Tea - Party der Klasse 10a

On Monday 14th January 2O13, class 1Oa had a Tea Party together with our English teacher Ms. Lemmer. A few weeks before, everybody had received a task. Some students, for example, had to bake traditional food; others, for instance, had to find out information about different teas or the Queen’s preferences concerning tea. My task was it to find a fancy napkin folding technique and teach it to the class. Everybody was supposed to fold one serviette themselves. It was much fun because the students did it very well and folded an elaborate lily.

But first things first:  Before we did the napkins, we rearranged our English room, so that we could all sit together and see each other. Ms. Lemmer served hot water for the Earl Grey, which is a tea blend with a special flavor and aroma derived from the addition of oil extracted from the rind of the bergamot orange. Bianca and Vanessa let us in on the details. They also told us where the name Earl Grey comes from: The tea is named after the 2nd Earl Grey, British Prime Minister in the 1830s, who once had received this kind of tea as a present.

However, in order to drink real English tea, I brought some milk along because you have to drink black tea with milk. But what comes first, milk or tea? Are you a Mif (Milk-in-first) or a Tif (Tea-in-first)? I tried the Mif-option and it tasted ok. I don‘t like black tea so much, it is very bitter and rather for adults.

Then the food was served. We ate scones which look like small cupcakes. We had to cut them through the middle and put some whipped cream and strawberry jam in between. I liked them very much. Next we feasted on typical sandwiches with salmon, cucumber and cream cheese which were prepared by Fabian and Sebastian. The two guys were surprised themselves that they were able to prepare such a delicacy. While we ate the sandwiches, we watched a video that showed us in detail how to make a good and tasty sandwich. Afterwards fruit salad was on our menu. We had two kinds, one with nuts, apples, and kiwifruit and the other one with red fruits like raspberries, strawberries and blueberries. Yummy. And as if this had not been enough, we ate short bread. It looks like biscuits and tasted really good. The story why ”short bread” is called “short bread” is really worth hearing: In the past one had to pay higher taxes on sweets, like cookies, than on bread. So the people baked cookies but called them bread.  This clever move saved them much money and increased the profit.

I think our Tea Party was a greatly effective and interesting way to learn more about the British tea culture and the way they celebrate it. In my opinion every class should do a party like this. It is much fun and you learn while you are enjoying delicious meals and drinks. I would like to do something like that again.

Antonia Wolf