When people found out I was going to be in England, everyone talked about the tea.
“Oh Lauren, you’re going to have so much tea. They drink it all the time over there. And they’re teeth are discolored too. Have fun with the tea!”
And I thought, “Ok, chill out. You don’t even know anything because you have never been there, and it is probably just another one of those cultural stereotypes that has been blown up by the media.” (I am so jaded when it comes to “the media” sometimes.)
And then I got here and realized that it was true. What everyone said, I mean. People drink tea like water. Even the kids my age have 7-8 cups a day, and that is a conservative estimate. We drink tea with every meal and several times in between, typically black tea with milk and sugar if you care for it.
All I can think is, your bodies are probably not de-toxifying properly. I mean, water is supposed to get rid of all the impurities in your system, but it you’re hydrating yourselves with tea? You’re on the road to rotting innards, my friends. And I am on that road too, now that I drink that much tea.
So far, no one has died from tea-related decay here, so that is good. Kind of disappointing, actually. Wouldn’t that be a good story? And the other disappointing part of the massive tea consumption is the singular lack of tea parties. There has been one tea party. Granted, it was awesome, and we drank out of real Royal Albert teacups, but it has only happened once.
They drink so much tea that they don’t even care about it. The novelty has worn off. So where I would appreciate some novelty, they can’t be bothered.
I made my own fun, though, when I did some sugar cookies for the party. If you want the recipe, you can click here. I included a different icing recipe below, which I tried on these cookies. It was all right. I did it better the second time, but I didn’t take pictures. Ah well.
Adapted from allrecipes
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons milk
2 teaspoons light corn syrup (or golden syrup)
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
assorted food coloring
Mix well and add more milk or sugar until you get the consistency you would like for dipping or painting. I used a spoon to spread too.