Making British Tea With Real Tea Leaves
1.00 ts Tea ** per person
1.00 ts Tea ** per teapot
Boiling water to preheat
Boiling water to make Tea
1.00 sl Lemon per person (or more)
NB, ** British tea is made with an Indian/Ceylon type tea, not china.
Making tea properly is so easy, that there's no reason not to.
Fill a kettle with much more cold water than you need. Do not use
hot water from the tap, and make sure that you run enough water for
it not to have been hanging around in the pipes for ages.
Put the kettle on maximum heat and get the teapot and the other
ingredients, Tea, sugar and either milk (traditional English style
tea) or lemon.
When the kettle is very nearly boiling, pour enough into the pot to
fill it about 1/4 full. Put the kettle back on the heat to come to a
full boil. Swirl the water round well in the pot, and pour it out.
Now measure the tea into the pot, using a rounded tsp per person and
one for the pot. By this time the water in the kettle will be coming
to a full boil. Remove from heat and fill the pot immediately. Stir
the tea thoroughly once, put the lid on and (optional) cover with a
tea cosy (this is like an eiderdown for the teapot).
While the tea is mashing (infusing), prepare the tea tray. Put tea
cups out on saucers with teaspoons. Milk goes in a jug (got to do it
properly!) sugar - if used - in a bowl. If you use lemon, slice it
freshly and place on a spare saucer. Put out a tea strainer (which is
a small, fine sieve, complete with its own stand, and designed to
rest on your tea cup. By this time the tea will have finished its
mashing so put the teapot on the tray, and carry through from the
To serve, put a little milk in the bottom of the tea-cup and lay the
strainer over the cup. Pour the tea from the teapot until the teacup
is adequately filled. Hand round the sugar separately, for each guest
to help themselves.
To serve with lemon, pour the tea without milk, and pass lemon slice
separately, together with sugar.
Notes. The important points are 1 Use freshly drawn freshly boiled
2 Pre-heat the teapot 3 Make sure the tea is made with fully
4 Make tea in the right strength.
5 Use decent tea.
MMed IMH c/o Georges' Home BBS 2:323/4.4