Sunday, February 21, 2016

Afternoon Tea


 I'm a heavy drinker when it comes to tea. I like all kinds of tea - black, white, green, robois, infusions - just name it. Perhaps smoked black tea is not really my thing. It all depends on the mood which sort of tea I choose. One of the best afternoon teas is a huge mug of black tea - preferable Earl Grey - with milk froth made of soya milk. actually, it's very nice with strong green tea as well.

History

Afternoon tea is surpeisingly a relatively neww tradition. It was introduced in England by anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, in 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around 4 o'clock in the afternoon. The dinner in her household was served late at 8pm, leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner. She asked a tray of tea, bread and butter and cake be brought to her room during thevlate afternoon. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her. 
Afternoon tea, served between 4 and 5 pm, became a fashionable social event for the upper-class during the 1880's. 









"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.'
- Henry James -

Have a nice cup of tea!


31 comments:

  1. A great post!! Thanks for photos. I love spending time with my friends and attending or hosting parties. Most of my parties are at same venue NYC. Currently, gathering ideas for my backyard birthday party next month.

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    1. Thanks! Hope you will have a fantastic party!

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  2. This is such a nice post. Thanks for sharing. I was looking for recipes for healthy Green energy drinks. I am thinking to start having healthy nutrients and heard that the herbal beverages are best for that as they are safe and organic.

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    1. Herbal beverages are really good and I used them a lot as well.

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  3. I am also a tea lover, and in fact, I'm drinking a cup of Earl Grey Tea this very minute! I must admit, tea with foam doesn't appeal to me at all though. So interesting to hear the history of afternoon tea.

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    1. I was envying the coffee drinkers as they got that foam on their capuccinos :D

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  4. I am an avid tea lover too!! Thanks for this post. Never knew about thr history of afternoon tea till I tead this

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  5. I am an avid tea lover too!! Thanks for this post. Never knew about thr history of afternoon tea till I tead this

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    1. Great that this tea post gave you some new information :)

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  6. Afternoon tea is new to me but I do like the idea. It would be nice if more businesses over here participated!

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    1. Perhaps you will start a new habit and have a cup of tea in the afternoons :)

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  7. I am a tea lover and taking time out to drink tea is a big part of many cultures, its a way of life.

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    1. Totally agree with you - it's a way of life :)

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  8. I love tea. And I love afternoon tea. It's great to learn about the history :) I think earl grey is lovely, so is orange pekoe!

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    1. Ohm yes, orange pekoe is so nice too :)

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  9. I love afternoon tea, it's one of my absolute favourite things to do. My fiancé actually set up an afternoon tea party to propose to me since I love it so much!

    La Belle Sirene 

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    1. Oh, that sounds so romantic :) Fantastic idea!

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  10. I love tea, it's one for the best things to have in the afternoon. It's relaxing and there are so many flavors to enjoy and pastries to enjoy it with! Thanks for the brief history!

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    1. You're welcome! As not a coffee drinker a cup of afternoon tea is a must :)

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  11. I loventea but more ofnthe green or organic tea, and yes afternoons are best tea moments.

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    1. I drink mostly green tea but need a cup or two black one too.

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  12. I'm a tea & coffee lover. In the afternoon, it's always a great idea. Very nice photos!

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    1. Thank you, Marzena :) No coffee for me but loads of the during the day!

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  13. I'm a big green and herbal tea drinker, I can't start my shift without a green tea!

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    1. I like to start the day with herbal or green tea :)

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  14. What a wonderful way to spend time relaxing. I can't imagine life without my afternoon tea.

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    1. Me neither! :) It's so good to have a little break in the afternoon.

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  15. I love drinking green tea. I feel so much inner peace after I drink it. When I get flew and cough a lot their is this mixture of tea that helps me rid of it better then any antibiotic!

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    1. Green tea is a great remedy for flu as well.

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  16. Beautiful photos! I'm not really a tea person but i love nice warm cup of tea once in a while. And in school i loved learning about tea ceremony in Japan, i find that so interesting

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    1. Thank you so much! Me too - Japanese tea culture is so fascinating!

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