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Old Mon, Sep-21-20, 07:02
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Default UK afternoon tea: ideas for tins and jars for instant serving

I need ideas for fast savoury snacks for afternoon teas: tins, jars, long-life items to tip straight out (or add a touch of something) then serve. Budget is around £3 per item. Not fake low-carb products or sweet stuff. I like good quality savoury food. I have a well stocked cupboard and always have basics such as cream cheese in the fridge, so an easily assembled dip for crudities (maximum 3 ingredients) would be manageable. I physically manage anything more complicated.

Does anyone have any suggestions, please? I shop online in Asda, so ideally I'd prefer to be able to buy it there.

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I don’t live in the UK, so can’t tell you where or if this is available, but do you like tinned fish? 10 years ago you couldn’t have paid me to try sardines or anchovies or smoked oysters (or mussels), but now I keep a stash on the shelf for when I want a bit of something savory. Particularly the smoked oysters appeal to me. I only know of one brand, in the US, that is available with olive oil (Crown Prince) but that is an important thing to look for IMO. I always read the labels because I believe they have some with canola or soy as well.
The quickest dip in the world: equal amounts of mayonnaise & sour cream, + your favorite herbs, fresh if you have them, otherwise dried. Dill or chives are particularly nice. Dress it up with some finely chopped bell pepper if you want, but it isn’t necessary..
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Hi there, thanks so much for these ideas. I do eat some tinned fish, but we'd put them into hot recipes generally. I'm not sure of how to serve it for afternoon tea. What would you serve the smoked oysters with? I can get them in sunflower oil.

I will try the dip, thanks.

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Whenever I think of UK afternoon tea - I don't think of tinned fish.

Instead I think of afternoon tea at the Hotel Russel on Russel Square, London.

I am grateful I do not live in London with easy access to the Hotel Russel.

I quickly developed an addiction to scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream.

The memories live on in my fat cells!
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Nom nom... clotted cream! oh for Devonshire scones. However the carbs are criminal and they should be banned!


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Whenever I think of UK afternoon tea - I don't think of tinned fish.

Instead I think of afternoon tea at the Hotel Russel on Russel Square, London.

I am grateful I do not live in London with easy access to the Hotel Russel.

I quickly developed an addiction to scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream.

The memories live on in my fat cells!


Yep, this is the problem. Sometimes visitors point-blank refuse a meal and say "we'll just have afternoon tea instead". But we have nothing like that in the house, so we have to bake scones and make jam instead of having our lunch, then if the visitors stay for ages, I'm starving and end up eating scones for energy. So I need to have a tin or jar of something instant for myself.

Afternoon tea generally has some savouries like mini quiches, sandwiches, etc., so I just need to think of something easy for myself.

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Hi there, thanks so much for these ideas. I do eat some tinned fish, but we'd put them into hot recipes generally. I'm not sure of how to serve it for afternoon tea. What would you serve the smoked oysters with? I can get them in sunflower oil.

I will try the dip, thanks.


If the smoked oysters are just for me (usually the case) I just eat them as is. Otherwise, perhaps on a thinly sliced veg of some sort, cucumber or kohlrabi, perhaps a bit of cream cheese to “glue” it down. A “prettier” tinned fish nibble (none of them are particular attractive), and maybe available in the UK, are anchovies rolled around a caper; nice on top of a hard cooked egg half, or slice.
Come to think of it, potted meats of various sorts have always been more of a “thing” in Britain than over here, haven’t they? My few older English cookbooks seem to indicate that (including one of my mother’s, specifically aimed at Afternoon Tea). Unless they are so unbearably old fashioned that they aren’t available anymore. I know they are meant for sandwiches, but veg slices or LC crackers could substitute. (Also not hard to make at home if one has the desire)
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Whenever I think of UK afternoon tea - I don't think of tinned fish.


When I was in boarding school in Ireland, in the 1960s, one of the meals served sometimes for Tea (which was our evening meal, Dinner being served in the middle of the day) was sardines on toast; that was probably on Fridays. Quite horrible, and ruined my taste for any sort of tinned fish, except tuna, for many, many years.
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Thanks Verbena. I would be offering it to everyone.

I cannot imagine cucumber with shellfish :/ Not sure if it would be my thing, but I do make a lovely dip with fresh smoked salmon, cream cheese and horseradish, which would work well with radishes or cauliflower crudite. I wonder if there's a tin which would sub for the smoked salmon... Hmm
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Shrimp goes quite nicely with cucumber. I have in my collection of LC recipes (collected from around the internet) several where the “cracker” is a slightly thicker slice of cucumber, with various toppings. Or a piece 1 to 2 inches long, slightly hollowed out to form a cup. Another cup like thing would be a piece of bell pepper. Your salmon, cream cheese, and horseradish reminds me of something that usually goes over well with guests. thinly sliced smoked salmon (lox) spread with cream cheese mixed with wasabi or horseradish, and then rolled up like a jelly roll. Chilled thoroughly, in the freezer for a bit to firm it up, then rolled in sesame seeds (or chopped parsley or chives), and sliced. Its a little fiddly, but laying the salmon out on plastic wrap makes it much easier. DH calls it Swedish Sushi :-)
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Does anyone know what to do with canned/tinned caviar?
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Nom nom... clotted cream! oh for Devonshire scones. However the carbs are criminal and they should be banned!

I probably shouldn't tempt you, but these keto scones are rather good (though they are more like a mini sponge cake than a scone]:

https://aussieketoqueen.com/keto-sc...-afternoon-tea/
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Thanks, Demi. I might try those.

I found a keto bun recipe which was based on mozzarella cheese which looked very promising, and could possibly be converted into a cheese scone, so when I can muster energy, I am intending to try them out.
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Your salmon, cream cheese, and horseradish reminds me of something that usually goes over well with guests. thinly sliced smoked salmon (lox) spread with cream cheese mixed with wasabi or horseradish, and then rolled up like a jelly roll. Chilled thoroughly, in the freezer for a bit to firm it up, then rolled in sesame seeds (or chopped parsley or chives), and sliced. Its a little fiddly, but laying the salmon out on plastic wrap makes it much easier. DH calls it Swedish Sushi :-)


Mmmm.. That sounds really nice. If I could leave it in the freezer until needed, then that would work for me.
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Old Sat, Sep-26-20, 11:17
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I don’t think leaving the salmon roll in the freezer, well wrapped of course, would cause it any harm.
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