Christmas Tea Extras

Here are quick recipes, photos, and monologues for all the stuff I didn’t take complete pictures of.   Here’s the whipped cream- I was going to make clotted cream, but the thought of leaving a dish of heavy cream in the oven overnight made me nervous. Still tasted good with scones! Speaking of scones, I…

Apple Butter

If you’re looking for something a little different, try having this with scones. It’s much richer than applesauce, but just as simple to make. My sister eats it warm with a spoon- but she’s an electrical engineer, so I don’t know if you should follow her choices. This isn’t limited to scones- try it on…

Cranberry Walnut Scones

You can’t have high tea without scones! To be specific, these cranberry walnut scones. I’m a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to scones- I don’t like matcha, chocolate, or carrots. I’ve seen them all. To me, scones should have some fashion of dried red berries, a few nuts, and should be slathered with…

Shortbread

I went through a shortbread phase when I was 12. Not baking it, but eating it. I was obsessed. I think I got sick of it after a while- and I haven’t thought about shortbread until I was planning the menu. I always feel nostalgic around Christmas, and I thought I’d return to my shortbread…

Truffle Hot Chocolate

Oh, this was good. This was really good. Really, really good. You get my drift. I thought that little cups of hot chocolate would be the perfect way to end Christmas tea- I wanted shot glasses, originally, but none of our shot glasses can have hot liquid in them. Wimps. It still looked cute in…

Cake Mix Cake (But Don’t Tell Anyone)

Right. Here’s how it went down. I, the ultimate food snob, made a cake mix cake. It wasn’t on purpose. It was going to go bad! And I wanted cake without putting any real effort into it. Holiday stress is getting to me. Well, my stress isn’t really caused by the holidays, but if I’m…

Lemony Roasted Vegetables

Holiday food is really heavy. It’s all cookies, bread, roast beef- you know, the good things in life. The holidays are also really time consuming. Between family, shopping, and decorating (also the good things in life), you don’t have much to yourself. So, logically, you need to make these lemon roasted vegetables. They’re healthy, easy,…

Finnish Mustard

We now have further evidence Finland is the most hardcore country in the world. So, us weak Americans make Christmas cookies for the holidays. The Finns make mustard. Can we throw in the towel and admit they’re cooler? I mean, let’s look at it. They have reindeer- which are just festive meese. The plural of…

JCD Part 1- Fried Chicken

JCD stands for Japanese Christmas Dinner. I like abbreviating things. Acronymizing? For someone who spends an hour every day on AP English Lit, I’m not very eloquent. Anyways! The traditional Japanese Christmas dinner is, well, KFC. Nothing wrong with that. I’d never admit I like KFC. I might lose my food snob badge. So, I…

Austrian Vanillekipferl

These are crumbly, buttery, and dusted with powdered sugar. They melt in your mouth and cover your fingers with powdered sugar. They are essentially the same thing as the 48 count box of Christmas cookies you can get at any supermarket. But, these are Austrian, and have a name you have to read once or…