Saturday, November 14, 2009

Tea and Sandwiches

I have to start by saying I loved your response to my last post. Although a lot of you commended me for trying it, very few would be willing to chance it yourself. Come on you guys, you are more adventurous than that! Just kidding--if not for FFF, I may never have risked that amount of potent fermentation myself. ;)

Anyway, after my international adventure yesterday, I decided it would be quite fitting to continue on today with my own redneck version of a continental tea party!

Thanks in part to my faveee healthy Holly, who sent me the most awesomest (yeah, I know that's not a word) package, which I received in the mail yesterday.

Green roasted loose leaf tea, with a little infuser spoon thingy (yay!!!), some sweet coupons for my penny pinching little behind and the most ingenious chocolate bar ever--nutmeg and cacao nibs. I can't wait to try that one!

But of course, I didn't wait to try the tea! I was so excited to use my new tea spoon and I loved the comforting flavor of this slightly smoky, but light and delicate blend.

Thanks so, so much Holly! Muah! Big kiss to you.

And now on to the sammies! What's a proper English tea party without a dainty little sandwich?

Whole grain bread toasted with laughing cow, pumpkin butter and thinly sliced apples. This idea courtesy of a combo of some of the suggestions listed on my apple ideas post. Seriously, if you guys are overrun with fall fruit, check that post for some super inspiration. I even think pears would work wonderfully in most of the suggestions.

...and then this mouthful of glory and goodness.
Ok--I have to admit--this was NOT a dainty little bite, but rather a huge chunk of the most delicious homemade bread I have ever tasted.

Slathered with peanut butter....

and jelly....


The neighbor who brought this over actually taught a bread baking class at our church activity today. I'd been raving about that loaf of love all week, so I HAD to check it out. Now, I too, can make scrumptious hunks of dough seeded with nutty pops of whole grain wheat...that might be dangerous.

*Sigh* still no Philly cheese steak this week, but I have not given up hope yet--I WILL get one, and it better be good when I get it! Grr :p

Hope everyone's weekend is going swell! I may attempt this bread baking business tomorrow, so if I do, I'll let you know how that goes. What was the last thing YOU baked? xoxo


  1. I baked Vegan Pumpkin Bars a few days ago...and kale chips but those don't really count as baking. Homemade bread rocks my socks right off!!

  2. I made homeade bread once and it was the best thing EVER. It was pretty time and labour intensive though. I should get an easier recipe and do it again, because store bought bread (like applesauce) doesn't even come close to the homemade variety!

    Last thing I baked were chocolate protein muffins, but they were a bit of a baking fail. I'm currently trying to come up with a way to re-use a dozen dry and hard chocolate muffins...

  3. Oh my word, that homemade bread looks to die for! If your neighbor ever needs to pass off a good loaf, I'm available ;)

    I'm intrigued by that sandwich combination. It sounds like a party in the mouth!

    Last thing I baked were pumpkin muffins Friday afternoon.

  4. Oooh...that apple cheese sandwich looks great!

    I haven't baked in a while :-( I usually make some type of bars.

  5. thank you so much for the sweet comment! i cant wait to read more of your blog! and i know one thing we have in common..apples+LC=amazingness!

  6. Thanks for the comment! That bread looks awesome. Philly cheesesteaks caught my eye because I'm from Philly--even though I don't eat meat anymore they are DELISHHH!

  7. Homemade bread is the best!!!

  8. Oh man, that bread sounds to die for. LOVE me some homemade bread!
    I haven't baked in a hot minute! I'm planning on it this afternoon!

  9. Oooh, I have never made "real" tea with the loose leaves! How fun! I think tea and sandwiches were made for each other :)

  10. I think I would give that neighbor a kidney if they brought over bread that looked that delicious. There is NOTHING like good, grainy homemade bread...wowza.

    The last thing I baked were the Caramel Oatmeal Pumpkin bars. Tis the season!

  11. Oh gosh baked bread is the best! I could eat it like there is no tomorrow!

  12. Homemade bread! Wow. I've tried making bread at home but they always were epic failures!

  13. yayyyyyyy soooo glad you got your package! i was nervous about sending the loose leaf tea, but i am glad you love! and that chocolate is AMAZING!

    your card has not been mailed yet, mostly because its homemade and i have not been able to find an envelope for it yet :)

    love youuuuuu

  14. Emily thank you so much for the comment on my blog! I always appreciate everything you write.

    Have I already told you how much I love your sandwiches? They look delicious! I am a HUGE tea person so I was super excited to see your infuser. My family all comes from England and my mom is still old-school about using a tea pot and loose tea leaves. I'm drinking a cup (though from a tea bag) as I write this! :)

  15. mmm that bread looks so incred! today is national homemade bread day.. so i hope you have some left :) holly is a doll. and i think i missed the post about philly sandwiches? are you looking for a good one? because joni's deli on 17th south between state and main is basically the best philly ever. and i like it because she has a chicken philly! mmmm. but they are only open weekdays. ok, not even sure if that had anything to do with anything but now i am craving one!