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Full of recipes, tips and secrets, this book is the perfect gift for those who love tea parties and Afternoon Tea fans!
Full of recipes, tips and secrets, this book is the perfect gift for those who love tea parties and Afternoon Tea fans!
Full of recipes, tips and secrets, this book is the perfect gift for those who love tea parties and Afternoon Tea fans!
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I was at Art School in Italy (where I was born) when I picked up a copy of a the beautiful and charming magazine "Country Life" and fell in love with its gentle world of tea, competitive cake making, decorating with tartan and the best way to attract ladybirds to the garden. I moved to Britain, two years later. I landed in London with a heavy bump.

It wasn't exactly the same. The clean, sparkling streams and shy little song birds were nowhere to be seen. Instead, a huge mud-like river oozed its way through a city patrolled by enormous seagulls that have developed precision guided sandwich stealing abilities. It was after having my favourite Tesco Finest British Ham Hock & Cheddar bloomer swept from my starving fist that Elsie the mouse sprang into existence.

So I started dreaming about this little mouse, living in a beautiful thatched cottage in a little mouse village. Every little village has its own intrigues and jealousies of course, and I found my little mouse tumbling into a string of adventures and acting out my inner Bridget Jones: concocting plans to make a fake engagement ring, falling in love, strolling around in the autumn leaves and getting into arguments about the last slice of cheese.

  As I explored Britain, from Somerset to Yorkshire, Kent to the Lake District, I fell in love again. There are so many incredibly beautiful landscapes and so many lovely towns that I will probably need to spend my entire life getting to know them. They are the perfect backdrop to Elsie's adventures. It was during one of my little explorations around this wonderful island that I discovered the delightful ritual of Afternoon Tea. I became enamoured, and started to day dream about my little country mouse, who I’ve come to name Elsie, busily baking her cakes and brewing her tea, preparing to entertain her friends.

This book is Elsie’s book: her personal take on what it takes to make the perfect Afternoon Tea, from her favourite sandwiches, and teas, through her advice on etiquette and of course her tried and tested recipes for making the perfect cakes and treats. Now Elsie invites you to join her, put on a little ceremony, and indulge your taste buds in the lovely ritual that starts with something so simple as brewing a cup of tea.

Whether you are a traditionalist who prefers Earl Grey, or an adventurer whose tastes run to green tea, Chai, Rooibos or even Chamomile, this is the right book for you! Inside you will find loads of delicious recipes for treats like: lemon drizzle cake, Welsh cakes, carrot cake, red velvet roll, egg custard tarts, blueberry tart, shortbread and of course all sorts of tasty sandwiches. You will also learn how to make sure your Afternoon Tea party goes well, how to present a beautiful table, make your guests comfortable and add that air of charm and elegance through special invitations (templates included).

The book will be available in two editions: English and Italian!


With the Elsie's DIY Toy Kit you will be able to create your own version of my beloved fluffy friend:

These are Elsie's stickers, perfect for journaling, scrapbooking, snailmailing...

 And this is Elsie's Christmas card:

I hope you will like my project and I thank all the people that will help me realize this book!

Risks and challenges

Dear readers, I can assure you that there will be no limits to the attention I will put to complete this project. The day I will send you copies of my book will be a super happy day for me: I will finally share with you what I love most.

If there should be delays or problems with printing, shipment, or unimaginable things (alien invasions or the return of dinosaurs on Planet Earth), I will not hesitate to tell you in time. Thank you for the understanding you will show me, in case there will be delays in the realization of this project.

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