Recently my Grandma celebrated a significant birthday and so all the family and her many, many friends got together for a champagne cream tea to toast her health and long life. One of the nicest things about socialising with the older generation is the food. They really know how to do a proper afternoon tea!
For morning prep, my sister and I were assigned asparagus roll duty. The party was held near Wellington (Shared Table is of Kiwi extraction) and in New Zealand it is against the law to hold any kind of eating occasion without asparagus rolls. Controversially though, we didn’t press the bread with a rolling pin as Grandma felt that makes it too doughy; we did of course cut the crusts offand butter all the way to the edges; some things are sacred.
Another feature of the older generation is their generous habit of always bringing a plate and various friends and relatives had brought contributions. One friend brought plate of simple buttered ham sandwiches, which deserve to be returned to the afternoon tea trolley. Another brought the most delicious salmon quiche and there were powder puff light meringues and pastry horns filled with creamed mushroom. My Aunty Jocelyn took Louise Cake to a whole new level by adding cherries and a layer of caramel. Playing the pregnant-sympathy card, I got the last piece 🙂
So, check out these works of afternoon tea art and get baking!