As you know I love nothing better than an afternoon tea party and, consequently, have decided to join Sue’s teatime one.
While she’s about to experience the shortest day, I’m looking forward to the longest and the official start of summer here in France. Sue’s not unnaturally looking for something to keep her warm – soup anyone? I love the fact that she’s taken the recipe of a well-known chef and made it her own.
I, on the other hand, am enjoying warm sunshine moderated by a gentle breeze on my balcony, where we eat many a meal throughout the year. Summer of course also heralds picnics, I’ve already blogged about how popular picnics are in France. Barely a week goes by without us enjoying one on our own or, more usually, with a crowd of friends.
In the last couple of weeks, the majority of our Covid 19-related restrictions have been lifted but we’re still taking things gingerly. However, we have been entertaining friends and vice versa, plus we’ve been out and about supporting our favourite local restaurants. We’ve also used the time (wisely) to visit lots of our lovely local villages where it’s been so much easier to take photographs, without the usual hordes of tourists, and really appreciate these places. I like to think of it as a small window of opportunity of which we’re taking full advantage.
In addition, I’ve enjoyed the return of the English Premiership where my beloved boys in claret and blue (Aston Villa FC) kicked off the resumption of the season with a home draw. It’s going to be a nail-biting finish to the season. Will we stay up or drop back down into the Championship? I so hope we avoid the dreaded bounce. Meanwhile, there’s the forthcoming resumption of MotoGP and cycle racing to look forward to too.
On an even more serious note, like Sue, I’m disheartened about the violence and injustices happening all around the world. So little seems to have changed, but that doesn’t mean we should give up trying.
So what am I going to serve at my virtual tea party?
Let’s start with the refreshments. I generally serve Marco Polo tea by Mariage Frères, much my favourite tea which always finds favour with other tea drinkers. I’ll also serve iced tea for those that prefer a cold drink and, of course, coffee. If it’s a bit of an occasion, and I think this qualifies as such, I may break out a bottle of Champagne. Of course, should everyone linger over afternoon tea, we might find ourselves in Apéro time where my husband may be only too happy to whip up one of his cocktails. Sadly, it’s unlikely that Lenny will have time to drop by but, hey, a girl can hope!
The French like to try a little of everything, so I tend to prefer everything in miniature, bite sized portions. Petit-four sized cakes and scones, mini sandwiches, quiches, sausage rolls, tortillas………you get the general idea.
Why a virtual tea party?
Sue sees it as a fun way to share her love of food and conversation. Plus. it’s an afformation for Sue of the importance of her blogging community. She can’t invite us ll round to hers, so this is the next best thing!
Why don’t you join in?
Sue would to hear from you. What are you doing/reading/making? Your thoughts on the food, the drinks, and whatever she’s rambling on about. What’s making you happy or pissing you off? It’s your comments that make blogging so much more interesting.
And if, like me, you’d like to contribute a post of your own – even better. Maybe a shot of your cuppa and/or whatever you’re having with it. A recipe if you like.
Sue will update each of her posts with a ping-back to everyone else’s.
Don’t forget the #virtualteaparty2020 for anyone on Instagram who wants to post images (or even video?)
I hope you enjoy my small contribution to Sue’s virtual tea party. Sx