On Sunday 18th July there was an excellent feature in the Sunday Times ‘Style’ supplement about the gentle pleasures of taking afternoon tea – all the benefits of hosting a get together at that time of day, the excuse to dress up and eat wonderful cakes – our thoughts exactly! My idea was to paste the link here so that you could read the interesting article and see the photos but of course the Times and Sunday Times Online are now by subscription only! If you happen to be a subscriber take a look as it is well worth a read.
They gave a recipe for ‘Earl Grey Surprise’ – basically iced Earl Grey tea with gin! I’m sure that would make the party go with a swing. There was also a Jasmine Tea recipe involving Champagne or Prosecco, which also sounds rather appealing.
One of the people interviewed for the article said how comforting the nostalgia of afternoon tea is. I couldn’t agree more and in these times of austerity and uncertainty afternoon tea is a really cost-effective way of entertaining without compromising on luxury.