Adele’s Skyfall James Bond Theme!

Adele’s soaring, swooping new Skyfall song, the theme to the latest James Bond film starring Daniel Craig, is out in all its glory. The release marks Global James Bond Day, the 50th Anniversary of the first Bond film, Dr. No.

Adele teamed up with producer Paul Epworth to write the theme song, who she also worked with on her 2011 album ’21’. The theme was recorded with a 77-piece orchestra in London’s Abbey Road Studios. Adele said of the experience: “When we recorded the strings it was one of the proudest moments of my life!” The song was released at 0:07 am UK time, early Thursday evening in America.

Great isn’t it? Now, here are snippets of the other James Bond songs from the 22 films until Skyfall. There are some classics in there we’d almost forgotten about, but some absolute shockers too!

It’s a difficult decision, but we think we like Paul McCartney’s Live and Let Die song the best! He performed it at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace don’tcha know? The biggest shock to the system though might be the news that James Bond is actually 50! But having seen a few of the pictures from Skyfall, it looks like he hasn’t aged a bit. Here’s our favorite:

Lastly, could we be celebrating James Bond without a nod to some sort of parody? British comedy legends Adam Buxton & Joe Cornish recorded separate versions of the theme to 2008 Bond film A Quantum of Solace for their radio show, and listeners picked the winner. Both are hilarious, but which do you think won the public vote?

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Diamond Jubilee Weekend Photo Album

It is a well-known fact that all good things come to an end. We had a fantastic weekend here at Tea & Sympathy. A Salt & Battery got involved in the action, as did La Belle Epoque. Here are a few photos that are certain keepers in the Little Britain photo album.

God Save The Queen!

One does like a good cuppa. Especially when it has One’s own photograph on it!

The cheek of it! Nicky grabs a moment to celebrate with one of our gorgeous waitresses. Taken by a photographer for The Times of London.

Where do I stand on the republic versus monarchy debate? Don’t ask me, my mom made me wear this!

Much appreciated support from our American friends at Le Belle Epoque on the other side of Greenwich Ave.

Queen Elizabeth II’s 1957 New York City Visit

With the Jubilee celebrations continuing back in Britain with today and Tuesday off work, we thought we’d treat ourselves to this little bit of royal New York history. Queen Elizabeth II paid a visit to the Big Apple back in 1957, and in all her resplendent beauty did what she does best: looked the part and remained thoroughly dignified throughout. We can’t help be filled with nostalgia for a time we never knew by black and white, grainy celluloid, and warbling horn music!

Diamond Jubilee Weekend Celebrations & Memorabilia

God save our gracious Queen, long live the noble Queen, God save the Queen! How happy we are to be celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th year on the throne. And, as you can see, we are doing it in Great British style:

Union Jacks as far as the eye can see!

If you’re in this neck of the woods over the weekend, be sure to stop in and take a look at our range of Diamond Jubilee products, all imported from Blighty:

The full range of commemorative Diamond Jubilee goodies! Perfect for gifts or to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 60th year in style!

One can’t hear you as one seems to have a scone in each ear!

Tea towels: for when One makes a mess.

One seems to have gone slightly to pieces! Customers will recognise this beautiful, one-of-a-kind mosaic of The Queen from the entrance vestibule of Carry On Tea & Sympathy

Our good friends La Belle Epoque on the opposite side of Greenwich Avenue are also getting into the spirit of things, giving pride of place in their window to this gorgeous vintage poster from the 1953 coronation:

Tea & Sympathy’s Queen’s Jubilee Menu

It is finally upon us! This weekend is the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee: a celebration of Elizabeth II’s 60th year on the throne that will go down in British history. We’ve put together a recommended menu to help you commemorate the event in truly regal style.

Feel free to give us a call (212-989-9735) if you’re planning a party and are looking for supplies – we have everything you need for an authentic British knees-up!

Coronation Chicken Finger Sandwiches

The perfect savory to serve at your party. Easy to make, easy to eat, and invented for the Queen’s coronation. A lightly spiced creamy chicken, coronation chicken hints at the Raj while finger sandwiches evoke a dainty English civility. Most importantly, these little morsels are utterly delicious.

Ingredients:
Makes about 10 sandwiches

Good quality, thinly sliced bread of your preference
Coronation chicken
Very thinly sliced peeled cucumber, tomato or lettuce (optional)
Salt and Pepper

  • Choose a selection of good-quality, thinly sliced white, wholewheat and seven-grain breads.
  • Peel the dark green skin from the outside of the cucumber with a vegetable peeler if using.
  • Spread a good amount of coronation chicken on to the bread, and add cucumber, lettuce or tomato if using. Season to taste
  • Top with a plain slice.
  • With a sharp knife, cut the crusts off of the bread and discard. Cut the sandwich diagonally into triangles or finger shapes.
  • Serve garnished with a sprig of fresh watercress.

Victoria Sponge

Named after the last monarch to spend 60 years on the throne. Queen Victoria favored a slice of sponge cake with her afternoon tea, and this is an especially decadent version: two layers filled with cream and jam and topped with confectioners’ sugar.


Serves 8-10
Preparation Time: 35-40 minutes

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
A few drops of pure vanilla extract
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 heaping teaspoon baking powder

  • Preheat  the oven to 350F
  • With an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time , along with the vanilla.
  • With a spatula, fold in the flour and baking powder and mix until smooth.
  • Divide the batter between 2 buttered and floured 8-inch cake tins and smooth the surface by tapping gently on the side of the tins.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  • As with all cakes, the best way to make sure the cake is done is by inserting a thin knife or skewer into the center of the cake: if it comes out clean, then the cake is done. Turn out onto wire rack to cool.

Royal Chocolate Biscuit Cake

We originally featured this cake during last year’s Royal wedding. William selected this childhood favorite as his groom’s cake. According to royal chef Darren McGrady, it is also one of the Queen’s top picks. Daily Candy stopped by to film Nicky preparing the cake. As you can see, it’s extremely simple and my-oh-my is it yummy!

There are more recipe ideas here. Please send us pictures if you do have a party – and we hope you have a fantastic Jubilee weekend!

Queen’s Jubilee Military Muster

We realise we’ve gone a little monarchy mad of late but with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee just 12 days away, it’s hard to contain our excitement. The official celebrations kicked off back in Blighty on Saturday with a mile-long military parade showing off the best of all three armed forces. A spectacle in its own right, the 2,500 men and women that took part were a blaze of color, rigor and top notch British discipline. And by all accounts, the general public were blown away by the affair as the surrounding streets overflowed with Union Jacks and jubilant crowds. Bring on June 2nd!

Here are some of our favorite snaps from the day.

This one made us chuckle… Here’s Queen Silvia of Sweden looking on as King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden snaps some pics on his cell phone. How very modern!

British Pantry: Diamond Jubilee Packaging

The great British food brands are pulling out all the stops to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th year on the throne. Here’s a list of our favorite commemorative packaging so far. The limited edition Marmite is on its way – and the others should be here soon after!

7. Tate & Lyle Confectioner’s Sugar

6. Waitrose

Waitrose, a high end British supermarkets, are rebranding a whole host of products.


5. Johnnie Walker

The perfect tipple to celebrate with, complete with commemorative bottle.

4. Heinz Tinned Spaghetti

Heinz go retro… Tinned Spaghetti, as it was in 1952!

3. Marmite

Ma’am, a traditional term of reference for The Queen, paid homage to by Marmite.

2. Tate & Lyle Golden Syrup

1. Cadbury Dairy Milk

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Recipes

With just two weeks until the Diamond Jubilee, thoughts turn to food. Every celebration needs a great menu, and The Queen’s 60th year on the throne is certainly no exception. We’ve been dispelling the myth of terrible British cuisine for 21 years, and June 2nd is the perfect chance to showcase all our greatest grub. We’ll be sharing our recipe for Coronation chicken next week (creamy, lightly spiced chicken salad originally cooked up for the Queen’s coronation), but first, to whet your appetite, here are some other delicious regal recipes.

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee: Royal recipes

During her 60-year reign, Queen Elizabeth II has dined at some of the finest restaurants in the world, enjoyed sumptuous state banquets and sampled local delicacies from across the globe.

 

As tens of thousands of her loyal subjects plan street parties to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June, food will once again take centre stage – with dishes of all shapes and sizes set to form part of the nationwide feast.

If you’re planning a street party this year, there are hundreds of Royal-inspired recipes to choose from, all with special significance for Her Majesty. From a chicken dish created for the Queen’s coronation to a regal recipe for homemade scones, here are some suggestions for your Jubilee spread.

Drop scones

When President Eisenhower visited the Queen at Balmoral in 1960, he was so impressed with her “homemade” drop scones that he asked for the recipe. Weeks later, Her Majesty sent the US President some neatly-typed instructions – and while we can’t imagine the Queen beating eggs in the Buckingham Palace kitchens, this recipe is very much her own.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups flour
  • 4 tbsp caster sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate soda
  • 3 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 tbsp melted butter

Method: Beat eggs, sugar and about half the milk together, add flour, and mix well together, adding remainder of milk as required, also bicarbonate and cream of tartar. Fold in the melted butter. Enough for 16 people.

Beef Wellington

Reportedly named after the Duke of Wellington, this beef creation is a firm favourite at Buckingham Palace. According to former royal chef Darren McGrady, who worked for the Queen for 15 years until 1997, Her Majesty loves the dish, which combines meat with mushrooms and puff pastry. Here is his recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1.4kg beef tenderloin
  • ½ tsp English mustard powder
  • ¼ tsp celery seeds
  • 230g liver paté
  • 450g Portobello mushrooms, pureed
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup cream
  • 60g butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 box readymade puff pastry

Method: In a large pan, add the butter, onion and a pinch of salt. Cook until the onion softens. Add mushrooms and sweat until the liquid evaporates. Add cream and Worcestershire sauce and reduce again to a smooth paste. Adjust the seasoning and set aside to cool. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan and season the beef with the mixture of salt, pepper, mustard and celery seeds. Sear the beef on all sides and then remove to cool completely. Preheat the oven to 200C. Roll out the pastry to fit the size of the beef. Spread the mushroom mixture over the pastry, leaving at least three inches around the edges. Slice the paté, layer in the centre of the pastry and place the tenderloin on top. Fold the pastry and mushroom mix over the tenderloin and stick with the beaten egg. Neatly fold in the two ends and flip upside-down. Brush the top of the pastry with the remaining egg. Place the Wellington into the oven and cook for 10 minutes, before reducing the heat to 180C. Cook for a further 20 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown. Allow to rest for five minutes before slicing.

Royal chocolate biscuit cake

This chocolate cake was Prince Williams favourite childhood treat and was one of two specially-made cakes at his wedding to Kate Middleton last year. The unbaked three-tier dessert was made from 1,700 biscuits and nearly 20kg of chocolate. Here is a recipe for a smaller version.

Ingredients:

  • 400g plain chocolate
  • 1 packet (300g) Rich Tea biscuits
  • 85g unsalted butter
  • 170g golden syrup
  • 15 glace cherries (chopped)
  • 50g raisins
  • Handful chopped nuts

Method: Crush the biscuits and add cherries, raisins and nuts. In a large saucepan, melt the margarine with the syrup and chocolate. Pour the chocolate mixture over the biscuits and stir. Pour into a lined 12×8 inch tin and press down well. Refrigerate for at least two hours before cutting into squares to serve.