Everyone has those stressful days: deadlines chasing you, parents nagging, bosses hounding, the rain ruined your suede shoes, a bird pooped on you, you dropped your favorite highlight compact and it smashed, they ran out of pearls at your favorite bubble tea store, (I can go on and on).
Okay, the point of that chunk was to show that everyone gets stressed now and then, and I know a cup of tea really does go a long way in relieving stress. It may not fix your problems but it helps. However, if you’re anything like me, you may not be a huge fan of drinking pure tea without any milk or sugar. I have a major sweet tooth and sometimes tea is too bitter for my liking.
So here is where our British influence comes in; let us immerse in the English culture of tea-drinking by adding some small bites to go with our tea. If you’re feeling extra fancy pants, pop your pinkie for added effect!
No, it is not a vertically challenged loaf of bread, it’s a Scottish biscuit/cookie. Fun fact: shortbread gets its name because of the large amount of butter in its recipe and it makes it “short”, which, in pastry language, means crumbly. You can pair shortbread with earthy teas like earl grey and English breakfast to complement its milky-ness. You could even dip the shortbread in your tea for extra flavor.
Scones are a type of cake or biscuit that is drier in texture as compared to a regular biscuit or cookie. They have a crumbly texture and may be quite flaky as well. It comes in both savory and sweet flavors, for example, salted, raison, cranberry, and even cheese. Unlike other cakes and biscuits, the main ingredients of scones are typically oatmeal, barley or wheat. If you can find or bake the perfect scone, it’s lightness will complement almost any type of tea.
There are so many possible types and flavors of tea cakes that I’m sure you could find something you’d like. Different regions tweak their tea cake recipes slightly; some contain fruit, some are sugared, and some are even toasted and buttered. Usually the slices of cake aren’t too large, so it is perfect for a mid-afternoon snack to accompany your tea. My personal favorite is a light powder sugar tea cake with lavender tea, but you can choose your favourite floral or fruit tea because the flavors almost all complement each other.
Cookies are my personal favorite small bites to pair with my tea because the texture is so crunchy and crispy, yet also a little crumbly. I love Famous Amos cookies and have yet to find a better substitute than that. The sweetness and texture is perfect and they are insanely addictive so pace yourselves. Tip: put a few in a plate so you don’t finish the entire bag in one sitting.
This is probably the healthiest option on this list that still serves its purpose of adding sweetness to your tea. Dried fruit is incredibly easy to make or buy and it isn’t pricey at all. If you must, choose dried fruits that do not contain additional sugar so you don’t feel very sinful when eating them. You can even steep your fruit or floral tea with dried fruit to add some tanginess. Dried strawberries, lemon, orange and apricot accentuate light teas very well.
If you are looking for dried fruits, Nilufer Tea has great, delicious and all-natural organic dried lemons that you can pair with your teas to give your tongue a tangy dance.
We’re scaling up a little with some fancy finger sandwiches. Perhaps it is of the sandwiches’ finger-size, but they have a fancy and elegant feel to them. Some cucumber, egg mayo, or maybe a little ham and cheese can satisfy the midafternoon munchies. Serve it on a silver platter with pretty tooth picks at your next tea party and you’ll have everyone ecstatic.
This one goes out to those who love a little sour mix in their desserts. Lemon bars are popular hits at bakeries and for good reasons too. They have a perfect balance of sweet and sour, and when paired with a hearty cup of earl grey or English breakfast tea, you’ll realise a sense of serenity and calmness. It’s a perfect pick-me-up snack that also packs in a ton of Vitamin C thanks to the lemons!
Last but not least, mini creampuffs! It’s a little indulgent but you deserve a treat on cheat day every now and then! The cold, rich cream filling will balance out your hot tea. Trust me, a few bites of mini creampuffs and the stress will just melt away. This could complement floral and milky teas.
If you are a scavenger for good deals and artisan goodies, then you need to keep your 2 December free. Why, you ask? That's because on 2 December 2017, from 10am to 6pm, Shop Wonderland is holding their very first Christmas Market! You will see self-made entrepreneurs from all walks of life coming together to showcase their goods and share their passion through small trinkets that you can get for yourself and your loved ones, or even for the Christmas gift exchange with your colleagues or at parties.
If you follow their Instagram and our Instagram, you will find that we, Nilufer Tea, will also be part of the Christmas festive market! Not only are we bringing you the joys of our organic herbal teas, we will also be bringing you quality yoga wear by Liquido.
Originated from Australia, Liquido takes pride in providing only the best quality apparel, not just for yogis, but for every active person. Designed by Brazilian designers who are inspired by the brightness, sunshine and tropical setting of Brazil, the bold patterns and bright colours bring joy and excitement as you exercise and do yoga. If you are a person who prefer something that is minimalistic, you can still find your perfect fit at Liquido as they also have a line that is dedicated to simpler designs and solid colours.
While you can shop online, there are simply too many designs for one to fathom and the additional shipping fees may not be worth your budget. That's where we come in! We have filtered out some of the best designs for your selection and so all you need to do is to come down and get your quality yoga wear.
Of course, our usual suspects will be there. With such cooling weather bestowed upon us at this time of the year, what is better than cosying up with a cup of comforting warm herbal tea? We will be selling our range of organic herbal teas for your delightful tea parties and Christmas dinners, so come on down to get some!
Of course, besides Nilufer Tea, you can also browse other booths that are going to share their wonderful collection of items. For instance, you can get your cute mugs and accessories from The Little Drom Store, beautiful lingerie from Perk by Kate, and also something for the guys at Shop Little Man. After all, Christmas is a season for everyone!
For hesitate no more! Mark your calendars and keep your 2 December busy by visiting Shop Wonderland. And if you need a little more convincing, some cakes should do the trick: