Have you ever heard of a "high tea?" I first encountered this term when I was backpacking through Western Europe in the Summer of 2014. My friend and I had just arrived to London. As we were searching Trip Advisor (future sponsorship pending) for fun things to do in the area, I happened upon a high tea experience. Essentially, a person is to dress in their finest, arrive at a swanky tea parlor, and eat their weight in macaroons, finger sandwiches, scones, and other treats. Oh, and don't forget to drink loads of tea.
My friend and I decided to make a reservation at a nice hotel in downtown district, and we had a fantastic time. I fell in love with the idea of eating this way every so often, so, recently during my "stay safe at home" restlessness, I decided to prepare a high tea with my roommate. We each picked one or two items to either (1) learn how to make or (2) perfect. I wish I could claim those perfect looking strawberry cheesecake macaroons you see below. However, those were a labor of love contributed by my roommate, Jenny. I chose to make the finger sandwiches pictured below those sweet, beautiful macaroons. These are called cucumber sandwiches. You may think to yourself, "cucumber sandwiches? yuck." Please rest assured, they are full of delicious cream cheese, fresh dill, fresh chives, garlic powder, and crisp cucumbers.
After we prepared the delicacies, we plated them on a cute three-tiered serving platter and prepared some tea. We then relaxed and indulged. It was not as fancy as the London high tea I experienced, but it also didn't cost 100 pounds.