Afternoon Tea with Nana and Roo

June 12, 2012

Afternoon tea over the long weekend with my grandparents, Nana and Roo. We ate little cakes and drank tea together by the fire.

We spoke of learning recipes in school, and I developed a fervent desire for nana to make her golden syrup dumplings. These were my nana’s cookery books from high school.

Milk love.

The eats for the afternoon were varied and colourful. We had creme brûlée and quince tartlets, shortbread and soda bread. A slightly haphazard yet altogether lovely gathering of goodies.

Creme Brûlée Quince Tartletes from Johnny Ripe, a little gourmet outlet situated at the old tamarillo orchard in Main Ridge. The supremely talented and friendly young couple behind Johnny Ripe make and sell pies using produce from their orchard and eggs from their ducks and chickens. It’s a very new shop and I find myself rather inspired by it. I’m quite in love with the idea of making and selling pies from a quaint little shop front.



Their creme brûlée quince tartlets are pure heaven. As are their beef pies (we had a family sized one for our family dinner Sunday night). Apparently their apple pies are also superb, but I wouldn’t know about that because when we were browsing the shop, Dad boldly selected something other than said pie without me realising. I was devastated, to say the least. Dad, you owe me a pie.

Shortbread, made by my Dad. He snagged the recipe from a friend’s Scottish grandma. These bites were gleefully short, and encouraged a newfound respect for this classic afternoon tea treat. When done well, shortbread really are fantastic.

They’re quite the proud little bites, aren’t they?

We also dove into a fresh loaf of Soda Bread. Nigel Slater’s Lazy Loaf (recipe link). Dad was inspired after seeing my soda rolls last week, and decided to create a gorgeous loaf himself. Gorgeous indeed.


Please make yourself some soda bread, if only to experience the beautiful wholesome aroma and deliriously perfect crust. It’s outrageously comforting. We all agreed in delicious enthusiasm that this was quite the lovely loaf.

P.S. I always cook my soda bread for longer than the recipe requests, otherwise I find the middle a little too moist.


Weekends call for butter and jam. Bread and jam.



Now wasn’t that all lovely? Some sweet bites then a savoury soda slice with loved ones…

I quite fancy a good afternoon tea. And Nana, I haven’t forgotten about those golden syrup dumplings.

Heidi xo
  • Heavenly Ingredients June 12, 2012 at 8:31 am

    I miss my grandparents. You're lucky to be able to have afternoon tea with them.

  • Leah June 12, 2012 at 8:54 am

    What a lovely afternoon. This makes me miss my grandmother 🙁 I wish I had more time with all my grandparents.

  • Michelle Chin June 12, 2012 at 10:00 am

    creme brulee tartlets remind me of portuguese tarts. hehe

  • Blithely Unaware June 12, 2012 at 11:01 am

    I LOVE shortbread but only ever seem to eat it at Christmas time!
    Must make changes to this.

    That soda loaf looks amazing, crusty and fluffy, just gorgeous!


  • Anonymous June 12, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    last night I made your peanut butter and jam balls – yum!
    I made one batch and after tasting one promptly decided that one batch wouldnt be enough, so made a second batch and left them in the oven too long and they burned slightly – dang!
    I find the more jam the better with these!
    thanks xo

  • Lisa June 12, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Mum made golden syrup dumplings last week. She gave us the leftovers – about 6 dumplings and 2 cups of sauce. Let me highly, highly recommend thinly sliced crisp, tart apple smothered in hot golden syrup sauce!
    Looks like a lovely weekend.

  • hannah June 12, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Yum, this all looks so amazing! I have never had golden syrup dumplings and yet, now, I want them. That soda bread looks absolutely delicious. Nothing better than fresh bread with butter, simple perfection x

  • Iron Chef Shellie June 12, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Gorgeous photos lovely! Really captures the atmosphere. Love the look of those brulee tarts!

  • The InTolerant Chef June 12, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    What a lovely afternoon indeed! Those Quince tartlets look amazing! I wish I had a Nanna to have afternoon tea with 🙂

  • Kari June 12, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Very lovely indeed!

  • mamacino June 12, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Aren't Nannas the best?

  • Hannah June 12, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    There is something heart-squishily perfect and beautiful about grandmothers' recipe books. I'm still waiting to borrow my late grandma's book of treats from my aunt, so I can hand-write out my favourite recipes of hers.

    And oh, sweets, love, and family. There is nothing better. xo

  • Heidi June 13, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Laura – so lucky, I know 🙂

    Leah – so sad, isn't it 🙁

    Michelle – yes!! Although I don't like portuguese tarts, so the taste is completely different 😉

    Blithely Unaware – it was supremely gorgeous!

    Anonymous – that's so nice to know, thank you!! Thrilled!

    Lisa – ummm sounds amazing, thanks!!!

    Hannah – agreed – perfection 🙂

    Michele – awe thank you 🙂

    InTolerant Chef – I'm very lucky!!

    Kari – 🙂

    Mamacino – best 🙂

    Hannah – sounds like a gorgeous idea, lovely xo

    Heidi xo

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella June 13, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    OH those tarts look absolutely divine! I would love one, warm fromthe oven 😀

  • Hannah June 14, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Aw, how lovely 🙂 My nanna made a beautiful fruit & almond cake for us the other day- it was so yum! Ah I love making soda bread, it's super simple and comforting 🙂 x

  • Carly Findlay June 14, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Oh Heidi how lovely. I really wish I could have shared more mealtimes and share stories about food with my grandparents when they were still alive.
    Thank you for blogging this x

  • Ashley June 15, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    I am now missing my Melbourne brunches and sweets from Asia! I love the idea of a creme brulee/tart all-in-one! Makes eating sweets so convenient 😉