Its the biggest question around the water cooler this week, “Who is getting up at 3 a.m. to watch the royal wedding?” Viewing parties have been set up weeks in advance with the requested attire being pjs and wacky hats. CBC is hosting a televised event party in downtown Toronto with free scones and tea for everyone and prizes for the best hats and wedding dress. If you want to look like you’ve already attended a few royal weddings, then clip on a ‘fascinator’, that British style hair adornment that falls somewhere between a pillbox and a well-crafted bird’s nest, and made favorable again by Kate Middleton.
Wherever your royal viewing takes place, a good pot of tea and a couple of handknit Union Jacks will set the mood nicely.
Pick up a copy of the Spring/Summer issue of the Debbie Bliss magazine for the instructions to make this British flag, the most coveted souvenir of the event.
Thanks to a lovely British knitter, here are the instructions for a proper pot of tea-
1. Pour fresh cold water into the kettle, never use water boiled more than once, and make sure your kettle is free of scale.
2. Boil the water.
3. Pour a bit of the boiled water into the empty teapot, swirl it around and pour out.
4. Put your tea of choice into the teapot- one teabag per person, or one rounded teaspoon of loose tea per cup.
5. Pour the boiled water into the pot.
6. Leave it to brew 3-5 minutes, add a tea cosy for maximum heat.
7. In tea cups, the milk should always go in first.
8. Pour the tea into the cup,
9. Add fine white sugar if required, but never honey or brown sugar.
10. Stir and enjoy!