All Tarted Up

Last week I made meringues.

Two-inch diameter meringues.
Two-inch diameter meringues.

Today we turned them into the highlight of the tea partyPavlovas.

The lemon curd from Trader Joe's is smooth and tart.
The lemon curd from Trader Joe’s is smooth and tart.

First we scooped a spoonful of lemon curd into the center.

Any berry would be work -- blackberries were available.
Any berry would be work — blackberries were available.

To each small plate were added 3 large blackberries.

A small treat to top off delicious food at our first tea.
A small treat to top off delicious food at our first tea.

Strawberry coulis was piped from a paper cone in stripes over the entire plate.

I would use this recipe not only for tea parties but almost any occasion.
I would use this recipe not only for tea parties but almost any occasion.

Every last Pavlova was eaten with nary a crumb remaining.

These were served by our butler and footman to each lady at tea.
These were served by our butler and footman to each lady at tea.

This is an elegant dessert that can be made and plated in advance and served with little fuss.  If you were eating at table, whipped cream could be added — gilding the lily.

Do you have a favorite berry?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

9 thoughts on “All Tarted Up”

  1. Those look wonderful, Jo. You are so ambitious! That’s a good thing. I love all berries, but my Danish grandmother grew raspberries in the backyard of her Portland house. I inherited those raspberries and tried to bring some with me to Alabama. Alas, the long trip, hot weather and extreme fatigue after the move led to their demise. Still trying though and have to buy new bushes for the new partially shaded spot in the backyard that will give some shelter from the hot afternoon sun.

    1. These desserts get a lot of bang for the buck. Apparently there is no one who doesn’t like them — a lot. As to berries, I love berries and I’m impressed by folks who “grow their own”. Keep trying, Barbara. Jo

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