Sunday, March 27, 2011
Vegan Royal Tea.
I've always been an Anglophile - Burberry, Kate Moss, high tea, the Kinks, Bertrand Russell, badminton, and the best Indian food in the world. The term "veganism" was even coined by Donald Watson of the British Vegan Society.
What's to argue? Of course I'll be tuning in to the broadcast of the wedding on April 29th.
But I'll do it in style.
This Vegan Tea Party spread is fit for fashion icon and soon-to-be Royal Highness, Kate Middleton, and anyone who is looking for any excuse for buttery vegan scones and a good English romance.
One of my most memorable teas was at the Four Seasons in Philadelphia. I'm sure they'd do Vegan Tea with advance notice - although I have only had the regular tea service there in the past. It's pretty enchanting.
However, it's much more fun to have your own. For my Royal Wedding Tea Party, Vegan-Style, I planned the following:
Babycakes Lemon Poppy Teacake (from the first cookbook) - For a vegan teacake, this is moist, bright, and perfect for a cuppa.
Ginger Scones (I make scones based on the Babycakes recipe)
Earl Grey or English Breakfast Tea (I love Harney & Sons Earl Grey Supreme)
Cucumber-Dill Cream Cheese-Watercress Tea Sandwiches on Pumpernickel
Mix softened vegan cream cheese with chopped dill and fresh ground pepper, spread on soft pumpernickel bread with the crusts sliced off, and layer with cucumber slices and watercress. Cut in even rectangles, trinagles, or use biscuit cutters for rounds.
Pickled Radish & Butter Tea Sandwiches on Spelt
We cheated and use leftover pickled radish from our pickle plate at local vegan restaurant Horizons. But you can either make your own pickling liquid or save the pickling liquid from a jar of pickles. Try this easy recipe. We used Earth Balance Vegan Margarine to "butter" our sandwiches and a different bread, a spelt loaf, for some contrast on the tea sandwich plate.
One of Kate's favorite desserts, Sticky Toffee Pudding, is often on the dessert menu at Horizons (made by pastry chef also named Kate). You can find the recipe for the pudding in the book if you want to try your hand at it.
Maybe you care for something a little harder than tea? Break out a real martini. The Brits would approve.
1 1/2 oz. Cadenhead's Old Raj Dry Gin
3/4 oz. Dolin Dry Vermouth
2 dashes orange bitters
Stirred over ice, garnished with a lemon peel.
As for setting the table, the Bright Morning Teacups and Teapot from artist Samantha Robinson (available at Anthropologie) are zen-like and interesting without being too feminine and fussy.
Are you watching the Royal Wedding broadcast? Or do you think it's silly that all of the world is so fascinated by it?
Either way, who doesn't love a good tea? Let me know what your favorite tea party element is. You can't be that soulless.