Posts Tagged ‘tea party’

Pretty in Pink Picnic with Spring Radishes

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Happy Spring! We were in Florida over spring break and I was afraid we’d missed the annual DC cherry blossoms blooming — but it turns out they were much later than usual, so we still had a chance to pack a tea party picnic and enjoy eating under the beautiful blossoms. In years past we’ve been able to sneak down on a school day before the crowds of tourists invade, but no such luck this year. The foodie tot was eager to take her new bike for a spin, so we parked on the Potomac side of the Tidal Basin where the path was a little less crowded and biked down towards the Memorial Bridge to find a good picnic spot.

biking dc cherry blossoms |

I made cherry blossom green iced tea (from The Republic of Tea), sweetened with honey, to drink. To eat, we made pink radish and butter sandwiches with — of course — pink salt. The foodie tot was skeptical when I insisted on planting radishes in our garden, but couldn’t help but be intrigued when I picked up a bunch of small pink and lavender radishes at the farmers market.

radish and butter sandwich |

She made peanut butter sandwiches as back-up, but she did admit that the radish sandwich was pretty tasty. My kids will eat butter like it’s its own food group, so using it to make new vegetables enticing is a no-brainer. The butter pictured comes with our milk delivery from South Mountain Creamery.


If you don’t have a local source for fresh butter, look for a cultured butter — it has a richer, tangy flavor that is divine on toast and also adds a great flavor to roasted veggies. But I must warn you it’ll be hard to go back to the regular old sticks from the supermarket. (Though we do buy those for baking.)

pink tea party picnic |

My French breakfast radishes in the garden will be ready to eat very soon — how do you like to use radishes?

ralph lauren polo dress |
What the Kid(s) Wore: I picked up this flare-skirted, petal pink Ralph Lauren dress on sale at The Purple Goose in Del Ray — she loves it for twirling! Worn with bike shorts, of course, for biking and her new very favorite ever “Twinkle Toes” Skechers. Oh, and the coral leather bracelet is from Hanna Andersson.

Royal Rhubarb Ginger Scones

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

I confess, I’m excited about the Royal wedding. My great grandmother grew up in England, after all, emigrating to the US as a teenager. (Technically, my grandfather’s family also had British origins, but as they came to America in the 1600s I think that’s stretching things a bit.) So I plan to set the alarm early on Friday, sip tea out of my great-great-grandmother’s china and enjoy a scone while watching the festivities. These rhubarb scones are the perfect blend of sweet, tart and spicy to wake you up. Too many rhubarb recipes drown rhubarb’s pleasant tang in sugar or cover it up entirely with strawberries — these go in the other direction, boosting the spice with little bits of crystallized ginger.

british rhubarb ginger scones

Recipe: Rhubarb Ginger Scones
adapted from Epicurious


  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon organic cane sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped rhubarb (about 2 stalks)
  • 2 tablespoons candied ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
In mixing bowl, combine flour, 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder and salt. Add cream and mix on low speed (or by hand) until just combined.
Turn dough out onto a lightly-floured cutting board and gently knead the rhubarb and ginger into the dough.  Shape it into a round disk, about 1-inch thick, and then cut into wedges.
Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and set the wedges onto the baking sheet. Brush with the reserved 2 tablespoons of cream, then sprinkle 1 tablespoon sugar over the top. Bake for about 15 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool, and enjoy! Makes 8-12 scones, depending on how big you slice them.