Second Sunday Tea at 3 met at Katia's Russian Tea Room for a very different afternoon tea. J.K. was worried about having to choose her savories from a totally tempting list, but fortunately that was taken care of in advance by the group's leader. Tea Time has enjoyed several outing with the SST@3 group and this time was a great experience as well.
The food was all delicious, and there was plenty of it. We started with bread and butter on the tables.
|Russian Bread and Butter with a sprig of dill|
The bread was quickly followed by Eggplant Caviar to spread on it.
Next we had Salmon Roe Blini.
|Blini : delicate crepes, brushed lightly with sour cream|
and filled with smoked salmon
The Blini were followed by Pel'meni.
|Pel'meni : Tender, round, beef filled dumplings sauteed and |
served with a light curry sauce.
And of course there was tea, served in podstakanniki (silver glass holders). My Russian-born elders drank their Swee-Touch-Nee tea from glasses, without the holders. Herbal tea bags were available for those wanted a caffeine free beverage. Sugar, lemon and milk were ready to doctor up your drink as you desired.
Our last savory was Potato Vareniki.
|Potato vareniki : crescent shaped dumplings, filled with potatoes, |
steamed until they look like fat little pillows. Served with caramelized onions.
And then there was dessert! The first item was syrniki, fried cheese patties.