Post by Flesh-eating Dragon Post by Midgardette
Same here, although my girlfriend, from Liverpool, swears by her
aluminium teapot. I've never been able to tell the difference
between milk first and milk after either.
The difference is that if you put the milk in after you can tell how
*much* milk you have actually put in (by the colour).
I believe you're exactly wrong. Since you don't see the actual milk,
you can't judge how *much* milk you've put in -- how can you tell
whether it's 4cc or 6cc? If you pour it in the cup first, you can
easier estimate how much milk you've put in (though it makes it harder
to estimate how much *tea* you've put in.)
However, that's not all that important, as it's usually the *ratio* of
milk to tea that matters, and not how *much* milk. Unless you're on a
very strict diet.
As for the colour, the colour changes just as much whether you pour milk
in tea or tea in milk. If anything, there's less need for stirring if
you pour the milk in first. If you pour the milk in last, the milk
often goes straight down and mixes with tea at the middle of the cup
instead of what's on the surface. So you may think you've put in less
milk than what you actually have.
What matters to me is that the pot *and* cup should be pre-heated, the
milk should not be fridge cold, and it should be a cup, not a mug.
Serving people luke warm tea is an insult.
If you have guests, additional rules apply:
- Don't let any bag tags hang out of the tea pot. At least keep the
*illusion* that you actually made tea.
- Don't ask people whether they want tea and then serve them herbal tea
(i.e. anything not made with real tea leaves). It's like asking people
whether they want a drink, and then serve them carrot juice. While it
technically qualifies, it's a "no".
- Do not place biscuits on the saucer. Dirty an extra plate.
- There's no such thing as a tea mug.
- Dessert spoons are not tea spoons.
- Lumps of white sugar *can* be found at the grocery store.
- Real milk, however, can *not*. Either get ultra-pasteurized milk
without the usual additives or substitute it with light coffee cream or
half-and-half. Just let people know.
- Tea cups, like all other drinking vessels should be placed to the
*right* of the plate.
- Remember that what you call a biscuit, the rest of the world calls a
- Polite guests won't ask when they want more, and won't help
themselves even if you tell them to beforehand. You have to ask them,
or send the tray around whenever you see someone is out of something.