Afternoon Tea From the Garden – Menu
Excerpt from AFTERNOON TEA – TIPS, TERMS and TRADITIONS by Ellen Easton ©2006-2012 – All Rights Reserved
A traditional garden afternoon tea menu was not created with the dietary restrictions one faces in today’s modern world. To be mindful of vegetarians, as well as those watching high cholesterol, blood sugars, and heart healthy choices, creating a healthy afternoon tea menu can be a challenge.
Summer is the perfect time of year to make use of nature’s bounty, especially whilst entertaining outdoors. The garden is a wonderful resource from which one can devise an imaginative, yet tasty menu. Inspiration can come from many avenues, as in the example of my childhood friend Betsy’s black bean salad recipe, which is easily transferred from a side dish to a tea savory when served in the hollow of an endive leaf.
Explore your own garden and the local green markets to find the freshest ingredients possible and without a doubt, by doing so, your summer tea parties will be the talk of the town.
Afternoon Tea from the Garden Menu
(All fillings are made with non-fat plain Greek Yogurt, lemon juice and/or a vinegar base dressing)
Hummus filled Cucumber Cup
Betsy’s Black Bean Salad in Endive Leaf
Chopped Egg and Olive Salad in Lettuce Wrap
Marinated Diced Artichokes in Bite Size Tomatoes
Diced Asparagus, Capers, and Pimentos in Celery Stalk
Orange Marmalade or Rose Petal Jam
Melon Flower Shapes with Grape Centers
Fruit Kebobs of Black Berries, Blue Berries and Cherries
TEAS AND INFUSIONS
Hot or Iced Tea (always decanted)
Jasmine Dragon Pearl Tea, Moroccan Mint Tea, Peach Tea,
Rose and Violet Sugar Cubes
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