Afternoon tea Sunday 5 January 2014

No sooner than New Year’s Day dawned, it was time to think about the first afternoon tea of 2014; a private party arranged by a returning guest.  Decisions on the menu were strongly influenced by what ingredients I already had to hand, left over from the recent festive period.  Brandy butter – what cake would happily complement such flavours?  I discovered it would be perfect in caraway seed cake.  There were also lemons – these were transformed into delectable chocolate crusted tart.  And brie.   A quick search through a recipe book to find the answer – flamiche; a French leek tart.  A first for me and will be followed by seconds and thirds as it was really nice.  I adapted the recipe slightly using my wholemeal shortcrust pastry instead of the plain suggested by the recipe.  I also added some sesame seeds for good measure.



Salmon & dill


Egg & cress

 Finger sandwiches



Pesto potatoes

 Flamiche & pesto potatoes

Cakes & scones


Caraway seed cake

Caraway seed cake & meringues

Chocolate crusted lemon tart

Chocolate crusted lemon tartChocolate crusted lemon tart

Buttermilk scones with jam & clotted cream

 Buttermilk scones, homemade apricot jam & clotted cream


Loose leaf Rooibos (South African Herbal Tea)

Loose leaf Tanganda (Zimbabwean black tea)

Loose leaf Ilam (Nepali)

Earl Grey

English breakfast

Green tea & selection of fruit teas

Cafetière Coffees

Premium roasted ‘Normal’ and Decaffeinated


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