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Evening tea in the garden

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7th Jun 2006, 21:15   | tags:,,,,,,

daz says:

Too cold for that here. :(

*wraps self in blanket more tightly*

7th Jun 2006, 21:18

Euphro says:

Cordless phone and baby monitor: essential accompaniments :D

7th Jun 2006, 21:24

Puddikat says:

Green by the looks of your tea : )

7th Jun 2006, 21:29

Euphro says:

That's an interesting question, Swamprose, and without a simple answer. The names of meals have even changed in my lifetime.

Breakfast is definitely breakfast, and I think that that is true through all of the UK.

When I was young, living in Dublin,Ireland, the meal in the middle of the day was called dinner and was a large meal with multiple courses; however, in Ireland, sometime in the early seventies, dinner moved to the evening and the meal in the middle of the day became much lighter and was renamed lunch. I think that the big change was driven by people working much farther from home and having to commute, i.e. they could not make it home in the middle of the day for a large meal. Interestingly, we continued to have the big meal in the middle of the day at weekends, but it changed its name to lunch.

Again, when I was small, you had tea, which involved things like bread and butter and jam, maybe cheese or meat paste as well, with tea or milk, in the evening at around six o'clock. In parts of the north of England, the evening meal is still called tea, but involved your typical meat and two veg main course, multi-course meal, which in Ireland is now called dinner. Of course, if you were posh, then you always had dinner in the evening :)

When I was young, there was also an even later meal, called supper, which you would have just before bed and involved something light like a slice of bread and a drink of milk. However, in some parts of England, the evening main meal has always been called supper.

To give some interesting historical context, in the time of Henry the Eighth, i.e. Tudor times, the royal court rose at 6 a.m., but did not eat until 10 a.m., when they ate "dinner", in the late afternoon, at about 4 p.m., they would eat "supper", another large meal, and that was it for the day :)

I hope that this is not too confusing; I'm sure that others will add their own variants on this. :)

8th Jun 2006, 09:10

Euphro says:

Oh, sorry, no, we do not eat Cheerios (Nestle), but they are available :)

8th Jun 2006, 09:11

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