The Mother’s Day Macaron Class & High Tea 2015

Mother’s Day has come and gone and in the mayhem that preceded the Launch of my classes I forgot this post about my amazing Mother’s Day and the Mother’s Day Class and High Tea. So here it is, better late than never…

As we get older and become parents ourselves it becomes harder to allocate time on days like Mother’s Day between our mothers, our mother-in-laws and then finally ourselves with our kids. So when planning the Mother’s Day Macaron Class & High Tea I had a little bit of a selfish motive. I invited along my mother, my sisters and my mother-in-law to join in the class so that I would get a chance to treat them for Mother’s Day. We had a wonderful group of ladies as always and quite a few mums. The ladies were encouraged to dress up in their most fabulous high tea gear and there was beyond a shadow of a doubt two ladies that met the brief 100%.

The Mother’s Day class was a demo class, so the ladies got to relax while I demonstrated my macaron making technique and shared with them all my secrets. They then had 12 shells waiting for them to fill and decorate. I have to say that this is always the best part of the class for me because the ladies get to release their inner child as they play with the embellishments.

Afterward we all sat down for the high tea. The spread included savoury tarts and phyllo pastry parcels, cupcakes, cakepops, macarons, a chocolate and Bar One Cake, chocolate covered pretzels ( the best thing ever!) and a selection of pastries. I had a wonderful time getting to know a bit about all the ladies and having a laugh as we all shared stories over a cup of tea.

Each lovely lady took home their own tea pot and mug as well as some of the most amazing tea ever that was sponsored by Tea Pigs. They were also surprised with their own bottles of Willow Creek Olive Oil to take home.

The dads can also enjoy their Father’s Day with us at the “Me & My Dad Cupcake Class” on 13 June 2015, 9-12pm. The class is limited to 14 people so please book early.

This is what my Mother’s Day looked like…

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A Mothers Day Lunch With A Twist Hosted by Megan Deane

There are few things better than good food with good company, especially if you are a food blogger. Megan Deane ( Stuffed Feeling ) put these key elements together along with a beautiful venue to host her ‘Mother’s Day With A Twist’ lunch this past Saturday.

I, along with Inge Loker ( Snap,Sizzle,Cook), Verushka Ramasami ( SpiceGoddess), Shirley Berko ( Cuizine Durban) and Nicola Meyer (Run On Coffee) were welcomed into Megan’s home. This lunch tradition was created by Megan in honour of her Mom, who is no longer with us, but was an amazing hostess, so I think it is a definitely a beautiful way to pay tribute.

The brief was that we were to bring along a dish or 2 that had been passes down to us by our mothers. My mind swirled a bit trying to choose the perfect dish and after much deliberation I decided on my lamb breyani as well as a chocolate cake. My mothers breyani is always something that brings back happy memories of the family being together from the time that I was little ,and it’s one of the first recipes of hers that I mastered, so I think it was a fitting choice. The chocolate cake, well I chose that because my sisters and I were lucky enough to have our mother be a ‘stay at home mum ‘ aka Domestic Executive, and I remember coming home from school everyday to something new that she had baked from jam squares to cakes and scones, so the recipe that I used was a twist on the hot milk sponge passed down to her from my grandmother.

The weather was beautiful and perfect for an outdoor lunch. There is an unspoken understanding between food bloggers that you take photos before you touch the food, and boy was there a great range of food to photograph. On the menu was starters of meatballs with the most delicious dipping yoghurt, jalepenos (my fav!) stuffed with cheese, wrapped in bacon, battered and fried (I don’t think I really need to elaborate on how Ahmazing they were) and loaded potato skins. The mains were the lamb breyani including sambals and sour milk salad that I had made, a vegetable lasagne from Nicola, butter paneer and savoury rice from Verushka, french steaks from Megan and coronation chicken from Inge. The desserts were the chocolate cake, rolly pollies ( love that name ) from Inge, cute animal shaped cookies from Nicola and a crepe dish from Shirley. Needless to say it did feel a lot like Christmas lunch and we were thoroughly stuffed by the end of it as Megan had predicted.

I was so happy and honoured to have spent an afternoon with these lovely ladies, chatting and eating (and eating some more) and a special thank you to Megan for being such a gracious hostess and putting together such a wonderful lunch.

The recipes will be up on Megan’s blog Stuffed Feeling, so I will share once they are posted.I will also finally be kicking off the Blogger Recipe Series this Friday with a most decadent and delicious recipe from Megan and I have a guest post on the cooking classes held by Knorr and J-Something in Johannesburg.

If you haven’t made your plans for Mother’s Day, there are still seats available for the Macaron Class and High Tea. Go here to book -> Classes

Have a happy week!