Food Porn Friday – The Royal Wedding Afternoon Tea

(All images from What’s Cooking America)

Yes, the Royal Wedding is happening within hours or has already happened, depending on what time you are reading this post. If you’re like me, you’re not getting up at 3:00 a.m. to start watching all the proceedings. Thankfully, everything will be repeated for us. And repeated. And repeated. And repeated.

So, I thought for this edition of Food Porn Friday, afternoon tea would suit me and a lot of people much better. And, we can have our tea and watch the wedding at a time that is more convenient for us. The Royal Channel on YouTube will be live streaming the wedding.  And we know we will be able to watch video at a later time from a variety of sources. Here is a pdf file of the Official Programme so you can follow along at home as well as some of the most frequently asked questions about the wedding.

I found a history of afternoon tea on the web site What’s Cooking America.

History of High Tea – History English Afternoon Tea

High Tea is often a misnomer. Most people refer to afternoon tea as high tea because they think it sounds regal and lofty, when in all actuality, high tea, or “meat tea” is dinner. High tea, in Britain, at any rate, tends to be on the heavier side. American hotels and tea rooms, on the other hand, continue to misunderstand and offer tidbits of fancy pastries and cakes on delicate china when they offer a “high tea.”

Afternoon tea (because it was usually taken in the late afternoon) is also called “low tea” because it was usually taken in a sitting room or withdrawing room where low tables (like a coffee table) were placed near sofas or chairs generally in a large withdrawing room. There are three basic types of Afternoon, or Low Tea:

Cream Tea – Tea, scones, jam and cream

Light Tea – Tea, scones and sweets

Full Tea – Tea, savories, scones, sweets and dessert

In England, the traditional time for tea was four or five o’clock and no one stayed after seven o’clock. Most tea rooms today serve tea from three to five o’clock. The menu has also changed from tea, bread, butter and cakes, to include three particular courses served specifically in this order:

Savories – Tiny sandwiches or appetizers

Scones – Served with jam and Devonshire or clotted cream

Pastries – Cakes, cookies, shortbread and sweets

They also have a wonderful variety of  recipes for afternoon tea staples such as scones, sandwiches, cakes, quick breads and teas.

So, no matter when you choose to watch the wedding or if you plan on buying or making the food on your menu, enjoy the celebration.

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4 comments

  1. I’ve been making scones lately (from a mix, I must admit, tho I used to make really good tea biscuits). I wonder if all the hype over the wedding placed the scone thought in my head?
    Personally, I’ll wait for the highlights DVD. No cable = no tv, but I can listen to it on CBC radio.
    Enjoy your tea tomorrow afternoon!

    1. I hope you were able to listen to it. I didn’t fall asleep last night until 3:00 so I napped this afternoon. The video that has been released runs about 1 3/4 hours so I’ll go get a treat and hopefully a winning lottery ticket and watch it on the weekend.

  2. I Watched the wedding today, it was beautiful, had I been in London I too would have camped out to watch instead of on TV. Every now and then we get a little reminder of what it is to be British and today was one of those moments. All the pomp and splendour of the parade made me puff up with Pride.”This is history in the making” i thought. Long live the Queen!

    1. Hi. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

      The Royals certainly know how to put something like this together with a great combination of ceremony and respect for the occassion. I saw some pictures and it looked beautiful. I’m looking forward to watching it.

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