Afternoon tea in England: Originating from the early 19th century, the concept was said to have been concocted to help combat the ‘sinking feeling’ Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, is said to have had complained about during the afternoons.
Last September I moved to a suburb of Houston and have some wonderful neighbors, something I never had at the condominium complex where I lived in the Medical Center. My neighbor two doors down, another Linda and I were on our way to the volunteer meeting of the Houston Writers Guild last night, and we decided to have a real English tea for our new neighbor Grace. When I moved in Linda hosted a welcome luncheon for me.
Last night when I woke up at 2 AM and couldn’t get back to sleep, I planned the menu. Tea, of course, Earl Grey, and coffee, Costa Rican (my fav), with finger sandwiches:
And chicken salad for those who don’t feel inclined toward salmon and cucumber.
Deviled eggs (I just bought a tray and need to use it!)
Scones, cream, jelly (Trying to replicate a Devon cream tea–Morgan the hero from Sinners’ Opera is from Devon–will be impossible)
Bisciotti and ladyfingers
Since we’ll hold it at the traditional tea hour of 4, I’m thinking of serving sherry upon arrival. I have enough sherry glasses but don’t have enough place settings of china, so Linda-2 is bringing a couple of sets of her pattern. The teapot is my pattern.
Sound like fun? Wish me well–I’m not the best of cooks!