Afternoon tea time is a bit deal at my place. It’s a time of winding down together after the busyness of the school run. Refueling, regrouping and deciding what we’re going to do for the rest of the day.
There’s a certain formality about our afternoon tea. It’s important to me that we don’t feel rushed and that I’ve gone to a little trouble to set our food and drinks out nicely. On days when we have something on straight after school, the afternoon tea is packed into Tupperware containers for each child to pick at whenever the urge strikes.
I try to bake something warming and delicious at least once a week – when I have an oven, that is. Lately our oven has been out of commission and we sit around looking at it, craving lemonade scones and waiting for parts… So lately I’ve simply been making a fruit platter and spreading a little Vegemite on cruskits or vitaweet biscuits. When I do get to bake, I definitely make double batches every single time. I’m a working mum with three kids – it’s a necessity that a recipe can be frozen! It’s also essential that afternoon tea can be in and out of the oven in around half an hour… because at least once a week I realise I’ve forgotten to organise myself and pick-up time is fast approaching!
So,most days after school you’ll find us on our front verandah, or the back deck or huddled around the kitchen counter talking about our day and munching on something scrumptious. I try to keep within the healthy-guidelines when I cook, but sometimes I indulge the side of us that loves butter and sugar and all the naughty things. Life is too short to always bake with wholemeal flour and cacoa powder. Well, I think it is anyway!
I urge you to make afternoon tea a ritual at your place too, even if it’s just once or twice a week. It’s a time for excited conversations and making plans, for gentle cuddles and reflecting on the day so far. Taking time for afternoon tea seems to connect us to past-generations and the simpler, richer times they enjoyed.
I absolutely adore this time of day with my children and have selected 10 of our favourite recipes that I hope will inspire you bring an afternoon tea party to your place soon. Who knew I was such a foodie blogger?!
What’s afternoon tea time like at your place?