Today we are going to be starting a new series on the the tea hour, which is Tea Talk. In this series I will be giving you a new trend in tea, weather it be food or drink, a little bit of history, and a quote or poem to end the talk.
Without further ado lets get started.
New trend: Ice Cream Tea
Are you an avid lover of ice cream as much as tea? Well this new trend if you you. Ice cream tea pairs wonderful flavors of tea in wonderful creamy goodness. You can even make this tea ice cream at home. Read the instructions here
Interesting tea history: Drinking out of saucers
Did you know in the early 18th century, tea was drunk out of saucers instead of the cups? During this period, the cup handles had not been invented. Thus one had to continuously hold the tea saucer to avoid burning one’s fingers. Saucers were also used independently to drink directly from them. This habit came about while trying to accelerate cooling the tea. So the tea was served from pot to cup, then poured into the saucer if too hot, then drunk from the saucer. During this period, saucers were also larger than they are now and could hold as much tea as the tea cup. As etiquette was developed and refined, the practice of drinking from the saucers became only a working class practice towards the second half of the 18th century.
[I am] a hardened and shameless tea drinker, who has, for twenty years, diluted his meals with only the infusion of this fascinating plant; whose kettle has scarcely time to cool; who with tea amuses the evening, with tea solaces the midnight, and, with tea, welcomes the morning. – Samuel Johnson, English writer, Review of A Journal of Eight Days’ Journey
That is all for this post, see you soon in the next,
Works cited and found on:
Second image found on http://www.annetrent.com/2015/01/drinking-from-the-saucer/
History facts found on this website, page 13 http://www.academia.edu/4449711/Design_history_European_tea_cups_and_saucers