Tuesday, 5 July 2011

From low to high tea

What do you think of when you hear the words High Tea?  Scones, jam and cream?  Dainty sandwiches? Decadent cakes?  Well that would be Low Tea you  would be after, so called because it was traditionally served on low tables in the living room. 


Photo by pdugmore2001


The other type of tea, High Tea or Meat Tea was served at the dining table, as a stop gap between dinner and a light supper.  This would be served between 5pm and 7pm.
If you fancy recreating High Tea here are some ideas to help you do just that:


Sandwiches and savouries
Serve up generous sandwiches filled with hand carved  ham or rare roast beef  or some lovely pork and leek sausages always try to choose a good quality sausage with high meat content. Serve with piccalilli, apple chutney or some wholegrain mustard. 
 




How about a nice piece of pie on the side?  We were lucky enough to try Toppings Pies and were really impressed with their high quality and gorgeous taste.  All their pies are made with natural ingredients, they have won numerous awards and can even be purchased from the deli counter in Harrods. Our favorite was the  Huntsman's Pie which contained prime succulent chicken breast sandwiched between a layer of best pork and a delicious seasoned onion and sage stuffing. This pie just smacked quality it was so delicious it certainly didn't last long in our kitchen!

Crumpets
Instead of scones and serve up hot crumpets with lashings of butter and jam.  Theres lots of really unusual jams on the market including the wonderful sounding Clippy's Apple Pie Conserve.

Cakes
Choose a traditional cutting cake like a fruit cake or Victoria sponge. You can either buy this in or make your own. Serve in big wodges and forgo the fork.

Drink
There's no two ways about it what you want is a lovely cup of tea.  Think traditional and serve up a really nice strong English breakfast tea Clipper do a lovely one (reviewed here) Don’t worry about it being breakfast tea; this is a bit of a misnomer you can serve this at any time of the day for a nice robust cuppa.


We received Toppings Pies free of charge to review.