I thought High Tea and Afternoon Tea were the same thing. Little social events, where one drank tea, ate sweets and little crustless sandwiches.
Grandma's Afternoon Tea
A tiered tray and your choice of a pot of tea
22 tea selections or espresso/cappuccino/latte
Home made tea scones, our version of clotted cream, garden fresh strawberry jam, Island butter
An assortment of crustless finger sandwiches: cream cheese & cherry, cucumber & fresh garlic, feta & olive, and egg salad (Island's best eggs)
Assortment of tea breads, cheese, & sweets
Seasonal fruit garnishment
In England, a traditional tea time was four o'clock. Today, most tea rooms serve tea from elevensies to five o'clock. The menu has also changed from teas, breads and cakes, to include three courses served in this order:
Tea time isn't a time of day to be politically correct, it is a rather relaxing, enjoyable, revitalizing time with a good cup of tea/coffee and a friend
Paying close attention not to spill hot liquid onto oneself, the proper way to hold a china tea cup with no handle is to place one's thumb at the six o'clock position and one's index and middle fingers at the twelve o'clock position, then gently raise the pinkie up for balance
China tea cups with a handle are held by placing the thumb to the front of the handle and fingers to the back of the handle. Pinkie up does mean straight up in the air, but slightly tilted. It is not putting on airs, but rather a way to avoid spills. Never put your fingers through the handles. And please don't hold the China cup in the palm of your hands.
Tea shouldn't be stirred with a spoon round and round but rather a few slow swooshes back and forth perhaps by placing your tea spoon in the six o'clock position and swirl the liquid to the twelve o'clock position once or twice. The tea spoon is not to be left in the China cup, but placed onto the saucer by the right side. Never wave or hold your tea cup in the air. When not in use, place the tea cup back in the tea saucer. If you are at a sit down reception the tea saucer is to be held in your lap while the tea cup is in your right hand. If at a standing reception it is acceptable to raise the teacup and saucer together, but not together at any other times.
Tea is served with milk, not cream. Not all teas require milk. Cream is too heavy and masks the taste of the tea. Although some pour their milk in the cup first, it is probably better to pour the milk in the tea after it is in the cup in order to get the correct amount.
If lemon is served with tea, the slices should be thin not wedged. A fork and small plate could be set aside for your guests with the lemon or the server can place a slice in the tea cup after the tea has been poured. Lemon and milk should never be seen in the same cup; you can experiment this curdling effect with no one present.
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