I’ve been invited to Su’s virtual tea party today. We all have actually. I thought I should take something tasty to contribute, but unfortunately I lost track of time, so I had to throw something together at the last moment. Su (at Zimmerbitch) has gone to a lot of effort though, so you should pop over to see what she has made and have a chat.
I find I like these virtual afternoon teas. I don’t have to clean up for visitors. I just have to arrange some artful background for the food photos. Nevertheless, even this minimal organisation was difficult because the dining table had been commandeered by my True Love for his home office. I’ve decided I need to go shopping (online?) for an outdoor cafe table so that I can have our virtual afternoon tea photos in the garden. I could make a table, but you know, time constraints. I digress.
Just in case Su is inundated with visitors, I’m going to take a mixed plate of dried fruit, nuts, plums and new season apple, as well as SAOs with cheese and tomato, and a couple SAOs with vegemite. Don’t be frightened of the vegemite, ladies and gentlemen. It is delicious (for those of us who’ve grown up on it). Back to the SAOs, like the Arnott’s Ginger Nuts that I featured in my last afternoon tea post, SAOs (circa 1904) are another Aussie iconic biscuit. I haven’t had SAOs for years, but when the pandemic hit, I made sure I bought a couple of packs, a sort of security blanket, I guess. My hypo(glycemia) lollies (otherwise known as jelly beans) are the final addition to the plate to add colour, but feel free to eat them. I bought lots of jelly beans too in the lead up to the lockdown.
As you can guess, I loved playing “cups of tea” when I was a kid. It was a good thing that those play sessions didn’t involve any actual cooking. Speaking of actual cooking, I made this Pineapple Impossible Pie for Irene (My Slice Of Mexico). Irene previously made a dish that sounded a lot like my mother’s Impossible Pie. Since I ran out of time to ask my mother for the recipe, I had a look for a recipe online and found this which looked to be remarkably similar. Here is my paltry effort.
The first problem I encountered making this masterpiece was the lack of a pie dish, making it difficult to remove from the baking pan. I’ll spare you the slop photos. The second problem was that the recipe recommended serving warm (also a problem for getting it out of the dish in one piece). Wrong, wrong, wrong. It was much nicer cold. What about the taste? My lads pronounced the taste rather “retro” (code for they weren’t too sure what to make of it, but mum made it so had better say something nice). It tasted liked canned crushed pineapple which is unsurprising since it contained canned crushed pineapple You get the idea. If you want to make it, maybe go for an apple or apricot filling.
To make up for my complete disorganisation, I picked this lovely camellia from the garden for you and Su. Note how I’ve used a board I had previously sealed for a future mosaic project as the background. This has given me the idea that I could make several fake tile splashbacks as a craft project. I could, but I probably won’t.
So there you go. Glad you could join me. Can I tempt you with a vegemite SAO?