Last Friday’s tea time marked the last one of the year, and oh, what a year it has been! Over the course of this year, we’ve recruited at least 89 new mentors, which, added on to our returning mentors, gave us a grand total of 203 active mentors. We’ve also registered 790 students as our … Continue reading A Savory-Sweet Last Tea Time!
Last week, one of my close friends and a former mentor, Michelle Huang, came to visit all the way from California, and let’s just say we did a lot of monkeying around. Now maybe I should back up and give you all a little bit of context. Michelle and I first met at Reader to … Continue reading Monkey Reunion + Monkey Bread = Happy Monkeys
Lately, we've enjoyed an abundance of brownies at the office. We usually keep at least a box or two of boxed brownie mix around as "emergency baking mixes." This means that on Fridays when we don't have tea time officially planned or on days when we just have the munchies for sweets, we can quickly … Continue reading Cheese Platter: Cookie Edition?
I have recently realized that picking recipes for tea time is an intricate balance between satisfying our own cravings and making a kitchen crew-friendly dish that the mentors will also enjoy. And this week, I was craving cake. Now that sounds like a relatively simple craving to satisfy, but because it was a religious holiday, I … Continue reading The Adventure of Making “Just a Chocolate Cake”
If you were to ask me what my favorite kind of restaurant is, I would answer, without hesitation, teahouses. There are many things I love about teahouses, but the one that is relevant to today's post is bite-sized eats and the ability to have a varied spread of deliciousness from which to sample. Dim sum, … Continue reading Pancake Palooza
It all started with French toast. Or rather, it all started with chocolate orange lava cakes, two dozen eggs, and a prepping mix up that resulted in a two to one egg white to egg yolk mixture—with powdered sugar thrown in! That led to experimental French toast (which turned out deliciously), which then resulted in a … Continue reading A Toast to Toast
When the spring semester starts, it really starts. Unlike the fall semester, during which things get busier fairly gradually, the spring semester seems to reach peak busy-ness with a much steeper journey. Needless to say, this week’s tea time creeped up on us in what seemed like less than two weeks—closer to two days, I’d … Continue reading More lava cakes? Count me in!
It's been a whirlwind of a month and a half. I spent the holidays at home (oh NYC, how I've missed you!), spent the two weeks I was back in the office preparing for and teaching an Interterm class on fossils and bones, took a mini vacation to visit friends in the Bay Area, bookended … Continue reading Chocolate and Spices
It felt like it was time to take the words “tea time” literally this week, and nothing reminds me more of tea time than British afternoon tea. So sticking to that line of reasoning, it only seemed natural to make scones this week. Since we made classic scones (with raisins) over the summer, I figured … Continue reading British Afternoon Tea-Inspired Tea Time, Anyone?
Here, at Reader to Reader, we like to refer to our mentors as minions. Now of course this is purely out of love and affection (and our secret—or not-so-secret—mission to take over the world with books). And in their honor, we decided to hold a minion-themed study break. As recent college graduates ourselves, we know just how … Continue reading Minions Galore!
Tea time is usually sweet time – cakes, cookies, doughnuts (mmmm, doughnuts…) – but this week I thought we’d take a little detour down a French country lane, la rue des baguettes. Once upon a time, I was a weekend bread-maker, dabbling in sandwich loaves, freeform boules, and even sourdoughs. But I never made a … Continue reading Bonjour, baguettes!
I've had donuts on the brain. Which is weird because although I like donuts just as much as the next person, I've never particularly craved them or had an obsession with them. Then I stumbled across a recipe for guava-filled and passion fruit-filled malasadas. Malasadas are Portuguese-style donuts and are the donuts of choice in … Continue reading An E2E Halloween: Donuts, Donuts, Donuts!