Friday, June 26, 2009

Ladies Summertime Tea Menu

My friend Stacey and I had a lovely tea party this week -- eating, swimming and watching our children play together. Stacey brought our tea selection, a deliciously smooth coconut chai by Zhena's Gypsy Tea.

Our Tea Menu

Tropical Chicken Salad Served on a Bed of Field Greens

Fresh Strawberries, Pineapple and Grapes

Lemon and Banana Nut Muffins

Colby-Jack Cheese Cubes with Wheat Crackers

Coconut Chai Tea

Homemade Lemon Ice Cream with Whipped Cream

Tropical Chicken Salad

Meat from whole lemon-pepper rotisserie chicken, shredded
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons pickle juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans
8-ounce can pineapple tidbits, drained
15-ounce can mandarin oranges, drained
1 tablespoon parsley flakes
1/2 cup chopped green onions

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and refrigerate until serving. To serve, mound the chicken salad on a bed of field greens. If desired, drizzle a little raspberry-walnut vinaigrette dressing over the salad to moisten. Serves 6.

Lemon Ice Cream

I first discovered this recipe just out of college while working as an editorial assistant at Christian Woman magazine. I accompanied the graphic designer to the photo shoot for recipes using lemons and loved this ice cream so much, I went right out and bought an ice cream maker so I could try this recipe myself. All these years later, it is still a perfectly refreshing treat on a hot summer day.

8 lemons
3 cups sugar
1 pint whipping cream
1 quart milk

Slice two lemons paper thin (do not peel the lemons, and it is important they be paper thin). Cut the slices into halves, then fourths. Set aside. Juice remaining lemons. Dissolve the sugar in the juice. This much can be done ahead and refrigerated until time to complete making ice cream. Combine the lemon-sugar mixture with the whipping cream and milk. Add the two lemons you set aside earlier. Stir well, and pour it into freezer can. Freeze according to manufacturer's directions. Serve with whipped cream. Note: I cut the lemon slices into smaller sections. My children liked the ice cream, but did not care for the lemon pieces. Next time, I plan to try zesting, then juicing, the two lemons instead of slicing them.

14 comments:

Allidink said...

Mmm tropical chicken salad, never heard of it before but it sounds good :) I love chicken salad. How fun!

All the best,
Allison

Tiffany said...

That chicken salad sounds yummy. I will have to try it this summer!

Anita said...

Everything looks yummy. Thanks for sharing the recipes. Your pictures area always so sharp and well balanced...what kind of camera do you use and do you have any tips to share?

Jennifer Driver said...

Looks like you had a fun poolside party!

Jennifer said...

Melissa,
I just want you to know that your blog is the first thing I check every morning. It brightens my day.Thanks for sharing your life, loves, and recipes with us.
Jennifer (JSL)

Melissa Lester said...

Thank you, Jennifer, for the compliment! I appreciate your stopping by each day.

And, Anita, I use a Sony 600 DSLR. I am not an advanced photographer, so try to take most of my photos in natural light. Sometime I would love to take a photography class.

Sandy Toes said...

How very beautiful!
sandy toe

Anonymous said...

Melissa,

I just made lemon ice cream for the first time yesterday and it is delcious!
I enjoy the creativity of your blog so much.
I wanted to know, do you make your own hair bows or buy them? If you make them, could you do a tutorial on one of your blogs? They match the girls clothes so perfectly. I would like to do the same with my two sweethearts.

Anonymous said...

Melissa,

I was first introduced to you through your articles in Christian Woman Magazine. Then several years ago, our ladies Bible class studied with your book, "Giving For All Its Worth". I still enjoy going back to it from time to time. I was so excited, a while back, to find your blog through another blog. (I'm not sure which one, perhaps 4 Reluctant Entertainers?) I am so inspired by your creativity. Your children are beautiful and you are helping them live a beautiful life.
Thanks for all the great photos, how-to's and the joy for life you seem to exude!

Michelle Linscomb
MacArthur Park C of C
San Antonio, TX

Melissa Lester said...

Oh, thank you, Michelle, and everyone for the kind comments. I love doing the blog and am so honored that you visit with me here.

In response to the question about hairbows, I do make most of the ones the girls wear and plan to post a tutorial soon, along with a few other related projects. Hopefully I'll get to those in the next week or two.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

This really is wonderful, Melissa. The recipe for ice cream makes me want to go buy a churn, too! :-)

XO,

Sheila :-)

Brenda said...

What a beautiful setting and a yummy way to treat yourselves!
Brenda

Shelley in SC said...

Thanks for sharing!! This looks SO yummy!!

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