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My daughter and I have been arguing about something (in a good natured way) for a while, now, and I realized I can ask my flist, since so many of you are Brits (or Brit adjacent).


*not in the slightest, and if you take this seriously to the point of believing this is an actual academic poll, I am going to laugh at you. Because I am an idiot, come on, now.

Poll #1916248 Britains of the UK (lol): How do you take your tea?

I only consider it proper tea if:

there is milk added.
there is milk nowhere near my cup.
there is horse meat added.
I am a crazy person that doesn't know what tea is.
I don't drink tea (because I'm 'Merikan and we drink FREEDOM).
(which tastes like chicken. I MEAN EAGLES.)

Even though you said this wasn't serious,

I am taking this seriously. SERIOUS. Ferserius.
I don't know how to have fun and be silly.
I am going to argue something because you - on the internet - are wrong about something.

Also, it is said daughter's 16th birthday today, and she's awesome, and I love her a whole bunch. And she has a big surprise waiting for her when she comes home from school. MOPPING! I'm kidding. A BABY! No, that's not it, either. THE BOOT! 16 is old enough to be on her own, amirite?

I have all day to be goofy, and I'm happy about that. Also, I had to get ranty in my Tumblr this morning, something I never do, but it's important. And no one cares, I know, but I do, and I feel responsible for this topic (hoarders) and yeah.

BACK TO MY CUP OF TEA. Sans milk. (OMG, the MiL is coming over today and I'm on my "no booze" week and that might need to change.)


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May. 29th, 2013 04:00 pm (UTC)
Like for really serious *g*

I like 'builders tea' as in leave the teabag in the cup 'til you can stand the spoon up in it and then show the side of the cup a little splash of skimmed milk. No sugar (which technically means it's not actually builder's tea as that along with 'NATO Standard' is strong with two sugars)

May. 29th, 2013 04:03 pm (UTC)
NATO STANDARD. Omg, that is hilarious.

Really? Milk? Like, I guess I should ask if this is only for a specific type of tea, like black? Green? White?

Here in my neck of the woods, milk would be added to something like chamomile tea when you were little or sick.

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May. 29th, 2013 04:29 pm (UTC)
Tea has milk in it. British workman's strong and murky is ultra-strong and has milk and lots of sugar. Traditionally a spoon can stand up by itself in a mug of it.

I prefer weak tea, milk, no sugar. Tea without milk is suspiciously foreign.
May. 29th, 2013 04:39 pm (UTC)

I thought that was a metaphor. *scratches head*

Okay, here is how I - a lowly foreigner - make tea. (Loose in my tea strainer)

*heat water to appropriate temp for whatever type it is (currently I'm on a white tea with dried bits of ginger in it)
* pour water over tea ball/strainer
* let sit for 2 minutes (because it's white)
* pull out strainer, add a spoon of sugar in the raw, drink.

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May. 29th, 2013 04:43 pm (UTC)
Milk in tea is a manners thing. Tea stains bone china, and this can be prevented by adding a bit of milk or lemon. So -not- taking either milk or lemon is a faux pas.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY STONEY JR! I hope she has a gorgeous birthday!
May. 29th, 2013 04:50 pm (UTC)
OHO, LOOK AT THAT! I love learning the manners aspect of it, how fascinating!! Okay, that is settling in my brain and now I'll know how to behave when I go to England, omg.

I will pass the wishes on! She's such a great kid, I just love her to pieces.
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May. 29th, 2013 04:51 pm (UTC)
I'm all for loose tea so I can make it as strong as I like, too. <3

I have an old kettle that I can't part with, but an electric kettle would be great. (I know most Brits prefer that, as I've been told.)
May. 29th, 2013 05:02 pm (UTC)
"Oh, I'd love a cup of tea, milk and one-" [sugar, silently implied] = infallible way of putting people at ease when I turn up to do a Serious Inspection. You can't be afraid of someone drinking this.

Technically, I'll drink tea that has either milk or sugar, but both is better. Neither is baaaad.

Basic tea is *always* assumed to be black tea, and that's what you put milk [and one] in. Green tea and even white tea are around nowadays and are never milky afaik, but they're also always called 'green tea' or 'white tea'. Tea is tea, dammit.

I have no tea icons. Woe.

Kettles for everyone!
May. 29th, 2013 05:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love this. I am so happy to learn the vernacular! Tea IS tea, I agree! I usually make a point of saying I'm drinking white tea, but if I hear "tea" I think of black.
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May. 29th, 2013 05:21 pm (UTC)
16! I remember 16. Where the hell does time go, man??
May. 29th, 2013 05:33 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, I was just telling my husband today that there isn't enough money in the world to make me go back to being 16. But she's quite good at it!

May. 29th, 2013 05:21 pm (UTC)
My husband (whose parents are British) takes his tea with milk and sugar. I used to drink mine with lemon (and nothing else, except honey if I had a cold) but after 15 years or so of relentless THINGS in the tea, I now put milk in it. My stomach likes me better when I drink it that way and I'm led to understand that this lowers the amount of tea stain on your teeth.
May. 29th, 2013 05:22 pm (UTC)
Er, unless it's green tea. In which case I drink it straight.
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May. 29th, 2013 05:23 pm (UTC)
I am an unnatural Brit and don't do builders tea. But then this is a soft water area so you don't need the tea to fight with the water... We put a slice of lemon in tea in hard water areas. Lessens the scum. I am looking at you London.
May. 29th, 2013 05:34 pm (UTC)
I lived in Scotland for a little while and the water is lovely and soft there, best tea I ever had *pines*
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May. 29th, 2013 05:24 pm (UTC)
Milk? In your tea? Echhhh
My mother was an expatriate Aussie (war bride, y'know) who suffered coffee for 15 years or so but reverted to tea (black tea - loose leaves if she could get it back in the 60's & 70's), two sugars, please, but the milk in the tea was for the children. I did the tea thing until way after college ( I love oolong and jasmine teas - sometimes a drop of honey or the slightest hint of sugar, but NEVER milk.) Now at my advanced age, I have an absolute caffeine (as in the blackest coffee roast I can get) addiction, two sugars please. I always say the caffeine and sugar is my jump start of an AM.). A little chamomile in the winter evenings. (The acorn doesn't fall very far from the tree.). But MILK is for children, sorry. Possibly for YOUR child, as well? No bone china to fret over:).
May. 29th, 2013 05:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Milk? In your tea? Echhhh
See, "the milk in the tea was for the children" was what I was led to believe was the norm.

Mmmm, jasmine tea. SO SO GOOD.

(Can I blow your mind about coffee? The lighter the roast, the more caffeine. I KNOW. I know. But it's true. The caffeine gets broken down - it's an actual, tangible oil, and is not unlike ear wax (blech) in its natural state - the longer its roasted.) But I drink Sumatra. Mmmm. Dark, like my thoughts. :D

No bone china in the house, I'm afraid! Well, not tea cups, just plates.
May. 29th, 2013 06:23 pm (UTC)
milk and sugar (only i've been using Splenda, which is a bit too sweet) in Yorkshire Gold tea. Best. Cuppa. Evar.
May. 29th, 2013 06:35 pm (UTC)
I clicked on the milk, but I also clicked on the no milk. This is because neither Earl Grey, which I don't care for much, nor Lapsang Souchong, which I love should have milk (or lemon) anywhere near them.

Mmmm. Lapsang.
May. 29th, 2013 07:19 pm (UTC)
I like my Earl Grey weak with milk. Delicious. Especially with a toasted tea cake.
May. 29th, 2013 08:41 pm (UTC)
Tea made with one PG Tips teabag, boiling water poured over, then milk added with the teabag still in, dunk the teabag furiously for a moment or two until the brew turns pale brown, decant tea bag into bin.

Sit at desk and let out a low sigh of happiness.

Surf internet. *sips*
May. 29th, 2013 08:43 pm (UTC)
Tea turns my stomach (it's the tannin), but, really do I have to drink absolutely everything in the world?

MIL+ no booze is a no go in my world but you're made of much sterner stuff than me!
May. 29th, 2013 09:49 pm (UTC)
I'm going to pretend I'm Brit adjacent, plus I know lots and lots and lots of English people. They're everywhere, no matter how much I spray.

Gumboot tea (I think it's the cousin to builders tea) always needs milk in it, sometimes lashings of it, sometimes to disguise that the tea is probably a bit crap.

No milk is for herbal tea because hippies are lactose intolerant and will fart the place up.

Yay, 16! That's legal working age, right? BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You should sit her down and tell her about periods and sex, the best birthday present a mum can give.
May. 30th, 2013 01:50 am (UTC)

A very happy birthday and sweet sixteen to your daughter!

My mother is English and everyone in her family drinks tea with milk, no sugar. I take mine black with honey. I'm clearly the black sheep of the family.

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