How time seems to fly because no sooner has the teapot been put away from the last occasion, it’s time to put the kettle on again for some more afternoon tea delights. Today’s guests were all ‘first timers’ and some had been on my waiting list for some time so there was anticipation and expectation aplenty in the air.
To get things started, sandwich combinations were:
- Egg & cress
- Tuna & cucumber in a dill mayo
- Red Leicester cheese with my homemade rhubarb & ginger chutney
The savouries, warm from the oven, included:
- Cauliflower Cake – this versatile veg deserved a mention again on the menu and I resorted to a wonderful recipe I have used before.
- Seafood Quiche – the main culprits in this were prawns and crab with a little gruyere cheese, and of course with my very own shortcrust pastry which was light and flaky – never the bought stuff!
- There was a late addition to the published menu to accommodate some dietary requirements which were mini mushroom paté bites.
- Chocolate mocha cups – dark & white chocolate cups filled with a chocolate and coffee mousse.
- Macadamia cookies – I adapted a peanut butter biscuit recipe for these. Instead of using peanut butter I had recently acquired some Macadamia nut butter from a recent family visit to South African. The ‘butter’ was more runny than normal peanut butter so I added extra flour to the recipe which seemed to work – there were certainly no complaints from the ‘punters’ as they went down a treat!
- The show piece of a cake today was a lemon curd layer cake (8 layers in all) decorated with macarons. The hardest thing was slicing it!
- And of course, buttermilk scones, with clotted cream and homemade jam.
All that was left to complete the afternoon was to attend to the goody bags ….