, , , , , , , ,

Anthenaeum Hotel won Tea Guild’s prestigious award for “Top London Afternoon Tea 2012”.

Welcome to Tea Tuesday, my weekly tribute to the art of having tea. As Henry James once said: “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.

I host Tea Tuesday each week, a virtual tea party which was inspired by Christine, a follower who lives in France, who was curious about English tea traditions after watching a few episodes of Downton Abbey. The British may have failed miserably in other culinary areas, but they excel in the tea ritual. Join me every Tuesday as I dish on Downton Abbey, the Royal Family, UK tourism and other topical tea issues one might discuss at tea, served up with a tea treat recipe with a history.  Today’s treat is smoked Salmon Pinwheels.

My Online Guide to the Tea Ritual

Taking a traditional “afternoon tea” is definitely a bucket list experience. To do it properly, I have created a handy guide to help you enjoy the experience: Downton Abbey Cooks Online Guide to Afternoon Tea.

We are So Social

A heart felt thank you for sharing my passion for Downton Abbey, history and food.  We have now surpassed 100,000 views here since January when I started this particular blog, almost 5,000 twitter followers (@downtoncooks).  Check out the posted links to Facebook and Pinterest.

If you do tweet, you may wish to join me @downtoncooks, and other fans of Downton Abbey and tea from around the world by entering the hashtag #downtontea Tuesdays at 4 pm GMT, 11 am EDT, 9 am PST. We just hang out and chat, not unlike what you would normally do over tea.  Please start without me, I may be in the kitchen making scones.

Dishing Downton: Spoiler Alerts

I am reminded by that when I asked Hugh Bonneville (@hughbon) about the smelly lobster on set, he tweeted back saying we shouldn’t believe everything we hear or see, so take some of these reports with a grain of salt.

WARNING:  if you wish to remain in ignorant bliss about that is going to happen in Season 3, I would suggest you scroll right down to our recipe of the day.

Smoked Salmon Pinwheels

smoked salmon pinwheels, stretches your salmon to share with more friends.

Time for another savoury treat for our tea tray which also works well as a quick and easy appetizer, particularly if you are planning to host friends to watch Downton Abbey walk away with multiple Emmys on Sept. 23.

I have many salmon recipes in my bag of tricks to showcase the wild salmon my family catches each summer.  I shared a similar smoked salmon mousse pinwheel dish which used  pumpernickel bread as the wrapper.  In this version you can add a bit more color, prep the rolls ahead of time, store in the fridge and slice just before you are ready to serve your guests.


  • 1 cup whipped cream cheese (look for lower fat versions to save some calories)
  • 1 tbsp. vodka (you can omit)
  • 1/4 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh dill,
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 8 oz. thin slices of cold smoked salmon
  • 4 x 7″ flour tortillas (try spinach or other colored tortillas to add more color to your table); Mrs. Patmore may also have used left over crepes
  • dill or chive sprigs to garnish


  1. Combine cream cheese, vodka, red onion, dill and lemon juice.
  2. Spread 1/4 cup of the cheese mixture on each tortilla then top with a layer of smoked salmon.
  3. Tightly roll up the tortillas and trim the ends (for the cook to taste).
  4. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until you are ready to serve. The cream cheese seals the end.
  5. Slice into 8 pieces (or thicker if you like) and garnish with dill sprigs or chives.