Giggle cake Recipe!… http://thesecludedteapartyshhh.blogspot.co.uk/2011/03/giggle-cake.html
http://bit.ly/JY3n1Z (Cucumber sandwiches)
Earlier this year, back in June in fact, I was contacted through Facebook from a lovely gent called Mark who was claiming to be the Director of the BBC One Show “Escape to the Country” and he was looking to ask my advice on Afternoon Tea Etiquette specialists after hearing about my (then, upcoming) Etiquette of Afternoon Tea workshop with the fabulous William Hanson.
So, as requested, I arranged a quick chat with him on the phone in my lunch hour and we ended up nattering for a good half an hour about all things afternoon tea related and I had assumed by the time he had hung up that I had bored him to death with my geekery.
Well, it turns out that my nattering on about the history of the Victoria Sponge and our more locally rumoured cakey concoction, the Giggle Cake, he had been impressed by my enthisasm for the subject and told me that he wanted to book me for the show instead of the contacts that I had provided him with. I wasn’t sure that he understood the fact that I wasn’t an *Expert* in afternoon tea, however he assured me that he just wanted a passionate geek to stand in front of his camera for a while and waffle about Afternoon Tea. Not just any location either… It was to be filmed at Woburn Abbey, the holy grail of afternoon tea.
giggle cake….Boiled fruit cake in Edwardian era…in vogue to have boiled fruits cake…
Soft bread, not rough course bread
Ladies used to eat with gloves so sandwich they used to eat sandwiches rolled like Swiss rolls so as not to make a mess
Women only only later would a man come along, children present was uncial but an older child would serve and pass around
It was always a man world in coffee houses and they stayed later and later so afternoon tea was to fill the gap whilst waiting
Caddy comes from cati – a measuring unit of tea
They scooped from a shell taken from the seashores so the spoon was designed around
The duchess would have taken the key from her waistband so servants could not steel as theydrank ale then
Servant would serve hot water into teapots and another warm tea pot on the side
Servant would then decant into a sieve like spoon
Take the pot to the kettle not the kettle tithe pot
Tea used to be serves in a bowl and the ladies would balance the hot bowl with their pinkie
6 I clock with the thumb and 12 with the finger
Milk was poured first ad a coolant against the fine bone china
She believes that may be why gloves were kept on also however not mentioned
Stir from 6-12
Never in a circle!!
They would have commented on it
Tea was taken up in ladies boudoir to start in sneaking the food
Then realising how lovely it was, took it to their lounge and drawing rooms and then to the tea gardens or pleasure gardens outside of London
Heated rotanda. And
Thetraditiom then evolved
They weren’t allowed to touch any of the things on alastairs table
He Said sounds like a social nightmare
As important as reading literature etc
They then ventured into gardens to get out of house and do the ritz etc