Royal Wedding High Tea Time! Take the afternoon off and surrender to the joy of today’s wedding hoopla..
If you’re like me, you have been unexpectedly glued to the royal wedding coverage this morning. And on this spring Friday I am finding it quite a challenge to concentrate on much of anything given the fascinating and lovely look at what is my first “live” view of a royal wedding. So instead of dragging myself away from the wedding coverage – I am taking a break for what I call Royal Wedding High Tea. But what is a high tea? You might be surprised at the definition. I was. Go on, celebrate the spectacle that is “Will and Kate’s Wedding” in your own home today and into the weekend – try a royal high tea on for size. Pinkies up!..
When I think of “the royals” I often think of tea time. Tea sandwiches. Curtsies. Tiaras. Lace. Roses. London. The Palace. And did I mention, tea? Specifically, the High Tea. But what is a high tea?
High Tea - “is an early evening meal, typically eaten between 5pm and 6pm. It is now largely followed by a later lighter evening meal. High tea would usually consist of cold meats, eggs or fish, cakes and sandwiches.”
And did you know that High Tea is in fact meant to distinguish itself from “Low Tea” which describes an early day/morning tea event?
Funny enough, I always thought that the term “high” tea was meant to describe a more upscale – or fancy tea time – as opposed to a more casual tea. Nope. High tea simply refers to the time of day in which the light tea-infused meal occurs. Here in America we may refer to a high tea as a supper – since it describes an early evening, light meal. So perhaps a High Tea is really a light supper served with tea. English accents optional.
Any sort of English “tea break” may also be compared to what we in America call a “coffee break” – however our term seems a tad more casual and less refined than tea time. Coffee breaks usually refer to grabbing a quickie coffee or running out to Starbucks, while a high or low tea meal conjures up images of lovely ladies sipping tea from porcelain tea cups.
So enough talk of tea time – lets craft our own little tea time meal – or high tea, if you will.
My Royal Wedding high Tea Menu
To Drink: selection of teas (black, green, white, herbal, jasmine, Earl Grey, or even spicy chai tea – whatever your favorite tea may be)
served with: lemon slices, mint sprigs, sugar, agave syrup, or honey
your favorite “milk” or cream- optional (I’ll take a splash of unsweetened soy creamer please – also try coconut milk for a tropical twist to your high tea!)
To Eat: tea sandwiches, light salads, fresh fruit, small tea cakes and cookies
Here are a few recipe ideas..
Mint-Cucumber Wasabi Tea Sandwiches
a light Jicama Cilantro Slaw Salad
Lemon-y Sunny Asparagus Tapenade
Chamomile Tea Smoothie (a twist on tea)
light papaya-lime fruit bowl
kid-friendly pb&j tea sandwiches
Ginger Poppy Seed Thyme Tea Cookies
Try Babble’s 14 Favorite High Tea Recipes!