There is no nicer way to spend a morning than enjoying a tea party with friends. Little tasty morsels of food accompanied by an endless supply of freshly brewed tea.
I have been making great efforts to drink more tea, in a bid to overcome my caffeine addiction. Tea does contain caffeine but it also has such great, well documented health benefits.
So, to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas Season I decided to host a little tea party of my own, with thanks to the amazing Tielka Tea who kindly donated the leaves for brewing.
My lovely sister offered her home for us to use. She has such great taste and has created a serene, light filled home with a bountiful garden. She also loves to share her home with others and it is often filled with children, neighbours, family and friends, in some combination or other.
Here are fifteen of my favourite tea party recipes for you to enjoy.
The Beautiful Cream Lilies Recipe
These are lovely little rolled sponge cakes filled with fresh cream and jelly or jam. You can find my recipe here.
Chocolate Truffles Recipe
Chocolate always seems like a good place to start.
Try this recipe for Chocolate, Orange and Cardamom Truffles.
Decadent Salted Caramel Slice Recipe
This recipe is also perfect for the Christmas season and often makes an appearance at my house.
For my Salted Caramel Slice Recipe click here.
Fresh Focaccia with Caramelised Onion and Goats Cheese
The recipe is here.
Chicken and Almond Ribbon Sandwiches
1 barbecue chicken, skin and bones removed, coarsely shredded or 3 chicken fillets poached and shredded.
1 cup whole egg mayonnaise
1 tablespoon mustard
1 tablespoon lemon juice
4 celery sticks, finely chopped
1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
1 tbsp fresh thyme finely chopped
1 loaf sliced sandwich bread
Combine the mayonnaise, mustard and lemon juice in a large bowl and then add in the shredded chicken.
Add the celery, almonds and thyme and gently stir until just combined. Season to taste.
Arrange half the bread slices on a flat tray and then spread evenly with the chicken/ mayo mix. Add another slice of bread to the top and cut off the crusts.
Divide the sandwiches into thirds and enjoy.
Most Luscious Lemon Tart Recipe
This lemon tart recipe is full of pillowy lemon curd and is rich, piquant and full of lemon flavour. A great way to use up any spare lemons if you are lucky enough to have them.
Tielka Jade Mist Green Tea
Tielka is Australia’s first 100% Fairtrade and Organic loose leaf tea company. I love that Tielka tea comes with its own harvest and tasting notes and brewing instructions to help you get the best out of their fair-trade and organic tea leaves.
Originating from Hubei’s high elevation tea gardens, Tielka’s Jade Mist Green Tea is hand harvested from the earliest bunches of Spring tea.
I love green tea and I try and replace my second morning coffee with a green tea whenever time and coffee addiction allows. Green tea is a great source of antioxidants and has been linked to a great range of diverse health benefits. The Tielka Jade Mist green tea was a mellow and refreshing blend without any of the astringency that can sometimes accompany green tea. A great little tip I picked up from the brewing notes is to remove the leaves after the recommended brewing time so that you do not end up with that overly bitter taste at the end of your pot.
1 teaspoon per 200ml of hot water (70°C) for 2-3 minutes.
You can get 3 brews / serve.
For further tasting notes and to find out more about this beautiful Australian tea company you can visit their website.
Tuna Chilli Mousse Bites
I love a short-cut, as long as it still delivers on taste (and has no preservatives). This recipe delivers on both fronts.
1 cucumber sliced into pieces ( 1-2 cm thickness)
Yumi’s Anytime Creamy Tuna Mousse
1/4 red chilli sliced finely
Wash and slice the cucumber and place onto a platter.
Cover the base with the tuna mousse and add a garnish of fresh, red chilli.
Homemade Lime Cordial
Chocolate Mud Cake Recipe
This is one of my most popular recipes ever. It makes a very moist, chocolatey cake. Click here for the recipe and if you like it, please consider sharing it.
Chocolate Bounty Balls
For a fun, impressive take on a delicious chocolate bar try this Chocolate Bounty Balls Recipe. You will want to lick the bowl for this one.
I normally have at least one child holding my hand, so I couldn’t host a tea party without making something for the little ones. Here are a few simple, tasty ideas.
Summer Berry Smoothies
1 cup milk
2 scoops Berry Frozen yoghurt (try Bulla or Weis)
2 large fresh strawberries
1 large banana, chopped
Add all the ingredients to a blender.
Blend together for one minute.
Serve in milkshake cup with straw.
Chose your favourite, in season fruit. Strawberry, grapes, cantaloupe or blueberries are perfect as they hold their shape.
Chop into even sized pieces, if necessary.
Slide onto kebab sticks and add a marshmallow if you like as a special treat!
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