My American friends (and relations) always ask me if us Brits sit down and drink tea and have cake in the afternoon. They’re trying to be funny, but when I reply yes, they’re not sure of what to say. I expect they want me to accuse them of being racist, as per usual.
The tradition of afternoon tea has become rather commonplace with many different variations, but classy dames know that the lure of a freshly brewed pot and sweet treats goes a long way. If you’re not the most domestic of goddesses, and hefty cooking tomes frighten you, Tea and Cake is probably more your cup of tea (ugh, an awful pun) with easy to follow recipes, tips on tea strength, handy hints for throwing the perfect tea party, and a “grown-up” section (no knickers) of tea cocktails. Illustrated by Emma Block, who is a fantastic illustrator I worked with on the Rokit x TSoS collab. I highly recommend looking at the rest of her portfolio.
The beauty of having an illustrated cookbook, is that you don’t have to feel bad about not achieving the glossy perfection of food that’s been styled to within an inch of its life.
Tea and Cake is a great gift for almost anyone, or for yourself – and the cheery pictures and funny words will definitely keep you smiling as you burn your fingers on the kettle.
All photos taken on a BlackBerry Bold 9900 courtesy of FRANK PR