There is nothing like a gathering of friends and an excess of good food. Sunday was an English afternoon tea hosted by yours truly. We tried to be all sly and turn it into a surprise party - but considering the nature of surprises - our guest of honor wasn't feeling well. It all turned out for the best though - cause there was knitting to be done and my present isnt even near ready!
On to the food - cause thats what it is all about Chez Bird.
There were three kinds of scones - Ginger Carrot, Blueberry and Apple Carrot - all based on this basic cream scone recipe. I just would mix the fruit mixture into dough before making the little balls to go into the oven. There nearly was more fruit than dough in these lovely crumbly bits.
In addition to the scones, there were proper tea sandwiches (cucumber dill, curried egg salad, and smoked salmon cucumber), real devonshire double cream, lemon curd (so tart and tasty), fig pear butter, lemon poppyseed rosettes (thanks to Hilari), and yummy goat cheese and french bread that Crissy brought.
And what is an English tea (hah! I typo'd teat first) without a generous selection of teas. I had some Earl Grey, Chai, Green Tea and some fresh tea of Lemon Verbena Leaves, Mint and Crystallized Ginger (which was my personal favorite). Yoly brought a very cool selection of loose leaf teas, (Rooibos, some minty stuff, another chai, and this dragon blooming tea) which we all enjoyed as well.
So part of the dress code for the tea party was a tea party HAT. No tea without a hat, bitches. Happily - everyone came with a hat, and someone even came with a boob. With a tassle no less! There was even some knitting done.