I’ve been invited to Su’s virtual tea party today. We all have actually. I thought I should take something tasty to contribute, but unfortunately I lost track of time, so I had to throw something together at the last moment. Su (at Zimmerbitch) has gone to a lot of effort though, so you should pop over to see what she has made and have a chat.
I find I like these virtual afternoon teas. I don’t have to clean up for visitors. I just have to arrange some artful background for the food photos. Nevertheless, even this minimal organisation was difficult because the dining table had been commandeered by my True Love for his home office. I’ve decided I need to go shopping (online?) for an outdoor cafe table so that I can have our virtual afternoon tea photos in the garden. I could make a table, but you know, time constraints. I digress. Read more
Today my whanau, Su of Zimmerbitch is hosting a virtual tea party, and since this is the first time in about two years that I have been able to see the top of my dining table, I thought I would join in. If you would like to join in too, please check out Su’s original post.
Today, I am keeping it relatively simple and have made a chocolate thingy. I melted some chocolate and butter together and mixed these with some chopped rice cakes, dried fruit, nuts and shredded coconut, then let it harden in the fridge. Simple and tasty if you are suffering from pandemic hunger pangs. However, it is very rich, so to clear the palate, I am also serving freshly brewed coffee, ginger nuts (biscuits) and Anzac biscuits. Read more
Let’s talk about coffee. When I talk about coffee, what I’m really talking about is community. It’s my observation that there is a clear divide in caffeine quoffing. It’s coffee drinkers versus tea drinkers. Of course, this is a huge generalisation, but stick with me. Until five years ago, I was solely a tea drinker; however, sooner or later – when you reach a certain age – tea is no longer strong enough to keep you
awake alert. Alertness calls for something stronger. I’m not talking anything illegal; I’m talking coffee – specifically three double-shot espressos a day. Suddenly, coffee is nigh on a religious experience for me.
My husband and I are both introverts. We don’t socialise much. Nevertheless, we have found that somehow coffee has a way of bringing people together. As a tea drinker who has switched to coffee, I’ve really noticed the extra pulling power of coffee. I’m not trying to denigrate tea, no way. I can appreciate the allure of tea ceremonies and high teas, but they’re really only for special occasions, right? No-one queues to buy a cup of tea. But, there is community in coffee. Read more