Anne of Green Gables Tea Party

Anne of Green Gables Annotated

The Annotated Anne of Green Gables. Now you can understand all that jazz about the Tories!

Anne of Green Gables has been a part of me for so long, I don’t remember when I first read it. The first volume about the misadventures of romantic, impulsive, ridiculous Anne Shirley might have been a gift from my dad, who always brought books home for me from his business trips. Or perhaps I borrowed it from the library?

All I know is, the book quickly became a place to me that I loved to visit, where a neglected orphan girl with an immense imagination could find love, acceptance, and independence when staid, sober siblings Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert accidentally adopted her. They were expecting a boy.

Anne of Green Gables Tea Party

The spread for our Anne of Green Gables tea party: fruit, raspberry cordial, plum cake, cherry shortbread, and tea sandwiches.

I quickly snapped up all the books in the series, grabbing them greedily from bookstore shelves and devouring them. I looked up the poetry they referenced in my dad’s books, and studied the clothing of the period at the library to try to form a more complete picture. And then I heard PBS would be airing a TV movie. Made in actual Canada. I swooned, in proper Anne fashion.

Needless to say, I was a huge fan of the Sullivan Anne of Green Gables and the sequel. (Although I didn’t like how they condensed Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island, and Anne of Windy Poplars in the sequel: I wanted three-hour movies of each of them!) And I’ve never seen Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story, which wasn’t based on any of the books and is wrong wrong wrong. No.

In junior high, my “bosom friend” and I wrote each other notes as Anne and Diana and had big plans to put on a play. While the play never materialized, I was able to throw a tea party for the two of us, including raspberry cordial. I promise I did not set her drunk.

Anne of Green Gables Tea Party

Raspberry cordial–not currant wine, I promise! I served it half and half with club soda.

When I heard that Jonathan Crombie, the actor who played Gilbert, suddenly died this spring, I made plans with another Anne friend, Kari, to have a tea and watch the first movie. We had a wonderful time, and I thought I’d share my recipes here, in case you’d like to do the same.

Many of them are from the official Anne of Green Gables Cookbook, and several are my interpretations of what Anne intended to serve Diana at their tea party: fruit cake became plum cake (okay it’s prune cake, but delicious), and instead of cherry preserves, I made shortbread with dried cherries and orange.

Anne of Green Gables Tea Party

Closeup shot of the plum cake and cherry-orange shortbread.

Anne of Green Gables Tea Party

Poetical Egg Salad Sandwiches
Cucumber-Mint Tea Sandwiches
Iny’s Prune Cake
Cherry-Orange Shortbread Cookies
I subbed dried cherries for cranberries
Fruit
Tea
I selected a variety called “Lord Bergamot” because it sounded so romantic
Raspberry Cordial
I made a quarter-recipe and served it with club soda for sparkle

I set up a coffee table downstairs, queued up my Anne of Green Gables DVD, brought out my best china and teapot, and settled in with my kindred spirit Kari for a perfectly lovely afternoon!

My 10-month-old daughter Sarah joined us for part of the movie, and while she enjoyed my basil egg salad, I don’t think she had the attention span for the story. I’m hoping we can make it a yearly thing as she grows up!

Anne of Green Gables Tea Party

Aerial view! Note the annotated Anne of Green Gables.

Have any of you thrown an Anne tea party? What did you do? Post below!

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Basil Egg Salad Sandwiches

Oh, egg salad. How I hated you as a child. And how wrong I was. Well-made egg salad is amazing, and so easy to make. Chances are, you’ll have everything you need right in your fridge–except, perhaps, the fresh basil, which really makes it.

This is the recipe I used for my Anne of Green Gables tea party earlier this month!

Basil Egg Salad

Makes 2 regular sandwiches or 8 tea sandwiches

You need:

Four large eggs
Best Foods or Hellmann’s mayonnaise, to taste (start with 1/4 cup and go from there)
2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 Tablespoons fresh basil, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
4 slices firm white or wheat bread

Place your eggs in a saucepan and cover them with water. Bring to a boil, covered, over high heat. Once the water reaches a boil, turn off the heat and let the eggs sit for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare a large bowl of ice water. Drain the eggs and place them in the cold water for at least 10 minutes. Then, gently crack the shells all over and remove them under running water.

Dice your eggs and add them to a medium bowl. Add the mayonnaise, mustard, basil, salt, and pepper. Taste your salad and add more mayo, mustard, salt, or pepper if needed.

Spread your slices of bread with mayonnaise and divide your salad between two of them, topping your sandwiches with your other two slices of bread. If you’re eating them immediately, slice them in half and enjoy.

If you’re making tea sandwiches, cover the sandwiches and refrigerate them for at least and hour. Then, using a serrated blade that you wipe clean after each cut, slice off the crusts, then cut each sandwich into either four squares or four triangles. Enjoy!

Deluxe Basil Egg Salad

When I’m feeling extra fancy, I add chopped sundried tomatoes (which have been rehydrated in hot water) and chopped kalamata olives.

Happy Monday! Links to Make Your Day Brighter

Nap. STRIKE! The view as I type.

Nap. STRIKE! The view as I type.

Happy Monday! This post is last because Sarah has decided to go on a nap strike today. Late, short morning nap and no afternoon nap. Oh boy. She’s rattling around in her playpen while I type this up.

Entertaining

I was so sad last April when Jonathan Crombie, the actor who played Gilbert Blythe in Anne of Green Gables, died that I made a date for tea and to watch the movie with my friend Kari. Schedules being what they were, we finally were able to get together this Saturday. There was tea. There was raspberry cordial. There will be (someday) a blog post! In the meantime, here are some recipes from the Anne of Green Gables Cookbook.

I’m gearing up for my brother’s girlfriend’s baby shower this weekend! My Mom and I are having so much fun with this. We chose Tiffany blue, black, and white as the colors, along with pandas (my brother’s girlfriend’s favorite animal). While designing some of the tags and things, I came across a Tiffany font that’s pretty close to the real thing. I’ll be sure to take pictures and post them!

Our Twin Peaks dinner party was so much fun last May that we’ve decided to throw a Twin Peaks brunch in September! I can get a lot more people over for brunch than dinner (50+ versus 14), and there was a lot of breakfast food on the show.

The Twin Peaks revival on Showtime won’t arrive until 2007, but TVLine’s Twin Peaks Is Back: 14 Burning Questions Season 3 Must Address article should refresh your memory and pique your interest.

Zero Waste

I know, I know, I had a temper tantrum about this last week. But I’m still committed to reducing our waste. Thus far, I’ve only done curbside composting, but with our big new community garden plot, I might take Zero Waste Chef’s simple advice and just start throwing scraps on the ground outside!

In the same vein, school’s starting again soon, but my EasyLunchboxes are starting to break down after three years of constant use. Tempted by these stainless steel LunchBots at Life Without Plastic.

Comics

Oh my god, I am so far out the loop I didn’t even realize there was a Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde series coming out! Issue #2 is out this week, and I’m gonna hunt #1 down as well.

Speaking of comics, here’s a preview of Abe Sapien #25, with a quick word-association interview with the co-writer (and my husband) Scott Allie.

That’s all I got! I have so many blog posts in my brain but I need to send them out through my fingers and onto the Internet . . .

Twin Peaks Party

Happy Monday! Links (and Videos) to Make Your Day Brighter

Happy Monday, everyone! Hope your weekends were lots of fun. Mine was jam packed: not only did we have two brunches (one at our house, one at Sid’s Mom’s), but we hosted our epic Twin Peaks Dinner on Saturday, and it was awesome!

I’ll post a pic here, but I’ll do a full Twin Peaks party post later this week. Cobbling together the decorations and the food was fun, but the best part is how my friends ran with it–the costuming was superb.

Twin Peaks Party

Shelly the waitress, Audrey Horne, and Nadine at our Twin Peaks Dinner. Photo by Jewel Mlnarik.

Now, without further ado: links!

Are you currently living under a rock? Do you (wrongly) feel you’re too cool for Star Wars? Just go watch the new teaser already.

I’m also loving this Star Wars comic strip by Dan Hipp–it shows exactly how I felt watching the video.

If you’re a regular reader, you know how much I love Jennifer L. Scott’s 10-Item Wardrobe videos. Here she does a talk through of her Spring/Summer wardrobe.

I’m currently putting together my own Spring/Summer wardrobe (because I’m a fancy lady, and I also like having clean drawers and being able to get dressed in five minutes), so I’m tempted to check out Boden.

Need a laugh (especially if you, like me, used to work in the service industry)? Kitchenette’s Behind Closed Ovens column this week is titled Misfires and Meltdowns of Terrible Restaurant Employees.

And, to end on a somber note, I was truly saddened to hear that Jonathan Crombie, Gilbert Blythe from the classic Anne of Green Gables television movies, passed away at the age of 48. The books and movies were a huge part of my childhood and adolescence, and my thoughts are with his family. Time to watch Anne again this week.

Gonna finally wrap up my 10-Item Wardrobe posts from my vacation, and I swear I’ll post some recipes, too. Now I gotta play with my baby!