This month’s 5 Star Makeover Challenge is “high tea”. High Tea? I don’t even own a teapot. Never did. On the very rare occasion I drink hot tea, I pop a mug with water and a teabag in the microwave.
… I don’t make pastries or eat gooey sweets either and I haven’t eaten white bread since I lost my baby teeth. That was a long time ago. These days, I’m more a ‘vino y tapas‘ kind of gal.
This was not a challenge I embraced immediately. God Save the Queen! And FOODalogue.
After the initial trepidation subsided and I unknotted my knickers, I came up with a plan. “Carry on”, I counseled myself.
But, first, I thought I’d share my usual modus operandi for challenges:
A peek around the kitchen revealed various cheeses, assorted fruits + vegetables, nuts and fresh herbs so I got the idea to do mini tea-service cheesecakes.
The next hurdle was how to present it. I keep a pretty contemporary home and didn’t think I had any photo props befitting the experience of this regal event.
Seek and ye shall find, they say and I did. I surprised myself when I remembered a treasured brocade and tasseled table cover I’d hung on to (even though I no longer used it) and those church sale plates and cups I spoke about once before. Two souvenir Rolex spoons from Geneva completed the tablescape.
While I doubt Harrod’s would feature my tableware — even in the basement clearance section (if they have one), I was satisfied. Albeit, not gobsmacked. It added an element of ‘old world’ which is what I associate with ‘high tea’.
The key to the success of this dish was mixing the duxelle throughout, not just on top which was my original thought. It was super delicious, rich and savory, and I will definitely be making it again.
Finishing Touch: fennel fronds, parsley and dill oil. A sprinkle of porcini salt on top adds a bit of crunch.
Finishing Touch: black plum sauce made by blending fresh plum, a dollop of Greek yogurt and a dash of hazelnut syrup; add a sprinkling of ground hazelnuts.
Note: The tea in the cup is Peach-Mango Green Tea by Crystal Light which, while not traditional, is my favorite lunchtime beverage.
Prior FOODalogue challenge entries here.