Incidentally, the term ‘high tea’ originates from Victorian England and originally referred to the meal we now call dinner, eaten between 5 and 7pm. Traditionally, high tea was eaten by middle to upper class children (whose parents would have a more formal dinner later) or by labourers, miners and the like when they came home from work. The ‘high’ in the name refers to the time of day – as in high noon – to distinguish it from afternoon tea, which was taken at about 3pm. Somewhere along the line ‘high tea’ must have gradually moved earlier in the day, but no one knows how!
Talking about sugar rushes, I want to share with you this clever trick that I saw on the TV show, Barefoot Contessa. If you want to make your chocolate brownies even better, spoon smooth peanut butter on the batter just before you put it in the oven. With a knife, swirl it around the brownie batter. Do not be to overzealous or your butter will disappear into the batter – you want to see it on top of the brownies. They look pretty and are very decadent!