I’ve been living in Minnesota for 20 years, and although I do go back to Japan to visit my family every few years because of the unfortunate timing I’ve never had a chance to celebrate Mother’s Day with my mother all these years.
I used to send her flowers, but quickly I realized that sweets seem to bring her more joy (lol), so the past several years I’ve been arranging to have some kind of cake delivered to her.
This year for the first time I sent her a vegan cake from a Japanese online store, specifically vegan tiramisu, and thankfully, she (and my dad) both liked it.
But if I had a chance to celebrate Mother’s Day with her together, this is something I would prepare for us.
Since I had a fabulous afternoon tea experience at Baccarat Hotel a couple of years ago, I’ve been having this dream to serve my own vegan afternoon tea at home.
It took me a while, but I finally decided to buy a tiered stand.
So here is my very first homemade vegan afternoon tea.
On the bottom tray you’ll find sandwiches.
Cucumber and mayo.
Radish and feta spread.
Curried “egg” salad.
The second tray holds scones.
Two types: plain and strawberry.
And the top is of course the dessert tray.
Raspberry and lemon macarons.
I had to have this picture taken with my pinky up!
My very first home afternoon tea guest was my hubby.
I am proud to announce that most everything you see were made by me, from the bread, mayo, and feta spread for the sandwiches, the scones, the butter, to the dessert items.
The only thing I didn’t make was the jam.
It was a lot of work, but it was also a lot of fun!
Will I do it again?
Happy Mother’s Day.
We are planning to make a gift box with some of the items from this afternoon tea and bring it to my mother-in-law tomorrow.