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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Elevenses, Not Just For Hobbits

This mid-morning break is an often overlooked retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily routine. Perhaps, it's time to reclaim elevenses and with them a bit of our sanity.

The earliest recorded use of the term elevenses dates back to the early 18th century. It is not a full meal, but rather a morning snack break at, you guessed it, 11 o'clock.

Elevenses are not to be confused with afternoon teas, as the latter is a light meal traditionally held between 2 and 4 o'clock. You can find more information on teas here:  Elevenses are a 20-30 minute break, for the sole purpose of recharging your batteries.

Tea or coffee is customarily paired with simple cookies and enjoyed as a brief hiatus from the demands of the workday morning. Its a time to relax and reset, to enjoy a moment guilt-free.

Elevenses are replaced by brunch on the weekends when there is more time to socialize and enjoy more filling fare.

Perhaps we can thank J.R.R. Tolkien for reminding us about this forgotten post-breakfast pause. Regardless of the reason, it seems like a perfect time for Elevenses to make a culinary comeback.

Do you enjoy Elevenses? Have you ever heard of them?

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  1. I have never heard of elevenses. But, perhaps I have been participating in them without even knowing it! I do love a mid-morning snack.

    1. Honestly, I always thought that the term was coined by the LOTR franchise until I started researching it. I love my mid-morning snack as well, and now I can sound all fancy by calling it by its proper name haha!