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Episode 7 - A Day in My Shoes - Cooking

Monday, April 22nd 2013 @ 5:20 AM

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A Day in My Shoes – Cooking at High SocieTea House in Wayne, NJ - Episode 7

Welcome to A Day in My Shoes – a blog and sometimes vlog as The Tea House Times publisher, Gail Gastelu, puts herself in another person’s shoes for the day – going behind the scenes in the tea industry!  If you are just joining us, go to the Archived entries in the left column to catch up - beginning with January 2013.  OR Click HERE for a complete listing/directory of entries and topics.



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On March 12 and 13, I spent time with Cecelia and Michael, cooking at High SocieTea House in Wayne, NJ.  I did mention this already, but you can look forward to some separate video clips featuring cooking tutorials for things like lemon curd, chicken salad, and other staples served in tea rooms. Bernadette Solari, owner of High SocieTea has fabulous recipes and she is willing to share! So watch for that in coming weeks or months, depending on what I choose to post first. 

So, I know I sound like a broken record, but my family and some friends tell me I’m always so buttoned up in my business suit, and I need to get out of that for a while.  So, trying to make things fun, I am putting myself into another person’s shoes for the day – anyone in the tea industry willing to have me for a few hours.  Cooking in the tea room was great fun since all I had to do was show up in sweatpants!  A lot of cooking and prep work is done on a day or two days before the tea room is open to the public.

On the shopping day episode, Michael had let me in on a little secret that Cecelia loves silly socks. Soooo, I purchased a cute selection of silly socks for the three of us to wear on cooking day.  It was a great ice breaker as we gathered, chose our favorite socks and got ready for cooking.  Michael commented that I sure know how to keep things fun and we all did have fun. Since the tea room was not open, they had music playing while we busily went along filling the list of food preparation needs for the week.

As you see on the checklist, Michael was to do some shopping for restaurant supplies and food, etc. and take care of box recycling, and prepare salad dressings, scone mix, etc.  I actually spent most of my time cooking side by side with Cecelia on these days since Michael was in and out.

When I arrived, Cecelia had already prepped the quiche ingredients (see bowl) and then prepared several trays of quiche, which get portioned up and sent to the refrigerator/freezer.  She had also prepared the tomato, basil soup as seen in the photo.  There was plenty…to do…Cecelia also prepared a cream cheese mixture for sandwiches that was very simple to make by adding chives and blending.  As you will see in the photo, the buy huge blocks of chocolate for adding to scones.  Michael chopped up some white chocolate to add to the scones on this day.

Since St Patty’s Day was coming up, the recipes chosen for the week surrounded the theme of potatoes or something green.  I was asked to bake “Irish Potato Cookies”; potato chip cookies. They were great! They actually looked like little potato pancakes when they were finished baking. The cookies were slightly salty and sweet and crunchy and tasted similar to shortbread.  Nothing like butter in your cookies! 

I was also asked to make two batches of lemon curd.  It was great. They use a microwave method and make a huge amount at one time. We will show a tutorial on making lemon curd in the near future.

I also made a parmesan spread for tea sandwiches and helped clean and poach chicken for chicken salad. You will see me helping clean the chicken in an upcoming tutorial.

I did also mention to you in the dishwashing episode that I learned a fantastic, effortless way to clean tea stains.  This will be shared in an upcoming tea room tips tutorial as well.

Stay tuned for more fun behind the scenes in the tea industry. Coming next – tea industry executives! 



If you would like to visit High SocieTea House yourself, 
Call High SocieTea-reservations required: 973-696-8327
Location: 20 Old Newark Pompton Turnpike, Wayne, NJ 07470 (highsocieteanj.com)


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