Small Pleasures in Small Treasures
According to the “language of flowers”, the lily of the valley signifies the return of happiness. Springtime in May brings forth the awakening of a bounty of floral beauty.
Small pleasures whether represented in a cup of tea served in a glistening china teacup, an intimate bouquet, decorated tea sandwiches, petit fours, tea sweets or a delicious fruit cup are a delightful way to reinvent the use of tiny objects into small treasures.
Pastel Pansy Petit Fours in Silver Cigarette Tray
Floral Sugar Cubes in a tiny bowl and a lidded box.
Pink Tea Roses in a sugar bowl.
Teacup filled with Dragon Fruit and Honeydew Balls, Red Grapes, Gooseberries, Candied Orange Rind, ground Crystallized Sugar flowers with fresh squeezed Lemon Juice and Cookie Cutter -Melon Petit Fours of Honeydew, Pink and Yellow Watermelon.
Reva Paul’s Very Southern Pimento Cheese
12 oz. Cheddar Cheese, grated. (I use extra sharp)
¼ tsp. Dry Mustard; 1 tsp. granulated sugar; 1 tsp. White Vinegar
1 cup Mayonnaise (Hellman’s or Best)
1/2 cup of jarred Pimentos, diced
Place the grated cheese in a large bowl and set aside. In a mixer or food processor blend together the mayonnaise, mustard and sugar.
Over a medium heat bring the mixture to a boil. Remove from the heat. Pour mixture over the grated cheese. Add the vinegar. Stir together until the cheese melts. Add the diced pimentos. Season the mixture with a dash of salt, to taste. Optional: add a dash of hot sauce or pickle relish.
Place into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for a minimum of two hours. When ready to use serve over toasted white bread or in the cavity of a halved, hard-boiled egg. Garnish with thinly sliced pickles and or tomato, edible flower.
Photos and Text ©Ellen Easton