Spending time with my friends and family over a cup of tea is something I always cherish. I'm sure you agree. Tea has a way of welcoming and extending conversations, and I love to chat! This summer I've been reevaluating and prioritizing things. I definitely need to dedicate more time with friends and put work priorities on the back burner for a bit. I decided tea time with friends was long over due.
With soaring summer temperatures and a broken air conditioner, afternoon tea isn't ideal, but I was determined to still host a tiny tea party. Last week I hosted two very early morning cream teas in the garden. What a wonderful way to start the day!
What is a cream tea?
According to Wikipedia:
A cream tea (also known as a Devonshire tea, Devoncream tea or Cornish cream tea) is a form of afternoontea light meal, consisting of tea taken with a combination of scones, clotted cream, and jam.
As you can see, there are no scones, clotted cream or jam. But since there were sweets and tea, it's my version of cream tea with a twist. This tea has a citrus theme to it and was perfect for a summer morning.
The citrus idea came about after purchasing this ceramic teapot at Home Goods. While I love the lemon design and the teapot's volume, it gets quite heavy when filled with hot water. Fortunately the ceramic pot maintains a hot temperature when covered with a cosy.
Instead of scones I served my go to favorite-banana bread and lemon drop cookies. I found the recipe for these cookies on pinterest (i-like-lemons.blogspot.com). Look for the June 29, 2008 post. (Sorry, for some reason the link wouldn't work.) It was my first time making them and I was pleased with the strong fresh lemon taste. The glaze was delicious!
While looking through my tea cupboard, I came across Lady Grey which my friend purchased for me at the Twinings store in London. (Notice the packaging is different than the US version.) I'm not a big fan of Earl Grey but wanted to try something new. Lady Grey is a variation of Earl Grey with the addition of orange and lemon flavorings to the bergamot. The orange and lemon seemed to soften the taste of bergamot. It ended up being a good choice! I think this would be a wonderful iced tea too.
Enjoy your summer days,
Please bring your teacup to these parties: