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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).

SERIOUS POLL OF IMPORTANCE AND SCIENTIFIC MEASURING OMG*

*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.
42(50.0%)
there is milk nowhere near my cup.
16(19.0%)
there is horse meat added.
3(3.6%)
I am a crazy person that doesn't know what tea is.
1(1.2%)
I don't drink tea (because I'm 'Merikan and we drink FREEDOM).
12(14.3%)
(which tastes like chicken. I MEAN EAGLES.)
10(11.9%)

Even though you said this wasn't serious,

I am taking this seriously. SERIOUS. Ferserius.
37(51.4%)
I don't know how to have fun and be silly.
7(9.7%)
I am going to argue something because you - on the internet - are wrong about something.
9(12.5%)
THERE AREN'T ENOUGH AMERICAN FLAGS IN THIS POST FOR ME TO FEEL COMFORTABLE.
19(26.4%)


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.)

Comments

gillo
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.
stoney321
May. 29th, 2013 04:39 pm (UTC)
HOW DO YOU MAKE A SPOON STAND IN TEA?

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.

I AM DOING IT WRONG FOR ENGLAND, I SEE. Consider my mind BLOWN.
gillo
May. 29th, 2013 07:14 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's a metaphor, but so generally-understood as to be common parlance. My grandfather used to drink his so strong it was the same colour as strong coffee, which is quite an achievement.

Proper tea, whether weak as I like it or stronger is made by putting tea/tea bag into pot. (We have a special teapot with its own strainer which can be removed as soon as it has brewed long enough.) The traditional quantity is one spoonful of tea/tea-bag per person. YOU MUST BOIL THE WATER and it MUST be freshly-boiled and poured straight over the leaves. It is left to stew/brew/mash, usually for four - five minutes, then poured. The milk should be put into the cup/mug first (and it's definitely best if it's bone china - the translucency helps the look of the tea and it tastes better from china, somehow.) and then you pour in the tea. Add sugar if you must, and drink. Biscuits (trans: cookies) can be dunked in it if wished. Ginger nuts, digestives or Rich Tea work best.

If you ordered tea anywhere in this country you would have to specify no milk in advance. It is considered posh/pretentious or, at the minimum, slightly dubious and/or foreign to drink tea without milk.
alittleacademe
May. 30th, 2013 11:24 am (UTC)
OH MY GOD STONEY.

If the water is not boiled (nb, much of Europe is with you), it is already game over. So:

Place tea ball or teabag in mug
Pour boiling water over tea
Leave for a bit
Mash a bit
Remove bag/ball
Splash of skimmed milk.

That is Chinese/Indian tea (darjeeling, assam, english breakfast). Earl Grey, repeat, but don't leave as long, and no milk. Same for peppermint, lemon-and-ginger etc.

In Germany they bring you a glass of hot water, a tea-bag in a little glass cup, and a slice of lemon.

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