Transplanting Traditions, OR Bringing Afternoon Tea Across the Pond

Tomorrow evening I’ll be back on campus for the first time in eight-ish months, so to celebrate the upcoming return (and to mark the end of a fabulously lengthy winter break), I had a few friends over for a homemade afternoon tea.

It turned out quite a bit less British than I intended, mostly thanks to my family’s Asian-inspired tea set from Pier One (purchased way back in the day when we barely even drank tea…those times are behind us), and also less fancy, mostly thanks to the crusts I left on all the mini sandwiches.

The fare that afternoon:

Passion fruit tea from Harrods
Some kind of high-altitude Asian tea, not sure what
English cucumber and butter sandwiches
Honey ham sandwiches
Sandwiches Caprese (slice of fresh mozzarella under a slice of tomato, a basil leaf, and a sprinkle of garlic)
Scones with clotted cream

I’m planning to do this again with Princeton friends.  I think it’ll go over well. We’re all more than a little obsessed with tea.

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Currently on heavy rotation: “American” by Lana del Rey; “Forever” by Youngblood Hawke.

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