Every month a group of us gets together with Su at Zimmerbitch in New Zealand for tea and goodies. This month naturally it’s Christmas tea. For the occasion I made black forest biscotti, from Moosewood Restaurant New Classics: 350 Recipes For Home-Style Favorites And Everyday Feasts, which have cocoa powder (dark, in this case), dark chocolate chips, and dried tart Montmorency cherries. With it, I’m serving the last of my Joy tea, a Christmas tea Starbucks used to serve seasonally. It was discontinued a few years ago but I managed to score several large bags at 50% off at the local Teavana store in Naperville, Illinois. It’s a mix of black, oolong, and green teas with flavors.

The plate is Copeland by Spode, English china, and in the spirit of international cooperation, the cup and saucer are Limoges from France. We participants are from all over as well. Merry Christmas!

for Su’s Christmas afternoon tea 12.17.20

  1. scr4pl80 says:

    How fun is that!

  2. China Dream says:

    yummm think I’ll go make a pot of tea.. waves a happy greeting across the miles

  3. Jet Eliot says:

    Oh Janet your tea time looks wonderful. I am a big tea drinker, and find that Americans, who are usually more into coffee, don’t always do so well with real tea. They do the sweets okay, but never really have a robust or delicious tea. Your tea here, however, looks and sounds like it is the real thing. yum.

    • I have more tea than I could drink in months and just got more from my favorite tea shop in Pasadena, even though it took much longer to arrive than normal. I drink everything from hearty blacks to herbal and rooibos, depending on my mood and time of day. I worked at SereneTeaz in Wheaton, Illinois for two years before they went completely online and if you want to order high quality tea at reasonable prices, give them a look. Chado in Pasadena and a few other places in SoCal has a LOT of wonderful choices, as does TeaLula in Wheaton, Illinois. Of course they all ship. 🙂

  4. I hate to admit it on this particular post, but I’m not a tea drinker. However, I will gladly bring my own coffee if you’d share two of those biscotti because they look amazing. 🙂

    • I’m happy to share, Judy. I put a batch in the mail for our daughter in Philly but with all the delays in the postal system, I may have to send her another batch some time in January!

  5. Su Leslie says:

    Yum!! Both the tea you chose and the biscotti look and sound delicious.
    I got my original Moosewood book out yesterday — having not looked at it for years. Some of the recipes have really stood the test of time.

    • They have a number of cookbooks out and I think there are a lot of timeless recipes among them. I gave away so many cookbooks before we moved and there are a few I really regret getting rid of. Right now I’ve checked out a number of cookbooks from the library, but e-book cookbooks just aren’t the same. 😦 Have to put some real ones on hold and use the pick up service.

  6. I’ll take some of those. Any left?

  7. So lovely, so civilized. I haven’t made biscotti in ages, which seems like a real shame. I’ll have to put that on the winter baking list!

  8. Dan Antion says:

    This looks like an interesting and fun tradition.

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  10. restlessjo says:

    That looks suitably stylish, Janet. Wishing you peace and joy this festive season and good company in the New Year 🙂 🙂

    • And the same to you, Jo. I sent the rest of the biscotti to our daughter in Philadelphia, but it’s been over a week and they haven’t arrived due to the glut of packages the post office has to deal with this year. She’ll have to dunk them in coffee or tea for sure! 🙂

  11. That looks yummy! That would be right my street about 3pm when I’m ready for me afternoon cuppa.

  12. Kiki says:

    I’ve come over from Su and your link. I have moved countries this year and the ONE thing still completely unpacked is (are!) three large and terribly heavy boxes with all my cookbooks. Not that I need them, they are ‘just’ friends I leave through, eat the photos with my eyes and sometimes take inspiration. I’m an impulsive and free spirited cook, most of my meals are done on what promotions our local stores have, seasons, and what the fridge is still holding in store for me. What I do now regularly on multiplying demands from friends and family, is a ‘cook-up’ of a originally french quiche lorraine whereas my concoctions have nothing to do with that original. I use everything I have at hand, onions, garlic, speck or bacon or cooked ham, but always a lovely strong swiss cheese mix, for the pastry I also change from one time to the next, puff pastry, or one of the many (even organic) available local/national pastries. My mix contains also a fresh egg, a thick greek yoghurt, some milk, nutmeg, freshly ground pepper and sometimes an addition of fresh herbs, savory spices, whatever! It’s always good and quite filling and next Saturday I’ll make another one for bro-and-sis-in-law…. word gets around!

  13. marianallen says:

    Lovely dishes, and even lovelier biscotti!

  14. Prior... says:

    That Christmas tea that was discontinued sounds really good! Good thing you were able to stock up a little
    And the photo of the Black Forest biscotti look awesome – also the plate is so nice

  15. Kally says:

    “Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” ~ Hamilton Wright Mabie

    Have a wonderful Christmas and joyous days ahead with warm laughter. Take care.

  16. There is nothing better than an afternoon tea, it’s even more special at Christmas!

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