On my way to Claridges to attend an Afternoon Tea Masterclass my taxi went up The Mall just in perfect time to see the Horse Guards on their way from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards Parade to Change the Guard. As it had rained the soldiers had their capes on - but don't they look regal and spectacular? I saw them again on one of my later trips and I will post some pics later as I have not resized them. It is amazing to think these guys are serving soldiers and serve out in Afghanistan as well performing ceremonial duties like this.
Anyway I was going to Claridges, famous for their afternoon tea, but this visit was to attend a masterclass with the Head Pasrty Chef. We got see him make macaroons, creme patissiere, cream slices and scones. When you see an expert like Chef make the macaroons you realise just why they are so expensive to buy in the likes of Laduree - not only are the best ingredients used, but the process is very labour intensive, so next time you bite into a macaroon spare a thought for the artisan who made it!
After we saw the cakes being made we were given a nice lunch with wine:-
Clockwise from the top right - goats cheese and raspberry and beetroot, red mullet with beans and butternut squash jus, a warm terrine of chicken with spinach and wood sorrel leaves, and a tomato risotto (yum).
After the lunch came the afternoon tea goodies!! Here is the full selection presented on a long silver pewter "tray" and you can see the scones in the background.
Claridges offer Masterclasses on lots of different subjects like game, carving, fish, flower arranging and chocolate etc.., but I have only ever done the afternoon tea....hmmm I wonder why??!!