Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, May 2, 2011

An English High Tea

Our first at the Cottage . . . in England High Tea is really more of a supper -- if there's sandwiches, they're hearty like ham or chicken and without the crusts cut off. Often a steak and kidney pie or a steak and onion pie is served.

If there are biscuits (cookies) they are hearty as well and not the dainty biscuits (cookies) we associate with tea.

It's called "High Tea" because it is eaten off a high table . . . and the elegant tea in England is called simply "Afternoon Tea" or "Low Tea" (because it is eaten off a low table).

We had an adventuresome day today -- visiting a couple of nearby villages, catching up on home chores and doing a bit of grocery shopping. Lunch was at a pub (chili for Husband Jim and fish and chips for me -- real pub food) and so instead of dinner we decided to do a High Tea.

Alas, I'm not cooking that much but I was able to do a fairly nice tea on things that we bought on our travels today.

Scones and real clotted cream . . . (imagine buying it at the market -- right next to the heavy cream and for only 80 p for a container about the size of Yoplait yogurt)

A steak and onion pie -- bought at the market -- it only needs reheating!

And the sweet -- a lemon sponge with buttercream between and on top. For only 2.50 at a boot sale in the little village next to ours. It's a 6 inch cake which is just perfect for the two of us!

The tea -- traditional P G Tipps -- my favorite English tea. The dishes -- what came with the cottage but white with gold trim is almost as good as blue and white (a set of which resides in the locked cupboard -- sigh!)

It was a lovely meal -- we then walked down to the pub at the other end of the village. A perfect end to a perfect day.

It is Tuesday and Tea Party Day so I'm sharing my First Real English Tea with:

Tabletop Tuesday with Marty at A Stroll Thru Life

Tea Time Tuesday with Terri at Artful Affirmations

Tea Cup Tuesday with Martha at Martha's Favorites

Tea Pot and Tea Things Tuesday with Pam at Breath of Fresh Air

Tea Time Tuesday with Katherine at Lady Katherine's Tea Parlor

Tuesday Tea for Two with Wanda Lee at The Plumed Pen

Tea Time Tuesday with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage


Lyn said...

How lovely, what a great tradition.
the cake does look yummy!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

It all looks so good!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

It all looks delish! Tea and a piece of that yummy looking cake and I'd be happy. Thanks for joining me today and have a lovely week.


Bernideen said...

Oh I love it - I love it! I feel like I'm right there!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Your high tea is delightful, everything looks so good. I'd love a piece of the lemon sponge with my tea.

afternoon tea said...

I wish I was there with you. It looks simply delicious.

GardenOfDaisies said...

What a wonderful supper!! Looks like you are settling right into life there in the village. I would love to be where you are right now. My daughter told me yesterday that she thinks she wants to move to England when she finishes her volunteer year. So then I will have no excuse not to go.

Wanda Lee said...

How fabulous.., So yummy and inviting!

Thanks for taking part with TTTT and also for my 81st Tuesday Tea For Two.

Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee

Mary Ruth said...

Glad I discovered your Blog again! I just love that cottage and want to be there! I am enjoying Earl Grey here in Florida dreaming of my trip to England about 15 years ago now where I went to London and York (by train).

Have FUN! I am so glad you are taking photos to share!

Mary Ruth said...

Forgot to mention I am the same Mary Ruth as on HGTV board, I use my real name wherever I go!

Amy said...

Thank you for taking us along on your lovely vacation. I love the cottage you're staying at. It's charming for sure. It looks like you're having a relaxing time!

On Crooked Creek said...

How I admire your "thrill of the hunt" as you blend with the locals! Sometimes shopping can be a bit of a challenge on the European economy! Enjoy each moment and thank you for sharing your lovely trip with us!

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

Lovely! For all the books about tea time I have read over the years, I somehow missed this bit of information about the high and low tables. Interesting....I cherish a comment in one of Elizabeth Goudge's novels where one character says, "high tea, as in it's high time we had something to eat".

Miss Sandra said...

*sigh* Oh to be in England!!
Thank you for sharing these lovely moments with us! Enjoy!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh this looks fabulous. The refreshments look soooooo good and the setting so inviting. Beautiful. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Unknown said...

Looks like a lovely High tea and sounds like you had a great day just the kind of day me & hubby enjoy to

Love Dawn xx