The Victoria sponge was name after Queen Victoria, who enjoyed a slice of cake with her afternoon tea. It is still one of the most popular cakes in the UK. The traditional version consists of two sponges, layered with whipped cream and raspberry or strawberry preserve. If you top it up with some seasonal fruit and serve with a glass of champagne instead of a cup of tea, it truly becomes a royal dessert. You can increase the number of sponges (I made four) to make it even more queenly. Multi-storey Victoria sponge is a frequent guest at British weddings.
I love a nice chilled California Chardonnay. Black Box wines Chardonnay has fresh citrus aromas with flavors of fruit like pineapple and mango. These flavors make for a perfect pairing with ricotta crostini drizzled with mango purée and both are perfect to help celebrate Summer on-the-go.
Summer is all about entertaining and get togethers with friends and family. Whenever I’m invited over to a friends house for drinks, I usually the designated appetizer maker (I do cook for a living so I consider it an honor since most of my friends don’t cook). Because of this, I need an appetizer that travels well and now, I have a wine that is perfect on-the-go. A great feature of Black Box wine is that since each box contains about 4 bottles, so chances are there will be wine leftover, I can just seal it up and bring it back home with me. No corks to try and jam into a bottle.