This week, a little observation on this classic British breakfast combo, from the perspective of this Canadian. What could be more British than a good cuppa? TV adverts will tell you that Yorkshire Tea is a proper brew; it comes from Brewtopia, after all. The PG Tips Monkey tells us to Keep it Tea. In Canada, we all know that the Queen drinks Red Rose. My tea of choice is Twinings Earl Grey, a wonderful, aromatic blend with just the right amount of bergamot to add a hint of citrus.
Preparing for this trip, I confirmed that Twinings is, indeed, produced in the UK. Right, no need to bring my own. We arrive, hit the stores, stock up on essentials, I brew a cup and… cue the ‘scratch on a vinyl record sound effect.’ This isn’t right at all! Where’s the lovely aroma? Why so bitter? Try as I might, I could not brew a proper cup of tea. After a bit of whining and moaning, a friend shipped Twinings Earl Grey tea from Canada. Absolutely ridiculous. I know.
Other important details to consider: milk or not? Milk first or tea? China mug? Bag? Loose leaf? It’s all very serious business. One thing I learned the hard way: when ordering tea, be very specific or you risk getting a sweet, milky cup of something truly horrible!
Now, toast. Rather, the toast holder. Seen on tv many times, this wire doomahicky was a welcome sight on our table. I have determined the specific reasons for using the holder rather than stacking toast on a plate.
1. To guarantee getting toast crumbs on the table cloth.
2. To quickly cool the toast, keeping the butter from melting.
Analysis complete. I think it’s time for a nice cuppa all the way from Canada. Thanks, Sue.