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Afternoon tea returns in May

Hello afternoon tea fans.

After a short break, afternoon tea at Cafe Nouveau Home returns on Sunday 19 May from 1 – 3pm. It’s a fruity theme and we’ll be showcasing strawberries, raspberries and a host of other fruits. If you would like to book place, visit the booking link. I am now asking guests to pay when they book which will hopefully make it easier for everyone.

More dates will be coming soon.

Look forward to seeing you at Cafe Nouveau at Home.

Marie-Claire

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Huddersfield’s First Upmarket Sunday

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Today was the first Upmarket Sunday in Huddersfield, a new monthly market experience for Huddersfield with food, drink, craft and antique stalls.

I popped down at lunchtime and despite the cold there were a good number of stalls including a few unexpected ones such as the fruit and veg stalls which was nice to see. A few stalls that were advertised to be there weren’t this month which was a shame but hopefully they will be there in April.

I came away with some forced rhubarb and nectarines, a couple of cheeses (vintage gouder and gruyere) from Milk Street Fine Cheeses, a soured cherry and bourbon brownie from Brownies, a slice of apple crumble cake from Aunty P’s and a pork pie from Little Yorkshire Pie Co. And I met up with some fellow foodies!

If I’d not been planning on cooking lunch I’d have definitely got a pulled pork slider from El Kantina and glass of hot mulled apple juice from Simple Sencillo – I guess I’ll have to wait until next month!

I hope that there were enough visitors to make it worth while for the stall holders. Reading tweets from people that went and from the stall holders themselves there seems to be lots of postive feedback so fingers crossed it inspires more visitors.

Looking forward to the next Upmarket on Sunday 14 April.

Apples, cider and calvados

My theme for this month’s afternoon tea is apples so I’ve been trying out some different recipes to serve. Today I thought I’d have a go at apple scones.

I’ve made apple scones before but I wanted to try baking them with cider. I wasn’t sure whether it would work but I thought the bubbles in the cider would help with the rise but I didn’t want to substitute all the milk and I had to be careful not to make them too wet.

My solution was to use sour cream instead of milk and then use the cider to give the right consistency.

My husband then came up with the idea of making calvados cream to go with them and randomly I found a jar of apple pie jam in the cupboard.

All in all I think the experiment worked. Let’s hope next week’s afternoon guests agree.

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Does wine and cake work?

A few years ago on holiday in France I stumbled on a wonderful little cafe in the Rhone Valley, Southern France offering an array of cakes as well as champagne by the glass at 5 euros. Never ones to say no to the fizzy stuff, my friend and I both opted for a glass. The hard decision was then deciding which cake would actually work with the fizz and avoid making it an unpleasant experience. At a bit of a loss we sought the help of the owner, a very friendly and obliging Frenchman who like lots of French people had an instinctive knowledge about wine. He recommended the apple crumble style cake to complement the champagne. He was spot on.

This got me thinking about the possibility of having a tea room that served different wines by the glass that were specifically matched to specific cakes and desserts. And not just the usual dessert wines. Having taken a few wine courses run by the very knowledgeable Karen from the Wine Academy in York I had tried red wines that worked perfectly with chocolate so I knew that there must be more.

I turned, of course to google for my research! And low and behold there were articles out there pairing cake and wine. Now I’m normally a bag of crisps with a glass of wine kind of drinker and more often than not I fancy a good cup of tea when I bake so I am not really an expert in this field. But I just like the idea.

Since I am still a long way off owning my own tea shop where these pairings can be tested out as well as sounding out whether customers would actually want wine with their cake, the next best and obvious thing to do is to organise an afternoon tea and wine tasting afternoon. I’m hoping there might be a few takers! So watch this space …

Some of the articles I have found that may be of interest:

What to drink with cake

http://www.matchingfoodandwine.com/articles/20070905

Gaucho launches tea and cake matching menu

http://www.matchingfoodandwine.com/articles/20080716

Wondering What to Pour With That Piece of Cake?

http://www.thenibble.com/reviews/main/wine/dessert-pairings.asp