|Jane Austen, born Dec. 16, 1775, died July 18, 1817|
I love all things Jane Austen and today I remembering her with a Breakfast Tea, from the book Tea with Jane Austen. This book shares the secret of one of her favorite rituals--teatime. Each chapter includes a ritual of how tea was taken at a particular time of day, along with the history, recipes, and excerpts from Austen's novels.
Jane Austen novels pair well with tea and tea is frequently mentioned in her work. Jane was the keeper and maker of tea in her family and was in charge of making her family's breakfast at 9 am every morning.
This book begins with tea drinking in the morning and ends with tea in the evening--at balls and other gatherings.
This morning we are enjoying a "Grand Breakfast with the Austens at Stoneleigh Abbey."
I think Jane Austen would have loved setting her table with blue and white china.
Jane loved Twinings tea and this morning we had their English Breakfast Tea...a great tea to start the day! Twining's founder Thomas Twining opened Britain's first known tearoom in 1706 at 216 Strand, London, where it still operates today. The business started as Tom's Coffee House, where men (not women) would gather to drink, gossip, and do business. Thomas Twining decided to turn his love of tea into a business going against the existing coffee trend. He came up against great opposition in the way of ridiculous taxes, thus being a beverage only the upper class could afford. His passion and dedication would turn a little-known drink into the nations "cure all" beverage of all time.
The loose tea is steeped in the teapot and then poured through the tea strainer, which is then placed on top of the tiny silver strainer base. Milk and sugar may be added to a black tea.
"But indeed I would rather have nothing but tea."