The Official Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea Cookbook
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Afternoon tea is a revered and treasured English tradition—and no one knows better how to prepare and enjoy a proper tea than the residents of Downton Abbey. With this alluring and vibrant cookbook, fans of the PBS series and anglophiles alike can stage every stylish element of this cultural staple of British society at home. Spanning sweet and savory classics—like Battenberg Cake, Bakewell Tart, toffee puddings, cream scones, and tea sandwiches—the recipes capture the quintessential delicacies of the time, and the proper way to serve them. This charming cookbook also features a detailed narrative history and extols the proper decorum for teatime service, from tea gowns and tearooms to preparing and serving tea. Gorgeous food photographs, lifestyle stills from the television series and recent movie, and character quotes bring the characters of Downton Abbey—and this rich tradition—to life in contemporary times.



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Date de parution 25 mai 2020
Nombre de lectures 5
EAN13 9781681885957
Langue English
Poids de l'ouvrage 6 Mo

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TABLE of CONTENTS Foreword by Gareth Neame 9
Introduction 11 Tea at Downton Abbey 15 British T ea Characteristics 16
mrs. patmore: I’ve got tea for all of us, and a snack for you later on.
mason: You’re an angel of mercy.

Few customs are more ico nic of England than the afternoon tea.Everything about it—the etiquette, t he fine English china, the sandwiches and cakes—epitomizes some of the verybest England has to offer. Scenes of afternoon tea are prominently featured in Downton Abbey , all of them reflecting the height of fashion of the era. e word ‘tea’ had long been used as an umbrella term for a variety of different occasions that involved tea drinking. I t could be as modest as a cup of tea with a slice of cake at home or a pot of tea and some warm scones shared in a railway tearoom,or it could be a grand tea party held in the grounds of a great estate. Downton Abbey gives the viewer a window into the tradition of this afternoon ritual both upstairs and downstairs. e serv ants’tea shows a rare moment of calm in the house,as the family upstairs can servethemselves as soon as the tea and food are displayed. A long with their cup of tea and a slice of br ead or cake, t he servants typically use the time to c atch up on small tasks, s uch as mending a shirt and sewing on buttons.We see some footmen reading a newspaper, while others are lost in a book or so metimes playing cards.
For Violet, t he Dowager Countess, afternoon tea visits are usually a moment f or her to give grandmotherly advice or to meddle in family or village affairs. In season 3 episode 7, s he summons Lady Edith to tea, d uring which she aims to co nvince her to look for a more suitable, l ady-like occupation than becoming a columnist for e Sketch . V iolet suggests running a charity or taking up watercolours. E dith listens, sips her tea, and then politely says she will take the job anyway. Edith is breaking loose from the limitations that come with her social position as a woman from a great family. She symbolizes the modern times ahead in which women wi ll not only gain more freedoms, but also the right to vote— a time when the corset and allit represents will finally be a thing of the past. is little book i s filled with recipes for many of the best offerings—biscuits and scones, cakes and tarts, savouries, preserves and more—that graced tea tables in the Downton Abbey era and con - tinue to be enj oyed today. Just like the popular etiquette books of the time, these pages contain everything you need to know to organise your own proper afternoon tea.
GARETH NEAME executive producer, downton abbey | london, 2020

When the Portuguese princess Catherine of Braganza ar rived in England in 1662 to marry Charles II, she carried among her belongings a chest of tea. With it she woul d change English drinking habits forever—or so the legend goes and has been repeated for more than 350 years. e storyof the Queen’s tea ch est became a marketing tool for the exotic beverage at court and among the upper classes. It even prompted poli tician and lyric poet E dmund Waller to write “Of Tea, Commended by Her Maje sty” in 1663 to honor Catherine’s contribution. But tea wa s already available in England, as it had been int roduced to Europe in th e seventeenth centu ry through trade with China. e Portuguese court had embraced a tea culture early on, and the beverage soon sp read to th e rest o f Eur ope. Adecade before Catherine’s mar riage, the first coffeehouse opened in London, and soon t hey were everywhere, though only men were permitted to enter them. omasGarway(sometimes spelled “Garraway”),who owned a coffeehouse inLondon’s Exchange Alley, began selling tea leaves and offering tea as a dr ink in 1657, reportedly the first purveyor in Englan d to do so. He put togeth er a pamphlet that explained this new b everage to his customers, detailing its Chinese origin, medical virtues, and popularity with “Persons of quality,” namely those who could afford the commodity and the precious imported chinaware to go with it. It would be nearly one hundred years before the first English-made porcelain teapots were manufactured that could stand up to the heat of boiling water without shattering. By th en, tea drinking had become commonplace.
the key to female empowerment
In a domestic environment, tea was considered a family dr ink and good for the h ealth—a cure for colds and fevers and other maladies. e mistress of the house was responsible for managing its consumption, just as she was responsible for preparing other medicinal poti ons. This arrangement was in stark contr ast to publi c tea consumption in the male-only coffeehouses andin the pleasure gardens of London, where both sexe s engaged in the scandalous practiceof tea drinking. e mistress of the h ouse kept the key to the tea caddy as a sign of contr ol, and in paintings of the time, the caddy is always placed closest to the dominant femal e of the party, indicating her role as lady of the house. at co ntrol did not change until th e nineteenth centu ry, when the responsibility of ove rseeing the tea caddy was ceded to the housekeeper. In the eighteenth century, it was common fo r fashionable ladies to get together at one another’s homes for tea and convers ation. Before that tim e, they had little or no social freedom and were often isolated. e safety of a nonalcoholic dr ink gave them the opportunity to gather and socialize. e first known tea shop in London wasopened in 1706 by omas Twining, and although it wasa male-only environment, ladies came in th eir carriages to the back entrance, where their servants would discreetly buy the tea for them. e shop stood at 216 Strand, where it remains to this day. The Twining family played an even greater role in Britain ’ s becoming a tea-drinking nati on when Richard Twining, grandson of omas and head of the tea trade, lobbied Prime Minister William
Pitt to reduce the tax on tea. He repo rtedly argued that revenues would be greater if tax es were lowered. Fraud a nd smuggling would no longer be profitable , which would put an end to sellers adding sloe leaves or the like to make the tea stretch further. As a resu lt of th e efforts of Twining and others, the Commutation Act o f 1784 passed , which dropped the tax rate fr om 119 percent to 12.5 percent, mak ing tea widely affordable and effectively ending smuggling and adulteration. The law ’ s passage also increased the profits of the British East India Company, of which Twining was a director.
tea meetings
e nineteenth-century Temperance movement   aggressively promoted tea as an al ternative to beer, and l arge tea meetings were organized and managed by women. Originally used for fundraising, these get-togethers quickly became about power. In hi s 1884 Tea and T ea Dri nking , Arthur Reade writes that there was “a spir it of rivalry among the ladi es as to who shou ld have the richest and most elegantly furnished table.” He illustrates a few occas ions when six hundred to twelve hundred people sat down for tea and for “singing hinnies [g riddlecakes], hot wigs [small buns], and s pice loaf, served up in tempting display.”

tea at home
e Duchess of Bedford is oft en credited with having invented afternoon tea in 1842. She reportedly was the first to request something to eat—small cakes, delicate sandwiches—along with a pot of tea to battle a “sin king feeli ng” in midafternoon. But afternoon tea was actually the result of an evolut ion in British dining culture. Until the late eighteenth centu ry, dinner was eaten at what we today call lunchtime, and it was followed by supper, whic h was a much later and lighter meal. Tea in accompaniment wi th bread and butter was already part of eighteenth-century visiting rituals, as dinner star ted to move further into the afternoon. By the end of the nineteenth century, dinner had migrated to the evening,
creating anopportunity for the well-to-do to dress up for the occasion. e word tea could mean severa l things in the Victorian and Edwardian periods. Low tea, orwhat would later become known as afternoon tea, was so-called because the t ea and the refreshments— cakes, buns, pastries, sandwiches—were served on low tables rather than at the dining table. High tea , a term now oft en mistakenly conf used with afternoontea,was a hearty mealof meat pies and other savory dish es, breads, and cheese eaten by the working classes at dinnertime. Village afternoon teas were another well- established custom. ese carefullyorchestrated events were organized by women of the upper class for the poor,often to celebrate a major royal event, such as Quee n Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887 and DiamondJubilee in 1897. Such gatherings not only fulfilled these women’s need to be engaged in some kind of charitable work but also provided a way for everyone—the haves and the have-nots— to show their patriotism to Crown and c ountry. is tradition, minus the strict cl ass structure,has continued into the twenty-first century, with large outdoor tea par ties held in celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s Golden, Silver, and Sapphire Jubilees. e grandest of all teas was the

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