Yes, my school starts again tomorrow. I can’t say I’m really thrilled about that, but this holiday did have a very nice end to it: a tea party! This post will be mostly pictures, as I don’t have much time right now.
The table, with most of the food on it. I added some notes on Flickr, if you would like more details.
The jam tart! This probably took the longest to make, because I had some difficulties getting the dough in the right shape. It was a lot of fun to do, though.
Here’s a closeup of a slice. The recipe for the tart comes from a cookbook called A Little Book of Afternoon Teas – not a vegan cookbook, but this recipe happened to be vegan and I just had to try it.
Brownies! I had made this recipe before, they’re the Fudgy Brownies from Vive le Vegan!. I love these, they’re so full of flavour.
Above is a bowl of sandwiches. I take pictures outside, because that’s where the light is.
I made two ‘spreads’ to fill the sandwiches: a sundried tomato pesto/tapenade and a chickpea salad. The pesto was just (soaked) dried tomatoes, toasted almonds, garlic, olive oil and salt, and the chickpea salad consisted of mashed chickpeas, vegan mayonaise, dried parsley, lemon juice, spring onion, tomato, curry powder, salt and pepper (I think that’s it). Most of the sandwiches also have sprouts on top of the spread, others had thin slices of cucumber.
And here’s a closeup of the sandwiches. I read that the ‘traditional’ way to serve the sandwiches is to remove the crusts, but I thought that was kind of a waste so I left most of them on.
Of course, a High Tea wouldn’t be complete without scones. I used a recipe from Parsley Soup, which was easy and enjoyable to make. I didn’t realise that I was out of baking powder until it was too late to buy any, so used baking soda instead. They didn’t rise very high, but were tasty nonetheless. I’m sure I will use this recipe again when I’ve had the chance to buy some baking powder again! I kept warming them up in the oven so we could eat them warm (I didn’t know exactly at what time we would start eating them), so they turned out a little more browned than when I first took them out of the oven. I served them with margarine, jam and Soyatoo whipping cream. My friends said they liked them and even thought they were kind of ‘addicting’, so they were definitely a success :).
Here’s one of the scones, halved, with a strawberry and some Soyatoo cream. So yummy!
I’m glad with the way everything turned out, and I think my guests were, too, as they just kept eating! Almost everything is gone. I didn’t expect that, but of course it did make me very happy. There is about one plate of the food left. After all this, I’m stuffed, so I hope my parents or neighbours are up for some baked goods!