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Afternoon tea at Tara's busy kitchen

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Afternoon tea at Tara's busy kitchen

Chantelle Bridgman

Last weekend I attended my second Tara’s busy kitchen event. Tara hosted a fabulous pop up afternoon tea in her beautiful home. Presenting us with a wonderful array of homemade treats, accompanied by a selection of tea’s as well as Sparking fizz from Sharpham’s vineyard - for those not participating in dry January. *Guilty*.

For some people the idea of having an event in someones home isn’t to their liking. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it may I suggest. Tara goes above and beyond, turning her living room into a five star tea room and making you feel right at home.

Tara’s colour theme for this tea party was pink and green. With hand picked foliage from cakeadoodledo’s garden, Tara turned the staircase into a fairy lit* Ivy haven. Pink tulips in keeping with the theme were elegantly presented in glass milk bottles, placed in the centre of each handmade ivy wreath, quite the combination for a glorious centre piece. A gorgeous selection of Tara’s china was positioned on each table, some of which has been kindly donated.

* Fairy lights from Lorna Ruby Exeter.

Once everyone had been acquainted, it was time to take our seats assigned with a hand written name place using ivy leaves. Each setting had a goodie bag and a TBK menu. Tara gave brief introductions on the afternoon and some of the locally sourced ingredients and treats that were used for the event, and then it was time to tuck in.

A mouth watering selection of sweet and savoury were delivered to our table showcased remarkably on Tara’s cake stands.

The savoury consisted of Quickes mature cheddar cheese scones filled with a devine runner bean chutney from Hendrik’s kitchen and Shillingford pear, Laydilay egg mayonnaise finger sandwhiches, smoked salmon and horseradish pin wheels, my personal favourite - Quickes cheese and cranberry pinwheels.

Onto everyones favourite… the sweet. Tunisian orange and almond cake (recipe from Charlotte Lampard’s cook book “Charlotte’s kitchen”), Jam tarts (Raspberry jam - Ullacombe farm and Strawberry Jam- Shute Fruit), Devonshire honey cake (Honey from Dartmoor wildflower honey - North Bovey).

But that wasn’t it. We also had a delightful selection of Sabine’s pistachio and rose Macaroon’s with a white chocolate ganache. A French lady using a French recipe. As well as home baked scones with jam and Langage clotted cream. 

I’m getting full again just typing this OR that could be the fact that I am tucking into my goodie bag whilst writing this post.

I can guarantee you will not leave hungry, but for those who are still a little peckish - Well of course.. Tara has this covered. The goodie bags… yes more cakes. Some of our local businesses have kindly donated their delicious produce to TBK for her goodies bags.

The exploding bakery provided a gluten free almond chocolate brownie (YUM), Cakeadoodledo gave Matcha tea and raspberry cupcakes (in keeping with the colour theme) and last but by no means least Liberty loves with their simply stunning raw chocolate and raspberry tarts.

From start to finish Tara was the perfect hostess. She welcomed familiar faces as well as new into her home and provided us all with a perfect Sunday afternoon. It is a lovely way to meet new people, indulge in some yummy foods and drinks but most importantly supporting Tara’s dreams. 

Check out the very talented Tara on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Also don’t forget to have a look at all the local businesses supporting Tara on her journey. 

Piece out. 

CB x