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cricket teas

Thread Starter: janeo    Started: Wed 07 Jul 2004    Replies: 13

hi all

have just been told by my husband that i have got to make tea for two cricket teams on saturday. has anyone got any good ideas for sandwich fillings etc that are slightly different and won't go soggy.

the norm for the club is cheese and tomato or tuna mayo sandwiches, with shop bought cakes. feel like breaking that mould and doing something more interesting!!

any thoughts on the good english tradition of cricket teas would be gratefully received.....




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Wed 7 Jul 2004, 3.37PM

Georgie1

You could always do what Delia Smith ended up doing for her cricket teas... buy M&S sandwiches!!

No, seriously, you could try something a bit different and use tortilla wraps instead of bread then have fillings such as strips of grilled chicken and salsa/guacomole or 5 bean salad, etc. Or if you think that is too different for them, use hardier bread such as ciabatta and have mozzarella with tomato.

Wed 7 Jul 2004, 3.49PM

Baxter

Are you sure about that Georgie, St Delia buying ready made sandwiches from M&S? Tis unbelievable. Maybe it was a rumour put about by AWT in his hate Delia days!!

I prefer cricket teas to stay with tradition, especially the wholemeal bread and cucumbers. Shop bought cakes! Have never heard of that. We have three or four masterpieces, plus trays of other homemade traybakes and biscuits. Then there is the well brewed tea - agh. Don't forget the homemade lemonade for the children.

Wed 7 Jul 2004, 4.01PM

Georgie1

Delia 'confessed' at an opening of a cricket pavillion in May - it was widely reported in the press. Apparently it was when her husband played cricket back in the 70's and 80's and she was on the cricket tea rota. She said that if she was really busy she would sometimes buy the sandwiches from Marks&Sparks instead of making them herself! Well good on her I say!

Wed 7 Jul 2004, 4.04PM

alfiepalfie

sorry jane, have to agree with baxter; cricket teas should stay traditional....and home made!!!!
We usually ahve the classics, dainty sandwiches, savouries, 2 or 3 sponges and then a whole manner of biscuits and cup cakes etc. I have heard however that Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's strawberry sandwiches are becoming morre popular.
Just remember, the food needs to be light, flavourful and won't bloat the players for the next innings.

Wed 7 Jul 2004, 6.56PM

Fantasia

THE CRICKETERS TEA. This tea is perfect for almost any occasion and if you are playing cricket.....well your set! More substantial than the other teas, put together a selection of goodies that could be served at an elegant affair or packed up and taken on a picnic. Real men do play cricket and they will certainly scoff this tea down with few complaints.

Sandwiches are made fresh and crusts left on or off as you prefer. Fresh Roasted Turkey Breast, with Horseradish cream cheese and fresh basil, thinly sliced tomato and cress, Smoked Ham and leek salad, with Brie and apple butter, Curried Chicken salad, with mango chutney, Nova Smoked Salmon with thinly sliced Cucumber, and Water cress sandwiches are accompanied by Sausage Rolls, Egg and Bacon Pie, Potato Salad. Stilton Cheese, Chunks of Strong Cheddar, crusty bread and of course Branston Pickle and fresh celery sticks.

Sally Lunns warmed mini scones with clotted cream and preserves, fruit tarts and Victorian Strawberry filled cup cakes after the savouries.

Hot or Freshly Brewed Iced Tea

Wed 7 Jul 2004, 10.35PM

veggie burger

Delia did muffins too.

Thu 8 Jul 2004, 6.53PM

janeo

thanks guys for the tips.

like the sound of the ham and leek salad and the curried chicken (which happens to be supper tonight!). tortilla wraps would be different and certainly the wholemeal bread will get a look in.

am certainly going to make a few cakes and might go for broke with some home made sausage rolls. chunks of cheese and branston are also a great idea.

it will be just my luck though, that i will get everything prepared and then it will start raining cats and dogs again and the cricket will be called off. will let you know, as there will be an abundance of sanwiches and cakes to eat....!

Thu 8 Jul 2004, 6.58PM

janeo

thanks guys for the tips.

like the sound of the ham and leek salad and the curried chicken (which happens to be supper tonight!). tortilla wraps would be different and certainly the wholemeal bread will get a look in.

am certainly going to make a few cakes and might go for broke with some home made sausage rolls. chunks of cheese and branston are also a great idea.

it will be just my luck though, that i will get everything prepared and then it will start raining cats and dogs again and the cricket will be called off. will let you know, as there will be an abundance of sanwiches and cakes to eat....!

Fri 9 Jul 2004, 9.13AM

Myfanwy

I have done teas for OH Bowls Team and the favourites are boiled egg mashed with mayo and cress in wholemeal bread
Also home made welsh cakes

Fri 9 Jul 2004, 7.11PM

frexy

Its all making me feel very hungry.

Fri 9 Jul 2004, 11.27PM

VAgirl

as I recall the Fat Ladies did a Cricket Tea, the show recipes could probably be found in the recipe archives, if you're interested.

if the Fat Ladies can't be found here, I think their recipes are still on the US Food Network at www.foodtv.com

although Rustie's recipes sound wonderfully delicious. Yum!

Wed 14 Jul 2004, 9.38PM

Gellie

Hi Jane,
Hope the cricket tea was a success last weekend - be nice to know what you served.

Fri 16 Jul 2004, 12.05AM

merry widow

Hi,
I make cricket teas every week and I have found that assorted quiche go down a treat.