Drawing on the culinary and creative entrepreneurial skills of her English parents, Aimee Russell has created a decadent and delicious High Tea Parlour serving the most scrumptious scones laden with homemade jam and clotted cream.
Raised in Sandridge, a small English town in Hertfordshire, north of London, with her parents and two younger brothers, Aimee recalls fond memories from her own childhood, growing up with a pet goat, chickens, ducks and rabbits.
“My father used to milk the goat and make goat cheese, her name was Nanny Goat, and we used to walk her to school,” she says with a smile.
“We had a gate at the back of our house that entered a beautiful field, and there would be blackberries growing that we would always pick and eat on the way to school, and we would often walk through strawberries fields.”
Hailing from a long line of family bakers, Aimee’s memories are scented with the sweet smell of fresh tea, homemade cakes, jam and scones. My grandparents lived up the road and I spent so much time with them when we were younger,” she says. “My granddad would make caraway seed cake in the mornings and we would all get into bed with my grandparents and have English breakfast tea and caraway seed cake. The smell of that beautiful cake would go through the whole house, I wish I could smell it again.”