anyone who knows me, knows i la la love tea. if you’ve been reading for awhile than you likely know this too.
after receiving my pretty new glass tea pot (+ my sweet porcelain mini vases pictured above) from not on the high street, i decided it was high time to dedicate a post to a well loved daily ritual of mine. the images were not how i imagined them, but once i got my camera out i just went with it and i love the way it all turned out. it’s a ode to tea of sorts. but lets talk details . . .
find out my favorite teas, accompaniments and how this american makes the perfect english cuppa (so my friends say)
there are a million types of teas as well as million ways to make and take your tea. for me tea is a moment. it’s a moment to stop. rest. breathe. relax. its more like a cup of comfort. no matter your tea or your take it’s always good to have :
a pretty cup, a lovely tea pot (my new fave) or kettle, milk, honey, sugar (i love chambre de sucre for a special days), and a treat (dark chocolate, cheese and crackers or these biscuits). and usually, i savor the whole ritual of it, like using my grandmother’s spoons (above). scooping out the sugar, the thought her of her sweetens my day.
i like different teas at different times. if i drink tea in the morning i prefer some type of black or vanilla tea with a scant of sugar. in the afternoon, i love a cup of english tea with milk and sugar. it’s such a treat. before bed i always love a cup of some sort of sleepy tea or a decaffinated green tea. on a warm day iced tea is relief. and occasionally, on a cold winter night, when i’ve made my grandpa’s favorite meal, i drink a cup of lipton with one teaspoon of sugar, as he did, and listen for his laugh.
some of favorites are:
english tea : basic tetley (has to be the british version) or yorkshire gold
loose leaf : bellocq (the gorgeous loose tea pictured in the photos)
green tea : bigelow green tea with lemon
fun tea : royal tea
night tea : clipper snore + peace. i bough this in england last month + just ran out. so good!
flavored : harney + son’s (paris + vanilla comoro)
a british cuppa how to:
i learned the art of making english tea from my dear english friend, maggie, of course. and i suppose i should clarify that i’m not sharing the true art, as in first warming the tea pot and so on. i’m just talking about how how the brits make a basic cuppa. i always boil my water in the kettle and while the water is warming i get everything else together. grab your favorite mug and fill the bottom with a bit of milk (i do about 3 tablespoons worth) and some sugar (2 teaspoons is best). plop the tea bag in next (do not use american tea. i repeat, do not use american tea…i tried this with lipton, many moons ago and the memory of it is enough to make me sad) and when the water has come to a boil, fill up your cup. let the everything sit for a bout 2 minutes and stir. ta da. you can, of course, brew your tea first and then add the milk and sugar after. there is actually quite a debate about this. i just do as i was taught and put the milk in first (which makes me a miffer. if you add milk after, well then, you are a tiffer).
how do you take your tea? and what are you favorite kinds?
images: la la lovely