Monday, June 21, 2021
Traditionally June is the month when we hold our annual Lovely Lavender Afternoon Tea. It coincides with the glorious lavender blossoms in full bloom in central PA and it happens on the same weekend as a local lavender festival. The tables were wet with as many purple teacups as I have with coordinated deep purple, pale lavender and garden green napkins. The menu, printed with purple ink and graced with a beautiful lavender photograph sets the scene. Once guests begin to arrive, tea orders are taken. In addition to our usual list of teas, we add Lavender Black, Fig & Lavender, Lavender Earl Grey, and Lemon Lavender Herbal to accompany this special event.
The first course featured Mixed Salad Greens with Summer Berries, Feta Cheese and Lavender Balsamic Dressing along with a refreshing Citrus Lavender Herbal Spritzer.The sandwich course included a Sweet Cornbread Muffin with Lavender Honey Butter, Lavender Apple Chutney atop a slice of Pork Tenderloin, Lavender Mint Cucumber Triangles, Pimiento Cheese with Strawberry Lemon Lavender Preserve, and a Lavender Goat Cheese Croustade garnished with a fresh sprig of lavender. To my taste, the lavender flavor was most predominant in the chutney, and the goat cheese sandwich with the fresh lavender sprig. The other sandwiches were a bit more subtle in lavender flavor.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
The first course featured a salad selected from Eating Royally, a cookbook written by Darren McGrady, personal chef to Princess Diana and chef to the royal family for 15 years. Assorted leafy greens were tossed with parmesan cheese, goat cheese, sugared pecans, and fresh pears. An olive oil dressing laden with parsley and spring onions completed the salad.
The sandwich medley featured a Herbed Cucumber Garden Party Sandwich, Buckingham Palace Rose Garden Sandwiches, Pecan Edged Chutney & Cheese Sandwich, Brie & Apple Crostini, Strawberry Basil Mascarpone Tartlet, and 1953 Coronation Chicken Salad Triangle.