We are pretending to be… English!

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We still don’t like the weather (perfect start for an English post). It’s either too cold and frozen or everything’s melting and it’s slushy and ugly. We can’t wait for the spring to come. And to comfort ourselves, we’ve arranged for a wonderful tradition. We treated ourselves with ‘afternoon tea’ which prolonged up till the evening’s gin&tonic party, but we won’t talk about that. 🙂

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Tea in England became popular in 17th century, but it was not until the mid-19th century that the concept of ‘afternoon tea’ first appeared and it was by accident. It was introduced by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. As it happens, lunch in her household was served pretty early and dinner was served at eight o’clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner. So, one day she asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her. This pause for tea became a fashionable social event.

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Traditional afternoon tea consists of a selection of dainty sandwiches (including of course thinly sliced cucumber sandwiches), scones served with clotted cream and preserves. Cakes and pastries are also served. Today, all this is simplified, but it still stuck. So we suggest you afford yourself an afternoon tea the first time you visit England, there are a lot of places serving it.

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Just tell us, who wouldn’t like this? A fine warm beverage, delicious sandwiches and tasty sweet bites, and all of that spiced up with good company. We feel warm around the heart <3 already. Although, we have to admit, we do something similar very often. We don’t call it afternoon tea but “we’d like to have a snack”.. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? So, it makes sense, while the weather is still this slobbery, gather your friends and enjoy. Let your imagination run wild and make something mouthwatering.

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We had ginger tea (of course), and here you can find the inspiration for the traditional English sandwiches (in English) and for the sweet coconut sandwiches (in Croatian).

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Do you have a similar tradition? Tell us what you make, bake and munch 🙂