Saturday, July 2, 2011

Eat Me, Drink Me

Chapter Three
The Tea Table is ready

Alice said:
"It was much pleasanter at home, when one wasn't always growing larger and smaller and being ordered about by mice and rabbits."

A complete platter of egg salad only. Since everyone has to dig for them in the larger plate, it has been decided that this is a much more civilized form of presentation.

A watermelon, pistachio and balsamic salad...the watermelon cut in heart shapes! Skewers of baby mozzarella, grape tomatoes, and basil...

The oldies and goodies ...Ham, Salmon, Chicken, and everyone's favourite - Cream cheese and cherry

The main event ALWAYS ..Cupcakes!!

Since there are no rules at a Mad Hatter's Tea party, food can be consumed in ANY order at all. Guess where the three little flower girls started ??

A berry shortcake if you please.

The very last jammy heart cookie! There was such a buzz around the cookie plate, it was difficult to photograph these!

Or possibly, someone may have been helping themselves while no one was looking??

I see. The smile on that hedgehog's face and the emptiness of the punch bowl might have something to do with each other!

Miss Ida Louise's Summertime Strawberry Punch
25-30 Servings

2 Cups puréed strawberries (or fruit in season) = 4 Cups
1/2 Cup sugar
2 Cans frozen lemonade
2 Cups strong brewed tea (cooled)

2 Litres of Gingerale
*Optional Sparkling White Wine, Liqueurs can be added as well, depending on taste and degree of alcohol desired.

Mix all together and store in large zip lock bag for freezer. [You may also store in small freezer bags to make thawing quicker.]

Thaw for 2 hours prior to serving and mash.

Just at serving time add:

2 Litres of Gingerale
OR: 1 Litre of Gingerale +
1 Litre of Sparkling Wine (Asti Spumante)

Garnish with fruit or edible flowers.


  1. How delicious everything looks! All of those sandwiches (esp. the pinwheels) must have taken forever. The pretty raspberry hearts, the clever watermelon salad, what a fine menu. That hedgehog looks very saisfied, too. Thanks for sharing, Leslie!


  2. Listen I already had supper but looking at all this makes me want to sneak down the stairs into the kitchen for a small snack. cream cheese and cherry? never heard of that before but oh does it sound good.

  3. Yummy! I'm very behind on my blog reading (I'm just starting my summer vacation today!)Where did you get that stuffed hedgehog? I have been scouring the earth for a stuffed hedgehog!