With all the Queen's Jubilee celebrations for being on the throne for 70 years there has been much talk of street parties and afternoon teas. In fact in our part of France friends held their own afternoon tea party to celebrate but unfortunately I was unable to attend. I'm back home in the UK because my father is in hospital and his future care is again under debate.
So instead I decided it was time I posted about the afternoon tea I held for a friend's birthday just a couple of months ago. That was in France too.I used my three tier glass cake stand which I acquired at a brocante a couple of years ago for just 2€. It matches some dessert plates and a regular one tier cake stand that were also collected for next to nothing from brocantes over the years. My best white tablecloth doesn't come out very often but with that and real cups and saucers the table looked the business, even if I say so myself!
The bottom layer was a selection of sandwiches with the crusts cut off (of course!). There were home made egg mayonnaise and rocket on brown bread, smoked salmon, cream cheese and cucumber on brown and smoked ham with tomato and cucumber on white.
You can see the recipe for egg mayonnaise here. I have never seen cress for sale in France so opted for rocket instead. It was a good substitute.
Being in France, the sliced bread available is not quite like in the UK. Generally the texture is nice but it always seems to me to be slightly sweet. We toyed with the idea of making our own bread but as it was only a few days after we had arrived and we were still dealing with all the usual problems of being away from the house for so long decided it was a step too far.