Tea at Three is a total dream for me.
I love going to afternoon tea, but I don't think there are any places in the city that do a perfectly good job (the Baccarat Hotel comes the closest). There's always some detail of the service that isn't considered enough -- the food is often mediocre, the tea is either not great or improperly brewed, and there are generally too many sweets, at least for me. I wanted to invite some of my friends over and treat them to a proper afternoon tea. I figured we'd have a better time at my place because we could linger for hours, and the food would meet all of my (apparently very high) standards. I brought it up one day and suddenly all four of us started rattling off ideas: Alice thought it would be pretty, so we had to take photos; Kathy thought she could get us some really good teas, she's a tea specialist, after all; Jee thought we should make this more of a thing and not just a casual gathering. Then I started going crazy styling photos in my head and planning menus for various themes. A few weeks later, we had the first official Tea at Three. A very fancy, grown-up tea party.
The table setting before I brought out the food. I'm in love with these teapots.
The teas we enjoyed. White, oolong, and black -- all were delicious, but if I had to pick just one, I'd say the white was my favorite.
The fun outfits we got to play dress-up in.
And now, the food!
Tea sandwiches hardly need any kind of recipe. These were particularly simple, and made mostly from greenmarket ingredients. Just in case you can't read the menu in the photo at the top, I made:
- Shaved radishes with cultured butter (from Arethusa) and Maldon on French sourdough
- Cucumber and avocado with spring onion, dill, and parsley on rye
- Egg salad with ramps and pea shoots on brioche
- Ham and gruyere with mustard and cornichons on baguette (I used an epi loaf for this so they'd be cute)
Sweets were also very simple. I made Alice Waters' cream scones, and added dried figs, sliced almonds, and vanilla bean. We served those with Devonshire cream, and jam from a producer friend of mine in Italy (see more of their products here). I also made tiny Meyer lemon tarts. I used this trusty recipe from Food52, and garnished them with cara cara orange and thyme. And my very favorite sweet: Rose Bakery's pistachio cake, which I'll share in another post.
Looking forward to many more Tea at Three parties. Huge thanks to our friends who helped make this one possible!
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