The Perfect Cup of Tea!!
When most people are asked to thing of something typically English they'll tell you TEA!!! Most foreigners really don't understand the English custom of drinking tea, after all everyone else drinks coffee right??
I asked all my good friends on Wagggs-l what they'd like to see here and Susan and Troop 758 suggested Tea. So here's you're page guys!!! I'm welcome to suggestions to improve it but we'll start with the:
How to Make the Perfect Cup of Tea
Our Brownie handbook even tells us how to make tea!!
Snowy Owl's likes to have a good biscuit(cookie) to dunk in her tea!!
- Empty out any water that is in the kettle and fill it up with fresh water from the tap. Boil it.
- Warm the teapot with a little boiled water.
- To make tea for four people, put three teaspoons full of tea or three tea-bags into the pot. (For two people use two teaspoons of tea or two tea-bags.)
- Take the teapot to the kettle and pour boiling water into the tea,
- Let the tea stand in the pot for about three minutes before pouring it.
- If you are using tea-leaves don't forget to strain the tea as you pour it!
- Whether you put the milk in first or last is still the subject of fierce debate. But we say just do it which ever way round you like!
Us Brits are well known for what others consider to be the perculiar habit of afternoon tea. So as requested I hope to explain what afternoon tea is and where the custom comes from (I'll have to go away and look that one up first though!!!!).
The basics of afternoon tea!!
It's up to you how much of the above you choose to include. Different places classify afternoon tea as different things. If you went to wimbledon you would be upset if you didn't get strawberries and cream but you might not expect any of the other stuff.
- Tea (naturally!!)
- Cucumber sandwiches(like the royals do) with the crusts cut off too!! but any type of sandwich could be substituted
- scones with strawberry jam (jelly to all my american chums) and clotted cream - known as a cream tea. But you could use whipped cream or just serve them with butter and jelly so long as the jelly is strawberry.
- cupcakes, small cakes, cookies
- strawberries and cream
The Tea Swap Kit
You will need:
- Film Cannister
- Sachet of sugar
- powdered milk sachet or uht creamer etc.
- Tea bag (preferably in a paper sachet)
- Tea instructions
Its as simple as that!!!
- Make a hole in the lid of your film cannister and thread the string through it. Tie in a knot to secure.
- place the tea bag, sugar and milk sachet in the cannister
- add the printed instructions for making the perfect cuppa
- decorate the outside of the cannister with a teacup and teapot or english symbols etc.