Fifteen great recipes for the Perfect Tea Party

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There is no nicer way to spend a morning than enjoying a tea party with friends. Little tasty morsels of food accompanied by an endless supply of freshly brewed tea.

I have been making great efforts to drink more tea, in a bid to overcome my caffeine addiction. Tea does contain caffeine but it also has such great, well documented health benefits.

So, to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas Season I decided to host a little tea party of my own, with thanks to the amazing Tielka Tea who kindly donated the leaves for brewing.

My lovely sister offered her home for us to use. She has such great taste and has created a serene, light filled home with a bountiful garden. She also loves to share her home with others and it is often filled with children, neighbours, family and friends, in some combination or other.

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Here are fifteen of my favourite tea party recipes for you to enjoy.

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The Beautiful Cream Lilies Recipe

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These are lovely little rolled sponge cakes filled with fresh cream and jelly or jam. You can find my recipe here.


Scones

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For Eat My Street’s  simple, tasty scone recipe click here.


Chocolate Truffles Recipe

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Chocolate always seems like a good place to start.

Try this recipe for  Chocolate, Orange and Cardamom Truffles.


 

Decadent Salted Caramel Slice Recipe

This recipe is also perfect for the Christmas season and often makes an appearance at my house.

For my Salted Caramel Slice Recipe click here. 

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Fresh Focaccia with Caramelised Onion and Goats Cheese

The recipe is here.

home made flat bread recipe


Chicken and Almond Ribbon Sandwiches

Recipe

Ingredients

1 barbecue chicken, skin and bones removed, coarsely shredded or 3 chicken fillets poached and shredded.
1 cup whole egg mayonnaise
1 tablespoon mustard
1 tablespoon lemon juice
4 celery sticks, finely chopped
1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
1 tbsp fresh thyme finely chopped
1 loaf sliced  sandwich bread

Method
Combine the mayonnaise, mustard and lemon juice in a large bowl and then add in the shredded chicken.

Add the celery, almonds and thyme and gently stir until just combined. Season to taste.
Arrange half the bread slices on a flat tray and then spread evenly with the chicken/ mayo mix. Add another slice of bread to the top and cut off the crusts.

Divide the sandwiches into thirds and enjoy.

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Most Luscious Lemon Tart Recipe

This lemon tart recipe is full of pillowy lemon curd and is rich, piquant and full of lemon flavour. A great way to use up any spare lemons if you are lucky enough to have them.

Luscious Lemon Tart Recipe

 

 

 

 


Tielka Jade Mist Green Tea

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Tielka is Australia’s first 100% Fairtrade and Organic loose leaf tea company. I love that Tielka tea comes with its own harvest and tasting notes and brewing instructions to help you  get the best out of their fair-trade and organic tea leaves.

Originating from Hubei’s high elevation tea gardens, Tielka’s Jade Mist Green Tea is hand harvested from the earliest bunches of Spring tea.

I love green tea and I try and replace my second morning coffee with a green tea whenever time and coffee addiction allows. Green tea is a great source of antioxidants and has been linked to a great range of diverse health benefits. The Tielka Jade Mist green tea was a mellow and refreshing blend without any of the astringency that can sometimes accompany green tea.  A great little tip I picked up from the brewing notes is to remove the leaves after the recommended brewing time so that you do not end up with that overly bitter taste at the end of your pot.

1 teaspoon per 200ml of hot water (70°C)  for 2-3 minutes.

You can get 3 brews / serve.

For further tasting notes and to find out more about this beautiful Australian tea company you can visit their website.

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Tuna Chilli Mousse Bites

I love a short-cut, as long as it still delivers on taste (and has no preservatives). This recipe delivers on both fronts.

Recipe

Ingredients

1 cucumber sliced into pieces ( 1-2 cm thickness)

Yumi’s Anytime Creamy Tuna Mousse

1/4 red chilli sliced finely

Method

Wash and slice the cucumber and place onto a platter.

Cover the base with the tuna mousse and add a garnish of fresh, red chilli.

Voila!

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Homemade Lime Cordial

Refreshing Lime Cordial Recipe. 

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Chocolate Mud Cake Recipe

This is one of my most popular recipes ever. It makes a very moist, chocolatey cake. Click here for the recipe and if you like it, please consider sharing it.

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Chocolate Bounty Balls

For a fun, impressive take on a delicious chocolate bar try this Chocolate Bounty Balls Recipe. You will want to lick the bowl for this one.

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I normally have at least one child holding my hand, so I couldn’t host a tea party without making something for the little ones. Here are a few simple, tasty ideas.


Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

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Summer Berry Smoothies

Ingredients

1 cup milk
2 scoops Berry Frozen yoghurt (try Bulla or Weis)
2 large fresh strawberries
1 large banana, chopped

Method

Add all the ingredients to a blender.
Blend together for one minute.
Serve in milkshake cup with straw.

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Fruit Kebabs

Fruit kebabs recipe

Chose your favourite, in season fruit. Strawberry, grapes, cantaloupe or blueberries are perfect as they hold their shape.

Chop into even sized pieces, if necessary.

Slide onto kebab sticks and add a marshmallow if you like as a special treat!


Happy Eating!

Dani xx

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How not to Create the Perfect Cheese Plate

How not to Create the Perfect Cheese Plate

Have you ever hosted a drinks party, work function or dinner party where a Cheese plate seemed like the perfect way to Wow your guests?

Maybe you chose the Aussie option and presented that perfectly curated “around the world in 13 tastes, cheese plate” as an entree.

Or perhaps you went all European and keep the soft, squishy stuff as the grand finale to your Pinterest-picked three course meal.

Yes, when we travelled through Paris everyone served their cheese course after the dinner. It aids with digestion, don’t you know? No one in their right mind would eat cheese until after the dessert.

Seeing as I am not in my right mind, I eat cheese whenever I please, making me the perfect person to share top tips for the perfect cheese plate (for parents).

How not to Create the Perfect Cheese Plate

  1. Chose at least three different styles of cheese. Preferably one soft, one hard and one blue cheese. Spend hours thinking about what is really “hot” right now and then drive to some far off, tiny shop in a tree-lined street without any parking.  Have the cheese lovingly wrapped in plain brown paper before being transported back home to your own neighbourhood, ready for your dinner guests. Be careful of the culture shock, it can make cheese shrink.
  2. Make sure the cheese reaches room temperature before the guests are ready to eat it. In Australia in Summer this will mean keeping a small silver plated pair of tweezers on hand for picking out bugs and removing dead flies. Tip: watch the cheese constantly. No talking! Perfectly gooey is close neighbours with warm, gross cheese with a wobbly crust. Do not let it cross that line!
  3. Accompany the cheese with some bespoke, Australian, hand-reared, olives and then watch as your best friends toddler devours them all before any other adult even cops of glance at how organic they are. Oh yeah, then listen for 5 minutes while your friend tells you how little Johnnie just loves olives.  Nod and make impressive faces like your friend has just told you Johnie has just composed his first violin concerto.
  4. Include a dairy free, nut free option, like maybe clumps of cold rice. This way you will not have to exclude any of your intolerant friends, whilst also demonstrating how exceedingly tolerant you are. It would be offensive to present something to people that they might not love to eat. Almost like saying you hate them. Warning: do not ask them why they don’t eat cheese as your dinner party may as well be over if they start talking about that.
  5. Include a different cheese knife for each style of cheese, because only a fool would eat three different cheese with the some width-ed knife. Try not to scream when Aunt Joanne mixes them all up and starts covering that cave matured camembert with the pungent/ bordering on rank, blue.
  6. Make sure you offer your guests a perfectly matched drink to accompany their cheese. But don’t get all grumpy when they refuse to imbibe your chosen tipple. A perfect host is never bossy and maybe “Bundy and Coke” goes perfectly cheese, in another culture.
  7. By the time you return from the kitchen with 15 different varieties of drink, there will be no cheese left. Even though you spent weeks thinking about this cheese plate, and days preparing it, you must not cry. Yes, still no screaming either. Your best friend may have decided this was the perfect opportunity for her eldest child to try blue cheese for the first time. They would definitely have spat it out, so if you are really desperate, try eating that.
  8. A little bit of fruit is the perfect accompaniment to cut through the richness of the cheese. Prepare a plate of apple, thinly slice pear and and a selection of grapes. Take them all straight to the children because the adults will never be quick enough to eat that crisp, sweet, goodness. Best to give up from the beginning.
  9. Ensure there is enough cheese for everyone present. Don’t cry when the little child from next door cuts gigantic wedges out of your cow’s milk triple cream and washed rind cheese, that is worth more money per 100 grams, than your car.  Try to smile indulgently at him like his Mum is doing. Warning; this will be harder than you think. Practise in the mirror before your guests arrive.
  10. Ensure you provide a selection of Lavosh crackers and sour dough breads for people to eat with their cheese (preferably home made). These will be perfect to you to snack on as you spend the rest of your night cleaning and searching your house for cheese smeared on your furniture and crackers crushed into the floor.

On second thoughts, go to Coles, buy a triple pack of Homebrand Brie and plonk it on a huge white platter. Add some plain crackers, some grapes and if you are tres sophisticated, a Maggie Beer fruit paste.

“Wow!”

Plonk it on the table and watch it disappear.

Enjoy your brown paper and string wrapped cheese on your own the following night, while reading a good book.

Now that’s a party!

Happy Eating.

Dani B

How not to Create the Perfect Cheese Plate