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- The Perfect Afternoon Tea Party
Mention “the afternoon tea party” and you conjure up visions of scenes out of a Bronte sisters’ novel, a Victorian-era theatrical performance or a movie set in an outpost of the British Empire. Those who follow the antics and exploits of the British Royal Family would think of the Queen’s annual afternoon tea party on the lawns behind Buckingham Palace. The afternoon tea party has its origins in Great Britain of the mid-1800s. The term “tea” had previously been used for the light, early evening meal in the days when the main meal of the day “dinner” was served at midday or early afternoon. From about 1850 onwards, the midday meal became a lighter “lunch,” dinner – still the main meal of the day – moved to the evening. To further confuse the meal naming issue, some people referred to dinner as supper, others continued to call it tea. Others had a light tea before dinner which could be moved to a later time in the evening. There was a class distinction to the terminology. The upper classes would call the midday meal lunch and the evening meal dinner if formal and supper if informal. In many parts of the United Kingdom, the early evening meal was called “high tea” so named because it was a sit-down meal at a “high” or dining table whereas tea would be served at a “low” or coffee table in a lounge, sitting room or depending on the weather, on a porch or verandah. Gradually tea became a light mid or late afternoon meal of tea the beverage and pastries, biscuits (cookies), scones, cake or other snacks. The Afternoon Tea The customary time for afternoon tea is between 3:30 and 5:00 pm. The first ever afternoon tea is believed to have been held by Anna Marie, Duchess of Bedford during a visit to Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire, England. The upper classes of British society soon adopted the afternoon tea habit. Its popularity spread to the middle classes, to the most distant corners of the British Empire and other European countries. It became a popular way to entertain others of similar social standing with less formality than a dinner party. In a period when the number of house servants employed in large houses was in decline, it was easier for the mistress of the house to arrange. Afternoon teas still conform to the levels of the social strata. Tea served in plain white china cups (or God forbid a disposable paper cup) with a sandwich or small scone with a dab of strawberry jam, is the typical fare found in cafes and tearooms. At the other end of the scale, tea served in upmarket hotels – and formerly prestige department store restaurants – is a much more sumptuous event. These would include a range of teas to drink and thinly cut bread sandwiches, scones with cream or butter and jam, muffins and cakes. The Afternoon Tea Party The afternoon tea party had it’s origins in British stately homes when a team of servants would arrange tables and chairs on the lawn. A full kitchen staff would prepare an array of sandwiches carefully prepared with thin slices of bread from which the crusts had been excised with surgical precision. Fillings would be either cucumber slices or egg and watercress. A succession of serving maids would constantly replenish the supply of sandwiches and other tasty treats. Scones with cream and jam, muffins, various cakes, crumpets and canapes were all popular. Traditionally, the only beverage served was black tea, generally a lighter blend than a traditional English Breakfast tea. Our Angel Earl Grey would be the ideal choice for the perfect afternoon tea party. Over time, it became acceptable for green and white tea to be served. In South Africa and now in many countries, Rooibos is the tea of choice. Herbal tisanes have also come of age and can be served for afternoon tea without causing the raised eyebrows that would have been the case in the Victorian era. A more recent innovation has been the serving of champagne or light wine. No doubt beer and spirits are finding their way onto afternoon tee tables to the horror of the traditionalists. The Afternoon Tea Party in 2020 There are two main avenues for enjoying an afternoon tea party in 2020: Organize a private tea party yourself Book a table at a hospitality establishment We have given you enough information already for you to arrange a private tea party. Visiting a restaurant or hotel provides you with endless opportunities to enjoy afternoon tea alone or with a group of friends. It’s a simple matter to visit a café or tearoom. However, to enjoy the perfect afternoon tea you need to book a place at a high-end hospitality venue that specializes in superbly catered afternoon teas. For residents in South Western Ontario, Canada, we recommend our Bed & Breakfast, Chateau la Motte Guest House’s, monthly afternoon teas for 25 guests. You can book for yourself or a group of friends. Note: Currently only for 10 guests. That is how you can ensure you have all the ingredients for the perfect afternoon tea; High-quality teas, exquisite snacks, refined service, a beautiful venue and most importantly - good companions. Book a place at the next afternoon tea or order a selection of our teas today and arrange your own. Contact us #chateaulamotte #angeloftea #teahistory #historyoftea #afternoonteaparty #afternoontea #afternoonteahistory #socialtea #ladiestea #teasocial #hightea #lowtea #tea #party
- Tea Health Folklore and Facts
For over two thousand years people have been drinking tea for enjoyment and in the hopes of curing virtually every illness, condition or affliction known to mankind -- even a few imaginary ones. The legendary power of tea to cure all these ailments is written into the folklore of societies all around the globe. From China where tea drinking became popular in the Tang dynasty to India, now the world’s biggest tea producer. On to Europe and Great Britain, home of the afternoon tea party. Tea drinking and dumping tea in Boston harbour played an important part in American history when the King of England’s exorbitant demands for excise duties on tea was the spark that started the American Revolution and the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Let’s examine some of these health claims for the curative properties of tea that have survived for generations. We will also look at some newer ones that have gained popularity alongside the rising interest in organic foods, natural remedies and holistic lifestyles. Disclaimer Nothing in this post should be taken as medical advice. If you have a medical condition, you should seek the advice of a doctor. Early Chinese Custom In the Tang dynasty, tea was initially drunk because it was believed that it had medicinal qualities. According to Hua To writing in the 3rd century “it makes one think better.” Early writers mention tea’s stimulating properties. This would be the result of the caffeine found in most blends of tea. Tea drinking became popular in other parts of China and spread to Asia as a recreational drink rather than a medicine. Early Portuguese traders brought the custom to Europe in the 16th Century. In the 17th century, the British developed tea plantations in India to satisfy the growing demand for tea in Great Britain. Health Benefits from Drinking Tea In addition to caffeine, tea contains: Polyphenols Theobromine & Theophylline – stimulants Xanthines Amino acids Carbohydrates Proteins Chlorophyll Catechins Minerals – aluminium, fluoride, manganese Cancer Polyphenols and Catechins have significant antioxidant properties. The main polyphenols in tea may protect cells from DNA damage and have shown an ability to inhibit tumour growth in laboratory studies. It is possible that tea consumption may help prevent cancer. Source www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/diet/tea-fact-sheet Prostate Cancer A study in 2008 found that consumption of Green Tea may reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Source: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17906295 Allergies Green tea contains natural antihistamines and has been used to alleviate the symptoms of allergies caused by pollen. In 2013, a study found that consuming Benifuuki Green tea – a Japanese Green tea helped alleviate the symptoms of pollen allergies. Source https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23448449 The same study also found that Green Tea was believed to help reduce the risk of strokes, type 2 diabetes and to lower cholesterol levels. Green Tea Health Benefits For two thousand years, Green Tea has been drunk to improve brain function. It is also believed to contribute to increased burning of fat. The natural antihistamines and anti-inflammatories in Green Tea are believed to help with many other conditions. The addition of herbs with medicinal properties enhances the effect of Green Tea. Ginger, Peppermint, Turmeric, Chamomile, Rosehips, Flower petals are some of the herbs and floral additions to tea blends or herbal tisanes. Rooibos has many of the beneficial ingredients that are popular with consumers of natural health products. Rooibos is available on its own as Rooibos Tea or in blends with Green Tea and other herbs. For details on our teas that may help with allergies, visit our blog post. Conclusion What should we believe? Is tea good for our health? Does it help alleviate allergic symptoms, reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes and stroke? Will it help us lose weight. The studies quoted above show strong evidence that tea – particularly Green Tea -- can have beneficial effects on our health. 2000 years of history reveals that millions of people in the East and the West have used tea as a natural remedy for generations. It tastes good, it is not harmful if consumed in moderation and it’s natural. Order one of Wellness teas today and see for yourself. #angeloftea #teahistory #historyoftea #freshtea #healthytea #teahealth #tea #looseleaftea #organictea #organicteablends #chinesetea #chinatea #teafacts
- Tea Storage Tips for Tantalizingly Tasting Tea
Do you remember a time when you were served a truly awful cup of tea? It happens to all tea drinkers at times. I remember taking my elderly mother to visit one of her friends who was notorious throughout the district for giving her visitors weak tea. It was so weak that it was almost colourless, so little flavour or aroma that it was difficult to tell whether it was black or green tea or just hot water with a drop of lemon juice. Being of English heritage, she automatically assumed that everyone took milk in their tea. Unless you were very quick to stop her, you got a splash of milk in your cup. The only thing worse than ultra-weak black or green tea is an insipid blend of hot water and milk with an evasive hint of tea. 3 Factors Affecting The Perfect Cup Of Tea: Tea Quality Water Temperature Steeping Time Tea quality is dependent on the quality of the leaf, the curing process and the care with which it is stored along the journey from tea plantation to your pantry. You don’t have control over the growing, curing or transport of the tea you buy, but you can buy good quality tea from reputable suppliers. You can control your tea storage in your home, that is the subject of this post. We wrote about the art and science of tea brewing in this post. We have recommendations for the correct water temperatures for our teas here. Factors Affecting Tea In Storage Five factors will affect tea in storage and the taste of your brewed tea: Moisture Exposure to air Light Odour Heat All loose and bagged teas leave the plantation with a low moisture content to maintain freshness and seal in flavour. After opening the packet, tea can absorb moisture very quickly – especially in periods of high humidity. Even in dry climates, exposure to air will degrade your tea and affect its taste. To keep your tea fresh, it should be stored in an airtight container away from sources of moisture. It’s not a good idea to keep your tea on a shelf above the kitchen sink. Light will also affect the quality and taste of tea. Keep your tea in an opaque container in a cupboard or closed kitchen unit. Tea picks up odours from other foods, especially spices and vegetables with a strong smell like garlic and onions. Your tea container should not be next to your vegetable shelf or spice rack. Excessive heat can affect your tea. Don’t leave your tea in direct sunlight or near a stove, heater or in the path of a hot airflow. The Best Containers For Tea Storage A plastic container with a snap on lid. A metal or ceramic storage jar with a screw cap or tight-fitting stopper all work. Check out our recently arrived plain silver storage containers in our shop. In days gone by, decorated “tea caddies” were popular. Storing Leftover Steeped Tea How often have you made a pot of tea then got distracted before drinking a cup? Or settling down to a quiet hour of reading a good book and a few cups only to get so absorbed in the book that most of the pot goes cold? All is not lost. You can use that leftover steeped tea. You have two choices. You can put what is left in the pot in a sealed container and store it in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days to drink as iced tea on a hot afternoon. Remember to use a sealed container to stop the tea picking up odours from other foods in the fridge. You wouldn’t want your iced tea to taste of strong cheese or leftover pizza. Or you can re-heat your tea. If it has only been standing for 15 minutes or less it could taste reasonably good. Longer than that and it might be too strong. The longer tea is steeped, the more tannins are released increasing the bitterness of the brew. Some teas lend themselves to being made less bitter by adding more hot water. It's all a question of necessity. On camping trips when I have been down to my last few teabags, I have stretched them to more than one brew and reheated any leftover steeped tea. At home with a plentiful supply in the pantry and no shortage of water, I don’t re-heat the dregs of the teapot. Are you a confirmed black tea drinker? Is green tea your preference or are you addicted to a herbal blend? Be adventurous and try something different. Here are this month’s recommendations for you to live a little dangerously: Black Tea Green Tea Herbal Tisane. #angeloftea #teastorage #freshtea #storageoftea #teatin #teatins #looseleaftea #organictea #organicteablends
- Angel of Tea | Pure organic loose-leaf tea
puriTea tranqiliTea sustainabiliTea We are, like you, tea lovers. That means we source only the finest organic tea from the most outstanding tea plantations. Our teas are loose-leaf and of high quality. It's imported directly from the countries that grow the tea. Our goal is to supply you with the best tea and to help you understand all the amazing health benefits drinking tea offers. Tea is a supremely helpful plant that can soothe, energize, and nurture your soul. We would love for you to experience our teas, select your favourite from our shop. Not sure which tea to try first? Order our special taste bud tempting – enough tea for ten cups of ten of our most popular teas. Angel Temptations Sachet pack Prefer choosing your own blends? You can order as many as you want! tea sachet samplers More About Us... New Arrival! Quick View Crispy Mango Price C$10.00 Add to Cart Quick View Fruity Pomegranate Spirit Price C$9.00 Add to Cart Quick View Turmeric Taste Of Spice Price C$8.00 Add to Cart Quick View Magnificent Lemon Detox Price C$9.00 Add to Cart New Arrival! Quick View Crispy Mango Price C$10.00 Add to Cart Quick View Fruity Pomegranate Spirit Price C$9.00 Add to Cart Quick View Turmeric Taste Of Spice Price C$8.00 Add to Cart Quick View Magnificent Lemon Detox Price C$9.00 Add to Cart Sip and Read
- Angel of Tea | Tea Parties
Wellness Tea Tea Parties Give the important people in your life a special treat! One of life’s most relaxing rituals is sharing an Afternoon Tea with family and close friends. For generations mothers, daughters and close friends have shared experiences sought advice and passed on the wisdom of earlier generations at a private Afternoon Tea Party. It’s a ritual that has become difficult to enjoy in these unusual times. The current Covid health requirements restrict the number of guests we can have at our indoor tea parties. This makes it difficult for us to provide the tea party experience at our Bed & Breakfast, , to everyone. Our smaller, more intimate, monthly Afternoon Tea parties will continue - you can book for the next one . We are now also hosting private tea parties at Château la Motte Guest House for groups of minimum 4 guests and maximum 8. to book your private party. Château la Motte Guest House here Contact us We decided that tea party lovers should not miss out. We have introduced a NEW service for you to experience an extraordinary private Tea Party in the comfort and safety of your own home. Excited? Read our blog - The Perfect Afternoon Tea Party ! You can choose from three themes: Traditional Canadian Traditional South African Traditional British Or leave it to us to provide you with a selection. We can offer three service levels: We deliver and set up everything using our cake stands, tea service and cutlery. We make the tea in your kitchen and get everything ready for you. Then we depart to leave you to enjoy your tea party in the privacy and safety of your home. After your party, we will return to collect our equipment. Full Served Tea If you would prefer to set up the tea yourself, we will deliver everything including our cake stands, tea service and cutlery for you to use. We will let you make your tea and set up the table. After your party, we will return to collect our equipment. Prepared Tea Finger foods and tea leaves packed and ready for collection at our location, or delivered for you to set up, make the tea and serve your guests using your tea service, cutlery and crockery. Standard * Full menu: $40 per person with a minimum of four servings ** Simple menu: $20 per person with a minimum of four servings Pricing Add $20 Delivery charge for a party up to 10km from Woodstock Add $30 Equipment hire charge for the use of our equipment and service for a Full Served Tea Add $20 Equipment hire charge for the use of our equipment for a Prepared Tea * Angel's Full Menu: for examples of a full menu Menu click here ** Angel's Simple Menu for 1 person: Tea as selected, 2 tea sandwiches; 1 scone with cream and jam; 1 sweet treat Looking for a special gift for a loved one? Surprise them with a special tea experience - purchase a gift certificate ! or send us a message via the contact form below. Contact us Themes - please indicate: (1) Canadian, (2) South African, (3) British, (4) Leave it to us to provide a selection Service Level - please indicate Menu Option - please indicate Number of Guests/Servings Delivery Submit Thank you for submitting!