Friday, October 28, 2005

MTB* Tea (updated with recipe)

Today I lunched at an adorable local tea house with Cindy, Jill and Sonia. As you can see, we adorned ourselves with the appropriate accoutrements of ladies, who do tea...OK, we each wore a fun hat. We talked, laughed and compared notes of our adoption progress all while enjoying a very civilized full afternoon tea.

Our menu included:

A wonderful tea: Magical Garden Rooibos (a perfect selection by Sonia)
Seasonal fresh fruit
Freshly baked Scones
Lemon curd, lemon curd and a wee bit more lemon curd
(I used everything on the menu as a vehicle to have more lemon curd!)
Amaretto cream
Assorted Tea sandwiches
Miniature Tea desserts
Chicken Salad croissant

Each time our little MTB* group meets for a quick get-together or lunch, it turns into a 3 or 4+ hour event. I am so lucky to have met, through the adoption process, such wonderful new friends. It is fabulous that we live so close to one another, and I can't wait for the day when we can have tea parties with our daughters.

Lemon curd

3/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
3 large eggs
3 large egg yolks
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

Whisk first 3 ingredients together and then strain through a fine mesh sieve into a medium sized metal bowl. Stir in sugar and then set bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (do not allow the bottom of the bowl to touch the water). Whisk constantly until thickened and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the mixture registers 160°F, about 10 minutes. Remove the bowl from over the water. Add butter; whisk until melted. Transfer curd to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the curd. Will keep refrigerated for about a week.

* Moms-to-be


  1. Anonymous6:10 PM

    What's lemon curd? Should I know this? Will I harm my child without it in the house?

  2. You ladies look absolutely stunning! Next time you need dresses to match.

  3. I LOVE Lemon Curd. I have a wonderful recipe for a lowfat cheesecake and it uses a whole jar of the yummy stuff!

  4. Anonymous1:27 AM

    Hi, I'm Mary Mia's mom. My red hat ladies and I go out to tea often. We love lemon curd, even had a fruit pizza with lemon curd base tonight. I will consider coming to Atlanta to sew if your chocolate fountain works...
    pat m

  5. An afternoon filled with lemon curd can't be a bad thing!

  6. You ladies look awesome! Where on earth did you get those bee-yoooooo-tee-ful hats?

  7. How fun for you guys! I can't wait to see a pic with all of you and wee little ones next to you sucking down some lemon curd!

  8. Julie, lemon curd is a delightful sweet/tart custard like spread that is wonderful on scones, croissants, cakes, fruit...well, just about anything. Yes, you must have some in the house. Not that not having it will harm little bean, but not having it will deprive you of a delicious treat.

    Mary-Mia, the hats were provided by the tea room.

    Mary-Mia's Mom, you tell me when the flight is landing and I'll be at the airport with a portable chocolate fountain!


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