Hello lovely family and friends
Time for a bit more New Zealand culture. When we arrived in the Land of the Long White Cloud, we joined a church group that meets once a week. We were told that we would get together at seven o’clock and have supper together, and each couple would take it in turn to make the supper. ‘Wow,’ we thought, ‘That’s a lot of people to feed, and what a mission to transport it, and keep it all warm.’
It turns out that supper is what we would call dessert, or baking; not a whole meal. And Tea, which we think is a cup of tea and a biscuit, is actually a whole dinner.
Tea – dinner
Supper – a cup of tea and a piece of cake
Dinner – lunch
Tea – a cup of tea and a biscuit
Supper or dinner – main evening meal
Lunch – lunch
The kids at school have a morning break called “morning tea,” although there is no sign of any tea anywhere. Maybe that only happens in the teacher’s lounge, although it’s probably coffee that is their beverage of choice.
Oh, yes, and another thing, my youngest said “Mom, they told us to bring a plate, so maybe they are short of plates and forks and things,” but what that actually means is, bring a plate with some food on it to share.
So, when inviting, or being invited, to an event of whatever name, that involves beverages or food, it’s worth doing some careful questioning about what is actually expected lest you or your guests leave over, or under fed…
This is one of my current works in progress. It is a complex painting that will require many extra layers. I do love painting big cats…
If you would like to buy a print, this is the last weeks of my print sale, ending 30th November.
So this week, may you share supper! May you bring a plate! And may you have morning tea, mid-day tea, afternoon tea and high tea!