For my birthday this year I organised a high tea. I received many compliments for the entire spread. It did take me a whole day to prepare for it, but it was delicious! This is a list of the food I made, and some tips.
Omelet rolls: Mix up eggs, finely sliced chives and some cream to make the egg mix. Fry thin omelets. Let the omelets cool and spread out cream cheese, cover with ham. Roll the omelet up. Wrap your omelet roll in cling film. You can make the rolls 1 to 2 days in advance. For serving, slice and serve these lovely pinwheels.
Fruit punch: Peel and slice your favorite fruits. Make sure you have various colors. Add some fruit juice. Cool your punch and serve it in dainty glasses.
Mini chocolate mousse: Make your favorite mousse recipe and serve in shot glasses or little jam jars. I garnished them with dried cranberries.
Small cups of vichyssoise soup: This simple cold soup is made with potato, onion and leek. I served it in small glasses with a teaspoon of greek yoghurt and some chives.
Scones: My most important tips: don’t knead your dough, rub to combine the flower, sugar and butter, then stir to combine using milk or buttermilk. Wrap your dough in cling film and let it cool for up to 24 hours (in your fridge). This way you can work ahead. Take your dough from the fridge and cut your scone shape quickly then bake right away. Cooling and resting your dough gives you the lightest scones you ever had!
For those who don’t live in the UK: use mascarpone instead of clotted cream.
Savory pies: Using puff pastry line a muffin mold. Fill each cup with ham, peas, cheese. Fill the cups up with eggs and cream. Bake for 20 mins at 220 degrees C.
Pizza squares: Make a large pizza a day before. Warm it up in a 160 degrees C oven for 20 minutes. Cut your pizza into squares and serve.
Cut candy bars into bite size chunks for inexpensive little treats.
Serve with tea, coffee and white wine
For a relaxed party:
Make sure you prepare well in advance and make lists.
Find recipes you can prepare 1 or 2 days in advance that take little assembling.
Ballance hot, cold, sweet and savory dishes.
Don’t try complicated recipes for the first time.
Make sure you have enough refridgerator space.
Make sure you have enough oven space.
Make sure you have enough china. Buy teacups and saucers at your local thrift shop or lend them from friends and family.
Use some disposable plates and cups, for less washing up.
The title of this blog post is misleading, this posh dinner is easy to make. All you need is an oven and some patience. The recipe describes how to make a fancy but delicious salmon in a crust and delicious sweet and salty chips. As a side dish you can mix the suggested sauce. I also recommend making a simple green salad on the side.
I think this makes a great family meal. My son loves the sweet potato chips! It also makes an impressive dish if you have guests. Make a whole piece of salmon in a crust and cut lovely slices. Baking in the crust means your salmon will be moist but cooked, so enjoy!
Fish & chips (serves 2)
300 gram salmon filet
4 squares of ready made puff pastry
4 tbsp herbed cream cheese
1 beaten egg
1 tbsp sesame seeds
2 sweet potatoes
2 large regular potatoes
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp mustard
1 tbsp mayonaise
3 tbsp greek yoghurt
1 tsp mint
1 tsp dill
Take your pastry squares out of the freezer and preheat your oven to 220 degrees C.
Prepare your chips:
Clean and peel your potatoes.
Slice in long strips about 1 cm thick.
Lightly coat them in olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.
Place on a baking sheet.
Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, the salmon can be added after 10 minutes.
3. Prepare the salmon:
Connect the 2 dough squares.
Spread the cream cheese under the salmon.
Place the salmon filet on the cream cheese.
Season the salmon.
Make a few paralel slashes in your top dough squares.
Cover the salmon with the slashed squares.
Connect the bottom and top squares by pinching the dough together.
Brush the salmon package with egg.
Sprinkle with sesame and sea salt.
After the potatoes have been in the oven for 10 minutes, you can place the salmon in the oven for 20 minutes.
This way all ingredients will be ready to eat simultaneously.
While the sweet&salty potato chips are cooking, mix your sauce ingredients and prepare your salad.