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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tea Cakes and Sandwiches-

What's afternoon tea without 'tea cakes?'  A quick way to present some tea cakes at the last minute is to simply slice mini cupcakes or muffins in half, then top with some whipped cream or frosting. See the pic  below.
                                                              (Photo by author)
Or you can buy some mini tea cakes and pastries at a bakery.
Mini sandwiches are also another option. Just make sandwiches of  cheeses, smoked salmon, and/or various spreads. Even create a few vegan ones using thinly sliced cucumber, mashed avocado, sliced tomatoes and fresh basil. Cut sandwiches in quarters. Or use a cookie cutter for different shapes. Add thinly sliced cucumber, radish and some watercress

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Difference Between Afternoon Tea and High Tea-

What is the difference between High Tea and Afternoon Tea?
Although both meals revolve around the concept of having tea, high tea and afternoon tea are two different meals that share certain differences that aid in telling them apart.
• Afternoon tea is served around 4 PM. High tea is served between 5 PM and 6 PM.
• In the olden days, afternoon tea was more of a ladies’ social occasion that involved table manners, delicate china and lace.
• High tea was more of a working class meal that served as a substitute for afternoon tea and evening meal.
• Afternoon tea consists of light snacks such as cakes, pastries, scones and sandwiches.
• High tea consists of heavier items such as meats, fish and other heavy food such as potatoes and cheesy casseroles.
• Afternoon tea also referred to as low tea was typically served on low lounge tables. High tea gained its name because it was served on the main dining table which was quite high.

Brief History About Afternoon Tea

Legend has it that afternoon tea was started in the mid-1800s by the Duchess of Bedford, (Anna Russell.) Around this time, kerosene lamps were introduced in wealthier homes, and eating a late dinner (around eight or nine PM) became fashionable.
At the time, there were only two meals each day -- a mid-morning, breakfast-like meal and the other was an increasingly late dinner-like meal.

The story goes that the Duchess found herself with a "sinking feeling" (likely fatigue from hunger during the long wait between meals) and decided to have some friends over for assorted snacks and tea (a very fashionable drink at the time). The idea of an afternoon tea gathering spread across high society and became a favorite pastime of ladies of leisure. Later, it spread beyond the highest echelons of society and became more accessible for some other socioeconomic groups.

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The perfect place for a good chat over a cup of tea amidst Nature's beauty.    (Photos by author.)