A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, QEII Coronation Teacup, Diamond Jubilee Fare

Any royal watchers out there? As a Brit and 1st Gen Yank from a Brit family, we are. Unabashedly so. Today's Diamond Jubilee festivities saw me up with BBC streaming video at 5am Pacific. I even made a few tweets during the broadcast...which I don't usually do. 

But first to my meme Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

No surprises here...I have chosen a Shelley, China coronation cup and saucer from Queen Elizabeth's coronation 60 years ago. I guess I chose this one because Shelley is a favorite and this is one of my favorite coronation photos, taken by Lord Snowdon...Anthony Armstrong-Jones who was married to Princess Margaret. An accomplished photographer.

On to the Diamond Jubilee festivities today!

It was the Big Lunch all over the UK followed by the Thames Pageant...in the rain. Light at first devolving into a downpour.

Queen Elizabeth stood for 2 hours in the cold and rain and didn't take advantage of the chairs...thrones really...provided on her barge The Spirit Of Chartwell. I thought...how many 86 year olds...and Philip is 90...would do that. I don't think it's something I'd ever be able to do!

photos from the Guardian Online
There were Diamond Jubilee celebrations around the country, with huge street parties organized. We wanted to do our bit, so it was Coronation Chicken salad for lunch:

Coronation Chicken


·         6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
·         1/3 cup raisins...golden are preferable but any kind will do
·         1 (1 pound) large mango, peeled, thinly sliced
·         2/3 cup mayonnaise
·         1 teaspoon mild curry powder
·         1 tablespoon mango chutney...I like Major Grey's Mango Chutney
·         1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
·         1 pinch salt and pepper
·         3/4 cup toasted cashews
1.     In a large pot, cook chicken in lightly salted boiling water for 20 minutes. Drain, cool, and cut into 1/2-inch strips.
2.     In a large bowl, stir together chicken strips, raisins, and half of the mango.
3.     In a medium bowl, mix together mayonnaise, curry powder, chutney, and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper, then toss gently with chicken mixture. Stir in half the nuts. Transfer to a platter, and garnish with remaining mango strips and cashews.

This is a favorite family recipe that I mess around with a lot...using snipped dried apricots instead of the raisins, changing nuts, adding coconut, using papaya instead of mango...you know what I mean. It is always delicious and easy. Works well with a rotisserie chicken as well.

I actually decided to do that for lunch after reading what The Savoy in London was serving for a special Diamond Jubilee Afternoo0n Tea this week:

Under the port cochere outside the Savoy today, they had musicians and corgis to welcome guests to the tea.  The menu was:
Featuring Coronation Chicken sandwiches to commemorate Her Majesty The Queen's Coronation in June 1953 and themed pastries including a diamond chocolate mousse cake. Tea will also include a glass of Laurent-Perrier Brut Champagne to toast the Diamond Queen.
From 49 pounds per person (!)

And for dinner...you can see a trend here...we had Britain's national dish, Chicken Tikka Masala. No, I'm not kidding!!! It really is!

This is a really complicated dish: 
saute onions & garlic in a little olive oil in a large pan while you are cooking a potato and cauliflower florets cut in bite size pieces in water for 10 minutes. Add to the onion.

Add 1 cup of frozen peas, 1-2 cups of cut up cooked chicken and a jar of Patak's Tikka Masala Simmer Sauce (found it at Costco...couldn't believe it! MUCH easier than the way I used to make it!) LOL!

Serve over rice that has been cooked with some coconut in the water and garnish with parsley or cilantro...depending on how hot you like it....raisins, more coconut if desired and chopped cashews if wanted.

So...off to watch some more royal related programs and eat some cantaloup, papaya and blueberries for dessert.

Remember, we still have Diamond Jubilee mugs at Antiques And Teacups and are having a 15% off sale through the 7th. Code Diamond. For more info on the Shelley coronation teacup...click on the photos.

Tomorrow the Diamond Jubilee presents a massive concert on a stage erected around the Victoria memorial outside Buckingham Palace and the Queen will light the Royal beacon. Tuesday, on the unprecedented second bank holiday, there is a service of thanksgiving at St. Paul's Cathedral and a carriage ride back to the Palace with a balcony appearance and massive RAF flyover. Let's hope the weather is better, as today's Royal Navy fly over was canceled due to bad weather.

Here is the linky and the last of the other blogs I'll be joining. 

Monday Marketplace
Terri~  http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com/ 
Teacup Tuesday
Trisha~  http://sweetology101.blogspot.com/ 
Tea Party Tuesday
Teatime Tuesday
Kathy~  http://blissfulrhythm.blogspot.com
Victoria - A Return to Loveliness
Martha~  http://www.marthasfavorites.com/ 
Teacup Tuesday 
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Tea With Friends
Celia ~ http://attitudeivlife.blogspot.com/  Afternoon Tea
 Tuesday Teatime 
Friends Sharing Tea Wednesday

What’s It Wednesday

My linky disappeared!!!! Trying again....


  1. That is a lovely Elizabeth teacup! And your lunch sounded like it was just perfect for the day. The Queen is such a trouper. You are right... there are not many 86year olds who would be able to keep up with her. She's amazing in a lot of ways.

  2. Very interesting, as I am a lover of all things tea and England. I have lots of Jubilee programs scheduled to be recorded to watch with other England lovers. My tea friends have been having and going to teas in honor of the Jubilee. Am loving all the coverage and goodwill between our countries.

  3. This is a lovely and informative post. Thanks for sharing all the great information. We only get some of the Jubilee events on CBC (no satelite dish) so hopefully will watch the big concert on CBC Tuesday evening. The Coronation chicken sounds delicious! Have a lovely day. Pamela

  4. Hi Ruth, It sounds like you are in Britain, with all the detail you have provided. Very interesting post! Love the coronation mug and your food looks delightful. The Noritake dish you show in your last food photo is the pattern I received for my wedding 35.5 years ago!
    Hugs, Beth

  5. Hello Ruth
    The Queen does love her people to stand for that length of time. I will want to make your Coronation chicken and will use dried apricots, thanks for that suggestion.

  6. Hi Ruth,

    A wonderful post in honor of the Queen! Your chicken dish sounds wonderful too. Thank you for hosting.

  7. Hello Ruth,
    A wonderful tribute to Her Majesty! The food looks amazing; especially your Coronation Chicken! And oh, those corgis, aren't they darling! Interesting post. God bless the Queen!


  8. Wonderful post! I enjoyed seeing your photos as I missed watching the festivities on the telly. Yes, I'm an anglophile!! Long Live the Queen!

    Hugs, Cindy

  9. Enjoyed your post! I've been watching what I can on the tv and find it so interesting. Thank you for the recipe. Sounds delicious and I will be trying it soon. Thank you for hosting and happy June!

  10. I have not seen anything from the anniversary the but I will check on the web if I see a little more. Glad you put up pictures from even state arrangement. In Sweden, dte been prinsessdop the little princess Estelle. This Wednesday is the National Day of royalty. Shelley is a fantstisk porcelain manufacturers. Chicken recipe made ​​me think of India. It looks delicious spicy and mild. I √∂snkatr you a great week! Zinnia

  11. Hi Ruth,
    the celebration looks really amazing. Your tea cup is wonderful, the cakes look delicious and I love Chicken Tikka Masala as I love all Indish food. Thank you for sharing details from the celebration. I loved to see it all.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  12. What an interesting post. LOVE the Union Jack cakes...yum! I don't know much about the Queen, but I agree that standing for 2 hours sounds uncomfortable. She is certainly a trooper! Hope you enjoyed the celebrations :)
    THANKS for hosting each week, Ruth~

  13. Lovely post and such a pretty Shelley teacup. thank you for the chicken salad recipe. I will try it with the apricots. Thank you for hosting , I enjoyed my visit.

  14. Your Coronation chicken looks and sounds yummy! Really enjoyed your tribute to HRH Elizabeth!! Wishing you a fabulous day... xo HHL

  15. Your coronation teacup is the perfect way to celebrate The Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Enjoyed your post and the recipes! I watched some of the celebrations on BBC America. Happy Tea Day!

  16. I adore your Shelley coronation cup! Wow! It is the loveliest coronation cup I have seen. Of course, it is a Shelley, so I guess that makes perfect sense!
    The coronation chicken you made looks delicious. I always play around with my own recipes too. It's all good : )
    I am glad you are having a great day watching the Queen celebrate. She is really quite the trooper. And Phillip 90! I didn't realize.

  17. I've always admired Shelley, but don't have any of this lovely china. How special that you have this coronation piece. I'm happy to discover your blog and weekly party. Thank you for hosting and for sharing the images of the wonderful celebrations in the UK.

  18. We shared our Coronation Cup with a friend last week. Love your post today. Party like you're English!

  19. Good morning Ruth, I had some trouble with Linky on my blog this morning too! It took a while for me to be able to link up! But it did work! Yippee! I appreciate you sharing with ARTL and hosting!


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