So many of us are beginning to think “what should I do for my mom on Mother’s Day?” Flowers are always nice, and chocolates are, too, but if you did that last year, how about something a little different this year? And seriously, does your mom really want another bottle of perfume or shower gel?
If you live nearby, or can travel to see her, why not prepare a tea brunch for your mom – or aunt, grandma, or other women who’ve nurtured you – and use your money more efficiently, while giving her a priceless gift: your time and effort. Get some nice flowers for the table, make her a pot of tea, and keep the whole thing simple, so that you can sit down with her and help her enjoy the day. Set the table with a tablecloth, cloth napkins, china, family heirlooms, if you have them – many mothers don’t bother to get them out for themselves – and have everything ready so that all she has to do is sit down and relax.
Don’t know what food to make? Many brunch foods go really well with black tea. Savory casseroles and sweet bread puddings can be assembled ahead of time, covered and put in the fridge, and baked in the morning, saving holiday time. Here are some recipe suggestions for your own Mother’s Day tea brunch:
Savory Black Olive Scones
Smoked Salmon and Cucumber Sandwiches
Meyer Lemon Curd
Apricot Oolong Compote
Cinnamon-Raisin and Cream Cheese Bread Pudding
Aztec Chocolate Bread Pudding
Rosewater Sugar Cookies
Rose-petal Jam Tartlets
Pound Cake with Caraway Seeds
Fresh fruit, scones, jam and butter are wonderful additions, but you can also purchase your favorite brand of English muffins or crumpets for toasting, instead of making scones if that’s too intimidating. Your tea party pantry contents also come in handy for these special occasions. Local supermarkets have a good variety of items, and the San Pedro Square Friday Farmer’s Market has just re-opened for the season, adding another source of the best produce, fresh bread, and other treats, to the Sunday market in Japantown and various other farmer’s markets. Make a pot of loose-leaf tea, set the table nicely, make sure you do all the clean-up, and you will see how surprisingly rewarding it is to give a tea brunch at home in San Jose!
Copyright 2012, Elizabeth Urbach.
For more information:
“Tea tasting 101: characteristics of a good-quality black tea”
“What should I keep in the pantry for tea parties?”
“Chocolate and tea: the perfect match?”
“Tea 101: how to have a tea party for children”
“What you need to make a good pot of hot tea”
“Tea 101: How to brew a pot of hot tea using loose tea”
“Tea and food pairings for black teas”
“Use tea as a holiday champagne substitute”
A Mother’s Day Tea