Tea Impedimenta Descriptive Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

Tea Impedimenta
Overview of a typical afternoon tea, an occasion of British and Victorian origins.
# 119784 | 1,311 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on May 25, 2010 in Anthropology (Cultural) , History (British) , Nutrition (Food)

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This paper details the typically English tradition of afternoon tea. The paper discusses, proper tea etiquette, ways to serve tea, and tea-related accessories (e.g. teapots, tea kettles, tea urns etc.)

From the Paper:

"The Lady of the house sits in the place of honor by the tea table and greets and serves each of her guests in a leisurely manner. She offers them tea and asks if they'd like milk, sugar or lemon. Lemon will curdle milk so they are never offered together. Servants may prepare the tea table but never serve the tea. In very grand houses, the Lady of the house would serve the tea in a cup on a small tray and the footman or butler would carry it with its own individual milk jug and sugar pot to each guest.
"The food may be passed by a servant or gentleman of the home or it can be self served from a central table. A guest never takes food from the serving plate directly to their mouth but instead serves themselves on a small tea plate and then eats at a leisurely pace while making pleasant conversation. Sandwiches and tarts should be 2 or at most 3 bites each. No utensils are normally needed with tea although spoons for stirring and forks for a particularly sticky cake is available. Afternoon tea consists of bread and butter, crumpets, scones, fruit cakes, small sandwiches, tarts and biscuits (cookies). High tea is served later in the evening (usually 6-8pm, often before theatre) and includes a savory dish, often a cream dish on toast."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Smith, Michael, The Afternoon Tea Book, Atheneum, New York, 1986.
  • Kaufman, William I., The Tea Cookbook, Doubleday, New York, 1966.
  • Knight, Elizabeth, Tea with Friends, Storey Books, Pownal, Vermont, 1998.
  • Moxham, Roy, Tea: Addiction, Exploitation, and Empire, Carroll & Graf , New York, 2003.

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