I'm very proud to announce the publication of my new book MsMarmiteLover's Secret Tea Party today. Published by Square Peg, part of Random House, it is a thick luxurious volume with gold lettering and a red gingham cover with a silky red ribbon as a bookmark. It contains tips how to hostess the perfect tea party with craft workshops, how to lay a tea table, the best way to make a cup of tea, teapot cocktail, savouries hot and cold, including sandwiches and of course cakes. There are recipes for small cakes, big cakes, icecream cakes and plenty of guest recipes from other secret tea room hosts around the UK.
Nobody does afternoon tea better than the British and every visitor should make a booking to a home tea room which often has better baking and is certainly a better deal than afternoon tea in a hotel. Remember at secret teas, just like at supper clubs, you can often ask for seconds. No stingy portion control here.
I'm a great believer in the hot savoury; so there are recipes for tea cakes, crumpets, tartlets and Shetland bannocks. I also think the ultimate tea party needs a little bit of alcohol to make it go with a swing, so apart from the always popular glass of champagne, you will find recipes for tea time cocktails.
This is a wonderful present for Christmas for wives, girlfriends, sisters, mums, daughters and any man that is dead keen on tea and baking. (Strangely I've found this to be more the case in the north than in the so-called metrosexual south. Up north, men don't feel dainty china and cakes to be a threat to their masculinity!).
Order at your local bookshop or buy it here online from Random House: MsMarmiteLover's Secret Tea Party £20
This Saturday I'm doing a honey themed bee tea at my house in Kilburn, London. Tickets £50 include a signed copy of the book.
Menu will include: honey coated pretzels, mini baklava cakes, madeleines (traditionally made with honey), blueberry honey cherokee cake, home-made crumpets slathered with butter and honey, a honeyed champagne cocktail and more. Plus there will be a talk on natural bee keeping by Elke de Wit who makes beauty products from beeswax and honey.
I do hope you enjoy my book, it's been a long time in the making and I'm very pleased with it.
Again here is that link to buy: MsMarmiteLover's Secret Tea Party