Sunday, 21 February 2010

High Tea

While the true origins of afternoon or 'high tea' is debatable, it is widely agreed that it was 'invented' by Duchess Anna Maria, the wife of the seventh Duke of Bedford, who in 1841 started drinking tea and having a bite to eat in the mid-afternoon. This was to tide her over during what was a lengthy gap between lunch, which was eaten at around 1pm and dinner, had around 7pm.

Initially taken on her own, it swiftly developed into a social occasion as soon the Duchess was inviting guests to join her for afternoon tea at 5 o'clock.

By the 1860s the fashion for afternoon or 'high' tea had become widespread and had evolved into decadent affairs, with tea drunk from the best china and bite-size morsels of food presented delicately on small china plates. On regular offer were bread and butter, traditional scones, cakes and finger sandwiches.

The Times

Nothing like a gathering of friends to warm the heart on such a cold day......

We were honoured to have the presence of H.E Dr George Kasoulides, the Ambassador of Cyprus and his wife Leslie, Kanti and his wife Maitreyee, Joshua and his wife Suraya and Anuradha.

While the kids were busy making their own fun and entertainment, we had a lively conversation talking about everything and nothing in general.

~ The Menu ~

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
Dates with Mascarpone and Walnut

Orange Scented Chocolate Truffles
Chocolate Marzipan with Hazelnut Nougat
Dark Chocolate and Toffee Cake
Marble Cake

Vegetable Tartlets
Cucumber Sandwiches
Fried Vermicelli
Baked Chicken Drumstick in Garlic and Soy