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||Well, it's not as interesting, but possibly more useful:|
My gran pointed out to me when I was young that if you had made several cups in one go and have forgotten which ones you put sugar in, they will be the ones with bubbles in the centre. It's been so long since I had sugar in tea, I haven't tested it recently. Maybe this requires further investigation.
||At first mention of the 'money' in tea, I didn't twig until I read Karen's e-mail. My family also hails from Newcastle and I remember when I was quite young trying to catch the penny shaped/sized island of frothy milky stuff, created in a milky coffee when you stir it, on a spoon, all in one, in order to drink it and thus come to good fortune. I can only assume that this originated from a tea thing because all my Geordie relatives drink tea, only tea, and by the bucketful!|
Incidentally, I now believe that it is completely impossible to catch all the froth in one, some always gets away (damn that surface tension) and thus the tea gods will never have to shower anyone with riches, cunning eh?
Just so's you know, I live in Essex and I too have heard the bubbles/money theory. When I pour tea I have the odd habit of raising the pot up and down as I pour. This creates the bubbles. (What can I say - think it makes tea look more attractive with all the bubbles!)
Anyhoot, I did this one time at my in-laws house and my mother in law took one look and claimed I had money coming to me. Sadly, she couldn't explain why this might be so, only that the bubbles were a sign. My mother in law came from North London so the saying is obviously known around that particular area.
Incidentally - the bubbles were wrong.
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||Esteemed Mr Nicey,|
This is a serious message about a serious question.
We enjoy English Breakfast, Irish Breakfast and Scottish Breakfast tea, here in the Antipodes. However, a Welsh friend has asked me where we can buy Welsh Breakfast and, indeed, is there such a thing as Welsh Breakfast Tea.
Who makes Welsh Breakfast Tea, and can another Australian reader let us know where we can buy it?
|Nicey replies: 'The' Welsh tea is called Glengetty, I could only find one reference to it in Google and that was in the middle of a large piece of Welsh text. Don't know about a breakfast type of tea however.|
||Dear Mr Nicey,|
yes its true the bubbles on the top of your tea do mean good fortune is on the way,or so my nan told me! But you have to catch them with a teaspoon and drink them seperatley. However it can't just be a welsh tale as my nan hails from Newcastle and it is a habit I continue to do today. (still waiting for the money though!) Got to go kettles just boiled.