Afternoon Tea

This week’s accomplishment was preparing a tea fit for a duchess herself, or at least a family that has never had the opportunity to enjoy a true afternoon tea before. Way back when, I had the opportunity to have afternoon tea at The Dalvay By The Sea (yes, the White Sands Hotel from Road to Avonlea) in beautiful Prince Edward Island so I knew a bit what I was going for. As soon as I mentioned afternoon tea Morgaine insisted that we have crumpets. Now this child has never had crumpets and didn’t even have any idea what they were, but she knew that they were a component of a proper tea fit for royalty.

Screen Shot 2014-02-09 at 2.52.17 PMAs we researched we found out that English tea is often comprised of three parts.

  •  a savoury start – we had egg salad sandwich fingers, crustless, of course.
  • scones – served with butter, homemade lemon curd and jam. Crumpets would be served at this stage as well, but we actually had the crumpets for breakfast earlier in the day.
  • a sweet finish – we had a simple three layer sponge cake with lemon curd filling and a simple glaze on top.

It was so funny to see the kids trying to behave super prim and proper like royalty. It took some convincing for them to believe that even regular folk in England like to have a spot of tea and a bite in the afternoon. That no excuse to behave like barbarians, but I wanted them to understand that while it began with royalty is soon became common practice. I could go with a nice civilized tea at about 4pm each day. The children, however, insisted that it was the longest meal they’d ever attended. We very much enjoyed the togetherness of it all, as while we eat all our meals together, this tea was much more relaxed and no one was in any rush to go anywhere. If I could take that energy to the super table it would be quite wonderful!

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Morgaine’s face says it all…trying to get 5 pairs of eyes looking at the camera at the same time is next to impossible, but it set a relaxed tone for the rest of our lovely afternoon tea! 

Have you ever had English tea? We were very happy with the recipes that I have highlighted above (especially the lemon curd and the scones), so I invite you to give them a try for yourself!

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