Saturday, September 12, 2015

Yes Chef: Afternoon Tea at home!

A few months ago, I enjoy a wonderful feast inspired by the traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony. I wanted to do something similar at home, only this time, re-create it fashioned around the traditional English-style Afternoon Tea. It was a delight!

Little bites!

I wanted to use food and ingredients that I would normally purchase anyway, but in keeping with what’s served if I were to attend an Afternoon Tea event at a local restaurant. My menu consisted of a mixture of savory and sweet items to be enjoyed along with cups of Earl Grey, a tea traditionally consumed during Afternoon Tea. I had the following:

  • Cucumber with jalapeño cream cheese sandwich
  • Smoked salmon with sliced onions croissant
  • Curried tuna and mayo sandwich
  • Tomato, mozzarella cheese, and basil on bread
  • Nutella with strawberry slices on bread
  • Cream cheese and blueberry jam on bread
  • Rice pudding with a sprinkle of Matcha
  • Earl Grey Tea

Salmon and onions in a croissant.

I used different types of breads in order to make the various items so that I got a different consistency and texture instead of one monotonous type. I also cut them in different shapes to make things a little fun. Just use a cookie cutter of the shape you want or cut out the shape with a knife if you have a steady hand.

Cute cuts!

On the smoked salmon croissant as well as the tomato and mozzarella cheese on bread, I drizzled a little olive oil and sprinkled a pinch of salt and pepper. The tuna sandwich was made using a mixture of mayo and curry powder. The cucumber sandwich was very easy. The jalapeño cream cheese, available on the market, added a great zing than just regular plain cream cheese.

We're jammin'!

The desserts were just as simple. I love Nutella! Paired with slices of strawberry on top of a heart-shaped piece of bread was just perfect! The bread with blueberry jam and cream cheese went so well together. Sweet and tangy at the same time. The rice pudding was store bought. All I did was sprinkle a little Matcha on it to give it a nice little colour. 

A touch of Matcha.

Earl Grey Tea.

With a few cups of Earl Grey to enjoy my meal, I was a happy girl! Sure, my presentation was not as elegant or fancy as it would be in a restaurant, but it was just as fulfilling and tasty! I could probably come up with a lovely setting using fresh-cut flowers, candles, and perhaps situated in a gazebo in the backyard, but I’ll save that for a special occasion to be had with close friends and family. This was just to show you what you can do with a few key items right at home.

Oh lovely!

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