Taste is powerful at unleashing memories. That’s one of the reasons I love to select menu items that are not only packed with flavor in each bite, or expose guests to a new sensation, but also ensure to include items which elicit remembrances we hold dear.
Our third and primary sweet item for this luncheon menu was geared towards reminding my best friend, T., of my mom’s pastry cream. It seemed Mom made cream puffs often when were teens, we enjoyed scores of them. Thus this vanilla cream tart topped with toasted coconut was to honor that past. I posted about this fool proof, smooth as silk, patisserie cream a month ago. It is quick to prepare and delightfully vanilla”y”.
That’s how we finished off our lunch…then each guest snacked on the mini mayo cake cupcakes and the petite oatmeal cookies…I also packed up several “to go” as some had a bit of a drive home. We thoroughly enjoyed Jasmine Downey Pearls, green tea scented with jasmine flowers, from Peet’s Tea with dessert. Perfect ending!
Using table setting pieces which were gifts or family heirlooms is another way I like to extract memories. Using these is more important to me than setting the table with “perfectly” matched items. Here are a few I used for this lunch:
I don’t mind mixing metals as there is a story behind each one of them…
A couple have tiny cracks and are a bit worn around the silver, however, whenever I use these, I think of my spunky, 4′ 10″ Italian Godmother and how she snuck these to me and asked that I not tell her children that she wanted me to have them. She always made me feel special by putting on a tea kettle for me the minute I arrived to visit. Everyone else were coffee drinkers in the family.
In the end, it’s the company you keep that truly makes your tea luncheon a success. My best friend brought me this gift: