Tablescaping: The Instagram trend setting dinner parties at home apart

Adam Lowe

Montezuma’s Chocolate has partnered with UK leading floral expert Carla Gottlieb to share tips on how to bring opulence to your dinner party at home in the midst of a pandemic – and you can safely tune in at home.

This new trend of ‘tablescaping’ is taking Instagram by storm, setting dinner parties at home apart. Using flowers and chocolate, the result is just as glamorous and luxurious as being in a restaurant.

On Instagram, floral extraordinaire Carla Gottieb will show you how to transform your dining experience – from culinary dishes decorated with edible flowers, to creating floral table displays and making the most of your bouquets.

Carla will share her secrets on how to:

  • Decorate Dishes with Flowers for the ‘Ohhh and Ahhh’ Factor: Tips on how to decorate with flower petals, which colours go well together and which flowers are edible
  • How to Use Flowers and Twigs from the Garden to Create Floral Table Displays Like a Pro: A masterclass which will include industry secrets on table design along with making dinner times more fun for the family with help from flowers to twigs 
  • Make the Most of Your Bouquets: Whether it’s flowers picked from the garden to other grass, moss or twigs found on your nature walks
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The perfect way to put a smile on your face, as well as those around you, Montezuma’s Moments take place each Friday, exploring creativity, sustainability and quality.

Simply tune into Montezuma’s Instagram feed to get involved @montezumaschocs@stilllifeflowers for considered floral designs.

Montezuma’s Chocolate & Hazelnut Flourless Cake Created By Kemp Kitchen

Serves 8-10

Ingredients

  • Using a mix of calendulas, pansies, roses and abutilon petals (all edible) and Montezuma’s Chocolate
  • 250g unsalted butter
  • 180g (2x90g bars Montezuma Fitzroy 74% dark chocolate)
  • 400g roasted hazelnuts
  • 5 eggs
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1⁄2 tsp sea salt
  • Cocoa, to dust

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 160C/ 140C fan/320F/ gas mark 3, grease and line a 23cm/ 9 inch round cake tin with baking parchment.
  2. Break the chocolate into pieces and melt with butter together in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, make sure the bottom of the bowl is not touching the water. Once melted transfer to a large mixing bowl to cool.
  3. Blitz the hazelnuts in a food processor until you have fine crumbs, be careful not to blitz for too long as eventually they will come together and turn into a nut butter. Once blitzed add to the chocolate mixture.
  4. Separate the egg whites and yolks into two bowls. Whisk the egg yolks together with the sugar until fluffy and pale. Then fold into the chocolate mixture.
  5. Whisk the egg whites to soft peaks and then gently fold this into the chocolate mixture too, adding a pinch of sea salt.
  6. Pour the cake batter into the prepared tin and bake for 35 minutes. You want the cake to still be soft and gooey in the middle.
  7. Leave to cool in the tin and dust with cocoa powder before removing. Serve with something tart, like greek yogurt or crème fraîche.
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