Tea Time Tuesday – Spring Jello Salad
When my daughter was high school age, we began, what we liked to call, “Tea Time Tuesday”. We would sit in the living room with a pot of tea and some wonderful baked goods and discuss literature. You see, my daughter was homeschooled and this was our way of sharing literature with each other.
What we didn’t realize when we began “Tea Time Tuesday” was that it would become a special time for us to share our days, our dreams our hopes and more with each other. Oh, don’t get me wrong – the tea and the snacks reigned supreme!
We have continued to have “Tea Time Tuesday” as often as possible. It was difficult when she was in college and now that she is working, it becomes more difficult. We are always happy to squeeze in some time for tea thought. Now, we often watch Downton Abbey or a new favorite, Call the Midwife!
Tea Time, no matter what day of the week it is on, is a great way to reconnect and to take a step toward reconnecting with family and friends. I hope to share some of what my daughter and I fell in love with, with you.
Each week, I will share a virtual tea party with you! I will also share some history of Tea Time with you and of course, recipes. I hope you enjoy!
History of English Tea
It is thought that credit for the custom of the Afternoon Tea goes to Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford in the early 19th century. The usual habit of serving dinner as late as 9pm left the Duchess hungry in the late afternoon. She would order tea, bread, butter and cake to be served in order to keep from being too hunger for a dinner that might not be served until 9:00 p.m. This idea caught on and the tradition of Afternoon Tea caught on.
Afternoon tea traditionally starts with savory finger – sized smoked salmon, cucumber egg sandwiches – followed by scones with jam and cream (clotted cream in Devon), and finally a selection of cakes. Variations through Britain may include the serving of English Muffins , thinly sliced, hot buttered toast, crumpets, and in Scotland even a hot main course dish; bacon and eggs or a steak pie as favorites.
The teapot I used is a Sladek Blue Bee Basket Weave pot. It was gift last Christmas. I also have a couple of mugs also. My hope is to collect the entire set!