Announcing Monthly Mingle: High Tea Treats
As it turns out, for the English, "afternoon tea" was something very different from "high tea"
Apparently, the practice of afternoon tea was started by the Duchess of Bedford as a tray of tea with some bread butter. In those days, they had lunch at noon and dinner was eaten after 8:00pm, and afternoon tea provided some sustenance in between.
This afternoon tea was also referred to as "Low Tea" because it was typically served on low tables and really a social affair.
High tea, on the other hand, was actually a meal which was served around six in the evening in homes of common working class folk and a full meal equal to dinner! It was called high tea because it was served at the high table/ family dining table.
Somewhere in time, high tea came to mean a sort of traditional tea where lighter desserts and dishes are served. This would include savouries such as appetizers or tiny sandwiches, scones, crumpets and pastry items like cookies, cakes, shortbreads, etc.
Let me hasten to add that coffee lovers are also most welcome to join in, as the emphasis here is on "Treats"
Please Note:** You do not have to submit only typically British dishes for this High tea. Any dish which you would serve at a slightly more elaborate tea party (or tea time get together) is welcome.
And here are the rules:
Please note that you may submit your entry for this Monthly Mingle to any one other event (only one, please), if you choose.
Just fill in the necessary details and hit the submit button. Please also ensure that the image you submit is 300px wide.