Make sure your jubilee feast is fit for a Queen

Barbara Crick (32), owner of Emsworth Cookery School, with some of the selection of tasty treats that will be on offer to make at the workshop.  Picture: Sarah Standing (121681-4140)
Barbara Crick (32), owner of Emsworth Cookery School, with some of the selection of tasty treats that will be on offer to make at the workshop. Picture: Sarah Standing (121681-4140)

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It will soon be time to dust off the vintage crockery, get out granny’s recipes and treat friends and family to a jubilicious feast.

The good old-fashioned British tea party is back in style and there’s no better way to mark 60 years of the Queen’s reign.

But whether you do it yourself or snap up the abundant Jubilee-packaged snacks in the shops is another matter.

It’s all a question of time, of course, but Emsworth cook Barbara Crick has some helpful ideas and tips for those who want create their Jubilee tea party from scratch.

Barbara runs Emsworth Cookery School from her home and will be holding a Jubilee Afternoon Tea workshop on June 1, just in time for the celebratory long weekend (June 2-5).

She says: ‘There will be a lot of parties and things like that and I thought it would be nice to give some people different recipes that they can sit down and enjoy and hopefully recreate over the weekend.’

Participants will be making red, white and blue cupcakes, walnut and chocolate meringues, Victoria sponge (named after the only other British monarch to achieve a Diamond Jubilee), cucumber sandwiches with a modern twist, cheese and chive scones and more.

Barbara says: ‘People should be enjoying themselves and not getting stressed, so I’ll be giving advice on timings – what can be done the day before, four hours before etc. I know people are short of time and might not be able to do everything from scratch but it’s great to do one or two things yourself and perhaps go to the shops for everything else. I’d recommend a Victoria sponge if you haven’t done any baking for a while. It’s really not difficult.’

And for a healthier option, Barbara recommends red, white and blue fruit skewers – strawberries and blueberries on skewers with a naughty drizzle of white chocolate.

The Jubilee Afternoon Tea is £58 (all ingredients and equipment included). It runs from 10am until about 4pm. Visit emsworthcookeryschool.co.uk or call (01243) 371407.