We were recently invited to an English High Tea to celebrate 'Mum's' birthday. Our niece, Willie Traeger, is home for awhile after having spent 6 months in London. She was interning for a famous fashion designer after graduating from Parsons The New School For Design. She wanted to honor her Grandma Phyllis with a birthday party. She thought it would be jolly fun to make it a High Tea to show those of us who have not had the privilege to attend one in London how it is done.
We were met with a table full of English inspired treats.
We learned that the food is traditionally served in 3 tiers, and that you begin with a savory food from the bottom tier. We were served 2 different types of finger sandwiches made with whole-grain breads, cucumber, peaches, imported ham, and cheeses.
The middle tier held cranberry-orange scones served with clotted cream and cornmeal-feta mini-muffins.
And, then after eating our way to the top tier, the sweets awaited us looking like little, delicious jewels. There were pomegranate macaroons with a mocha ganache, pistachio macaroons with a white chocolate, blueberry filling, and pretty little key lime tarts with a dollop of whipped cream on top.
And, of course, it was all served with a special tea.
Willie, with help from her 'Mum' who is our sister, Dallas, made all the food and all the pretty decorations. Everyone had a very special day as it had been some time since all the cousins had been together. It was a special birthday for Mom, too. Thanks so much to Willie for bringing a taste of London to Montana.
Susan and Sally