London Summer Tea Review and Giveaway

With this summer marking the Queen’s Jubilee and also the Olympics in London, it’s really an ideal time to make some memories with your friends or children with a fun and lovely English Tea.  We recently had a great time with a Jubilee Tea and I wish I had had a copy of this book at the time because our treats fell a bit short in the authenticity and deliciousness departments.

In London Summer: 12 Recipes for Festive Summer Teas, Heather Lefebvre gives recipes for a range of tea foods as well as great tips for how to host a tea and gorgeous pictures to inspire you.  Each recipe includes a gluten-free option, which I really appreciate since our Sarah can’t eat gluten, and there is also a short-cut approach to each recipe if you want to achieve the effect but are short on time.  I love the option to cut corners here and there, and can see how you might want to do the full-out version of some recipes while taking the quick route on others to get your tea together.  Heather also explains the reason for including each recipe and how each fits into the theme of a British tea, and gives alternatives and suggestions when ingredients (such as clotted cream) may be hard to find in America.

The recipes included are:

  • Coronation Chicken Salad
  • Lemon Cucumber Creams
  • Traditional Oatcakes
  • Rustic Salmon Spread
  • Plain and Fruit Scones
  • Gluten-Free Scones
  • Mock Clotted Cream
  • Red, White, and Blue Strawberries
  • Fairy Cakes
  • Chocolate Cake Fit For a Queen
  • Dundee Cake
  • Honeyed Ginger Lemonade
  • Summer Fruit Punch

I’m trying to involve the children more in cooking these days, because they love it and it’s a good learning experience for them (even if it does cause me to need more frequent trips to get the greys dyed out of my hair!), so I think we will have another Jubilee Tea later this summer incorporating Heather’s recipes and suggestions.  Many of the recipes would also be great inclusions to other summer entertaining or just your regular family meals.

Heather is a friend of mine and I have long admired her ability to turn even simple occasions into memorable and lovely events.  She is really gifted with graciousness and hospitality and I think you could not fail to get something out of this booklet, whether it is the well thought out recipes, beautiful pictures, or suggestions for making life more special and memorable.

You can purchase London Summer: 12 Recipes for Festive Summer Teas in printed or e-book form through the links in this post.

Giveaway:

If you’d like to enter to win a digital copy of London Summer, please leave a comment and let us know: Do you have plans to celebrate the Olympics or the Queen’s Jubilee this summer?

If you link to the giveaway on your blog, Facebook, or Twitter, leave another comment and let me know and you’ll get a second entry.

The giveaway will close on Wednesday, July 25.  It will be like Christmas in July for the winner!  And for everyone else too, who will still be able to buy the e-book for a very low price.  :)

 

Disclosure: This post does not contain affiliate links, but I was given a copy of the book to review.

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4 Responses to London Summer Tea Review and Giveaway

  1. Ginger says:

    We had the unplanned pleasure of being in London during the Silver Jubilee, saw some of the royal family during the practice run of a parade, and had some fabulous teas. A few years later I stumbled upon an almost complete set of Myott “Elizabeth II Coronation” china at a consignment shop in NH. I couldn’t turn down 8 place settings for less than $50! I love the green and gold pattern and we use it often. This summer we will celebrate the Queen’s 50th and the Olympics with a special tea that will have to include cucumber sandwiches since cukes are so prolific in our garden! I’ll drink my favorite tea, Earl Grey, and will serve clotted cream on something made with South Carolina peaches!

  2. Sheila says:

    I don’t really have any plans to celebrate either of those events, but your earlier post about celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee made me look forward to having tea parties with my children. They’re just a little young for it, but someday. :)

  3. I haven’t made any specific plans yet, but this sounds fun. We do love to watch the Olympics and have hopes of someday living in the UK so I know I would love this ebook!

  4. Alison S. says:

    The only plans I have are to watch the Olympics. I enjoy them every time they come around. :) And I’ve enjoyed your posts.

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