May 5, 2011

Totally Tea Time

Ok I have to warn you, get comfy because I’ve got a lot to say about tea!



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Whoever thought to combine the two into one entity is my hero and I love you. Forever!

Twinings is an eternal favorite:

I took Miss J to her first tea shop when she was 3 years old. After our first trip, I came home and almost cried, I was so happy! (Yes, I’m a freak.) I’m blessed to live within 10 minutes of not one, not two, but THREE teashops!! I’ve hit the teashop lottery! She is usually pretty great about using her “tea shop manners.”

That’s hot chocolate she’s drinking by the way, but she also loves chamomile, peppermint, blueberry herbal or anything else fruity.

And while we’re on the topic of tea, sorry Brits, but if you want to discover tea happiness you must check out KUSMI TEA. It’s the most amazing tea line, which is made in France but based on Russian blends.

The Russian Morning is my favorite but Prince Vladimir is a close second. The Anastasia and Bouquet of Flowers are also amazing. The best way to get a variety of their flavors is to try out the Kusmi sampler set.

These teas have flavors I haven’t experienced in tea before. However, these teas are subtle. DO NOT add milk - you won’t be able to appreciate the full flavor! I gave them away as gifts to most of my family last year, they are THE BEST. Try Kusmi if you love tea!!

So back to the Brits. I’ve got two tea book suggestions for you today (there are MILLIONS), I like these because if you want books that have a nice variety of traditional British tea time recipes, these will do it for you:

Crumpets and Scones is a fun read, very old-fashionedy. The chapters include Tea with Queen Victoria, In the Gypsy Tea Room, Tea for Two, A Russian Easter Tea, Breakfast in Scotland, High Tea, A Garden Party, Hearthside Tea in an Irish Kitchen, Dim Sum Tea Lunch, and Nursery Tea.

Someone please make this recipe from the Nursery Tea section and let me know how it is, I haven’t made it yet!


Chocolate soup is properly served in a cup on a saucer with a soup spoon. A homemade Graham Cracker resting on the saucer is a perfect accompaniment.

1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup cream or evaporated milk
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 heaping teaspoon cocoa
1 egg yolk

Heat milk and cream or evaporated milk. Pour from pan into cup leaving about 2 teaspoonsful in pan. Add sugar, vanilla and cocoa to milk in pan and mix to a smooth paste. Add egg yolk and stir over low to medium heat. Gradually stir in heated milk. Stir until blended and thick. This makes one serving, increase quantities to make larger amounts at one time. – from Crumpets and Scones.

This book has every traditional English tea time treat you can imagine:

From scones to tarts, from Chelsea buns to Cornish splits to Eccles cakes – this book has EVERYTHING.

(photo courtesy of James Murphy)

And here is my health wisdom nugget for the day: DRINK LOTS OF GREEN TEA! It’s good for you.

(This is the best green tea: Yamamotoyama. I should have mentioned it during Japan week!)


  1. I am jotting all these tea names down so I can buy them and try them!!!!