may have failed miserably in other culinary areas, but they excel in the tea ritual. Join me every Tuesday as I dish on Downton Abbey, the Royal Family, UK tourism and other topical tea issues one might discuss at tea, served up with a tea treat recipe with a history. Today’s treat is smoked Salmon Pinwheels. Perfect for tea, cocktails, picnics or cricket matches.
My Online Guide to the Tea Ritual
Taking a traditional “afternoon tea” is definitely a bucket list experience. To do it properly, I have created a handy guide to help you enjoy the experience: Downton Abbey Cooks Online Guide to Afternoon Tea.
- Setting the Stage for Season 3. An excellent overview from Edwardian Promenade of what life was like just after the war and before the Roaring 20’s.
- Dan Stevens compares weddings: his was not as cold, rainy and swamped with security. There are some pictures, but only of Season 2. Mary’s wedding dress is still a closely guarded secret.
- Hugh Bonneville reveals Lord Grantham’s secret (this is not a man of numbers) and his relationship with his mother-in-law.
- Sophie McShera (Daisy) reveals in a video clip that the cast/crew watch the show on TV like everyone else, but not alone, that would be embarrassing.
- The men in Downton recall their experience playing cricket in Season 3.
- Parade’s End is apparently no Downton. Benedict Cumberbatch was slagging Downton in his interviews to promote his own period drama. Plugged as the “thinking man’s Downton Abbey”, some feel the adaptation fell short of the books.
Smoked Salmon Pinwheels
Time for another savoury treat for our tea tray which also works well as a quick and easy appetizer, particularly if you are planning to host friends to watch Downton Abbey walk away with multiple Emmys on Sept. 23.
I have many salmon recipes in my bag of tricks to showcase the wild salmon my family catches each summer. I shared a similar smoked salmon mousse pinwheel dish which used pumpernickel bread as the wrapper. In this version you can add a bit more color, prep the rolls ahead of time, store in the fridge and slice just before you are ready to serve your guests.