A few weeks ago I decided to actually use all the things I buy and hoard and never use. I have the most beautiful tea cup collection and some delightful bowls and glassware that never actually get used and it seems like such a shame not to create a reason to use all that gorgeousness instead of hiding it in a cupboard and so the idea of High Tea was born. I am a tea mug and eat the biscuits from the packet kind of girl so much research was needed to ensure we did this properly. Oh google I love you so.
So on Saturday I dressed in my best girly clothes (jeans and a polar fleece vest with my fluffy white slippers ) and dragged out the tea set and all my pretty china for High Tea. Many many hours were spent baking and I bought a new table cloth for the occasion. I invited my best girlfriends and we sat down to an afternoon of gossip and sipping tea.
Peppermint slice and caramel slice
Gluten free goodies for the wheat challenged.
I'm sure that in the days of old they had chocolate at High Tea.
Teeny tiny one bite sandwiches- ham and mustard and fish paste (not all in the same sandwich because that would be too gross)
Scones - courtesy of Sister of Pyjamas
Our resident expert SAJ showed us how to class it up because she's actually from the land of High Tea.
Sister of Pyjamas confessing her scones are made from a box of CWA mix. Just add water.
Patty Pie (Mother of Pyjamas ) showing us the correct way to use a tea pot.
Lamington sponge. An Aussie favourite.
Aside from the fact I traded both my lamb barrah kebab and cinnamon bun pancake recipes for the scone "recipe" (I'd like to know exactly how long she's been cheating for) and also the fact that I stuck my left boob right in one of those butterfly cakes reaching across the table in a very unclassy fashion it was a very high brow afternoon. I think this is something I need to do more often!
PS. I totally cheated. Aside from the sandwiches everything else came from Bruce the Baker. Thanks Bruce.