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My first high tea

21 Jul

On Sunday I hosted my first high tea. I was so excited and have been making a list of things to make for a few weeks but I had to be ruthless and cut a few things out since I’m not Wonderwoman and wanted to enjoy the afternoon instead of still making things when my friends were here. So I started my preparation on Friday when I made 2 dips. Spicy red pepper hummus & beetroot dip. I blackened a red capsicum over a gas flame then put it in a plastic bag to cool before peeling the skin off.  I added this with a good shake of chilli powder to a hummus recipe from taste. I used a beetroot recipe I found in Super food ideas (Aug, 09). A magazine from one of my ‘showbags’ from the good food and wine show. My trusty food processor that my girlfriends gave me for my 30th helped me to make these tasty dips. Thanks girls. Awesome present! I served the dips with some bagel crisps (also from the good food and wine show) and some healthy carrot and celery sticks. 

To kick off the afternoon I also used my beautiful olive serving dish that my sister got in Spain (thanks Daz) to serve some olives marinated in herbs and garlic, (yep also from the good food and wine show).

A high tea is not complete without high tea towers. I had to convince Brett that they would be an investment in our future. Myer had Maxwell Williams towers on sale for $30 from $50 so I was sold and had to get 2.

 

My savoury towers consisted of ‘Putting on the Ritz egg sandwiches’, cucumber mint tea sandwiches, Chicken and lime crunchy salad cups & pea pakoras with minty yoghurt.

My dessert towers included sticky date pudding with toffee sauce, merry berry tarts, caramel tarts with chocolate ganache, chocolate cigars and chocolate ricotta mousse.

The chocolate cigars turned out alot thicker than on Masterchef so I couldn’t lay them across the mousse cups. The chocolate ricotta mousse cups didn’t fit on the towers but I just prettied one up with some mixed berries for this photo.

So this is where I sourced my recipes:

Putting on the Ritz egg sandwiches

Cucumber mint tea sandwiches

Chicken and lime crunchy salad cups  by Donna Hay in the Sunday Magazine

Pea pakoras with minty yoghurt – Good food magazine, July 09

Sticky date pudding with toffee sauce by Donna Hay in the Sunday Magazine

Merry berry tarts – Christmas Coles magazine 2008

Caramel tarts with chocolate ganache – Delicious Nov 07

Chocolate cigars – Masterchef

Chocolate ricotta mousse by Donna Hay in the Sunday Magazine

 

My favourite lil creation was the caramel tarts with chocolate ganache. Sooooo delicious and easy too. I used Nestle’s Top’n'Fill caramel, which is near the condensed milk in Coles. The ganache was easy to make too. I simply melted some chocolate in a bowl over hot water and mixed in some cream. I have a confession to make. I used store bought frozen pastry cases. Next time I will have to use my food processor to make the pastry…. Although I think it’s time to start eating healthier…. only 5 months to go until our wedding.

 

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  1. Bridgette cumber

    July 22, 2009 at 7:22 am

    Yum Yum Yum, as a person lucky enough to experience this high tea, all i can say is outstanding job Anita!
    While everything was great the standouts for me were: Beetroot Dip, Sticky date pudding and chocolate cigars.

     
  2. Anna

    July 26, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    The high tea was amazing Neats! The egg sandwiches, beetroot dip and chocolate cigars were my favourites! And Raymond loved his chocolate mousse.

    We would happily come over any time to taste your latest treats!

    xx

     
  3. Dan

    July 28, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Your high tea looks amazing! Those high tea stands are a great purchase as they really add to the whole "high tea" look and feel. Your menu is so perfect for an afternoon with the girls. I can’t wait for a high tea with you!

     
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    July 30, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Anita babe it all looks awesome wish I could have been there, but guess being in india is a good excuse – I am wondering where all this talent is comming from – not your father that is for sure. lovoe you mum

     
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    August 14, 2009 at 7:22 am

    Hi,
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