Monday, July 26, 2010
In praise of tea!
The point I made is that tea is the ideal meal at which to entertain. The food is all there on the table. The only requirement of the hostess is to fill cups and pass plates around when necessary. And I love delicious small bites--smoked salmon sandwiches, cucumber, egg and cress. Then come the scones, fresh baked and served with jam and clotted cream (which I have been sampling frequetly during the past weeks) and finally a selection of cakes or a big cake like a victoria sponge. It's a great excuse for relaxing mid afternoon and chatting around the table. It's a great meal for Moms too, as the little girls can have their own tea table and play at being grown up.
I flew to France today, so that's the end of my tea parties for a while. But I certainly had some memorable ones. One family member had made tiny tarts with wild strawberries, and goosberry flan with cream. Another tea with a nephew was on his cottage lawn--take a look at the photo!