Monday, May 14, 2018

Some timely teatime finds at Goodwill

Saturday's visit to the Goodwill in Rome was a good one! I have been pondering what foods I want to make ahead to have ready for the royal wedding on Saturday, and lo and behold, there appears the book "Eating Royally" by Darren McGrady, private chef to Princess Diana. I know some of you have this book already, and I'd been tempted to buy it myself, so I "splurged" on this copy for $2.92.

I knew I would love reading the stories about Princess Diana and her boys, and I did. I was especially amused by one anecdote the chef shared. McGrady aimed to serve healthy meals, he says, but one day, he found in the kitchen a note that read, "Darren, Please give the boys pizza tonight. Thank you." It was "signed" by the nanny, but Darren strongly suspected the handwriting belonged to eight-year-old Prince Harry, who was later called on it and dashed out of the kitchen. That's the Prince Harry we all know and love! The book also has the chef's scone recipe and plenty of teatime treats (and stories), so I wish I'd gotten this book sooner. If you don't have it, you might want to look into getting a copy!

As I looked through the book and thought about Saturday's festivities, I found a very simple recipe for Sausage Rolls that looks like the perfect breakfast food. (Are any of you planning to have a special viewing on Saturday?)

And of course I make it a point never to pass through a Goodwill without checking out the Christmas aisle. This time, I found a box of what I believe are vintage but new-looking Christmas cookie cutters for 99 cents. The heart, bell, star, and Christmas tree are perfect for cutting out tea sandwiches, and Santa and the reindeer will come in handy if I decorate sugar cookies this year. Christmas will be here before we know it, and I noted with interest (and mild shock) that Hobby Lobby already has the fall decorations out! Me? With a busy week ahead, I'm just trying to get my ducks in a row for the royal wedding. Let's focus on one thing at a time, I say!


  1. I have that cookbook and was at a cooking class which Darren McGrady gave, and he made some of the recipes and talked about the royal family. I bought the book and he signed the copy. What a find, and I know you'll enjoy it.

  2. Once again, you hit the jackpot at Goodwill! I love cookie cutters. The heart is a VERY popular shape for Christmas cookies and decorations in the Nordic countries. I'll have to keep an eye out for that "Eating Royally"--it looks like an interesting book.
    --from Vernona in DC

  3. Your wedding viewing party will be wonderful. I can’t wait to see what you decide.

  4. Have wanted that book since first seeing it - what a score, Ang!

    Unfortunately I will have to catch the wedding after the fact because I have a houseful over the weekend for my niece's graduation party. Priorities! I'd have loved to host a tea for it for sure. It's so exciting!


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