Every year in June it has become a tradition that my lady friends and I meet up for a ladies Day at Rosehill races. This date coincides with our friend Julie’s birthday. This year with Julie turning a milestone 50 I decided to bring a picnic so we could all celebrate with her while enjoying a trackside high tea. Maybe we would also strike it lucky with a big win on the horses.

 Rosehill limo   Rosehill races  

Julie's 50 birthday started with a surprise luxury drive from her home in Western Sydney to the Rosehill racetrack. I met the girls there with two bags filled mostly home made picnic treats.

Rosehill ladies   Rosehill ladies1 

Our picnic included savoury and sweet bites. I made lemonade scones, mini quiches, middle eastern sausage rolls with yogurt dip and chicken mayo sandwiches. I purchased mini decorated cupcakes to save on time. 

high tea  Rosehill cheese

To fit with a high tea theme I picked up a little plastic tiered stand to display the cupcakes and scones, it also helped to save some space on the table. Julie herself  bought along some cheese, crackers dips and chips so we more than enough food to go around. We purchased bubbly from the bar to wash it all down. We spent the afternoon laughing and chatting picking and choosing our promising race horses. These important decisions were based on appealing horse names or which jockey we thought was better than the other.

Rosehill tickets1  Rosehill girls 

The races is always a party atmosphere, our cupcakes drew the attention of a group of hungry young men celebrating the upcoming marriage of one of the boys in the group.  We plated up our leftovers and sent them over a platter to enjoy with their drinks. I hope they had better luck in the betting ring than we did.

Rosehill bucks  Rosehill bets 

The hit of the picnic was the lemonade scones. These were deliciously light and fluffy topped with strawberry jam and whipped cream. They are incredibly easy to make, so easy, a child can do it. The following recipe I use is from the Australian Womens Weekly. Once your ingredients are measured you can have them oven ready in under ten minutes.

Lemonade Scones


3 cups of flour

1 cup of cream

1 cup of lemonade

pinch salt

LS ingredients  

Preheat oven to 200  degrees celcius (180 fan forced). Dust a baking tray with flour or line with baking paper.

LS mix  LS floured  

Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine. The dough will be sticky, tip from the bowl onto a well floured surface. Lightly knead, kneading in a little extra flour into the mix if its very really sticky. Pat  the dough into a 3cm high rectangle. Cut out with a well floured scone cutter. Dust scones with flour and bake for 15 - 20 mins untill lightly browned.

LS cut  LS oven ready

Serve with jam and cream.

LS baked  LS jam cream                     

These scones keep well in an airtight container for a few days. Give them a try you will love them.