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Elizabeth’s Strawberry Basil Parfait

Our Mother’s Day Tea Weekend at The Secret Garden Tea Room and Gift Shop was a spectacular event and we would like to thank all of our guests who chose to spend their very special Saturday or Sunday with us.

Elizabeth’s exquisite menu for this special event began with this delectable Strawberry Basil Parfait. A delightful twist on the Strawberry Jello-O Pretzel Salad, Elizabeth added balsamic to cut the sweetness, basil for a touch of elegance and used glass cups to create individual starters for each guest.

We are delighted to share this recipe with you and invite you to please take a moment and view the entire menu and photographs below the recipe.

Strawberry Basil Parfait

file-2Ingredients

Part I

  • 2 cups pretzels, finely crushed
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

 

Part II

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 10 ounces Cool Whip
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

 

Part III

  • 6-ounce package strawberry Jell-O
  • 2 cups water
  • 16-ounce package frozen sliced, sweetened strawberries
  • 1/2 cup basil, chiffonade, loosely packed

 

Assembly

Preheat oven to 350˚.
Toss crushed pretzels with melted butter, add sugar and mix well. Spread on baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

Mix together cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Fold in Cool Whip.

Dissolve Jell-O in boiling water and set in refrigerator until slightly thickened, about 20 minutes. Fold in strawberries and basil.

Using individual glass cups, pipe in a small bit of cream cheese mixture in the bottom.  Pour in Jell-O and chill until firm.

Before serving, pipe top with cream cheese mixture, sprinkle toasted pretzel topping and add a sprig of basil.

The Menu


Pot of Tea

Toasting Glass of Sparkling Wine or Cider (First Blush of Summer White Sangria or Fruit Tea Red Sangria)

Strawberry Basil Parfait

Flower Fairy Salad with Rhubarb Vinaigrette

Sorbet

Warm Scones with Devonshire Cream, Jam and Lemon Curd

Tiered Rack with Tea Sandwiches, Savories and Sweets

 

 



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Tea trivia Sunday: for the love of white tea

Welcome to The Secret Garden’s Tea Trivia Sunday!

Each Sunday, we publish a small bit of information about tea, tea pottery and tea accessories. If you have questions, comments or would like to see us publish an article on a specific topic, please let us know.

 

White Tea

White tea is the most delicate and freshest tea available as it is minimally processed.
New, young tea leaves and buds from the Camellia senensis plant are harvested for only a few weeks each spring. This happens only in the Northern District of Fujian, China and can only be labeled white tea if it comes from the Fujian Province.

 

“Camellia sinensis is a species of evergreen shrub or small tree whose leaves and leaf buds
are used to produce tea. It is of the genus Camellia (Chinese: 茶花; pinyin: Cháhuā, literally: “tea flower”)
of flowering plants in the family Theaceae. -wikipedia”

 
The leaves are typically picked mid-March to early April and only during the right conditions. The leaves cannot be picked if it is rainy or humid.

White tea is named for the silvery type down that covers the leaves and unopened buds. This is known as “Hao”.

 

Flavor profile

aroma-aromatic-close-up-stock (2)As the flavor is so delicate, common flavor profile descriptions include:

  • Floral
  • Sweet
  • Grassy
  • Delicate
  • Honey
  • Subtle
  • Fruity
  • Mild
  • Melon
  • Herby
  • Peach
  • Citrus
  • Apricot
  • Chocolate
  • Vanilla

Storage

  1. Tea does not go bad, but it can go stale. If cared for properly your tea will remain fabulous for up to a year.
  2. Store tea in a cool, dark place and away from oxygen and moisture.
  3. Never store tea in the refrigerator.
  4. Your tea will last longer if stored in an opaque, airtight container.
  5. Coffee and spices can spread their flavor on to your tea, so it should be stored in a different cupboard or pantry.

 

How to brew the perfect pot of tea

Capture tea times



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Mother’s Day Weekend at The Secret Garden Tea Room and Gift Shop

Celebrate Mom with our Mother’s Day Tea.

Secret Garden Stock PhotoPlease join us here at The Secret Garden Tea Room and Gift Shop and celebrate Mom Saturday May 11th and Sunday May 12th.

 

This year’s Mother’s Day Tea is a five-course, garden themed event.
Reservations are only taken by phone, 253.826.4479 or in person.To reserve and purchase your table or for additional information, please call during business hours, Wednesday through Sunday, 10am to 5pm. All tickets for the weekend event are purchased in advanced.


Menu

Pot of Tea

Toasting Glass of Sparkling Wine or Cider

Strawberry Basil Parfait

Flower Fairy Salad ith Rhubarb Vinaigrette

Sorbet

Warm Scones with Devonshire Cream, Jam and Lemon Curd

Tiered Rack with Tea Sandwiches, Savories and Sweets

 

Warm Towel & Commemorative Photograph

Cost is $65 per person | Children’s version $50
Price includes tax and gratuity.

This tea is also available Gluten Free ($5 add) Vegetarian or Nut Free, with advanced notice.

Please visit our website’s special events tab for additional information.


 

Do you need gift ideas for Mom? Come shop with us!


 

 

Photograph | Karie Engels