I just had a birthday and it was a big one. It’s the kind you celebrate because it’s a milestone. The big 3-0. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll recall I bought some big-ass balloons to let the world know. I brought them to my High Tea Birthday party to spruce up the place. They put some fright into my sweet nephew, but I loved ’em. As a consolation for him being such a champ, I let him keep one of the smaller star balloons.
In past years, I get my best girls together for a nice afternoon at Hotel Saskatchewan for High Tea, however this year, they’re renovating and not offering tea for awhile. Bummer. Turns out, my sister and I can host a pretty amazing High Tea ourselves. We found an irresistible deal on antique teacups (I’m talking 4 teacups and 4 saucers for a grand total of $8) and raided my embarrassingly large stash of tea. We had quite the spread; palmiers, macarons, and a chocolate fountain for goodness sakes! We know how to party. Sure, the chocolate fountain is always a crowd pleaser, but the first thing to be completely consumed was this delightful sandwich.
Every good High Tea offers a variety of tea sandwiches. My high tea featured a Curried Chicken Salad on a small croissant. It was undoubtably the favourite of the afternoon. The version I made for my friends was simpler than this one – chicken, mayo, curry powder, salt and pepper. When I make it at home for myself, I jazz it up a bit. I add some celery for texture, onions for flavour, and lots of mango chutney.
And I mean lots of mango chutney. I can’t get enough of the stuff. I even put a generously slathering on the croissant before filling with the chicken salad. I may have a problem. Speaking of problems, you’ll have one too after your first bite of Mango Curry Chicken Salad- you’ll never be able to go back to the traditional variation.