Every Cup Counts

By Lizzy Wood

Every Cup Counts
Ahead of the Cancer Council's fundraising initiative, Australia's Biggest Morning Tea, MiNDFOOD provides a run down of recipes to help make your event that little bit more special. MiNDFOOD reports.

Ahead of the Cancer Council’s fundraising initiative, Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, MiNDFOOD provides a run down of recipes to help make your event that little bit more special.

This week, thousands of Australians are expected to host morning tea as part of the Cancer Council’s initiative to raise money towards their work in research, education, prevention and support.

One of Australia’s most well-loved events, Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea calls on individuals to organise and participate in morning tea events across the country, where guests are invited to make a donation for drinks and food.

The event helps raise critical funds for cancer research, with the 2010 event raising over AU $10 million. Indeed, the message behind the initiative, that ‘every cup counts’, draws attention to the fact that, according to the Cancer Council, just $5 allows the charity to provide newly diagnosed cancer patients with important support and information resources to help them through their journey.

If you’re hosting a morning tea this week and are still looking for ideas to make your food stand out from the crowd, here’s our run down of recipes to ensure your food inspires even more donations than you’d hoped for.


Pear and Raspberry Bread

A twist on the classic banana bread, this recipe is simple to make, and will fill your home with the comforting smells of baking.


Chai Tea

Spice up your tea with this recipe for home made Chai. As an added incentive, the deliciously warming spices in chai can help ease the symptoms of a cold or flu, so your guests are bound to appreciate this healthy brew. Use honey instead of raw sugar for a more wholesome and traditional flavour.


Eccles Cakes

Named after the English town of Eccles, these flaky pastries, delicately scented with orange and spices, are perfect to accompany afternoon tea.


Smoked Salmon, Red Onion and Dill Fritters

For a savoury note, why not try this recipe for Smoked Salmon, Red Onion 
and Dill Fritters. Salmon and dill is a classic flavour combination, and this recipe is not only easy and quick to make, saving you valuable time on the big day, but looks great on a clean white plate too. Serve with lemon on the side.


Scones with home made Jam

No tea party is complete without the classic English scone, served with jam (preferably home made), and lashings of thick cream. Indulge your tea party with this recipe.



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