English breakfast and tea as medicine
Traditional English breakfast: tea, toasts, jam, eggs, bacon, sausage, tomatoes, mushrooms etc. - at the same time tasty and nourishing. A breakfast - the only element of the English food which it is frequent and with enthusiasm is eulogized by foreigners. However, the few from us regularly eat “a full English breakfast“: the foreign tourists staying at hotels are fed with much more traditional breakfast, than that which we, local, prepare for ourselves houses.This tradition is more strictly observed by
in the tops and the bottoms of society, but not in a circle of middle classes. Some members of society and aristocrats still eat the real English breakfast in the country mansions, some representatives of working class (mainly men) still consider that day should be begun with the “made breakfast“ consisting of fried eggs with bacon, sausages, stewed beans, fried bread, toasts etc. Workers have more often breakfast in snackbars, but not houses, and wash down food with a large amount of strong, sweet tea of color of the brick diluted with milk. Bottoms and the center of middle class drink more pale, “secular“ type of tea - we will tell, Twinings “s English Breakfast, but not PG Tips. Representatives of a top of middle class and society prefer the weak, almost colourless, not sweetened Earl Grey. To put in tea sugar is regarded by many as a sure sign of belonging to the lowest classes; even one spoon will cause suspicion (if only you were born not till 1955) ; more than one spoon you at best treat bottoms of average estate; more than two - and you are certain from working class. At first to pour milk in a cup is a habit of the lowest classes, as well as hard, noisy work by a spoon too. Some pretentious representatives of the center and a top of an average class seek to show all that to them to taste of Lapsang Souchong, without milk and without sugar as workers definitely never drink such tea. More honest (or less anxious with the social image) representatives of a top of middle class and society often admit the secret addiction to strong tea of color of a rust - to tea of “builders“. Your relation to this tea, how diligently you disown from it, - rather reliable indicator of durability of your social status.British of all classes are convinced by
that tea possesses miracle properties. The cup of tea can cure or, at least, is considerable facilitate almost any trifling indisposition, from a headache to the torn-off knee. Tea is also good medicine for all diseases of social or psychological character - from offended “I“ to the spiritual wounds received owing to divorce or a bereavement. This magic drink is effective both as a sedative, and as a stimulator. Tea also calms, pacifies, and excites, raises a vitality. What there was your mental or physical state, everything that it is necessary for you, is “a cup good to tea“.
I that, perhaps, is especially important, tea preparation - the fine protective mechanism: when British feel awkwardly or test inconvenience in a social situation (and it for them almost permanent state), they make and spill tea. If you do not know what to do, include a teapot. Guests came - we, as always, experience difficulties at an exchange of greetings and therefore we speak: “I will go I will put a teapot“. Awkward hitch in conversation, about weather everything that is possible, told - we speak: “So, to whom else to tea? I will go I will put a teapot“. The business meeting, is supposed discussion of the questions connected with money, - we delay awkward conversation, treating all with tea. There was a tragic incident, people are injured, shocked - tea is necessary: “I will go I will put a teapot“. The third world war burst, there was a real threat of a nuclear attack:“ I will go I will put a teapot“.
generally, you understood. We cannot live without tea.
A still we very much love toasts. A toast - the main product of a breakfast, universal convenient food for all occasions. Tea with a toast will cure what does not cure one tea by all means. A support for toasts - exclusively English piece of kitchen utensils. My father - he lives in America and in tastes and habits became almost the American - calls this device “the refrigerator for toasts“ at which, according to his statement, only the one and only function - to promote that the toast cooled down as soon as possible. The English supporters of a support for toasts would object it that on this device toasts remain dry and crackling and that if not to separate toasts one from another and not to put them upright in a lattice, they will dampen and will become soft that just and happens to the American toasts which move on a plate in the form of a chaotic damp heap, sometimes under a napkin why they become wetter. Cold and dry toasts it is more preferable to British warm and volgly. The American toasts are deprived of concentration and advantage: they are too sweaty, violent and emotional.
However, to judge on toasts a class association it is useless: toasts love everything. Representatives of tops of society had prejudice against grain cutting in packing, but only those from them who is afraid, as if did not rank them as lower estate, defiantly avoid in shop the cut bread for toasts. And here what you smear on the toast can give an idea of your social status. Average and highest classes consider margarine as food of “commoners“. They use butter (if only do not keep to a diet, that is do not suffer from intolerance of dairy products). Fruit jelly enjoys wide popularity, however tops of society prefer the dark, cut by thick pieces Oxford or Dundee fruit jelly, and the lowest classes usually eat the light, thinly cut Golden Shred fruit jelly (“Gold shaving“).
Unwritten class rules concerning jam actually the same: more dark and dense jam is intended for a table of representatives of high estates. Some the representatives of a middle part and top of middle class anxious with class signs in soul give preference to lighter, soft grades of fruit jelly and jam (it is possible because they are natives of lower estates and in the fir-tree childhood “Golden shred“), but are forced to buy the grades intended for the highest classes. Only the lowest estates - in particular, bottoms of middle class, - seeking to be expressed “on - secular“, call jam (jam) of preserves (“jam“).
From the book “England and British. What hold back guides...“