My first encounter with the oldest British tradition in the book. A good ole afternoon tea with fellow study abroad students in central London. At the tea we were generously served a cornucopia of delicate treats including pastries, cupcakes, finger-sandwiches, and most importantly scones; for beverages, we were offered both tea and coffee. As Americans, the group and myself probably ate a bit too much at a increasingly rapid pace, as we are still learning the polite manners native of the Brits.
- How to eat scones:
- Place a full scone on an empty plate
- Cut the treat in half sideways to you have to flat, patty-like pieces of bread
- With a knife, gently spread some clotted cream (a think butter-like spread) on each piece of scone
- On top of the cream, knife s dollop of flavored jam
- Neatly and slowly eat each piece of scone with your fingers – NOTE: Scones are about the ONLY food that the English eat with their hands – they even eat pizza with a fork!
- Polite Table Manners:
- Always place hands on top of the table, for others may think you are doing something innapropriaate or sneaky if they cannot see them
- Use silverware for almost all foods
- Finish the food on your plate before having seconds
- Eat your entire mean, the Brits aren’t to keen on taking food to-go