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high tea and low tea

The answer to this is "sometimes" [ although if they ARE sweet they would be only slightly sweetened as Brits generally like things much less sweet than Americans do ]. "Plain scones", ie no flavouring, are sometimes made with a little sugar added and sometimes not. Either would be eaten with butter and preserve, sometimes clotted cream. Then there are fruit scones, with added sultanas usually [ similar to golden raisins ], which sometimes have a little sugar added [ although personally I would not ]. These are usually eaten with butter alone. "Cheese scones" also exist, with added grated cheddar-type cheese, salt and usually a little mustard powder. These are always savoury and eaten just with butter. Cheese scones are not usually included in "afternoon tea" though; more likely to be eaten just as a snack some other time.
Scones MUST be eaten freshly baked; they are not good for keeping.
Just to echo others who've posted here, I'm English and reading these postings is the first time I've ever heard the expression "low tea". Afternoon tea would be called "Afternoon tea" and is as described in other posts. If one is invited for "tea" or invited to "come and have your tea with us", it would be an invitation to an early supper/dinner [ ie. "High tea", but the expression "High tea" seems to be dying out in real life ]. Using "tea" to mean a supper meal is a "down home" way of speaking though. The Queen would never serve sausage and chips [ "fries" ] and call it "tea" ;-) !

Nov 11, 2011
kjfrancis in General Topics

Do you eat American style or European style?

So "thew" ... are you able to explain to me [ as a Brit who really doesn't know ] what IS the norm re silverware, when someone's finished eating? I suppose I'm thinking of "everyday" restaurants or friends' homes here, rather than the poshest of city restaurants [ but I wouldn't mind knowing what's done there too! ].

Jul 29, 2011
kjfrancis in Not About Food

Do you eat American style or European style?

I am English so it's obviously European style which comes naturally to me. Speaking personally, when I'm eating with Americans it's not usually the use of right hand or left hand for knife and fork which strikes me as odd or unattractive in any way, but what I DO frequently find difficulty with is the way the silverware seems to be strewn all over the table when the diner has finished eating. In England the knife and fork are always placed vertically, side by side in the centre of the plate, with the tines of the fork pointing upward and the balde of the knife pointing inwards. That is the signal to everyone [ fellow diners and waiting staff alike ] that the diner has finished that course, and so it's easy to see when all the diners have finished and the table can be cleared, ready to move to either the next course or to the end of the meal. In America, I'm always finding wait staff having to ask diners whether or not they've finished, and I, myself, am often unsure whether somebody I'm dining with has finished with the course in front of them and is waiting for me to finish, or whether they're just taking a break and intend to carry on eating. It all seems very messy! Could anybody enlighten me as to what American's are taught about what to do with their silverware when they've finished with a course? Is there a "system" which I just haven't picked up on yet?

Jul 29, 2011
kjfrancis in Not About Food

Asparagus with Sweet Onions, Garbanzo Beans, and Mint

This recipe isn't vegetarian because of the cheese ... it's REAL cheese [ hooray! ] so it contains rennet.

Apr 15, 2010
kjfrancis in Recipes

looking for Seville oranges in Delco

Looking to marmalade lovers to help me locate Seville oranges ... anywhere in/near Delco will be fine.

I'm English ... I NEED my marmalade ... please help!


Jan 27, 2010
kjfrancis in Philadelphia