Now that you're all grown up and responsible, how about hosting a traditional Mother's Day tea for the best mom in the world? Traditional, but better because of our afternoon tea goodies are 100% vegan without the least bit of compromise in taste!
Here are few tips to make it extra-special.
Make a beautiful invitation and use it as your Mother's Day card. Maybe add your favourite photo of the two of you together. This will be a great memento for years to come.
Maybe someplace with a view of the water or nature. Maybe it's someplace with a special meaning for your mom. The gazebo, a formal dining room, a cozy corner in the living room or on the patio.
Set the table with care. Add a pretty table cloth or piece of floral fabric. Use your best dishes and elegant cutlery. Use linen napkins. If you don't have any scope out second hand stores.
Add flowers. They add a freshness and they have been shown to actually lower your blood pressure! Why not use a decorative teapot or pitcher instead of a vase? Use edible flowers to garnish your dishes!
Make your tea like the Brits do.
No matter if you choose black, white or green tea the British have strict rules for making the perfect pot.
- Always use freshly drawn cold water in the kettle.
- Warm the pot by swirling a small amount of boiled water in it.
- For black tea, only pour on freshly boiled water and do not over-boil it.
- For green tea, always use the water just at the boil.
- One teaspoon of loose tea per person and one teaspoon for the pot is about right, but add as much or as little to make it to the strength you like.
- Over-steeping can make the tea bitter and stewed so be sure you can remove the tea leaves.
- Try serving with honey and lemon wedges or sugar cubes for a more formal feel.
Serve delicate finger food; decorative finger sandwiches, fruit and sweets.
Take the time to garnish and make your bite sized treats a feast for the eyes as well as the mouth.
Here are a few ideas that we love.
We used toasted mini bagels for these. We topped them with Zengarry Garlic and Fine Herbs Cashew Cheese and garnished with thinly slice cucumbers, or avocado and fresh herbs and rainbow pepper cubes.
Sun dried tomato and basil pinwheels
Spread Zengarry Sun Dried Tomato and Basil Cashew Cheese generously on a spinach tortilla. Add spinach leaves, fresh basil leaves and rainbow peppers. Roll tightly and slice into pinwheels.
Cut the crusts from any type of bread (we used 12 grain) and cut into triangles. Spread with Zengarry Garlic and Fine Herbs Cashew Cheese and thinly sliced cucumber and radish. Garnish with micro greens and a sprinkling of freshly ground pepper.
We used gluten-free mini poppy seed bags for these and topped them with Zengarry Garlic and Fine Herbs Cashew Cheese, Veggie Lox, capers and micro greens.
Every afternoon tea needs some beautiful sweets.
Whip up a batch of your favourite Scones or Muffins or try these Blackberry Brie Bites
Thaw a package of Puff Pastry Dough. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Roll the dough out to about a quarter inch thickness. Cut it into squares.
Spray a mini muffin tin with non-stick spray. Place your squares of puff pastry dough into the muffin cups and press gently so they take the shape of the cups.
Add 1 generous teaspoon of Zengarry Raw Brie Cashew Cheese into each cup. Add a small teaspoon of blackberry jelly to each cup on top of the Brie. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes.
Allow to cool about 10 minutes then remove the Brie Bites from the muffin tin and top with a fresh blackberry and mint leaves.