Nearly three months after moving into my first house, I finally got round to holding a housewarming do last weekend. Rather than opt for a standard party that would probably result in lasting damage to my new investment, I decided to hold a family afternoon tea – the perfect excuse to bake an awful lot.
My boyfriend and I split the baking duties after coming up with what seemed like a reasonable list of goodies to make for 11 people, including 2 small children who probably wouldn’t eat much. We both started preparations the day before, and must have put in almost 24 hours of graft between us altogether!
All of our savoury options were vegetarian, due to me being a pescetarian and my boyfriend being veggie. However, my mum brought the savoury stars of the show, some chicken samosas (not pictured), to appease those with meatier appetites. She also brought some onion bhajias for us non meat eaters – despite suffering from some horrible jet lag after a recent trip to India. What a trooper!
My favourite part was, of course, the sweet baking…
The tea of choice was some loose Ceylon from Whittard’s, which I would highly, highly recommend for its fresh, delicate flavour – the perfect accompaniment to afternoon tea.
All in all, the event was a huge success, as evidenced by the coma-like silence as everyone sat around clutching at their stomachs towards the end. I was worried about there not being enough, but there was so much left over that we held another afternoon tea with the leftovers for some friends the next day! And there was STILL a lot left over from that, so I made everyone take some goodies home with them.
- Savoury cheese sandwiches and egg and cress sandwiches – boyfriend’s own recipes
- Cucumber sandwiches – The Ritz London Book of Afternoon Tea
- Mini caesar salads – Good Housekeeping Step-by-Step Vegetarian Cookbook
- Chicken samosas and onion bhajias – my mum’s own recipes
- Victoria sponge – BBC Good Food (blog)
- Brandysnaps – Baking
- Viennese whirls – Hairy Bikers (blog)
- Viennese fingers – adapted from the above recipe and dipped in Dairy Milk chocolate
- Toffee brownies – BBC Good Food 101 Cakes & Bakes (blog)
- Scones – BBC Good Food