A farewell afternoon tea with mini mushroom and feta frittatas

Last Sunday, The Mothership and Mr Polish hosted a family farewell afternoon tea for the Lovely R and Gorgeous A before they headed back to Poland. In direct hospitable response to the Lovely R’s Polish picnic generosity, the pressure was on to reciprocate. (In all reality, most of our get together’s involve some fairly tasty food due to a general love of eating, and eating well.)

The Cheergerm contribution to this slap up were dainty little mushroom and feta frittatas. Puffy, light and earthy from the thyme and mushroom; they were a nice addition to a motza of delicious afternoon tea delights.

This was the kind of spread from an Enid Blyton storybook. I half expected old Moonface himself to pop his head in and say ‘Hullo, oh, what have we here? What a top drawer afternoon tea. May I have a piece of cake?’ (To which the answer would have been a resounding, why yes Moonface, help yourself!) There was a pumpkin and veggie frittata, crispy homemade sausage rolls, dreamy gluten free lamingtons, fluffy pikelets, a gorgeous rich missisippi mud cake and spanokopita. The Polish contingent provided a delicious apple cake and peach cake (that had also been freed of gluten) and a vibrant marshmallow and Oreo cheesecake.

We sat in the sun, ate, talked and laughed, then ate some more. These beautiful people left a little bit of Poland behind and we hope that a little bit of Australia is forever tucked away in a corner of their hearts.


1 tbl olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 small zucchini, finely diced
200g mushrooms, finely chopped
6 eggs
100ml cream
1 tbl thyme
200g soft Danish style feta, crumbled
1/2 tsp salt
Pepper to taste

Lightly oil a 12 pan non-stick muffin tin.
Heat olive oil in a frypan and cook onions over a medium heat for a few minutes.
Add the zucchini and cook until they start to soften.
Add the mushrooms and cook the mixture until any liquid from the mushrooms is reduced. Season lightly and allow to this mixture to cool.
Preheat oven to 180C or 170C fan-forced.
Beat the eggs and cream together in a medium sized bowl.
Stir in the mushroom mixture, thyme and gently fold in the feta. Check for salt and pepper, add more to taste.
Spoon the mixture evenly into the prepared tin and cook for 20-25 minutes, until puffy and golden. They will deflate as they cool, so don’t freak out.
Serve warm or cold, they would also be great for a picnic.

A Cheergerm creation

42 thoughts on “A farewell afternoon tea with mini mushroom and feta frittatas

  1. A.PROMPTreply

    Another wonderful afternoon from the looks of it……and have I mentioned lately how I very much enjoy the way you blog? I love the stories as much as the great food ideas! Just wanted to mention that !

  2. Oh.My.goodness – what a super spread! And Moonface – what a wonderful character he is/was! Miss9 loves reading my old Enid Blytons but it is fair to say that your food looks way more delectable that anything that motley crew of characters could have created ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hello again, thanks Mrs H. Something mucked up with my replies so sorry if this is doubling up! It was a delicious afternoon tea, we love Enid Blyton too. Ha! Not sure that motley crew would have approved, no pop cakes in this spread!

  3. Wonderful! Only recently did I think about making mini frittatas in lieu of mini quiches. Instead of stressing about the pastry just make a damn delicious filling. You have given me the courage to give it a whirl for a do planned for next weekend.

  4. I love the idea of cooking the fritattas in the muffin tin! It makes for maximum browning and crispy bits. The whole spread looks scrumptious, but “lamingtons” and “pikelets” are mysteries to me. Are the little golden brown pancakes by chance the pikelets?

    • Good point LM! They are a yummy combo of soft and squishy and caramelised bits. Yes, pikelets are small and puffy golden brown pancakes and lamingtons are a very Australian amazing concoction of sponge cake, cut into squares, dipped in chocolate and rolled in coconut. They are often filled with fresh jam and cream. Mmmm, could go one now.

  5. What a wonderful EB spread for afternoon tea. Here in Blighty we only seem to grab a mug of strong black Yorkshire tea when the mood strikes – usually sometime in the afternoon – and call it “tea”. Of course, in Yorkshire, “tea” really means a substantial meal in the late afternoon/early evening. I love these little mushroom fritters (or really any kind of fritter). What a great way to say farewell!

    • Thanks KW! I wish every afternoon tea was as good as this! It’s always confusing the whole English ‘tea’ and ‘dinner’ thing isn’t it? We are a fan of Yorkshire tea in this household, good and strong. My Mancurian bro in law calls a good strong cuppa, ‘builders tea’, which has kind of stuck.

  6. I want to be that Mr. Moonface. I would like to have the ability to aparate right into the middle of any of your meals, Cheergerm. As soon as a few new physics laws are unveiled, I am so there. And I promise to do the dishes before popping home again. Deal?
    You are a marvel.

    • Thanks Mrs P, you would be a welcome guest at any shindig we put on. And after we got over the small shock of your sudden appearance, I would hand you a glass of wine and a mini frittata or two. No dishes need be done, you could just put your feet up. (Travelling through the space time continuum would be a tad taxing methinks?)

  7. troppodon

    My invitation must still be in the mail!

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  8. Hahaha!
    Very nice Mrs. Cheergerm!
    i especially love this line, “I half expected old Moonface himself to pop his head in and say โ€˜Hullo, oh, what have we here? What a top drawer afternoon tea. May I have a piece of cake?โ€™”

  9. These look perfect for a quick little afternoon tea or evening snack by the pool. Anything lacking the flour component is very appealing to me. A little mini quiche puff. Must try soon.

    • Yes Mrs Italian, they are a handy dandy wee flourless savoury snack to whip up, a spot of prosciutto in these wouldn’t go astray! (Just sadly, not for the Yak! ๐Ÿ˜)

  10. Oh, yumm. I’ve been thinking for a while that you need adopting. Let me know.
    Loved Enid Blyton stories though not too happy to have seen a loosely based bio on her life. I always thought that Moonface was the grownup of the crowd.

    • Open to all proposals, especially If things get hairy here…ie when the boys are hairy teenagers perhaps? Yes, I have read one or two negative things about her, was that the BBC drama series with Helena Bonham Carter? I have never seen it, I have great childhood memories of all the Faraway Tree and Wishing Chair adventures. Moonface really was the most grownup even if he could get a tad cranky!

      • Yes, it was the Helena Bonham Carter version. Do stay away from it. Hairy teenage boys, oh yeah. But I’m here to tell you that they come back full circle to the sweet lads they used to be.

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