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Lisa's week: The Queen's 90th birthday

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Did you know that HRH Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 90th birthday on Thursday 21st April? Around here, that’s really a cause for celebration and I planned a birthday tea party in recognition of this very special event.

Now, you might wonder what are the basic components of a very English afternoon tea and I’m here today to share the details with you.

First of all, you need sandwiches. Lots of sandwiches. Small, bite-sized morsels with white or brown bread, and usually filled with thinly sliced cucumber, egg and cress, or smoked salmon. Then there’s homemade scones with clotted cream and lots of strawberry jam. Scones are a type of cake which are usually cut in half and then the question is – rich clotted cream first, followed by a layer of jam on top or the other way around, with the cream topping your scone experience? Personally, I’m a jam-with-cream-on-top kind of girl, which is exactly what I did. Of course, the most important component of an afternoon tea is the tea itself. Freshly brewed, English tea usually from India made strong and hot and drunk with cold milk out of fine, bone china cups. Preferably several pots’ worth.

I also served a chicken dish called Coronation Chicken, which was invented for the Queen’s Coronation back in 1953 and is a type of delicious curry mayonnaise chicken salad. And as a special treat, I bought birthday biscuits in the shape of things related to the Queen such as her corgis! Far too delicious to eat but perfect for decoration. There were flags and confetti and flowers all in red, white and blue, and everyone stood up to toast this special birthday with a glass of champagne. A perfectly English afternoon right here in the heart of Germany. According to recent statistics, 76% of the British are still fans of the British monarchy so I’m sure I was in good company.

With HRH QE II’s official birthday on 11th June (so that they have a better chance of good weather), there’s a good chance that I might just have to repeat the party again. It’s a great excuse to make more scones with clotted cream. Who’d like the recipe?

What is Lisa's week?

"We’ve (hopefully) been entertaining you so far with the meaning and background of a weekly English idiom and now we’ve decided to expand that a little to give me the chance to share some details that come my way in my daily life as a Business English teacher. I hope to find weekly tidbits of information and experience to tell you about such as British traditions that I (or we) celebrate, or typical mistakes made when speaking English, or even some of the funny things I come across in my daily life. We hope that you’ll enjoy the insight into the life of a Brit in Germany!"

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