Winter Romance: elevated teatime complete with whipped honey + chocolate + rose crostini

In winter
all the singing is in
the tops of the trees
where the wind-bird
with its white eyes
shoves and pushes
among the branches
– Mary Oliver, White Eyes
This time of year is so special to me, and all I want to do is eat all of the rich florals, drench tables in lush, dark greenery and sip on warm beverages that soothe the soul. Though this season has been incredibly busy, it’s so important to be intentional and take time for ourselves to love and be loved (and what better way than to bring chocolate into the mix!).

Gathering and unwinding around a table has secret powers, I swear. It’s incredible what flavors can do for a mood. The way that chocolate, honey and roses can turn an ordinary Wednesday into a sexy soiree. I had a mid-week pick-me-up holiday date with my lovely friend, Arielle, who paired one of her delicious teas with my new favorite way to bring passion into the mundane: honey whipped chocolate served on a French baguette topped with rose petals and sea salt.

Simply whip raw honey with cocoa powder, spread onto the bread of your choice (you can find my gluten-free French bread recipe here) and top with dried rose petals and sea salt. Pair this sweet + savory bite with a pot of The Swallow’s Flight lavender + rose tea for an effortless tea time with your best ladies. This is a menu that invites your guests to feel the feelings.

Extra touches //

Suggested tablescaping: Add florals and greens (such as baby’s breath and eucalyptus) to bring life to your table. Play with pulling some of the leaves off to cultivate a more natural, imperfect vibe. Also, leave some of your favorite books on the table for your friends to peruse.

Suggested music to set the mood:
Carla Bruni
Regina Spektor
Fleet Foxes
Ben Howard
Joni Mitchell
The Paper Kites
Carole King
The Carpenters
Robyn
John Legend

Happy Holidays!

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