Posted by Owen Roberts on February 10, 2017 at 17:18:17 user OwenRoberts.
In Reply to: Re: Britain's Lost Waterlands posted by Alan Hakim on February 10, 2017 at 10:49:20:
A few thoughts on tea.
No machine that uses plastic cups can produce decent tea. Boiling water either melts the cup or makes it sag badly so that the tea spills. Boiling water proof cups for machines can be produced, but the used to cost £1.53 against £0.02 for the standard plastic cup.
The British Army has always produced foul tea. But if you have just completed a route march with a heavy pack – it seemed like nectar. Legend has it that the tea was laced with bromide to restraint the soldier’s sexual ardour. Milk may well have been cooked with the tea to pasteurise it and prevent an outbreak of TB.
IBM tea made in their London offices, which was made in a warmed teapot with boiling water. They used Lyons Orange Label (does anyone remember this?) tea. No tea bags in the pot – a major plus point.
Nowadays the teabag in a mug has become the standard way of tea making in most offices and many homes. A point of difference is to warm the mug over the kettle spout.
Iced tea without milk has been popular for many years. With lemon or lime it does make an excellent drink in warmer weather. Many people use Earl Grey for this type of tea.
Force cereal was discontinued in 2013 after 112 years of production. I did buy it occasionally for its S&A connections, it was a cornflake type of product and may be reintroduced as manufacturers seek to reduce the amount of sugar, salt and artificial colouring in cereals.
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