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A Twist on High Tea - Swedish Sandwich Cake Recipe

I was recently having lunch with a couple of pals at our Swedish friend's newly landscaped outdoor garden patio when she whipped up this amazing Swedish Sandwich (Jubilee) Cake - Jubileumst√•rta. In Sweden this Jubilee cake can be ordered any most bakeries and is often used as a celebration cake for anniversaries, graduations etc.

I bought along some of my freshly made scones (Mary Berry recipe) as an after-sweet but to be honest this sandwich cake is a fabulous and opulent divergence from your everyday high tea. It is impressive and I was surprised at how simple it is to put together, so I've put the recipe that my friend used below. Enjoy!
You are aiming for a sandwich that literally follows this format:

Bread
Tuna Filling
Bread
Egg Filling
Bread
Tuna Filling
Bread

Start with the bread first and layout three pieces for the bottom layer. Put half the tuna filling on the bottom layer of bread first. Add another layer of bread to this, then put the egg mixture on this layer, th…

Le Salon Prive Restaurant, St Margarets Twickenham

La Salon Prive (The Private Lounge) is actually a newly re-invigorated, and much needed refurbished Brula - a French Bistro restaurant based in St Margaret's, Twickenham for over 15 years.
The restaurant went through an ownership change back in January (the former owners having connections with other Richmond restaurants, La Buvette and A Cena, as well as Covent Garden restaurant Joe Allens). The new proprietor happens to be the same owner of a very popular Italian restaurant, Bacco, in Richmond. Bacco is one of my top Italian fine dining eats and here's a review of Bacco here.

La Salon have kept the lovely glass stained windows but have totally redone the inside. Formerly the restaurant resembled something similar to your geriatric granny's living room - it might seem charming but it really felt like it had been under-invested, incidentally a similar theme also exists at Richmond restaurant La Buvette. After La Salon's refurbishment the room feels much lighter inside,…

Rock n Rose Restaurant, Richmond, London

Curiously, it says on Rock and Pose sorry Rock and Rose's website that they are an award winning restaurant which is intriguing, after my visit I felt this is definitely not a place for folk with discernible palates. Rock and Rose is full of promise, they have an exciting web page with the usual high res pics of a beautifully decorated eatery. The owners have done a wonderful job in creating a cosy, monochrome styled restaurant that oozes fun, but it is, without a comparable menu. R&R attract a demographic more consistent with that of a celebration or hen's night destination, and if that is their objective then more power to them!






For me its perhaps unintentionally(?) more of a faux glamour environment - not really true sophistication but wonderfully popular nevertheless. I figure R&R serve adequate food for folk who are there to enjoy great cocktails, create a fun evening in a beautiful setting.So given that context, unfortunately it is probably not the best place for …

Bellissimo Italian Restaurant, Twickenham

I love the look inside this intimate restaurant which is located not far from Twickenham Station on London road. Bellissimo seemed to have popped up out of nowhere, well it did use to be a cafe, but with little social media presence (this is how I mostly stalk new restaurant info) it was only by chance we stumbled across it one night in Twickersville.


The interior is exposed and I mean exposed. You have rustic brickwork and gaping floorboards as a ceiling, long hanging lighting, actually this is very much my kind of rustic style - with comfort of course. It all looks very promising. The Bellissimo menu is extensive, there are loads of starters - some are Napoli Sausages with beans, beef fillet with truffle oil, two aubergine options, salmon... it goes on. I had the mussels and my PICC (partner in culinary crime) - Chic Geek, ordered the Napoli sausages with beans. 

My mussels were slightly cold - but the sauce was hot, I figure this was just a timing issue and I did have to wrestle a bea…