Much Ado About Stuffing!

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, Nicky – ever generous and kind – thought she’d share her famous stuffing recipe with all you lovely people. This recipe is perfect for turkey and you’ll hopefully have most of the ingredients lying around your kitchen already. So try it out this Thursday for a fabulous Thanksgiving feast!

Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe by Tea & Sympathy

1 large onion chopped
2 sticks celery chopped
2 red apples chopped
6 rashers bacon chopped
3 sausages out of skin
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup fresh chopped sage leaves
1 tsp dried mixed herbs
salt & pepper
2 cups fresh breadcrumbs
1 or 2 eggs

Fry the onions until soft then add the bacon. Cook for a few minutes then add celery, apples, nuts, sausage meat, sage, herbs, salt and pepper. Fry until it is mostly cooked. take off the heat and add the bread crumbs and beaten egg or eggs. Put into a baking dish and bake for approx 45 minutes in a 375 degree oven.


For the truly lazy we also stock Paxo at our Carry On Tea & Sympathy grocery store. This is a stuffing mixture you can add water to then bake in the oven. So whatever your time constraints this Thanksgiving – Tea & Sympathy has got you covered!


Now in stock: Advent Calendars

We hope you all had as wonderful a Thanksgiving as we did. Who knew you could stuff a turkey with Shepherd’s Pie mixture! Now on to the serious business of Christmas. And look what we have in stock to help your kids (and you) get excited for the big day: advent calendars, with a window for each day hiding a delicious morsel of British choccy goodness. Priced between $10.95-$14.95, there are only  six days until December 1st, so stop by the store or email ( or call (212-989-9735) for shipping.

The classic. Mars advent calendar. Perfect for kids and adults alike.


Thornton's advent calendar. For the cocoa connoisseur.


Assorted cartoon calendars. Perfect for the little'uns.


We’d like to wish a very merry Happy Thanksgiving to all our customers at Tea & Sympathy, and all those who follow our blog. We hope you eat well, drink well and spend it with the people you love. The restaurant and produce store is open as usual tonight, until 10.30pm, so if you don’t want to cook at home (we’re delivering: 212-989-9735), or need to pick up some last minute goodies, stop by!

And with christmas only a month away, now seems the perfect time to begin introducing the this year’s festive treats. First up, as well as being gorgeously buttery, devilishly sweet and oh-so-moreish, thanks to our collective punning skills at T&S, our first offering is also politically relevant! May we introduce to you… Mince OccuPies! Yes, that’s right, we have named that quintessential pastry treat of British Yuletide (packed with sultanas, dried fruit and a spiced syrup) after the goings on in Zucotti Park that dominate New York’s daily headlines. We’ve also invented our very own twitter hashtag #MinceOccuPies (how 21st century!) which we will be using with unrestrained glee between now and December 25th. Please copy, paste, and retweet to your hearts’ content. After all, nothing mixes better than festive frivolities and a bit of political insurrection.

99% delicious

We have various packaged mince pies available in-store at Carry On Tea & Sympathy, as well as the unbeatable homemade #MinceOccuPies, for $2 each, or $6 for two with our very own brandy butter. For further info, please stop by, email us at, or phone on 212-989-6735. And remember the Twitter hashtag: #MinceOccuPies!

From all at Tea & Sympathy, we wish you the happiest of Thanksgivings, and a brilliant December to follow. Now bring on Christmas!

Chocolate Cake: Something for the (Thanksgiving) weekend

With only one week to go until Thanksgiving, we thought it right to give you an extra special ‘Something for the Weekend’. This will knock the socks off your friends and family, and is really pretty easy to put together – perfect for this hectic time of year. So without any further ado, here is our recipe for Tea & Sympathy Chocolate Cake.

Chocolate Cake

“Chocolate cake is a very passionate thing. Several times over the years, we decided to change the recipe and still people came in and asked for previous versions. However, we think this is the best we have ever done.  It was inspired by one of Nigella Lawson’s cakes, but we do it a little differently and add the most delicious icing.”
– From ‘Tea & Sympathy: The Life of an English Tea Shop in New York’.

Serves 8-10
Prep: 1 hr 15 mins

For the cake:
1 cup bittersweet plain dark chocolate
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 ½ cups dark brown sugar
3 eggs, beaten
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup hot water

For the icing:
4 tablespoons milk
¼ cup (1/2 stick butter)
½ cup bittersweet dark chocolate, grated
1 ¾ cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
Shaved chocolate optional

  • Preheat the oven to 375F.
  • Grease an 8-inch cake tin.
  • Melt the chocolate in a basin over a pan of hot water; leave to one side.
  • Sift the flour and backing soda into a bowl.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs a little at a time, and then the vanilla.
  • With a spatula, fold the melted chocolate into the butter/sugar mixture, then add the flour and baking soda little by little, and then the hot water.
  • Pour the mixture into the greased cake tin and bake for 45 minutes.
  • Turn the cake out onto a wire rack to cool.
  • To prepare the icing: Heat the milk, butter and chocolate gently in a saucepan until melted.
  • In a medium bowl, pour the chocolate mixture onto the confectioners’ sugar and beat until smooth.
  • Pour on top of the cake and spread evenly with a spatula, covering the cake completely.
  • Decorate the iced cake with a little shaved chocolate.
This, along with all our recipes, is available in our lovely shiny cookbook ‘Tea & Sympathy: The Life of an English Tea Shop in New York’. We have a few copies left in store, which would make excellent Christmas presents. We can ship, so get in touch if you’d like one, either by phone: 212-989-9735, or email:
And here’s hoping one and all have a fantastic Thanksgiving!