Today I'm suffering the Flu and found a spot of tea very soothing to my sore throat. Tea time was enjoyed by my English ancestors, and the tradition was passed down by my Grandmother. The collage above displays some of my favorite 'Tea Time' Esty finds. Below is the definition of English Afternoon Tea.......Ahhhh.........
Afternoon tea is a light meal typically eaten between 3pm and 5pm. The custom of drinking tea originated in England when Catherine of Bragança married Charles II in 1661 and brought the practice of drinking tea in the afternoon with her from Portugal. Various places that belonged to the former British Empire also have such a meal.
Traditionally, loose tea is brewed in a teapot and served in teacups with milk and sugar. This is accompanied by sandwiches (customarily cucumber, egg and cress, fish paste, ham, and smoked salmon), scones (with clotted cream and jam) and usually cakes and pastries (such as Battenberg, fruit cake or Victoria sponge). The food is often served on a tiered stand; there may be no sandwiches, but bread or scones with butter or margarine and optional jam or other spread.
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