Tea & Cakes
The custom of drinking tea originated in England when Catherine of Bragança married Charles II in 1661 and brought
the practice of drinking tea in the afternoon with her from Portugal. Tea can refer to any of several different
meals or mealtimes, depending on a country's customs and its history of drinking tea. Today, in many
parts of England, particularly the working class North-West and North East, and in many parts of Scotland, Wales and Ireland,
tea is used to mean the main evening meal.
Afternoon tea is a light meal typically eaten between 3pm and 5pm. Commonly consists of sandwiches
(customarily cucumber, egg and cress, fish paste, ham, and smoked salmon), scones (with clotted cream and jam, see cream tea)
and usually cakes and pastries (such as Battenberg, fruit cake or Victoria sponge). The food is often served on a tiered stand;
there may be no sandwiches, but bread or scones with butter or margarine and optional jam or other spread.
Cream Tea, Devonshire tea or Cornish cream tea is tea taken
with a combination of scones, clotted cream (or in some instances whipped cream), and jam. Cream teas are
offered for sale in tea rooms throughout Great Britain (especially the South West of England) and rest of the Commonwealth,
or wherever someone wants to give an impression of British influence.
High tea (also known as meat tea) is an early evening meal, typically eaten between 5pm and 6pm. It is now largely
followed by a later lighter evening meal. High tea would usually consist of cold meats, eggs or fish, cakes
and sandwiches and today, it usually refers to an elaborate form of Afternoon Tea.
Asian High Tea refers to
an elaborate "late lunch" meal that occurs between lunch and dinner, usually between the hours of 2-6pm that consists
of both Western and Asian dishes such as noodles, grilled meats, rice, meat curries, sushi rolls, carveries, salad and desserts.
Unlike the UK where High Tea is an early evening meal (5-6pm), in Asia High Tea usually replaces lunch, as it's
taken as a "late lunch" (2-6pm) instead. High Teas are almost always served only in restaurants and hotels, and
usually never in Asian homes.
If you have any interesting and healthy recipes you would like to share, please e-mail them to us
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Chocolate Ruby Cake
Parsnip Pecan and Orange Cake
Look out for the following recipes to be added
to this site in the near future, or e-mail us to request a copy of the one you would like if it isn't yet available as
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Easy Oil Fruit Cake
Cream Cheese Carrot Cake
Ginger Syrup Biscuits