Tea—Best Drink of the Day!


Tea—Best Drink of the Day!

By J. Salazar

Teacher at AIT Language School


«Where there’s tea, there’s hope.»

Arthur Wing Pinero (British Writer and Dramatist)

To say that Britons are fond of tea is something of an understatement. From the Royal Family down to the humblest street beggar, tea is more than just a simple pleasure; it’s an essential part of British life!

The average Briton over the age of 10 drinks three and a half cups of tea per day. That’s 1,355 cups per year, putting Britain way ahead of any other country in the international league of tea-drinking nations!

But what makes tea such an important part of British life? One reason is that drinking tea is such a good displacement activity. In other words, whenever the English feel uncomfortable in a social setting, they make tea. For example, when visitors come and problems arise with the formal greeting protocols, the English host will almost always ask: “Would you like a cup of tea?” A business meeting might involve speaking about money. But before discussing this tricky subject, the British will make sure everyone has tea. A bad accident occurs and people are injured or in shock: tea is needed. World War III breaks out or a nuclear attack is imminent, and somebody will start preparing . . . yes, you’ve guessed it: tea.

So, given Britain’s fondness for this remarkable drink, what can you do to impress your British friends with the perfect cup of tea? Well, here are a few tips to help you.

Making the Perfect Cup of Tea

  1. Choose the right tea. British people generally drink black tea. Brands such as PG Tips, Tetley, Typhoo and Twinings are all available at Carrefour, El Corte Inglés and Mercadona. The most popular tea is English Breakfast. But Earl Grey is also a favourite with many.
  2. Treat your water kindly. Use bottled water if possible. However, if you’re using tap water, run the tap a little so that the water is nicely aerated. Only boil it once to keep the oxygen level up. Oxygen in water enhances the flavour in tea.
  3. Add tea and water. Put a tea bag into your mug, pour over the boiling water and stir briefly. And then wait patiently. Tea needs time to release all its flavour, so give it 4-5 minutes to brew. But don’t leave it any longer, otherwise your tea will stew, producing a bitter aftertaste. Remember this simple rule: brew, not stew.
  4. Remove the tea bag without squeezing. When the tea has brewed, gently remove the tea bag from the mug. But don’t squeeze the tea bag inside the mug. If you do, the tea will taste bitter.
  5. With or without milk? That really depends on you. There are no rules here. Some people like a splash of semi-skimmed or whole milk. But remember—your brew is unique to you, so add milk, sugar, honey, lemon or nothing at all. Most importantly, enjoy!


Split pea & green pea salad


Give peas a chance!

Los guisantes son una verdura muy nutritiva. Son ricos en fibra, en vitaminas A, B, C y E, en potasio, calcio, hierro y fósforo. En nuestro país, la temporada de guisantes se extiende de marzo a junio. Por lo tanto, incorporarlos a nuestros platos en este momento es una buena idea: al ser producto de temporada su precio es más bajo y es más fácil encontrarlos frescos. Un truco para saber si los guisantes que compramos son frescos o no es fijarnos en las vainas: deben estar crujientes y brillantes y el peciolo (el tallo que las unía a la planta), verde, no correoso.

Así pues, os dejamos con una receta típica de la cocina rápida norteamericana que, además de ayudaros a practicar el inglés, os dará como resultado un plato delicioso y saludable.

Split pea & green pea salad

Receta extraída de America’s Quick Cuisine, J. Carino & E. Zelner (eds.); World Publications Group (2004).

Preparation time: 45 minutes


1 cup (250g) of green split peas

2 cups (500g) of vegetable broth

½ teaspoon (2g) dried thyme

10 ounces (280g) green peas

4 ounces (100g) rice

¼ cup (50g) thinly sliced onions

¼ cup (50g) chopped fresh mint

¼ cup (50ml) vegetable oil

1 teaspoon (5g) finely shredded lemon peel

Lemon juice

Mint and thyme sprigs

Salt and pepper


  1. Sort through split peas, discarding any debris; then rinse and drain peas. In a pan, bring broth to a boil over high heat. Add split peas and dried thyme. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until split peas are tender to bite (about 25 minutes); drain and discard any remaining cooking liquid. Transfer split peas to a large bowl, add cold green peas, and mix gently but thoroughly. Let stand, stirring occasionally, until mixture is cool (about 3 minutes).
  2. Meanwhile, in a pan, bring about 8 cups (1,5l) water to a boil over medium-high heat; stir in rice and cook until just tender to bite (cook according to package directions). Drain, rinse with cold water, and drain well again. Transfer rice to bowl with peas. Add onions and chopped mint; mix gently. In a small bowl, beat oil, lemon peel, and lemon juice until blended. Add to pea mixture; mix gently but thoroughly.
  3. This pea mixture makes 4 servings. To serve, top 4 plates equally with pea mixture. Garnish salads with mint and thyme sprigs; season to taste with salt and pepper.
Split pea & green pea salad. Imagen: Alberta Pulse Growers (2016).

Split pea & green pea salad. Imagen: Alberta Pulse Growers (2016).

Enjoy your meal! 😉

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