For a few hours this afternoon I went along to a day spa, had a massage, drank champagne in a spa, and served this high tea fare to my sister and various friends and family members.
First on our plates were these smoked salmon and cucumber sandwiches. I took ThirdCat's advice and made sure I bought a good quality bread. I'm not sure if you can pick it up from the photo, but it was a light coloured rye bread, with a nice firm texture that wouldn't become soggy during transport. Purists might insist on white bread, but it has been instilled in me since childhood that white bread is not good and I didn't want to be responsible for anyone's future bad health.
The rye bread transported well. It didn't become mushy. I placed the sliced cucumber on some paper towel to remove any excess moisture before I put it on the sanwich, so that probably helped control the moisture.
I took a picture of the dill and lemon butter I made to spread on the bread, because I figured you wouldn't see it all that well in a photo of the completed sandwich, and it really added something extra to the taste.
Next on the menu were these Leek and Goat's Cheese Mini-Quiches. It seemed to me that they were the hit of the day. They were all devoured (3 x more than pictured here). I received at least 3 requests for the recipe. So if you want people to think you're a great cook, follow this link to what really is a very simple recipe.
For the sweet part of the high tea, I served what every body identified as mini Pavlova's.
The truth is that I intended to make a kind of meringue biscuit, by sandwiching two discs of meringue together with some fresh whipped cream with strawberries through it. First of all strawberries were $7 for a punnet, so I decided to have passionfruit instead since I could buy eight of those for $2.99. Then, either I didn't make enough meringue or the egg ring was larger than the recipe intended the discs to be, because I ran out of mixture before I had made enough discs. I decided to put one disc on the bottom, top it with passionfruit cream and then place half a disc on the top, like a wafer. Voila! Mini Pavlova's. They went down a treat.
The second sweet item was a rich chocolate cupcake. I had tried to buy Green & Black's Organic Cocoa to make these, but no one seemed to have it in stock. I ended up using a regular cooking cocoa and they still came out rich, and chocolatey.
By the time I got to the cupcakes, I was feeling a bit queasy from all the sugar in the meringues. But what else is tea and coffee for, if not to help you eat more sweet things? It helps you dilute the blood. Other's were not as successful in overcoming the sugar high for one final hurrah, so a few of these were left over. Oh dear. Looks like it's chocolate cupcakes for breakfast tomorrow.
* It was meant to be Gastroporn Friday, but one really has to admire a mind that can produce a Freudian Slip that goes straight past the sexual and onto exo-skeletal life forms.