Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tea Party

Afternoon tea also known as low tea, is a light meal typically eaten between 3pm and 5pm. The custom of drinking tea originated in England when Catherine of Bragança married Charles II in 1661 and brought the practice of drinking tea in the afternoon with her from Portugal.
Various places that belonged to the former British Empire also have such a meal. However, changes in social customs and working hours mean that most Britons will rarely take afternoon tea, if at all.
Traditionally, loose tea is brewed in a teapot and served in teacups with milk and sugar. This is accompanied by sandwiches (customarily cucumber, egg and cress, fish paste, ham, and smoked salmon), scones (with clotted cream and jam, see cream tea) and usually cakes and pastries.
Here you are some British and American recipes to be eaten with your tea.
Tea Biscuits

- 125 g sugar
- 225 g butter
- 350 g plain flour
- pinch of salt

1. Beat the sugar and butter together in a large bowl until combined.

2.Sift in the flour and salt and work together to form a stiff dough. Turn out on to a lightly floured surface. Knead lightly for a few moments until smooth. Chill in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes.

3. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured work surface and cut into shapes with small biscuits cutters. Place on a greased baking tray.

4. Bake the biscuits in a preheated oven, 180ºC for 10-15 minutes, until pale golden brown. Leave on the baking trays for ten minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

5. Mix the icing sugar with a little water to make a glacé icing and use to ice the biscuits. Decorate with silver balls, tiny pieces of glacé cherries...






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 And ready to eat!
Enjoy your meal!

 Cheaty Fran

Thank you very much!


Cookies Recipe
For about 20 cookies:
·         75 gramms brown sugar
·         75 gramms white sugar
·         75 gramms butter
·         1 egg
·         1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
·         170 gramms flour
·         1 teaspoon of baking soda
·         75 gramms chocolate chips
·         Mix the brown and white sugar with the butter in a bowl until creamy. Use a fork or a wooden spoon.
·         Beat the egg and add it to the mixture.
·         Then, add the flour, vanilla and baking soda and mix all ingredients.
·         Finally, add the chocolate chips and mix again.
·         Preheat the oven at 180ºC.
·         Make little balls with the mixture and create the cookies.
·         Place them on an oven tray with oven film paper. There must be 5 cm between them.
·         Bake for 8-10 minutes.


2/3 cup flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
5 tablespoons butter (melted)
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
·         Preheat oven to 375F and lightly butter a square baking dish (8x8).  
·         Place cocoa powder, sugar and melted butter in a large bowl.
·         In a separate bowl beat the eggs.
·         Add beaten eggs to cocoa/sugar mixture and mix well.
·         Add flour until just combined.
·         Do not over mix.
·         Transfer batter to baking dish.
·         Place in preheated oven and bake for approximately 25 minutes.
·         Do not overcook.
·         Let cool for 10 minutes, slice and serve.

·         8 ounces self-raising flour
·         salt, to taste
·         1 teaspoon baking powder
·         2 tablespoons caster sugar (superfine granulated)
·         2 ounces butter
·         1 egg, beaten and mixed with
·         1/4 pint milk
·         fresh double cream, to serve (heavy cream)
·         jam, of your choice
·         butter, to spread


·  Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder into a bowl and add the sugar and butter.

·  Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
·  Gradually mix in the egg and milk mixture to make a dough, saving any excess to glaze the tops of the scones. Add your fruit at this stage if using.
·  Gently knead the dough on a lightly floured work surface until smooth.
·  Roll out the dough to about 1/2" thick, then cut out 2" rounds with a plain or fluted cutter, kneading and re-rolling the dough until it is all used up.
·  Arrange scones on baking sheets then brush tops with the milk and egg mixture.
·  Bake in the oven at 230°C (450°F) mark 8 for 10 to 15 minutes, until well risen and lightly golden. Cool on a wire rack.

·  Whip the fresh cream until stiff. Split the scones and fill with butter, jam and fresh cream.


2 cups flour
2 cups milk
2 eggs (beaten)
1/3 cup butter (melted)
2 tablespoons sugar (optional)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

·         In a large bowl combine the flour, milk, beaten eggs, melted butter, sugar, baking powder and salt until just blended.
·         Preheat a lightly greased griddle or frying pan.
·         Pour about 1/4 cup of batter into pan for each pancake.
·         Cook until pancakes begin to bubble.
·         Flip once and cook for 1 to 2 minutes longer.
·         Serve with maple syrup, jam or fruit.
 And ready to eat!
Enjoy your meal!

Agony Aunt

Dear Anne
One of my close friends is absolutely beautiful, one of the best looking girls I've ever seen. On top of this she's friendly, funny and very flirty. I love her to bits but because of her looks and charm she constantly gets attention from men when we're out and this means no one is ever interested in me. If I meet someone I like I'm afraid of when they meet her because I know that without exception they'll want her instead. I'm scared it's affecting our friendship because I don't want to socialize with her or meet men, because every time a person I like prefers her it really hurts. I don't know what to do. Jen

Dear Anne
I really need help. I've been in a two year relationship with a wonderful girl. We have a deep bond and she's almost perfect. Her main problem is that she gives me a hard time for going out with friends because even though I've never cheated or thought about cheating, she doesn't trust me. Also in 5 months she may be moving home to Europe, meaning either I go with her or I stay here and lose her. In the meantime I've met a girl at work. She's great too, not who I thought was my type, but she's a great person. At first I thought my feelings for her were platonic but I found out she will be leaving work in a few weeks and suddenly I got a rush of anxiety. I think I have a crush on her. Everything my brain tells me is that I should disregard this and focus on my relationship with the first girl, but I can't stop thinking about the second. I've not intimated my feelings to the second girl. Help me please! James

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Please can you help me? I'm at the end of my tether. I've been in a relationship for 6 years. I love my boyfriend very much but very often he will wet the bed. He was badly treated by his step father as a child. He was very close with his eldest brother, who was killed falling off scaffolding at work. He always talks of these awful things very openly but I'm sure there is so much locked inside. Sometimes he will be talking to me and urine will leak out of him like a stream, yet he has no idea. Yes I know it can be down to alcohol but it has happened otherwise. Are there other problems we should investigate? Vikki

What should they do?
Give them some advice.

School Rules

School rules are necessary if we want to live and study happily at school.
Here are some examples of students' school rules posters.

Make your own in groups of 4 or 5.

You have to write 10 rules using must.

Decorate it as beautifully as possible.

The best posters will be kept for school walls.

And if you don't follow the school rules, you'll have a problem...