Every month when our wee clan of bakers gathers to show off our creations, it’s so much more than just a case of “they came, they saw, they ate cake.” I think the best part is the exchange of stories and the way those stories weave through our time spent in the kitchen.
At this month’s High Tea extravaganza we brought our favourite tea cups and many of us wore rather grand hats. Many of the tea cups had been passed down from one generation to another, brought out every few years for special occasions.
Kim was the hostess with the mostess, laying on a lovely tea service to compliment all our beautiful cups. Not only does she have one of the most amazing cookbook collections I have ever seen, but her Victoria Sandwich recipe was taken from Mrs. Beeton herself. I think one of my favourite photos of the evening is the portrait Kim’s grandmother, “Queen Victoria Stansfield,” tucked inside the Beeton cookbook next to the Victoria Sandwich recipe.
The treats! Oh, the treats. Fluffy scones, Eccles cakes, shortbread, sugar cookies, jelly roll, ginger and lemon cake, finger sandwiches (one plate was even draped with a London Underground tea towel), mini tarts, cream puffs, spiced palmiers, and even Devon cream and rhubarb curd!
So enraptured was I with taking close-ups that I neglected to take a photo of the entire table, but luckily Dorthea did! You can see my giant hat in the corner as I snap away.
But I didn’t forget to take a photo of my plate of lusciousness:
With a stunning view of Valentine Farm’s vineyards, we lounged, we laughed, we lingered and we plotted. Yes, Summerland Bakers have a secret plot. Can espionage be delicious? Yes, it can. More of this plot will be revealed at our upcoming gatherings.
High Tea recipes will be posted next time! Please note our next event, Thursday, June 19 at Grape Escape Guest House. We’ll be meeting at 6pm so we have enough time for the grand tour before we get down to nibbling. Our theme: Appetizers! Email me to confirm your spot!