I’ve been living in London for many years now, and one thing I always meant to do- but had never got around to, until now- was have a traditional afternoon tea somewhere special with my friend A. It was high time to do this, firstly because my list gave me inspiration to try out new things… but secondly, because in about two months my baby will be born and I’ll have to say goodbye (at least for a while) to plans such as having leisurely afternoon teas.
After looking at the places that Time-Out London suggest as the best for afternoon tea, A. and I selected the Wolseley cafe and restaurant. Very central. Very elegant. Very unlike any place we would normally visit. Very posh. Oooohh, it was such fun going there, I actually felt a bit like I was playing an upper-class character in a play.
The tea itself was what you would expect, following the rules of the classic British afternoon tea. One tray of immaculate crustless finger sandwiches- ham & mustard, cucumber, smoked salmon, egg, cream cheese. One tray of fruit scones with clotted cream & strawberry jam. One tray of selected miniature pastries. Everything was delicious and wonderfully presented, but I didn’t take any pictures because I was too embarrassed! I thought it would be a bit out of place to take pictures in such a place…
All in all, a highly recommended place for a once-in-a-while special occasion afternoon tea. Make sure though that you skip lunch and maybe even skip dinner afterwards- this tea really fills you up before you know it (I think it’s mainly the scones that do it).
One day after our posh extravaganza, my partner & I settled down to eat our supper. Very everyday, very cook-without-a-recipe, very unposh. And, I think, very Greek. It’s the kind of thing we used to cook at home in Greece without thinking twice (and we still do here in London).
- some chicken breasts (in our case, they were skinless, because that’s what was sitting around in our freezer. But I suppose they’d be fine- maybe even better- with the skin on)
- juice from 2-3 lemons
- zest from 1 lemon
- some extra virgin olive oil
- a tsp of dijon mustard
- a tsp of runny honey
- some oregano
- some thyme
- salt & pepper
- Prepare a marinade with the oil, lemon, lemon zest, oregano, thyme, mustard, honey, salt & pepper
- Put the chicken in a bowl, mixed up with the marinade, cover with cling film, and leave all day in the fridge
- When you’re ready to prepare, heat up the oven to about 180 degrees celcius, and also heat up a griddle pan
- Take out the chicken from the marinade with a slotted spoon and grill it on a fierce flame, making sure both sides are brownish-reddish
- When all the chicken is ready, put it in a pyrex pan, add the marinade & put in the oven. At some point, make sure you turn the chicken so that both sides are equally cooked. All in all, the chicken will cook in about 15 minutes, but this is not a precise science!
We had this with fresh tagliatelle & some freshly grated Parmesan, but rice would be equally nice. So… which do you think I preferred: the posh afternoon tea, or the unposh weekday chicken & pasta?