Tea time

United States
September 10, 2010 12:22pm CST
So here in America we don't have Tea in the morning or afternoon, now I do not mean we do not drink the liquid but we do not have a tea time, or maybe we just call them snacks. My Aunt and Mother where just telling me about how my Gram used to have tea every morning and how different it was from what Americans did, she was an Scottish immigrant, and did as she had been raised doing. Does anyone still do a traditional tea? If so how, when and with what?
3 responses
@petersum (4525)
• United States
10 Sep 10
British factories and a few other businesses still have a "tea break" morning and afternoon, and yes, most workers do drink tea! You are probably thinking about Afternoon tea or "High tea". This is your traditional "tea and biscuits" that is a sociable occasion as much as a light meal. It will differ depending on the part of the country and the biscuits will often be substituted with a local kind of cake. Popular in Scotland, as well as Devon and Cornwall, are scones with cream and/or jam. You will also hear of muffins and a variety of pastries and cakes. I just love Banbury cakes, named after the town in Oxfordshire. It was common to invite close friends to tea in rotation. Morning tea or "elevenses" also is part of most housewive's day, but not as important socially as the afternoon tea.
• United States
11 Sep 10
Wow you get a break like that at work! That is not common here, many jobs would fire people who take breaks like that. I know some allow bathroom breaks but there would not be enough time to have tea or a snack at all. What is Banbury cake?
@petersum (4525)
• United States
11 Sep 10
A quick search will bring loads of "Banbury cake recipe". Naturally, none will describe the true Banbury cake! Any idiot can place a recipe on the Internet - and they do, at the expense of real cooks. Anyway, a Banbury cake is basically puff pastry with a filling of mixed peel, raisins and currants. But that doesn't even begin to describe the taste.
• United States
12 Sep 10
lol and some one like me can pick and make recipes for a life time and not find a good one online. There is nothing like good old handed down family recipes.
@Jezebella (1446)
• United States
13 Oct 10
My friend just recently had a tea party where she brewed a bunch of different teas she had and we all tried them and gave our imput. It was really nice. But my friends and I do have tea together, not daily but as much as we can. I would love to have like a traditional tea in the morning if I had the time.
• United States
14 Oct 10
My husbands grandparents do have tea everyday. In fact his Grandfather makes sure to make it home just for tea each day. It's sweet that even now after 61 years of marriage he still does it.
@FyreFox (51)
• United States
27 Sep 10
I don't- but I have said many many times that I think that we should in my household. I like tea :) I also like the idea of sitting with people we like and chatting lightly during the middle of the day- simple joys and simple pleasures :) It's just that life is so darn busy anymore, its darn near impossible to do :(