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A New Year Brings A Fresh Cup Of Tea
Happy New Year to you all! The High Tea Trolley would like to welcome you to our first blog post of 2020. We hope that the new year has been good to you thus far. We are looking forward to an incredible year filled with delicious treats, memorable gatherings, and brewed tea!
Let’s begin the new year by describing how one can host an authentic afternoon tea party, along with updates from the High Tea Trolley.
Dress The Part
It can sound a tad posh, however, hosting an afternoon tea party is neither difficult, nor expensive. With the help of the High Tea Trolley, you can be sure your party will be fit for a queen (or princess)! To give your party that royal treatment, encourage guests to wear dresses, costume jewelry, and/or fascinators. Not only will this attire channel one’s inner aristocracy, it will also look elegant, fashionable, and delicate.
Name That Theme
When planning a tea party, many decide to follow a certain theme, giving the atmosphere a sense of excitement. Whether it be a bridal or baby shower, one may choose such themes as Downton Abbey, Upstairs Downstairs, Victorian Elegance, and so on. Pinterest is an excellent source for finding that perfect theme to fit your taste buds!
Send The Invites
Invitations can be exciting to prepare, especially when the party is your own. Be sure to send all invitations at least 2-4 weeks in advance of the event, specifying the date, time, and location. Providing a miniature map may also be beneficial for those unfamiliar with directions.
Asking guests to clarify if any dietary restrictions and/or allergies are present when sending in their RSVPs is a highly-desirable attribute. At the High Tea Trolley, we cater to all dietary needs, providing gluten and diary-free tea sandwiches, scones, and desserts at one’s request.
Decorating Your Table
Having a table elegantly decorated can boast the atmosphere of a tea party, bringing forth a feeling of joy and happiness when one sits down for that coveted cup of tea.
Many choose to decorate their tables with vintage china, silver flatware, glass bowls, coloured-serving pieces, and white linens. To add a touch of flare, one may also use table runners, themed-napkins, and flower bouquets.
At the High Tea Trolley, our table-setting experience boasts a beautiful atmosphere of elegance and pride, with all of the above-mentioned items available for any type of tea party one has in mind!
Authentic Food Menu
Having the perfect menu can please even the pickiest of guests, especially when items are fresh and tasteful. When planning a tea party, it is essential to have a wide array of delicate tea sandwiches, such as egg salad, cucumber with cream cheese, and/or smoked-salmon.
Another must are the freshly-baked scones, served with devonshire cream and strawberry preserves. At the High Tea Trolley, our scones have been raved upon time and again, with each bite boasting a wealth of flavour that many find incredible.
The most important, of course, are the desserts, which include a wide variety of flavours. Our favourites include the Chocolate Biscuit Cake (Queen Elizabeth II’s preferred-dessert), Dame Judy Dench’s Bakewell Tarts, Empire Biscuits, English Trifle, Victoria Sandwich Cake, and more!
With a new year comes new ideas, all of which surround our love of tea! At the present time, the High Tea Trolley are reviewing the idea of hosting afternoon tea parties tailored towards senior citizens. These parties will be held each weekday between the hours of 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, with the aim focused on seniors whom have gathered within a church-setting.
At the High Tea Trolley, we are conscious of the fixed-income in which many senior citizens face on a daily basis. Therefore, the cost per individual will be substantially reduced to accommodate all guests accordingly. For more information on this initiative, please contact us directly.
Let’s start the new year right! Call us for all of your booking needs! Until then, pinkies up!
Christmas Is Upon Us
The Christmas season is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than with a traditional holiday recipe! Included in this post are updates from The High Tea Trolley, along with a ravishing recipe that will get you baking while the tea is steeping!
We hope you’re all enjoying the start of this holiday season! Even if you’re not a fan of the cold weather, it’s hard not to love a gorgeous snow-covered landscape!
This past year was quite busy for The High Tea Trolley, as we hosted a number of successful parties across the city. Our first public gathering took place at Sovereign House, a picturesque museum on the edge of Lake Ontario.
In addition, we hosted private gatherings at the Burloak Canoe Club and the Burlington Art Gallery. These events were centered around a host of savory treats, steeped tea, and vintage china, along with fizzy glasses of champagne, and towers of delicate sandwiches.
We also added a variety of items to our menu, one of them being the Chocolate Biscuit Cake, which, according to Queen Elizabeth II‘s former chef, Darren McGrady, this is a ‘must-have’ treat for HRH, even when traveling abroad. Each slice is eaten, without a morsel going to waste! It’s definitely one worth trying!
Other treats that were added to our menu included the Chocolate Truffles, Mini Lemon Meringue Tarts, and Blackberry & Lemon Tarts. All of these items were highly-requested, with many of them being eaten without a second-thought!
If you’ve ever ordered from us, you are familiar with our famous scones, which continue to be the ‘talk of the town’. With a spread of clotted cream and a dollop of strawberry jam, these scones are sure to satisfy your taste buds, no matter what time of day!
In 2020, experimentation in the kitchen will be taking a colourful turn. Due to popular demand, we have decided to incorporate macaroons, vintage-inspired sugar cookies, and other decorative treats to our menu. Stay-tuned for what our kitchen will turn-out next!
In the meantime, it’s time to share another timeless recipe for the holiday season; Cornflake Pie. Based with thin-pastry, a layer of jam, and crunchy golden cornflakes, it’s definitely one that is hard to resist!
To begin, you will need the following ingredients:
- 1 9-inch single deep-dish flaky pie crust, rolled-out, and fitted onto a pie plate, with the edge trimmed and crimped
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup dark corn syrup
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups coarsely crushed cornflakes
The method in preparing this pie is as follows:
- Preheat the oven to 350°C; prepare the pie crust, then set-aside.
Thoroughly mix the sugar and corn syrup together in a large bowl.
- Crack the eggs, one at a time, over a small bowl. Beat them well, then stir them into the sugar mixture.
- Add the vanilla, melted butter, and salt, then stir until blended. Fold in the crushed cornflakes until well-coated.
- Pour the filling into the pie crust, place in the oven, then bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean (for about 45 to 50 minutes). Let cool completely on a wire rack; enjoy with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
Enjoy the beautiful holiday season! We look forward to servicing you in 2020! Until then, pinkies up!
A Lifetime Love For Tea
Our first post will feature Jackie, the owner of The High Tea Trolley, as she shares her love for afternoon tea, along with a beloved recipe that will be sure to keep you coming back for more!
Welcome to The High Tea Trolley, I am glad that you have found us! We look forward to having you join us on this tea-riffic journey, as we discover the beauty and allure of afternoon tea.
You may be wondering how I had settled on the idea of owning a mobile high tea company. Well, being born and raised in Manchester, England, I developed a love for baking during high school. My favourite school subjects at the time were English, History, and Domestic Science.
To this day, these remain my favourites, and together, they have birthed a passion for British authentic baking, coupled with such traditions as the centuries old practice of Afternoon Tea.
In the 1980s, I began to share my love of high tea with those in Canada, my new found home. Bringing forth a wealth of knowledge about the elegant tradition, I became entranced with the beauty of the event, along with the fundamentals needed to successfully run a mobile high tea business.
Over the course of this year, I will dig through my decades old recipe book, sharing with you all those delightful recipes which make afternoon tea such a treat!
To begin, my first share will be none other than Manchester Pudding, known as the ‘Queen Of All Puddings’.
To begin, you will need the following ingredients:
- 2 1/2 cups (600 ml) milk
- 1/4 cup (50 grams) butter
- 1/4 cup (50 grams) white sugar
- 1/2 cup fresh white breadcrumbs (on how to make your own fresh breadcrumbs, click here).
- 6 egg yolks, beaten
- 3-4 tablespoons raspberry jam
- finely grated zest of one lemon
- For the meringue topping: 4 egg whites, 1 1/4 cups (225 grams) white sugar
The method in preparing this pudding is as follows:
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/355°F; bring the milk and lemon zest to a boil in a small pan; set-aside to infuse for 10 minutes.
- Add the butter and white sugar to the infused milk, then simmer for 3-4 minutes. Once simmered, add in the fresh white breadcrumbs, then beat in the egg yolks; mix-well together.
- Pour the mixture into a 1.7 L soufflé dish, then place in a roasting tray. Pour hot water into the tray around the soufflé dish, until the water reaches at least halfway up the sides of the dish.
- Bake for 30 minutes until set, then remove the dish from the oven; set-aside to cool slightly. Increase the oven temperature to 230°C/445°F.
- Prepare the meringue topping by lightly whisking the egg whites, then gradually beating in the white sugar until soft peaks form.
- Spread the raspberry jam evenly over the baked custard, then top with the beaten egg whites.
- Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes, or until the meringue has lightly-set. Serve the pudding warm from the oven; enjoy!
We look forward to sharing more with you in our next blog post! Until then, pinkies up!