All Things Tea

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For all of you out there that love beautiful Victorian teas, don’t wait until you GO someplace, do your own lovely tea with a few friends.  I’m going to be doing a monthly tea with recipes and ideas - following this article.  

I’ve read a lot about the differences in High and Low Teas.  But what we need to realize is that from the creation of the concept of 'teas' (in 1840 when Anna, the duchess of Bedford, felt a “sinking feeling” and ordered cake to be served with a cup of tea) to what became a way of life for early Brit’s, the divisions are definitely now blurred.  So as there are actually some differences in the terms ‘High’ and ‘Low’… what has become an event for modern Victorian ladies, is … A Tea.   Usually some lovely event in the afternoon to get together and eat lovely delectables.  Why I’ve even heard of champagne being served! [gasp]   So regardless of the history of ‘Teas, high or low’… what we have today in America, in the Millennium, is ‘A Tea’.  

But here is a little tea know-how, none the less...

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High tea is not a fancy tea, as many people assume.  As an early evening meal with tea served typically eaten between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m., this tea serves as a substitute for both afternoon tea and the more substantial evening meal.

Think of it as a light supper served with tea. Like Low Tea, this tea meal tradition is no longer a daily standard and has been replaced by a more substantial meal that is served later in the day.

In recent years, high tea somehow became a word for exquisite afternoon tea. In traditional terms, this is not correct.

Afternoon tea, also known as “low tea,” includes a light meal typically eaten around 4:00 p.m. Traditionally, the tea and food are served on a lounge (or low) table, which is where it gets its name.

Loose tea is brewed and served in a teapot with milk and sugar. The tea is usually accompanied by a variety of sandwiches. Scones (with butter, clotted cream and jam), cakes and pastries are typically served, as well.

 While afternoon tea used to be an everyday event in certain cultures, in current times it is more likely to be a treat in a hotel, café, or tea shop.

So on to our Tea Months - just click on the month !




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