AUTHENTIC BRITISH AFTERNOON TEA, FIT FOR A QUEEN
CHEDDAR CHEESE &
With Vietnamese spiced tomato chutney infused with flavours I grew to love when I lived in Ho Chi Minh City, and cola ham, a family classic always prepared and served by my grandfather.
HOT SMOKED SALMON PATE
Served on Jimmy’s Yorkshire pudding (Jimmy being my husband who is a wonderful baker, much like his mother) and slice of summer cucumber.
My Grandma’s mild spiced curry chicken mayonnaise served on brown bread. I always remember my school used to serve their coronation chicken once a year at Founders Tide and any leftovers would be served at dinner time, much to all the pupils delight.
Taught to me by my grandma. Served with strawberry, rhubarb and ginger jam, which I remember as a child being my father's favorite jam, and authentic clotted cream, which no traditional afternoon tea could be without.
WHITE CHOCOLATE & PISTACHIO
Whipped white chocolate pistachio ganache on a craquelin topped choux pastry. Choux buns are my personal favorite patisserie. I can never turn down a chocolate eclair or a profiterole dessert.
Two tone almond joconde sponge combined with cherry jam wrapped in marzipan and topped with a glace cherry. This combines two tea classics; Bakewell Tarts and Battenburg cake – my best friend Sarah and I would eat boxes of these washed down with enormous cups of tea whilst working into the night studying fashion design in the Scottish Borders. Sarah truly is the Queen of tea and always used to drink her tea from a Sports Direct mug which easily held a pint.
LEMON MERINGUE PIE
Scottish shortbread pastry filled with lemon curd and topped with crisp meringue. Like any good Scot, I love shortbread, another memory in my grandma’s kitchen climbing the counter to reach the vintage Tupperware tub full of it, so I had to get this in somewhere. In this cupboard there were always a myriad of snacks including another huge tube of homemade meringues. Whenever I make meringue I hear my grandmas voice in my head guiding me through. I also hear my dad’s classic Scottish joke “Is that a donut or a meringue, no you’re right it’s a donut”.
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