An Afternoon Tea Treat

October 15, 2010

What a lovely surprise I have just had. My overwhelmingly gorgeous friend, Philippa, stopped by for afternoon tea. We have known each other since we were three. Oh my, did we get up to mischief together when we were younger 🙂 Phe (as I call her) has fairly recently returned from an overseas adventure, and so we have lots of catch up on. What better way for two friends to catch up then over a pot of tea and a homemade sweet treat.

Phe is quite the accomplished cook, and I have been lucky enough to taste many of her delicious creations over the years – from homemade pasta to darling little cupcakes. She would never accept all this praise, she is far too modest. But I can always count of Phe to turn up on my doorstep with flowers or homemade cakes or cookies. She is far too lovely.

Today Phe brought around delightful little vanilla almond cakes, which she made from scratch, without a recipe. Amazing! They were so moist and light. With a full almond flavour, courtesy of almond meal, and a gorgeous hint of vanilla. Phe is a vanilla lover, and uses pure vanilla extract. We are both proud, and rather snobby, vanilla addicts.

Phe was lamenting the lack of presentation with her cakes, wishing she had dusted her delights with icing sugar or topped them with lemon zest. I was lamenting the fact that my stomach was too full to have only one cake.

We ate these dainty treats, whilst sipping Madagascan Vanilla tea and happily chatting away. It was delightful, and such a lovely way to finish the week. I feel so lucky to have Phe as my friend, her baking ability is just a welcome bonus 🙂

Heidi xo
  • Leah October 15, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    What a lovely afternoon you had Heidi!

    I hope you have as wonderful a weekend 🙂

  • Not Quite Nigella October 15, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Ah I love these moments with friends savoured over a cup of tea! They look lovely and sometimesbyou don't need any embellishments! 🙂

  • Kelsey October 16, 2010 at 7:45 am

    tea and little vanilla cakes, wow you're such royalty <3 <3

  • Michelle Chin October 16, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Madagascan Vanilla Tea! Does it taste like creme brulee or like vanilla pods?

  • Heidi October 16, 2010 at 9:07 am

    It was a really light, refreshing tea, Michelle. With a definite vanilla flavour. Perfect with cakes! I do have some creme brulee tea in my cupboard, must try that soon!

  • Iron Chef Shellie October 16, 2010 at 9:21 am

    I'd love to bake without a recipe… doubt that will even happen!

    mmmmm yum!

  • The InTolerant Chef October 16, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    I would love to sit down with a good friend and good cup of tea, cakes optional!

  • Anna Johnston October 17, 2010 at 11:02 am

    Heidi, you've just reminded me how long its been since my best friend & I did that…., time gets away, people get busy, life screams along at a massively fast pace & yet sitting down to a cuppa with your bestie is one of the most therapeuticly wonderfully benficially things to do. Note to Anna…, text bestie, make a date & lock it in 😉

  • Heidi October 17, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Michele, I wish I could too. Well, I do try every now and then but it never turns out as wonderfully as these!

    InTolerant Chef, cakes optional?! hehe. yes, cakes aren't the most important part 🙂

    Anna, I'm glad you've made a note to do this. It has made me more aware of the importance of it too. It is so easy to miss or not schedule in dates like these, yet it is one of the most important things to do in life!


  • Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear October 17, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    I wish we would do afternoon tea's here too! sounds like fun and I like drinking tea a lot, I'm not much of a coffee person:)

  • Petite Carousel October 17, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    awww.. those little cakes look scrumptious!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) October 18, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Friends + chatter + tea and sweet treats = a winning combination to me!

  • Angela (the diet book junkie) October 18, 2010 at 10:49 am

    haha…vanilla snobs. i'm a chocolate snob myself; i'll only eat Guylian or Lindt. (if you're gonna do it, do it right, that's what i always say.) hope you had a great weekend 🙂

  • Ashley October 18, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Aah, my mum's a bit of the fan of afternoon tea too! The little cakes just sound so delightful!

  • Hannah October 18, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Who needs decorating frou-frou when the taste it that good? 🙂 Also, isn't it wonderful to have friends that have been there all your life? I have someone I met on the day she was born, when I was 6 months old 🙂