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Welcome to our TEA PARTY
It is easier to imagine Britain without the Queen than without tea. British joke
The English are very found of tea . They like to have a nice cup of tea from 6 to 8 times a day .Did you know that they drink around 165 million cups every day ?Tea is not just a drink .It is a tradition , and a part of the history and culture of the UK . The most famous English tradition is Five o’clock Tea.
The history of tea
The British Tea Tradition has its own history. There are some interesting facts in it.
Firstly in Europe tea was used as a medicine. In 1660 the English began to think more about their health. Out-of-door games, walking out and having exotic and tasteful drink from China became very popular.
200 years ago most people only ate two meals: a large breakfast late in the morning and a late dinner around 8 or 9 o’clock in the evening. Anna Maria, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, is credited with inventing afternoon tea in 1841.She would become hungry during the afternoon, in the long hours between breakfast and dinner. She began asking her servants to bring her some sweets and a cup of tea to ward away her hunger. Eventually she began sharing this custom with her friends, and afternoon tea soon became popular among the aristocratic class.
Afternoon Tea Tradition
By the 1860s the tradition of afternoon tea had become widespread.
Today ,people continue this tradition and tea is served with a light meal of sandwiches , biscuits , cream cakes or fruit cake.
"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea." Henry James
Tea breaks are another tradition that have become a part of daily life. In the past ,when workers began their day at about 6 am , they took a break in the morning at around 11 am to drink tea and have a light snack .Today many people call this “ elevenses ” and have a cup of tea and a biscuit.
Tea houses or tea gardens
What the English think of tea.
The English know how to make tea and what it does for you.
If you are hot, tea will cool you off ,and if you are cold , it will warm you up.
If you take it in the middle of the morning , it will stimulate you for further work; if you drink it in the afternoon ,it will relax you for further thought
ABC of Table manners
You must lay sugar in the tea carefully.
You must eat the pie with the help of spoon but not hands.
You mustn’t tap the spoon for a cup stirring tea.
Drinking tea speak only about pleasant things.
The teaspoon should never be left in the teacup.
Tea should always be sipped sweetly with elegance to show good manners.
Tea sandwiches and treats should be eaten in delicate bites. Remember to smile and chat between bites.
One's fingers are placed to the front and back of the handle with the pinkie finger tilted slightly up for balance. It is rude to loop fingers through the handle or to hold the body of the cup with the palm of the hand.
The English most of all prefer black and green tea .In cold weather they like to drink tea with milk . Milk helps to determine the quality of tea .Add some milk to the tea .If the colour is red or orange it’s a good tea .But if the colour is grey its bad tea.Sometimes they drink tea with lemon.
There are several blends of English tea including Earl Grey, Irish Breakfast, and English Breakfast. Indian teas are most often used to make English tea blends.
1. Fill in the kettle with fresh water and boil it. 2. As soon as the water is hot put a little of it into the tea pot to warm it. 3. Then dry the pot and put in one spoonful of tea for each person and one extra for the pot. 4. Pour the freshly boiled water into the pot. 5. Let the tea infuse for five minutes, then stir and serve.
This poem describes the English tea making tradition:
Read this my dears, and you will see how to make a nice cup of tea Take teapot to kettle, not other way round and when you hear that whistling sound pour a little in the pot Just make it nice and hot. Pour that out and put in the tea, loose or in bags, your choice, you see. One bag for each two cups will do with one extra bag to make a fine brew. Steep 3-5 minutes then pour a cup. Then sit right down and drink it up!
Tea time menu
When Englishmen get together for drinking tea on their table you can see a lot of different dishes :
# CHOCOLATE CAKE
# FRUIT CAKE
The main dish of drinking tea is APPLE PIE .
CHEF COOK’S PAGE
For preparing such pie
-two big apples
-a glass of cream
-100 grammas of sugar
-a glass or two of flour .
The English see the drinking of tea as the opportunity to relax for a few minutes, to listen to nice music , to play games.
Nice and well-made tea is a great comfort for everybody.
Don’t hurry when having tea . Enjoy it.
William Gladstone said about tea :
Tea, The Cure – All.
If you are cold, tea will warm you.
If you are too heated, tea will cool you.
If you are too depressed, tea will cheer you.
If you are too exhausted, tea will calm you.
(«Чай вылечит все. Если холодно, он вас согреет. Если вам жарко – охладит. Если у вас подавленное настроение, он подбодрит. Если вы утомлены – успокоит».)
Now we invite everybody to Tea Drinking. You are welcome!