My girlfriends and I went to O'Mara's Avalon Tea Garden today for this month's themed tea - Tea With the March Hare. It was exactly one year ago that my girlfriend Lori and I began attending their monthly teas, and we haven't missed one since. Our group has grown in size - today there were five of us.
[L-R: Lori, Cindy, Me, Sandy, and Sheila]
~ O'Mara's Afternoon Tea Guests ~
~ Themed Tablescape Embellishments ~
~ Don't be late for tea! ~
~ Menu ~
My choice of tea for the afternoon was Harney & Son's Queen Catherine. I selected their Mock Turtle Soup - something I'd never had before. It was garnished with a bread dough turtle. So cute! I'm told Mock Turtle Soup can be made with a cream base like chowder, or tomato based. Today's was tomato based with chicken, beef, and pork. It was delicious.
Then the Queen left off, quite out of breath, and said to Alice, "Have you seen the Mock Turtle yet?" "No," said Alice. "I don't even know what Mock Turtle is." "It's the thing Mock Turtle Soup is made from," said the Queen. "I never saw one, or heard of one." said Alice. "Come on, then," said the Queen, "And he shall tell you his history."
The savories were Toadstool Mushrooms [bottom tier - a cherry tomato halve on top of a deviled egg]; Strawberry, Goat Cheese & Watercress Checkerboard Sandwich, middle tier; and March Hare Ginger Carrot Sandwich, top tier.
The March Hare gets around underground by rooting carrots. He sometimes finds himself in faraway tunnels where he simply goes mad for all the exotic roots - like ginger. Fancy them both in a sandwich!
~ Chef Anita ~
She demonstrated Baked Brie with Tarragon, but this month she wrapped it in Puff Pastry instead of Filo Dough. My preference is Puff Pastry.
~ Queen of Hearts Asparagus Tart ~
Dessert: Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting; Lavender Shortbread Cookie; and Cherry Scone.
What a fun afternoon. Who would have known it was 17 degrees and gray skies outside, when it was so cozy and pleasant inside!