Saturday, April 23, 2011

T is for Taking Tea

T is for Taking Tea
This is one of my favorite things to do. My daughters have all been initiated into the tradition. When my son gets older he will be introduced to it as well (minus the frilly dresses).  Ok so my twelve year old won’t wear them anymore either.
We sit down at table and enjoy all the finery that our English ancestors have passed down to us. Complete with linen napkins and freshly picked flowers to decorate the table.
Sometimes we invite our friends to join us, sometimes it is just us. But whichever one we chose, it is a time of relaxation and refreshment.  
What is yours?
Please enjoy the following recipe, it is one of my favorites.

Chicken Salad
2 split bone in, skin on chicken breast        salt and pepper to taste
Good olive oil
1/3 cup mayo                                                   1/3 cup good honey
1 bunch of red seedless grapes                    ¼ cup chopped pecans
Salt and pepper to taste
Place chicken breast on a sheet pan skin side up. Rub with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 40 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Allow to cool. Discard the skin and bones, chop into cubes.
Mix mayo with honey. Cut grapes into small slices, mix mayo/honey mixture into grapes and pecans. Fold in chicken breast. Salt and pepper to taste. This is best made the day before, allowing the flavors to marry.