The Tea Room


Come in, sit down and have a spot of tea!

There is something about a cup of tea that helps to bring calmness to a hectic day.
It is a tradition that has been around for years and probably will be for many years to come.

The custom of serving tea originated in Great Britain. It was brought to Canada by immigrants. Tea is any meal eaten after mid-afternoon, whether a snack, light supper or a dinner.

In order to have the perfect tea party, you need to know how to brew the perfect tea.

1. Fill your kettle with cold, not hot water, and just bring it to a boil.

2. While the water is heating, fill the tea pot with very hot water.
This will help to keep your tea hotter for a longer time. When the water is ready, pour out the hot water.

3. To the pot add your tea leaves or tea bags

4. Pour the boiling water over the teabags, stir gently and place the lid on the pot. Allow the tea to "steep" or stand for 3-5 minutes. And then serve immediately, while the tea is hot.

5. Your tea may be served with sugar or thinly sliced lemon, and milk.

Of course everyone knows that tea tastes best in china teacups, and to be truly British, pour
your milk in first!

To make your tea truly delightful, you must serve yummy goodies.

For your first course you could start with sandwiches.

Chicken salad is a good choice. Other favourites are, cream cheese, cucumber and watercress, and of course, everyone's favourite, peanut butter and jelly.

For the second course, serve biscuits with butter and jam.

Nice hot tea biscuits with strawberry jam. Doesn't that sound good?

Then the third course, Cookies and Fruitcake.

Shortbread, lemon biscuits, monkey face cookies, jelly-tart cookies, fruitcake. Yummy!

And as if that weren't enough, the fourth course, Desserts

Caramel Pie, Gingerbread, Sponge cake with Orange Coconut Frosting, Strawberries and Cream and of course no tea would be complete without, plum puffs.

If you would like the recipes for any of the above, e-mail me.

Of course the final touch to any tea is flowers from your garden. Big bouquets of beautiful flowers to bring just the right atmosphere to any tea. And if it is the spring, bring in your violets and we will candy them and put them on our cake.

I hope you enjoyed your tea and will come again to visit.

Bye, Bye!

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