Gram asked me to write a guest post today. My name is Miss Phitt, but around here they just call me Phitty . . . as in phitty-something.
Gram is busy right now . . . busy as in a near horizontal on the couch while she catches some Sunday football. On her behalf, though, she did find enough energy to host a tea party, joining in on a virtual tea party at the invitation of Mum.
Gram doesn’t actually know Mum, but she stumbled upon the invitation via a blog friend, Cathy.
Thanks to both Mum and Cathy for a lovely afternoon . . . before the football . . . with good food and fun conversation.
Gram started out her preparation with a beautiful unsliced loaf of wheat bread with sunflower seeds baked into the crust.
She sliced the loaf lengthwise into four section to hold three fillings. In case readers are familiar with a festive ribbon loaf sandwich, that’s what Gram was serving for her tea party.
The lower layer of the ribbon loaf was a mixture of sauteed spinach and cremini mushrooms topped with shaved parmesan cheese.
For the middle layer, Gram made a rosemary garlic chicken salad spread.
The top layer of the ribbon loaf was a sun-dried tomato and garlic cheese spread.
When Gram sliced the ribbon loaf, each guest got a taste of all three fillings and the sandwich was pretty, too.
Because we are into the week of Halloween, Gram decided to make an autumn dessert of a fancy way to eat a caramel apple.
She sliced Granny Smith apples into rings, boiled them until they were fork tender and then served them warm with a butterscotch caramel topping, whipped cream, and chopped pecans. It was delicious!
Gram took a twist with her tea. Despite it being late October in Minnesota, it was sunny day with the temperature nearly 60 degrees, so she served a chilled sparkling citrus ginger tea. She did go with a conventional tea cup, however. You may be able to detect the bubbles in the photo.
Gram doesn’t stand on formalities very often, but she did manage to dress the table nicely and herself as well. Now . . . I don’t know about other monkeys, but I don’t own any hats. I borrowed one a long time ago when I sat for a Phitty Photo, but I returned it. I borrowed another hat for Gram’s tea party today.
I’m having a second cup of tea while Gram watches football. Anyway . . . thanks to Cathy and Mum for the tea information. I get bored sitting in the corner all the time.