When I was in Kentucky last month, one of the books I bought at the Elmwood Inn Fine Teas shop was this new one from Tea Time Magazine, "Afternoon Tea." The book came highly recommended by several of my tea friends, so I knew I would like it, and I just got around to looking through it this week.
Isn't it amazing how reading a cookbook can make you hungry? This one has recipes for scones, savories, and sweets, and it features both full menus (Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Christmas, etc.) as well as "a la carte" recipes. I've had lemons on my mind this week, so I wasn't surprised that one of the dessert recipes that caught my eye was for Lemon Buttercream Cakes. I enjoy *seeing* pretty food almost as much as I enjoy *eating* pretty food, so I appreciate that someone took the time to artfully pipe the icing between the layers as well as on top. The primrose garnish is a simple and lovely touch.
My taste buds must have changed over the years, because today savories, not sweets, are my favorite part of afternoon tea. Would you get a gander at this Savory Crab and Corn Cheesecake? Oh. My. Goodness. I love seafood, I love corn, and those chopped peppers and herbs on top must make this simply divine. So just out of curiosity, I'd love to know, what's YOUR favorite part of afternoon tea these days, besides the beverage? Is it the savories, the scones, or the sweets? Oh, and I definitely give a thumbs-up to this great new book for those of you who don't already have it!