The Etiquette of English Tea & The Stories Behind Scones, Teacakes And Shortbreads

This was a gift from the Education Department at the Tower of London, a small little handbook on tea appreciation. What I love about it is that it is easy to digest (along with a cup of English tea), and it includes some nice recipes of scones and teacakes. The sad news is that most of these recipes require whisking – which means I’m not going to be able to make any of these nice shortbreads for myself until I head back home to where my electric whisker lays.

‘Afternoon tea – that pleasant hour
When children are from lessons free,
And gather round their social board
Brimful of mirth and childish glee.’

J. C. Sowerby & H. H. Emmerson, 1880

If only life were as simple and carefree as this.

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