Growing up in a military household, my mom always had guests over. Sometimes, they happened to call upon us unannounced as well. But, mom being the Type A person that she is (I suspect all Pakistani moms are like that) had everything ready when it came to food, cutlery and crockery (she has a fetish for good crockery).  During the course of our childhood, she made sure that all her kids knew how to host tea parties, dinners and etc. She was particularly strict about the menu options and the china etc, it sometimes used to turn into a nightmare for the poor batman chacha (That’s what the help is called in army households).

Naturally, having her genes, and the fact that she is always on my case for these things, I have developed a habit of taking part in the menu selection for the tea parties that she still likes to host every Friday!

Here are some of the dishes that she and I recommend:

  1. Borek

Ok, this one dish serves two purposes, one it is exceptional in its taste and texture, two it can be stored for some time and is an easy fix for people that like to come unannounced. If it’s already prepared and stored for immediate use, you just have to heat it up and voila, you have one fine snack to complement the tea!


Our recipe for Borek is very easy to follow and detailed. Any novice will be able to master it in no time!

2. Salt and Pepper Fish Fingers

Almost everyone loves to have fish (I don’t know anyone that doesn’t) and this recipe is pretty quick to make and very easy to serve.

Salt and pepper fish

This is the no mess no fuss kind of food that you would like to serve at a tea party! Check out the recipe here.

3. Fried Thai Rolls

I just recently gave a go to this recipe by our Chefling in Chief, and boy, do these rolls turn out FINE!!


The recipe makes use of coriander stalks and is such a refreshing change from the heavy fried Pakistani version of rolls that we devour at gatherings.  Find the recipe here.

4. One bite sandwich 

Continuing the tradition of the “no mess no fuss” kind of food. These one bite sandwiches are quite popular at tea parties.


They look beautiful and taste awesome. Get the recipe here.

5. Sweet Chilli Sauce

Time for the best dip in the world!! Ok, that might have been a bit exaggerated but really this one is a winner at the table, goes with almost all the dishes and is super easy to whip up too.


Get the recipe here.

So what do you ladies like to serve at your tea parties? We would love to feature your secret recipes! Get in touch.

Amina Mazhar

Ever since I was a kid, eating has been a hobby. Once I grew up, I started stepping into the kitchen more often. Although I love to cook everything but baking is something I am very passionate about. Its my therapy and it definitely takes me to my happy place. Ofcourse, this hobby of mine also caters to my hyper sweet tooth as well, which is an added bonus. Because baking is something that I have learnt from my mother so it has a very emotional value for me. Since times immemorial I have seen my mom experiment with baking in the kitchen, I like to believe she has passed that skill on to me as well (I know i can never surpass her awesomeness).