Too bad I can't see the details.
Carrie Derick of McGill University is one of these women. I could be better able to describe her in my story Sister Salvation (about Montreal's suffrage movement) if I knew which lady she was.
Professor Derick hosted this outing and gave a speech. She was a V P of the National Council right then in 1913; also President of the Montreal Suffrage Association.
She had recently stepped down as President of the Montreal Local Council of Women.
The Derick's of Clarenceville are of Dutch descent, I can see from the Census, so I'm willing to guess she was the bigger woman left of center. Center would have to be Mrs. Torrington, President of the National Council.
Anyway, I have no time to edit Sister Salvation. Not today.
(I've completed the first draft and printed it out. Hooray!)
I have someone coming for tea, someone who wasn't alive when the picture above was taken but who would very soon be on the scene.
An older person about to get a letter from the Queen (if the Queen lives for a few more years and it is likely she will too.)
So I thought tea sandwiches would be appropriate.
Besides I love the idea of afternoon 'tea' even if I did give away all those two tiered tea trays I used to own.
(The local English style afternoon tea shoppe went under this year. But I only went a few times. Too expensive! Nice scones though.)
There are many blogs online (one here called Tea With Friends) that have amazing recipes and spectacular food images.. but I'm going simple:
Curried Egg (on white bread)
Ham and Minted pea (I was going to pick Procuitto but thought it might be too chewy)
A salad Nicoise
and watercress and pepper cheese.
Well, I could only find lamb's lettuce. Very few grocery stores here carry watercress, although they have everything else, five flavours of Boursan (is it?) soft cheeses, although lately the packages have been getting smaller and smaller and prices higher and higher.
I bought a new mayo jar even though I had one already open. I am taking no chances.
But I am using some products from my own garden. Imagine! How 1913 is that?
Beets and Kale. (I'll lightly saute them with mozzarella or that cheese they sell at Costco that substitutes for fresh Parmesan because that product has become too pricey.)
I only managed to grow two beets, but we'll be eating them today.
I grew plenty of kale though.
Also four baby carrots and two yellowish cucumbers that were a very nice texture. I grew them in a pot in the front garden. Heritage veggies, from times of yore.
Simple curried egg recipe from a very modern tea time blog Teawithfriends.
And ONE vine out of six pea vines grew up along the fence... but I left them for later. The pods were smallish.
Somewhere I have a magazine called Food and Cookery from July 1911, with a plethora of tea sandwich recipes.
I would try to dig it out and make some of the sandwiches inside, but the recipes online are pretty much the same. Traditional, you see.