Sunday, March 27, 2011

Vegan Royal Tea.

Oh, Kate and William. After the excitement of my own wedding last year, I quickly got caught up in the courtship of Prince William and his bride-to-be.

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.


JL goes Vegan said...

This post is GORGEOUS! Love the food, the pictures, the vibe! I doubt I will be watching, however. Listen, if I were near a TV and it was on, I would totally watch (sort of like I cannot turn away from Access Hollywood) but I think I'll be at a conference in Arizona :)

kellywhitephillips said...

Thank you! I'm sure it will be all over the news with recaps. I think I'm just fascinated by the whole thing and that there even is a Royal Family.

I do love a good wedding and a good tea party, and this is all the excuse I need for both. ;)

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With all their money, shouldn't they be paying for their own weddings?

kellywhitephillips said...

Both families are picking up most of the tab, British taxpayers are footing the bill for security.

Quit raining on my tea party parade.

Atlanta Roofing said...

Good for him. I bet he is extremely happy that his son is allowed to marry for love and not like him, as he was forced to pick someone who was a virgin and fit the royal status. How sad that he was not allowed to pick for love to begin with but at least he is with his true love at last.

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan said...

What a cute idea! I'm also glad I'm not the only one excited to watch the royal wedding ;P

Anonymous said...

The best Indian food isn't in India? ;)
Your spread looks delicious!