Tuesday, November 13, 2012

An After-Work Tea Party

A friend and I enjoyed a tea party last evening after work. We've both got full schedules and wanted some dedicated time to catch up. Tea is the best way for that, I think!

We kept things streamlined and I think it turned out beautifully.  Notice the clean, unfussy display.  I love it!
We started with two finger sandwiches:  Mushrooms on toast and chow chow with cream cheese (recipes).  We enjoyed a delicious Summer 2012 “Mi Xiang” oolong tea from Global Tea Hut, sent by a generous friend in Taiwan. 
Next we enjoyed pumpkin scones with mock Devonshire cream and the DH's homemade red plum jam.  We drank a Yunnan Gold tea, courtesy of a sample provided by Jing Tea We experimented with the best way to brew this and agreed that it needs a light steeping (don't overdo it!).

The finishing touch was a fuyu persimmon heart.  I made this recipe up and was quite pleased with the result.  Lightly sweet with a pretty orange center.

And by the way, all recipes were vegan with the exception of the pastry crust.  And they were soooo yummy, even though I was the cook.  ;-)


The Teaist said...

Delicious! It's like an Asian-Western fusion Afternoon Tea hybrid! Would love to take a look at the recipe. What is it about Yunnan that you shouldn't over-steep?

All the best!

(P.S. I am having another link up today - feel free to join!)

La Tea Dah said...

This looks like the perfect tea party!I love your presentation and the food looks wonderful!

I look forward to your recipes!

Marilyn Miller said...

I love it! What a perfect way to end the day. Every thing sounds just delicious!

Steph said...

I'm glad you are enjoying it! The alternate title for this post was "Minimalist Tea Party."

Ginger said...

What a wonderful way to end the work day.

Siret said...

Mmmmmh - this sounds so delicious! A great idea!
Have a nice day! Best regards, Siret

Snap said...

Steph ... tea with a friend is always great. Love the minimalist look. Your choices of tea and the *goodies* all look delicious.

relevanttealeaf said...

What a great tea party with your friend! The photos perfectly convey the concept of tea and friendship.