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JACKPOT visits the Tea Salon at the Victoria Room

Happy Monday dear readers!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend filled with plenty of rest and relaxation! I feel like the weekend has gone by in the blink of an eye and if anything I feel more exhausted than ever trying to pack everything into the weekend before the week starts again. I’m hoping to catch up on some sleep this weekend.

Besides playing a lot of basketball over the weekend, I managed to catch up with Mrs Papparazzi yesterday for lunch. It’s been awhile since we last caught up so it was a good to catch up on what’s been happening. We decided to try our luck and see if there were any tables available at the Victoria Room Tea Salon in Westfield Sydney as usually it’s quite busy. We were in luck as we were able to get a seat not long after we queued in line for a table. We were seated in the corner so it was good to get a somewhat private area to just chat amongst ourselves without being too disturbed by the other customers.

There is the option of having the normal high tea menu or ordering from the main menu. Mrs Papparazzi and I were quite indecisive that day so we chose to go for the easier option and opted for the Classic High Tea to eliminate any decisions and choices that had to be made. However the choice of scones was difficult in the end for me…so many to choose from and with only the choice of one scone ;P

Menu

The Menu

Tea Menu

The Tea Menu

Green Tea

Plate

Love the old fashion teacup and plate designs

High Tea

The Classic High Tea Set for 2 $38.00 pp

Sandwich Tier

The Sandwich Tier – Chicken & Wild Herbs, Smoked Salmon, Rocket, Lemon & Capers, Cucumber, Creme Fraiche & Dill and Roast Beef, Horseradish Cream & Baby Cress

Mrs Papparazzi and I started off the high tea with the bottom tier of finger sandwiches. There is quite a few variations of finger sandwiches made with either white bread or wholemeal brown bread. I loved the chicken & wild herbs sandwich despite it being on white bread and the smoked salmon on brown bread. Mrs Papparazzi loves white bread whereas I love brown bread so in the end it worked out as I ended up eating most of the brown bread sandwiches except for the roast beef as I have never been a fan of it since I was young. I liked the lightness of the sandwiches so that there was still room in my stomach for the rest of the sweet treats and scone.

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The Scones Tier

Date and Orange Scone

Date and Orange Scone

White Chocolate and Cranberry

White Chocolate and Cranberry Scone

Jam and Cream

Scones served with Cream, Strawberry Jam and Orange Marmalade

I decided to try a different scone this time as I had tried the Lavender scone on the previous time I visited and wanted to try something different. There were so may choices from savoury to sweet scones with various different flavours. I ended up picking the orange and date and was hoping that the orange wasn’t too overpowering and I was in luck as the orange flavour was subtle but paired well with the sweet dates. Mrs Papparazzi ended up choosing the white chocolate and cranberry scone which I have heard is really lovely. There is also a rose scone that they serve with bits of turkish delight inside the scone or if you have gluten intolerances, there is also a gluten-free scone which you can request for. I think I will try the gluten-free scone next time I have high tea here. My scone came with some orange marmalade however I’m not a fan of marmalade and ended up eating my scone with the classic strawberry jam instead…tasted really good! Scones and Jam – I can’t think of anything better!

The Assorted Sweeties

Assorted Sweeties – Dark Chocolate Cup with Chocolate Mousse & Strawberries, Seasonal Fruit Short Crust Tartlet (Rhubarb), Classic baked lemon cheesecake with Pistachios & a Vanilla Cupcake with Fresh Passionfruit Topping

Fruit Short Crust Tartlet

Rhubarb Fruit Custard Tartlet

Dark Chocolate Cup with Chocolate Mousse and Strawberries

Dark Chocolate Cup with Chocolate Mousse, Cream and a Strawberry

Cheesecake

Classic Baked Lemon Cheesecake with Pistachio Pieces

Vanilla Cupcake

I loved all the sweet food on offer. My massive sweet tooth ensured that I sampled each and every one of the desserts…yes I know I really need to stop eating so much dessert..I’m planning on eating healthy throughout this week hopefully ;p I loved the taste of the cheesecake. Rich and decadent and luckily served as a small portion because I’m pretty sure I could have eaten 10 of these in one sitting! Also I really loved the texture of the cupcake…it wasn’t dry and the frosting reminded me of the cupcakes I used to eat when I was a kid. I have to thank Mrs Papparazzi for taking some of the photos for me on my camera as I had eaten the sweet food before taking any close up photos of them…yep my big sweet tooth once again! ;p

It was a good catch up over a lovely high tea…I’m sure that I’ll be seeing Mrs Papparazzi again for another food adventure soon!

The Victoria Room Tea Salon

Westfield Sydney

Level 4 (Designer Gallery), Cnr Pitt Street Mall and Market Street

Sydney CBD NSW 2000

Phone: 02 9357 4488

Website: www.theteasalon.com.au

The Tea Salon Hours:

Monday – Sunday: 9:30am – 6:30pm (except Thursday 9:30am-9pm)

Light Refreshments served all day & Lunch and High Tea from 11:30am-4:30pm

So until next time everyone!

x

Jackie

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JACKPOT bakes Vegan Blueberry Spelt Scones

Hello all!

Mid week! Getting closer to the weekend…hopefully this Wednesday goes by quickly so it’s one day closer to enjoying the weekend!

I’ve always loved scones for their lovely crumbly yet soft texture and I always look forward to high tea knowing that I will get to eat some scones. I have always been a fan of just the plain scones never being a fan of the scones with sultanas or raisins in them (yes I have an aversion to anything with sultanas or raisins for some reason) and I find that eating them simply with jam is more than satisfying for me. However, scones are usually rather unhealthy with the amount of butter used to make them so usually eating a scone for me is a big treat.

I wanted to bake some vegan scones over the weekend so I searched through various recipes and found one from Babycakes NYC for Vegan Blueberry Scones (http://www.babycakesnyc.com/). I was looking for a recipe where it did not use butter, was vegan, dairy free and relatively healthy. I was in luck too as I had some blueberries that were uneaten still sitting in my fridge. The flavours worked wonderfully together and I loved the fact that they actually tasted like a scone but much much healthier. I loved the use of agave nectar to sweeten the scone and the blueberries added a nice texture to the scone. The scones were really light and soft that I felt like I was eating a cloud (if I knew what a cloud tasted like ;P) and with each bite you got a bit of the blueberries in it. I decided to mash my blueberries so that you could taste the blueberries throughout the whole scone. I’m definitely making these again and perhaps with raspberries next time when I can get my hands on some. You don’t need to add any jam or cream because the scone itself is already so flavourful with the bursts of blueberries in your mouth along with the sweetness from the agave nectar.

So here’s the recipe…

Vegan Blueberry Spelt Scones (Adapted from Babycakes NYC – recipe can be found here: http://vegnews.com/articles/page.do?pageId=59&catId=11)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of wholemeal spelt flour
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup of agave nectar (plus a little bit more for brushing on the top of the scone) – I might decrease this next time to 1/4 cup as I found the scones a bit too sweet)
  • 1/4 cup of cold water
  • 1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries (I mashed mine but you can keep them whole)

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Line a baking tray with baking/parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Combine your dry ingredients together: flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl and mix.
  4. Add in the coconut oil, agave nectar, cold water and vanilla extract and combine being careful not to overmix the batter.
  5. Fold in the blueberries gently into the mixture.
  6. Use an ice cream scoop or a large spoon and carefully take tablespoons full of the batter and drop them onto the baking sheet to form a biscuit type shape for your scones or whatever shape you want your scones to look like.
  7. Bake in the oven for 8 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and gently brush the tops of each scone with a bit of agave nectar. Place the tray back into the oven and continue to bake the scones for another 2-4 minutes or until the scone has browned nicely.
  9. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
  10. Enjoy and try not to eat them all at once!

The best bit about this recipe is that you only use one bowl and there are not too many ingredients. Also the baking time is quick so you can make these on the day you want to eat them. I had to stop myself from eating the whole batch as I was just so surprised at how well they turned out ;P

Dry Ingredient Mixture

Wet Ingredients

Wet Ingredients

Scone Mixture

Scones before baking

Scones

Vegan Blueberry Scones

Vegan Blueberry Scones

Until Next Time!

x

Jackie

 

 

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