I need to clear up a confusion about mealtimes, please America.
In the UK mealtime references are based on your class or age, I think. I am not totally sure about this, but this is how I see it.
Breakfast – check, I think we all do the same thing.
Brunch – check, generally a Sunday thing (and I have experienced some most excellent brunches in the USA so far – in fact, I would say the USA Sunday brunch malarkey exceeds anything previously encountered in the UK – I mean, shrimp and grits – this is a whole bunch of awesomeness on a plate).
Lunch – now this is where it gets confusing, because some people call it lunch and some people call it dinner. I call it lunch….
Tea – in the UK this is either:
a) for kids at about 5pm-ish; or
b) for those who are a bit posh, or at boarding school, or fancy an afternoon snack and wish to label it as something else, so it doesn’t really seem like you are [God forbid] snacking – and it consists of scones / crumpet / muffins / cake etc; or
c) for them up North or them who are a bit common, and for this you can have a meal on your knee in front of the TV (I confess to being a tea person every now and then….hang on, does this make it a TV dinner….?)
Supper – this is, again, confusing. Supper is dinner / dinner is supper. It’s a meal.
Now I’m confused. What do Americans call it all? If I invite an American for tea, will they expect scones plated up on a three-layered tier with doilies and napkins and tea from a pot? I blame Downton Abbey for this expectation. Or, if they have a child in tow, do they realise it will be ‘kids’ tea’?
I need help to understand American mealtime references, please – and feedback from Americans on what they understand our British mealtime references to be, and, therefore, what they would expect. By the way, I don’t do scones…..
As far as I can see there is no epiphany in Howard County right now. Christmas decorations still adorn bushes, houses and trees. Still looks pretty, though
The UK, so I read on BBC News Online, is getting colder in the UK with snow forecast. I just had my lunch out on the decking. What’s that all about?! Oh yeah, it’s called climate change….