It was Doris Day who sang about Tea For Two.
What? You can’t remember it? Oh please…..
“Picture me, upon your knee
With tea for two and two for tea…..”
It’s a bit of a classic really – oo, and by the way, nice sofa Doris.
Trouble is – would there be a drama if I sat on your knee? Well, there might be coz I’m quite particular ‘bout who’s knee I’ll sit on and we’ve not even got to the tea bit yet.
You shouldn’t take things like tea for granted, are you a milk then tea or tea then milk sorta person? It’s serious stuff this tea nonsense.
Now don’t go all sniffy – it really is important you know, but to understand exactly how important you need a bit of history under your belt.
Don’t worry, not the Simon Scharma type of blood and guts history, it’s about tea and why we came to love it so much in this country over and above just about any other place on the planet.
Tea was widely drunk by a certain type of person in the 19th century. Today we have ladies wot lunch, then they had aristos who took tea. It all started with the Anna Maria Russell, Duchess of Bedford, Gawd Bless ya Maam, she was all feathers and bee sting pout don’t ya think.
Before long everyone was taking tea – not drinking it mind you – taking it….
Then, where the wealthy trod the common man followed and they started taking tea as well. One problem though. Common mans earthenware pots just wouldn’t stand the boiling hot tea. Mugs would shatter, children would get scalded – you know the sort of thing – and the only thing Joe Public could do was put the milk in first to cool the tea down.
It’s the truth – it was on Antiques Roadshow once – honest.
Any road up, it’s given rise to one of my real “things”. You know, the “things” that drive you to complete distraction. I just go into meltdown if the bronzed beverage isn’t made EXACTLY the right way. I can even feel my blood pressure rising as I think of all those who dunk a bag in a mug and have done with it.
How can you expect tea made like that to be anything worth sitting down with a Duchess for?
If you want me sitting on your knee this is the way it needs to be
Never mind that lemon nonsense. If we’d been meant to drink it with lemon they’d grow lemons in India. Sri Lanka and China and they don’t.
What’s your view on tea? Milk first or tea first, cucumber sandwiches with the crusts on or cut off? Go on, let me know below…