Happy Mother’s Day!

The Mother’s Day tea I hosted last year was such a success that I decided to do it again this year.  This was a tea that I enjoyed creating and organizing for my Mom and I couldn’t have done it without D.’s help!  D. is truly my best and most reliable sous chef!  🙂

My Mom loves roses so I tried to incorporate roses into the tea.  I recently learned how to fold a napkin rose at Lady J.’s tea.  Since my paper napkins were not big enough to include the leaves, I compromised and made a napkin rosette.  Since I like to follow the golden rule of not putting anything on a place that is not edible (napkins excepted!), I used lettuce to stand in for the missing leaves.

DSC03396 (Small)I started off the tea with a soup, puree of celery with caraway seeds.  Usually served cold, I decided to serve it warm since I did not plan a savories course.

Puree of celery soup with caraway seeds

Puree of celery soup with caraway seeds, garnished with celery leaves (from Cold soups by Linda Ziedrich)

Spring mesclun salad

Spring mesclun salad with heart shaped beets and red radishes

Fruit cup

Fruit cup (with fresh blueberries and mint from the garden)

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Sandwiches with jewels befitting Mom (open face radish sandwiches with cream cheese on rye bread and curried chicken salad on mini croissants)

I used a biscuit cutter to cut out bread rounds for the cucumber sandwiches.

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Cucumber sandwiches with Herbes de Provence cream cheese on cracked wheat sourdough and Eggless tofu salad sandwiches on mini croissants and French baguettes

Assorted mini desserts from a local patisserie: Apple crumble tartlet, pistachio macaron, tiramisu, lemon meringue tartlet, salted caramel macaron, pistachio nougat cake, and (center) Passionfruit & mango cake

A big thank you to D. for helping to make this Mother’s Day tea a success!  And last but not least, Happy Mother’s Day!  I love you, Mom!

“Where there is tea, there is love.”

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!  What’s prettier than a flower bouquet? … How about a lovely edible radish bouquet from the garden?!

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Radish bouquet

It’s a tradition for me to cook brunch for my Mom on Mother’s Day.  This year, I decided to host an afternoon tea brunch for my Mom.  Not too fancy, just some light fare.

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Lots of goodies

The radish bouquet was transformed into delicious radish and and garlic herb cream cheese sandwiches.  🙂

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Sandwich and savory course: Radish sandwiches, Crunchmaster Multigrain crackers, and sliced Salume al Tartufo by Creminelli

Henni’s garlic herb cream cheese

1 8oz. block of cream cheese (neufchatel and non-fat okay)
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/4 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. dried chervil
3 sprigs of cilantro or other fresh herbs
1 scallion stalk
1 clove garlic

Chop the fresh herbs, scallion stalk, and garlic in a food processor.  Add all other ingredients and process until smooth and blended.

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Dessert course: Matcha green tea cake (from Paris Baguette) and carrot cake

Since my Dad’s birthday is coming up, I also made a carrot cake for him.  This is his favorite recipe.  He doesn’t like cream cheese frosting so I didn’t include a recipe for that.

Carrot cake
(adapted from Carrot cake a la Doris)

2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups flour
1-2 cups flaked unsweetened coconut
2 cups shredded carrots
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt (optional)
1 cup canola or vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla
3 eggs (or 3/4 c. egg substitute or egg whites)
1 8 oz. can crushed pineapple including juice (approx. 1 cup)

Mix dry ingredients together.  Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients.  Using a big spoon, mix until well incorporated.  Pour batter into a 9″ x 13” greased pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes (until an inserted toothpick comes out clean).

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Fresh fruit course: Organic apricots, oranges, strawberries, and mint

Happy Mother’s Day!

“A mother’s love is like a cup of tea, they are always there to comfort you.”
— Author unknown

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