All posts tagged: tea

How to have a posh high tea at home

This afternoon, I hosted my first ever high tea. I have never really been to a high tea and to me it’s a bit posh. I invited friends and family and arranged for everyone to bring something to eat and a teacup and saucer. I also picked up a few teacups and saucers from the local Sallies. Mt Eden Bakers Delight kindly contributed their brand new Apple Strudel scones and their popular Date Scones for us to sample. We tried  both varieties voted for our favourite with a show of hands. At first Apple Strudel won only by 1 vote but after a late vote, it won by 2 votes. Apple Strudel wins. I thought I would prefer the Apple Strudel, because I thought I didn’t like dates. Turns out I was wrong. I love dates! We had teapots of Earl Grey and also some other teas like Rose and French Vanilla. A big pot of french press coffee also went down a treat. Bakers Delight Apple Strudel scones. The crowd favourite. Bakers Delight Date …

An edible giveaway and a thing or two about high teas

High tea or dinner, was a heavier meal with eaten at the dinner table. It included meat or fish and vegetables and was a working class family meal. In New Zealand, casual as we are, abbreviated this high tea to tea. What we call high tea in NZ refers to a dainty, posh arrangement and is actually just afternoon tea. High tea or afternoon tea is the enjoying of tea served with tiny sandwiches and baked goods. To make matters more confusing, what I know as afternoon tea in isn’t a really a meal at all, but just a break from work. Although if you choose to eat scones and have tea during your break, that is ok too. More info on the history of afternoon and high tea can be found here. I’m planning a wee high tea at home this weekend. A little bit posh, but mostly just fun. Boys are welcome. I was deciding whether or not to invite boys but I’m glad I did because they were the first to RSVP. I suppose …