Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day Tea!

Our St. Patrick's Day celebration in the tea room featured a festive shamrock laden tea. The day began with a Leafy Green Salad topped with fresh basil, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, honey balsamic vinaigrette and a crispy buttery shamrock toast.

Next up, the sandwich course that included:
Farmhouse Chicken Salad Sandwich, Fresh springtime rolled Asparagus Sandwich, Heirloom brown bread with pure Kerrygold Irish butter, Turkey & Havarti Cheese with parsley shallot mayonnaise, and a Miniature Reuben with corned beef and Swiss cheese.

The next course included a wee bit of a Shamrock Shaped Scone and Cranberry Orange Irish Soda Bread. This was served with sweet cream, lemon curd, raspberry preserves, and an assortment of fresh fruit.

Desserts, plated in the kitchen, ready to be served, included a medley of shamrocks. There was a Lucky Leprechaun Green Velvet Cake, The Luck of the Irish Mint Frosted Brownie, and a Good Luck! Good Cheer! Shamrock Sugar Cookie.

Following the tea, Karen Donnelly of Greenhalgh Tea and The Orchard Tea Room presented a program on the history of tea in Ireland. After her presentation, she gifted everyone in attendance with a recipe for Donegal Seedy Bread (from the Complete Book of Irish Country Cooking) and a sample of Irish Breakfast tea. As she noted in her program, the Irish enjoy a strong, bold, hearty black tea. This blend of CTC black tea from Assam, Kenya and Rwanda certainly fits that description.

We proudly wore our green for the day. Angelica shows off her prowess of carrying 6 teapots at a time. Note: this is at the end of the day, during clean up, when the pots are empty and have cooled down. None of us have mastered the skill of carrying this many tea pots when they are full and piping hot!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! 
May the luck of the Irish be with you!


Bernideen said...

Boy - that is impressive. Six teapots and on the move. your Afternoon Tea looks delicious! I would have loved it!

Marilyn Miller said...

Thanks for clarifying the 6 teapots in Angelica's hands, I am still impressed. Your menu sounds just totally delicious. How I would have loved this one.