Monday, April 11, 2011

step out of the zone: would you care for a spot o' tea?

The British are known for their tea time snacks and are stereotyped as having a pressing need to always have "afternoon tea." Many Americans shun the age-old drink, preferring to pour coffee down their throats. To the average American, if someone suggested having them over for tea, they might try to find a way to quickly back out. However, tea parties don't have to be reserved for the playtime of little girls.

Tea parties can be relaxing times to hang out with your friends. They can be on the more formal end of things, like a garden party, or you can just have a few friends over to sit around your kitchen table and drink tea. The stereotypical version of tea parties is something like this:

Having afternoon tea with a group of friends can be fun and entertaining. All you need is tea (any kind really, I'm not a stickler), little sandwiches, and cookies. My favorite kind of sandwich is cucumber and cream cheese. It's really easy to make and it's super yum.

Cucumber and Cream Cheese Sandwiches

1 cucumber
1 pkg cream cheese
loaf of bread

Slice the cucumber. Spread the cream cheese on a piece of bread. Put the cucumber slices on top of the cream cheese and put another piece of bread on top. Cut the crust off (it's the best way) and then cut the sandwich into four little squares. 

I think they're one of the better invention of the British. There's so many different kinds of tea sandwiches. You can find a list of them here along with recipes for each kind. You can also make cookies for tea time. My favorite kind is called "tea cakes" and they are simply iced sugar cookies. You can find a recipe for them at along with many other tea cookie recipes. 

So, the next time you want to have your friends over for coffee, why not change it up a bit and have them over for afternoon tea?


  1. Just make sure you keep your pinky at the proper angle.

  2. Yummmmm... I definitely agree.