Monday, January 13, 2003

This entry is made possible by an extract from the back page of the main section of yesterday's Sunday Independent. Who writes that editorial again? I can't seem to find a website for the Sunday Independent. Regular Independent, yes. Sunday, no.

This is what was printed yesterday from the iGourmet website, an American company:

This is the term that Americans associate with the British tea tradition, and it is the term that brings the most confusion. According to some, high tea is different from breakfast and afternoon tea in that it was not begun by the upper classes. Rather, the poor working class of England could afford only one solid meal a day, which was usually taken midday. At the end of the day, they were tired and hungry but had little or nothing to eat. They would put on a pot of tea to warm and fill their stomachs until their next meal the following day. As England became a wealthier nation, high tea became a light meal of eggs, meat, or potatoes. Today, the working classes simply call their evening meal tea, and their midday meal is called dinner. A typical evening meal consists of something hot over a slice of buttered toast, eaten with a knife and fork. The hot item might be creamed mushrooms, slices of broiled tomato, or baked beans in tomato sauce.

Teehee! Yes, beans on toast are popular but no one eats them at every evening meal. But wait, I've uncovered more:

Just as Americans will meet for coffee in a coffee house or Germans will take coffee and cake in the afternoon, the British meet in tea-shops to share a cup of tea and a line or two of gossip.

Oh dear, wait until they see the number of Starbucks, Caffe Neros, Coffee Republics, etc, etc have opened up.


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