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Follow the four simple steps to learn to serve champagne like a professional sommelier! Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites. I do love a nice, hot cuppa, especially when I allow myself to have a scone, pastry or small slice of cake to go with it! Thanks very much, Merry! I, too, was surprised to learn that the formal afternoon tea we think of as "high tea" was actually called "low tea" and that high tea was a hearty working man's lunch.

Calling it by the wrong name will be a hard habit to break. So glad you enjoyed my recipes! What an amazing article, Margaret. It was a surprise to know that high tea was more of a meal, while low tea was what we think of afternoon tea. Your recipes look wonderful too! The tradition of it alone makes it a delightful pleasure, doesn't it?

I love everything about it. Goodness, I truly enjoyed reading this lens. I really and truly got lost in it and am now craving some petits four and savory finger sandwiches. There are a couple of places that serve elegant tea here in San Francisco, and we treat ourselves to them a few times a year.

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It is great fun. Thank you for the history lesson and all the how-tos. I'm especially keen to try your ginger raspberry scones and to look up some of those lemon curd recipes. Thank you for all your work on it. As a Brit, I REALLY love this lens, because it reminds me that, on occasion anyway, I can give way to decadence and indulge myself in a local cafeteria, with a truly indulgent afternoon tea! Never thought about afternoon tea at all until we stayed at a boutique hotel in San Francisco one year.

They had a regular afternoon tea, and we rushed back to enjoy it. Turns out, what we liked best were the other gets. Thanks so much, lollyj! Replying is a very creative workaround to the temporary commenting bug, and I really appreciate your lovely feedback! What an exceptional lens!!! I've never had high or low tea but would love the experience. Thanks so much for sharing the details. I'm commenting as a reply because there was no "comment" button. My wife is English and we occasionally have an eccentric afternoon tea! What a wonderful lens.

I had a terrific one in Disney at the Grand Floridian where the manager then and the pastry chef were personal friends. You just reminded me to bring a friend here at the Metropole.

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What a fabulous resource for an afternoon tea! I smiled when I saw the lemon curd recipes! Years ago I had a recipe that called for lemon curd and simply had the worst time finding lemon curd or a recipe to make lemon curd. I, did indeed, see several recipes featured here that I would enjoy trying and I am definitely ready for a nice afternoon tea! Wouldn't it be lovely if we had time to prepare a full, elegant, three-course afternoon tea with all the trimmings - or even just time to relax and enjoy one that someone else prepared for us?

I don't have the time to do it often these days, but when I do I confess I love every moment. Thanks for your wonderful comment and compliments! Oh please invite me to tea - so civilised and all so delicious! Where did those days go? Now we all rush rush rush and work all the hours and grab and go.

Time to turn the clock back I think. I loved having a posh afternoon tea with my mom, too, when she was alive and back when we both were living in Manhattan. Somehow the men never got into it, but Mom and I sure loved it!

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Glad I was able to help demystify the dinner as "tea" issue: When my mother was alive I loved to take her to one of the posh hotels and have an afternoon tea with all the trimmings. One thing I can't get used to in NZ is people calling dinner 'tea' but your explanation of the meal for tea explains it: This is an excellent example of superior writing. It's been very useful for me.

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Everything is very open and represents very clear explanation of issues. Really blogging is spreading its wings quickly. Your write up is a good example of it. Your website is very useful. Thank you for your post, I look for such article along time, today I find it finally this postgive me lots of advise it is very useful for me. I will pay more attention to you , I hope you can go on posting more such post, I will support you all the time.

This was just what I was on looking for. I'll come back to this blog for sure! I bookmarked this blog a while ago because of the useful content and I am never being disappointed. Keep up the good work. I'm not a Brit myself, just an Anglophile a tea- and history-lover. Thanks for your wonderful comments and your kind angel blessing!

Thanks so much, Cari! I'm delighted that you enjoyed this lens so much. What a delightful lens! I learned so much from this page.

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I was surprised that I was wrong about what high tea was. Great page and the recipes look wonderful. I am such a huge fan of tea, I travel the world for it. My favorite is the Royal Hawaiian which is a Asian black tea with a touch of passion fruit and princess flower. You have really presented high tea and low tea and everything tea in a really nice way. It's been a long time since I made lemon curd, you reminded me of this delightful spread!

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Lovely, lovely, lovely lens. You've set a lenscrafting example for me to which I shall aspire. I was drawn to the typically British traditions of this lens and have to say you have done a great job explaining all the differences. Many thanks, Susan, for your return visit, "Like", blessing, and wonderful comment! I really appreciate it. I'm delighted to hear that my lens has inspired you to serve a proper tea for your Downton Abbey party.

I'm sure your guests will love it! Very beautiful and informative Lens! I have been dying to host a Downton Abbey theme party--and thanks to your MANY suggestions, I feel inspired to serve a proper tea instead of a predictable dinner! Thank you for sharing! Thank you so much for your kind support and angel blessing.

Congratulations on getting the Purple Star for this great afternoon high tea lens. Thanks so much for your recommendation. My lasts trip to England was about 25 years ago, but if I am lucky enough to return I definitely will try to get to York and will seek out Betty's! Thank you for your awesome comment and your angel blessing! These days, full afternoon tea service with three elegant, dainty courses a nod to the original afternoon tea gatherings of the British aristocracy back in the s appears to be served only at upscale hotels and caterers. But it's a wonderful experience and nice to be able to make your own spread as an occasional treat for friends or family.

If ever in England, you must travel to York and have tea at Betty's. It is an experience you will treasure and never forget. Each time my sister-in-law visits England she returns with goodies for me from Betty's. What a fabulous, marathon lens! Although I'm English I've never been offered a 'real' afternoon tea, complete with cake stands etc.

Nor did I know the difference between high and low tea. It's all very fascinating. As I said, these days it's mostly served in fancy hotels or at wedding receptions. Some of the full afternoon tea menus in London's top hotels are pretty sumptuous. I am not a tea drinker but found your lens fascinating and interesting.

You have put so much into this. Thank you for sharing with us. I think it's a bigger deal here than it is there, at least among those who aren't in the upper class, I guess. Oh my goodness - your wonderful feedback totally made my day! Thank you SO much for your kindness and for your squid angel blessing! I'm glad you enjoyed this lens even though you're not a big fan of tea. Thanks so much for your blessing! I do like scones, though, and never knew the mini pans existed. Thanks for the delightful feedback! It's nice to meet another lover of afternoon tea. I really appreciate your lovely feedback and agree completely with your sentiments about afternoon tea.

It sounds like you have wonderful memories of those special times together! Many thanks for the lovely feedback and for your kind blessing. I love afternoon tea which, before I read this lens, thought was high tea. I love eating small sandwiches, followed by petits fours, with a cup of tea.


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Thank you SO much for that wonderful compliment - both your lovely words and your vote in the January food club quest. I'm delighted and honored! Rose dear, I'm so very sorry to hear of your sister's recent passing.

I hope that the memories of time spent with your dear sister will be of comfort to you. Afternoon Tea always sounds so relaxed and gentle. It's about slowing down and taking a little time to chat. I loved gong to the Tea House in Wash. I'm from the UK as well, and have to admit I often cringe a little whenever I hear talk of 'high tea'. Not because there's anything wrong with it, but because of the stereotype that some other countries have of the English being very quaint, sitting around eating cucumber sandwiches and sipping little cups of tea, with our pinkie finger jutting out.

However, I have to say that lens is superbly written, one of the best I've seen in quite a while, so lovingly detailed and wonderfully illustrated, that I just had to give it my vote in the January food club quest! Reading this great lens is bittersweet for me, as my tea-loving Anglophile sister just passed away.

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We ate tea together on Victoria Island. Pinned to my tea and coffee board, blessed. I enjoy having high tea at the Victorian Tea Shoppe near my house for special occasions. This page is for keeps. Thank you so much for your lovely comment and your blessing. I hope this lens brought back happy memories of time shared over a cuppa. Many thanks for that lovely comment and for your kind blessing! I'm so glad this brought back happy childhood memories for you! I loved this lens! My mother was from London and we had tea many times a day. This lens brings back such warm childhood memories!

I always enjoy your wonderful recipe lenses and I'm delighted that you enjoyed this one. Thanks for the lovely feedback! Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback, your kind compliments, and your blessing! I'm honored that you've featured this lens on your own lens, Blessed by Skiesgreen Hugs back at you! Susan, what a fabulous comment! I'm delighted that you enjoyed reading this lens and honored that you have bookmarked it for future visits. Lots of great information here Very informative and well presented material. Your personal experiences make this lens and it is very enjoyable both from an ascetic and taste point of view.

Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen I love tea, and the English tea tradition is wonderful. I loved reading this article, including the history, which I did not know - especially the "high" versus "low" or afternoon tea. Thank you for all of this great information. I'm bookmarking this one for future visits to raid the recipe cupboard. And I've already memorized the tea preparation part for improving my tea in the future. Thanks so much for your wonderful feedback and your angel blessing, Brandi!


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You put a LOT of work into this page! Your pictures made me so hungry I wish is was time for afternoon tea right now! Thank you so much for your wonderful comment and your kind Squid Angel blessing! I'm delighted that this lens brought back fond memories of tea times with your grandma. You have included everything you ever wanted to know about enjoying and or hosting a tea party.

Much like Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, my grandma loved her afternoon tea. This was a lovely reminder and brought back many a fond memory of time spent with my grandma Congrats on the well deserved purple star. Thank you SO much for your wonderful compliments and your Squid Angel blessing! I really appreciate them! I can certainly see why this article received a Purple Star. It is incredible - beautiful, informative, entertaining, and useful. I did read about the emphatic differences of opinion about whether the milk should be added before or after the tea, which I though was rather interesting!

I really appreciate your visit and your comment. In England tea is drunk either with milk or black with or without lemon - with optional sugar. Opinions are divided as to whether to put the milk in before or after pouring the tea it does make a difference to the taste! Thanks so much for that wonderful compliment and for your kind angel blessing! I'm delighted that you found this lens so interesting and informative. And the World's Easiest Petits Fours recipe is great to make and then store in the freezer for when company drops in, since they thaw in no time!

Thank you so much for sharing your afternoon tea ritual, and for the lovely compliment and the angel blessing. I am going to have to try that easy Petit Four recipe. You have such a wealth of information here. I love learning about customs in other countries. I had no idea that afternoon tea could be such an elaborate affair. Yes I do have afternoon tea about pm every afternoon. Nice hot cup of tea, used to brew it in a teapot, but now it's easier to make a tea bag cup of tea straight in the cup.

Also used to have something to eat with it when I was younger, but not these days. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages and Hubbers authors may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others. To provide a better website experience, delishably. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: A Bit of History. A Delicious British Ritual With a Year History Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, is rumored to have started taking tea and a light afternoon snack privately in her boudoir possibly while visiting Belvoir Castle to tide her over during the long wait between breakfast and dinner which was served around 8: Low Tea Traditionally, "low tea", was served on low tables in a garden or parlor, typically around 4: Entertain as Elegantly as the Posh Hotels or Host a More Casual Afternoon Get-Together Many of the world's top hotels offer an afternoon tea service, and there are caterers like the ones my husband and I hired for our wedding reception who can help you put together a fabulous menu for your special event.

This six-step guide will help you entertain in style. Visualize the Event Step 2: Plan Your Menu Step 4: Prepare the Food Step 5: Prepare Your Tablescape Step 6: Prepare the Tea and Optional Champagne. How long do you want your guests to stay? How much preparation do you want to do? Do you envision a formal event or a casual get-together? Choose Invitations That Set the Mood. If your handwriting isn't suitable, choose stationery that can be run through a printer and pick one of the following types of fonts: Types of Afternoon Tea A pot of brewed loose tea served with milk and sugar is the only must-have for a traditional British tea service, although thin lemon slices never lemon wedges frequently are offered for those who prefer their beverage with lemon rather than milk.

Cream Tea If you also serve scones, jam and clotted cream also called Cornish, Devonshire or Devon cream , it becomes a "cream tea". Light Tea A "light tea" is a cream tea plus sweets, such as biscuits cookies , cake, or pastries, such as individual fruit tarts. Full Afternoon Tea This consists of three courses: Savories, such as finger sandwiches sandwiches with the crusts removed and cut into "fingers" or small finger food appetizers.

Scones served with jam and clotted cream. Sweets such as cookies, shortbread, cake slices or individual serving-sized small cakes, or pastries. This is what is often referred to incorrectly as "high tea". Champagne Tea A "champagne tea" is a full afternoon tea served with a glass of champagne. Modern Variations Some establishments offer variations that bear little resemblance to the traditional menu.

Which of the following foods or beverages do you or would you look forward to most at a full afternoon tea service? The hot tea, of course! A glass of champagne Finger sandwiches and savories Warm scones with jam and Devonshire cream Trifle, cake, petits fours, tartlets or other sweets I don't care for any of them.

One-Course Menu If you're having a friend or two over and want to serve them "a little something," this simple menu is a lovely alternative to the typical American offering of coffee and cake or cookies. Pot of hot, freshly brewed tea, served with milk and sugar granulated or cubes Warm, freshly baked scones Good quality jam or preserves Strawberry is traditional, but I like to offer a choice of at least one other flavor; blackberry, boysenberry, cherry and apricot are all excellent options Optional but a lovely addition: Two-Course Menu One or more pots of strong, hot, freshly brewed tea should be served throughout the meal.

First Course Scones Good quality strawberry jam or preserves Optional: Additional flavors of jam or preserves; lemon curd; clotted cream Second Course One or more of the following sweets: Sweet biscuits cookies Petits fours AKA petit fours Bite-size or individually portioned pastries, such as mini fruit tarts. Savory Finger Foods and More If you're serving a full afternoon tea, the first course should be savory finger foods, usually including an assortment of dainty finger sandwiches. Tea Sandwiches Small, crustless tea sandwiches cut into "fingers" or other small geometric shapes are the most frequently served savory item for this type of menu.

Quiche Individual miniature quiches or or small slices or squares of a thin quiche may be served in place of, or in addition to, the sandwiches. Soup Very small portions just enough for a few sips of hot or cold soup topped with a pretty garnish are another nice addition to sandwiches for the savory course. Scones, Jam and Clotted Cream Whether you're serving a simple cream tea, a light tea with finger sandwiches and savories or a full afternoon tea with sweets and desserts, scones are an essential part of the menu.

Homemade Lemon Curd Lemon curd is a delightful alternative or addition to preserves to accompany the scones. Ina Garten's lemon curd recipe is easy, delicious and relatively foolproof, as long as you remember to: Sweets and Dainty Desserts Nearly any dessert that can be made or served in very small, individual portions can be part of the sweets course of your menu. French Macarons Get these from a good French bakery or, if you're feeling adventurous, make your own. Tiramisu This dessert is easy and fun to make, and there are loads of good recipes online.

Let the cooked mixture cool for a few minutes and then beat in the eggs quickly, one at a time, at high speed and continue to beat for another two minutes so the mixture is smooth and thoroughly homogenized. This is the secret to a crisp rather than a soggy pastry shell! Mini Cheesecakes Buy or make them. Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries These are easy to make, or you may be able to buy them at a local gourmet shop.

Victoria Sponge AKA Victoria Sandwich Layer Cake This is a classic Victorian English sponge layer cake, two cake layers filled with jam and dusted with powdered icing sugar; named after Queen Victoria, who is said to have enjoyed a slice with her afternoon tea. Cold Dessert Soup There are wonderful recipes for cold dessert soups: The everlasting secret questions of existence needn't stay unanswered.

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