German Chocolate Tartlets

Maybe it's my German heritage, but I've always had a yen for a good German chocolate cake - meaning, the kind with a nice crumbly chocolate sponge and plenty of ooey gooey caramel-pecan-coconut frosting. I had the idea that maybe those same flavors could be brought together in a smaller, more afternoon tea-friendly tartlet form.... Continue Reading →

Improvising afternoon tea

Who says one can't have a fabulous afternoon tea with friends even when original plans don't pan out? We were on our way to one of the afternoon teas - one of the few luxury afternoon teas in Houston - only to find they somehow didn't have our reservation and couldn't possibly fit us in... Continue Reading →

Christmas tea at Bistro Menil

Christmas is the time for afternoon tea - that's my motto anyway! There's almost nothing better than a lovely afternoon tea with friends, just stepping away from our everyday lives to enjoy each other's company in a relaxed atmosphere with great tea and lovely bites of food. This year, one of my teas with friends... Continue Reading →

Festive jellies (Jell-O)

If you're anything like me, when you have a full three-course afternoon tea, by the time you get to the pastry course, you can probably only manage a few bites. So you've got to be strategic about the pastries - focus on the ones that are your favorite flavors, plan the best for last but... Continue Reading →

Stacked Up Goodness

I am of the firm belief that just about any pastry, dessert or sweet can be adapted into something suitable for an afternoon tea, in many cases by scaling it down to a single serving size, or by playing with the flavors, adding different embellishes, or just about anything your imagination can think of. More... Continue Reading →

Chai Spice Cookies

Making these spice cookies turned into a real "make do and mend day" - I got a good result at the end of the day, but I had to do some mending and making do along the way. As introduction to this cookie, I will note that while I started with the Gingerhaus springerle recipe... Continue Reading →

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