Create a royal menu for the new arrival

Celebrate the birth of the British heir to the throne with Tea Time. Photo: Mary Payne Moran

LOS ANGELES, July 19, 2013 - As we anxiously await the arrival of the new addition to the British royal family, you can prepare to celebrate by creating a “Royal Menu” of tea, cookies, scones, clotted cream and an assortment of jams and jellies.

Whether the baby arrives in the middle of the night or the middle of the afternoon, you can stock your kitchen with British favorites that can be served in an instant to celebrate the new arrival: PG Tips (delicious English tea),  McVitie’s biscuits, Devon Clotted Cream, scones and assorted jams and jellies.


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As most of us know, babies have their own agenda and arrive in style on their own time. Although in celebration we would love to create an elaborate meal of Yorkshire pudding, Beef Wellington or other British favorites, in all reality there may not be the time. We all know the British love tea-time — so much so that even the hospitals serve women lots and lots of tea after the birth of their babies.

Not only is what you serve important, but how you serve it is important, too. Break out the good china for the celebration. Have fresh linens pressed and ready to go. Last but not least, get your kettle ready.

The easiest way to make a perfect cup of tea is to use an electric kettle that keeps the water at the perfect temperature. However, if that isn’t an option then you can always boil water in either a classic kettle used on the stove or even boil it in a pot, if you are desperate. Whatever you do, do not use the microwave. The trick is to bring the water to a boil and the second it is boiling pour it over the tea bag or loose leaves and let it steep for up to five minutes.

Tea time is always a good time. The best part about this royal menu: it will seem like you’ve been preparing it for days when actually it’s only a trip to the grocery store and a few quick searches online. 


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Scones and Strawberry Cream Cheese Spread

Scones

Serves: 10

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup of unsalted butter
  • 1 cup milk (reserve a ¼ for a milk wash)

Directions:

In a large bowl mix together the dry ingredients. Use a fork to mix the dry ingredients. Once the dry ingredients are mixed together add in the cold butter until the mixture is coarse, resembling cornmeal.

Gradually add the milk to make soft dough. On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough to a ½ inch round and use cooking cutters or a knife to make desired shapes. Lightly brush the milk over the scones to create a very light sheen.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake 10-12 minutes. 

Strawberry Cream Cheese

Ingredients:

1 cup of whipped cream cheese

½ cup strawberries pounded or strawberry jam (place de-stemmed strawberries in a bag and let your kids squish them)

Directions:

In a mixing bowl add cream cheese and mix in the smashed strawberries and juice (or jam).

Serve with scones

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Mary Moran

Upon graduating from the California School of Culinary Arts in 2002, Chef Mary Payne Moran began her professional career shelling crabs at the world-renowned restaurant, Michael's in Santa Monica.  Simultaneously, she launched her own company, Hail Mary’s, founded upon the belief that good food nurtures the soul, and began catering weddings, parties and large corporate events.

In the fall of 2008, Mary began teaching her culinary skills to others.    Currently she can be found at Hollywood School House teaching her after school cooking class, and teaching her popular "Vegetables or Not Here I Come" assembly.

Most recently, Mary has launched another division in her company as well as a chef she is now also a Certified Nutritionist for high profile clients.  She helps her clients discover their healthy way of eating.  Mary has recently been published in the Los Angeles Magazine, & The New Jersey Star Ledger.

Daily she addresses cooking aficionados through her blog - Cooking with Chef Mary as well as her how-to webisodes on You Tube.

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