**In collaboration with Sweet Cillie’s**
I was lucky enough to be invited to an exclusive sneak peak of an upcoming High Tea at the quaint cakery, Sweet Cillie’s. Nestled perfectly in the bustling Tokai road opposite the Blue Route mall, Sweet Cillie’s is a local gem that locals love and revere. The Owner and baker, Priscilla De Jonge, affectionately known as, ‘Cilla’, officially opened Sweet Cillie’s only just 6 months ago! But already has the feel of a old trusted community business where everybody’s name is known by Cilla and her close knit staff.
I sat down and had a cup of coffee with Cilla to discuss the imminent High Tea and her love for baking at the beloved “cakery shoppe”. I got to sample a few treats that will be a part of the decadent high tea spread. The sweet stuff: a deliciously moist chocolate brownie, a yummy custard slice with possibly the best custard filling I’ve had; and a petite scrumptious scone! The savoury stuff: three variations of dainty but filling pies, one being a moreish feta and spinach, asparagus and balsamic caramelized onions, and a hearty chicken and mushroom pie. All savouries are made by Cilla’s new chef, who also makes the most incredible pastry! So much so, I tried to twist Cilla’s arm for the recipe! (better luck next time!).
The High tea will be a traditional one, but with the aim to be a little more relaxed than the usual type of high tea, and as Cilla puts it, “an idyllic gathering of women”. There will be an optional tea pairing on offer at the High tea, that some of the delicious goodies on offer will be paired with to enjoy with a piping hot cup of tea or even coffee. Partnering with Carmien Tea, they intend to complement every flavour of Carmien Tea with every moreish bite on offer. The high tea will be suitable for vegetarians, unfortunately not vegan or halaal just yet.
The idea for having a high tea was inspired by the space at Sweet Cillie’s, quite ladylike, almost Parisian themed, yet warm and welcoming in atmosphere. Cilla found herself daydreaming of a meeting or cosy gathering place for women, enjoying each others company with coupled with great food and drinks. The high tea will be hosted after the official store hours on a Saturday. The first high tea will take place on the 19th May, to celebrate Mother’s day. Book now to avoid disappointment!
7966 Tokai, Western Cape, South Africa
In collaboration with Sweet Cillie’s, we are running a competition up on my blog and on our respective Facebook pages to win a spot at the coveted high tea . All you have to do is like both pages and tell us in the comments section on the blog or Facebook pages, what you like most about a High Tea. Sweet Cillie‘s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sweetcilliescakery/ My page: https://www.facebook.com/OBBlogFood/
There are 5 places at the high tea up for grabs! Winners will be chosen based on their answers. To be eligible, all entrants must reside in and around Cape Town or the Western Cape. Transport is not included in the prize. Competition ends 10th May.