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Fabulous Friday. Food, Family, Jazz.

Ok, I know it’s Saturday, but this was started yesterday, and we were home too late to get it together last night.

It was a day of food for mum and I yesterday. First up we had Villa Howden High Tea, take two. Read about take one here.

It was beautiful. The coffee was still good, the food gorgeous and the cake mum made for her friends birthday just divine.

 

Today is dad’s birthday so last night we went out for dinner and a jazz evening.
The cafe we went to regularly has Jazz evenings and last night was big band night.
It was brilliant.
The food as always was beautiful – antipasto platter to start, crusted salmon fillets, scallop pie, chicken pie, crepes, with the best mashed potato, and lovely roasted beetroot and parsnip – dad had tears in his eyes, and hubby organised for them to sing him happy birthday.

No photos of last night because of it was about being in hone moment.
We finished off the night with hot chocolate and coffee while I splashed out and had a liquer cappucino. A dash, of Kahlua was a tasty addition with whipped cream on top.

Big family lunch today, then my house will be full with sister and 3 kids, plus my sister in a law in visiting as well.

Have a good weekend 🙂
Jen.

Birthday Morning Tea.

I was hoping to arrive home over full from the Morning Tea mum organised at Villa Howden for a group of six of us. Well that is not going to happen. I will post up a collection of photos, the place is still elegant and looks beautiful.
Today’s service was neither beautiful nor elegant. They stuffed up big time.
Mum had been in to see them earlier in there week to arrange the food – which was to include savouries as well as sweets, like of high tea in the morning – and we were to bring the cake for her birthday.
First up, it hadn’t been noted we were going to be in the sitting room rather than at the tables in the dining room.
Tea and coffees ordered, and while we waited two plates of Devonshire tea (scones with jam & cream) were brought out. Must say, the scones were delicious, and the cream, thick and King Island like. (For those who don’t know kind island cream, it is the best super thick cream, perfect for scones and the like, go google it if you want).
And then nothing.
Oh, unless you count housekeeping and the vacuum. The room we were in had a half balcony above, which is where she was, and it was really distracting. And disprespeful. And why couldn’t they have done it before they opened. This was 11.30. Then she decided to vacuum the foyer. Right next to us. One of the ladies went and asked her to stop, and while apologetic, it didn’t seem to sink in how wrong it was.
And then. No more food. Mum went to investigate and was told it hadn’t been written in the book. Mum had dealt with the manager initially. Not happy Jan. (See here)

I think that’s enough of that. Let’s have a look at some pretty pictures.

Hens High Tea afternoon

Yesterday a group of us ladies dressed up – some more than others – and went off to Villa Howden for high tea for our friend’s hen do. It was all very classy with none of the tacky stuff that is normally seen at these functions.  The venue is a lovely old building that has been used for many different purposes over the years but currently, very French Provincial (I think) and the epitome of old class and elegance.

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The food was as expected – beautiful little treats both sweet and savoury.  We had added into our cost the optional extra of a glass of bubbly, as befitted the ocassion. A very nice bubbly it was too.

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We were also able to render our Hen speechless, complete with tears, on presenting her with her gift. That alone made it worthwhile.  Just a little something for her house, presented via photo on the phone, as two hubbies had installed it while we were out.

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A wonderful afternoon spent for a beautiful friend.
To see more of Villa Howden check out their website here.

Have a great week.
Jen

Alfresco Saturday, pt 1 – High Tea

Mr 17’s girlfriend had her birthday today and I thought a little girl’s afternoon out would be a nice change from the usual.
We visited Jam & Bread* in Margate for High Tea.  The menu is set with four each of savoury and sweet treats. It may not sound like much but once you start it proves to be quite filling.
* This link takes you to the review I wrote when they first opened.

– Brioche rolls with smoked salmon and coleslaw. Beautiful, but filling.
– Super chocolate brownies – Omg, divine & rich.
– A delicate pannacotta (?) with honeycomb.  Light and creamy with a sweet crunchy topping. 

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– Lime curd with citrus fruit. Sweet, creamy with a definite Zing, not a bad zing either. – Rich chocolate mousse on shortbread with berry coulis. Rich & smooth, with the shortbread evening it out. 

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– Chorizo and Spinach quiche with cauliflower. It doesn’t sound much, but very nice. – – And pumpkin tartlets. Smooth creamy pumpkin like a pie, and the roasted tomato had a sweetness that complimented it perfectly.

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– Mini toasts with The Best liver pate I’ve ever tasted. I love a good liver pate (the only way I will eat it by the way) and this was smooth, creamy, with an awesome flavour. The aspic on top was flavoured to totally enhance the pate. I normally don’t eat that, but I was ready to devour the lot. I was the only one who ate this.

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And a missing picture of huge melt in the mouth scones with jam and cream.
The coffee was good, it kept me going for  some time, the orange juice arrived in an old fashioned juice bottle and the iced chocolate came with chunks of chocolate on top in a refashioned bottle. It was huge.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend 🙂
Jennifer

Jam & Bread – review

At approx 25 mins north of me and 20 mins south of Hobart lies the township of Margate and it is here I find myself today at a new tea house and gift shop. They opened their doors on Wednesday and so today I come and check out what the menu and gift range. I know oneof the owners from a market we’ve done, and visited the house before they had started the renovations so I was very interested in seeing how their vision was realised.
Behind this door if a 1920’s cottage is the sweetest, vintage styled tea house…
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The decor is understated but classy and with a simple scheme of dark green, and brown. Polished floor boards and wonderfully comfortable chairs finish it off.
There are two rooms and small seating capacity of around 6 tables. (Oops, the picture is a little dark)
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All the food is made on the premises using food from their own garden or sourced from local suppliers.
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One of their specialities is the High Tea. A selection of sweet and savoury + your choice of beverage for the easy price of $25 per person.

Included the menu are a selection of pies and tarts, soup of the day (served with a savoury scone) and sweet delights.
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One item on the menu caught my eye, Sliders. A neat replacement to the usual burger. With 3 per serve, you get their homemade Brioche topped with pulled pork, confit duck and slow cooked chilli beef with condiments. Yum!!

The choice was hard but I chose the Moroccan lamb pie. A single serve pie filled with shredded meat and chick peas with a gentle flavour and spicyness was perfectly complimented by the coleslaw, beetroot and carrot salads, with a little dish of homemade tomato sauce.
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I finished my meal with a cappuccino. Served in a delicate tea cup with a ‘collectible’ spoon it was strong enough to guarantee I was bouncing off the walls later in the day – but the flavour was rich and certainly not bitter.
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Tim, chef and owner, also made most of the glassware, sugar bowls and light fittings by recycling old glass bottles with his brother Simon and their business ‘drystore’.
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Peisha, co-owner and hostess, also has her range of lotions and soaps ‘Lotus Child’ for sale (see her etsy store for more)
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Some of the beautiful and quirky items in use at Jam & Bread
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Many small eateries like this can be overpriced but for no more than I could buy a sushi/coffee or bakery pie/coffee combo I had a delicious homemade pie with salad, great coffee in a beautiful setting. The service quick and friendly, which is no surprise at all.
Tim started work at Meadowbank just north of Hobart before moving to Sydney where he and Peisha had several cafes under their belt. They’ve been back in Tassie for a couple for years and this is the first venture they’ve taken on from scratch. And what a job they’ve done already!
Perfect for a light lunch, weekend brunch or getting the girls together for high tea Jam & Bread should be on the list of places to stop at on the trip south of Hobart.

Check them out on Facebook and if you’re in the area please call in and say hi 🙂
Jennifer