Life Essentials: Tea
Ah, the humble cup of tea. Coffee’s oft forgotten sibling (not quite as cool or photogenic) needs its own blog post! A bit of love.
As temperatures drop in London, I am reminded how much I love tea and the comfort it can give. Tea sustains me throughout the day, especially during the cooler months.
In a perfect world, I like my tea un-rushed, at home. I am transported to all the places I have been and want to go to. Decadent English High teas, refreshing Moroccan Mints, spicy Indian Chai, bitter (yet wonderful) Japanese Matcha, and the cure-all South African Rooibos (the tea of my childhood; milky and sweet; the ultimate comfort drink). Escapism at its very best!
Tea is also great for life. It can make any situation bearable, better:
Feeling cold ✓
Reading a book ✓
THOSE conversations ✓
Feeling sad ✓
Contemplating life ✓
In need of comfort ✓
It’s what I offer friends and family, when we discuss the sad, frustrating and the angry. It is also offered when we discuss the wonderful and good in life (usually followed with a glass of wine!! or two). The words ‘cup of tea‘ followed by ‘biscuit‘ are ubiquitous in our home. A comforting friend in itself.
And whilst it is good for any situation, teas are also great for hydration during the winter months, when 2l of cold, tap water isn’t as appealing. I have long since given up on cold water at this time of year, and make my own herbal concoctions.
I love a bit of DIY and can often be found in the kitchen, throwing together, herbs and spices, adding boiling water and then waiting for the magic to happen. Not only do these taste great but is a full proof way to use those left-over herbs, wilting in the fridge and the bottles of spices hidden at the back of the cupboard !!
In need of some inspiration. Check out these flavour ideas and my (clean the cupboard) Winter Warming Tea recipe!
DIY Flavour Ideas
A sprig of Rosemary and dash of Lemon
Mint, Orange and Cardamom
cinnamon Nutmeg and Vanilla
Lemon and Thyme
Berries and Mint
Add mint, thyme and rosemary to your green tea or rooibos for an added health kick
Warming Winter Tea (Makes one pot)
1 tsp of fennel
2 x peppercorns
2 x cloves
3 x Cardamom Pods
1/4 x teaspoon turmeric
3 slices of fresh Ginger
Dash of Lemon
Pop all the ingredients teapot with a strainer/ infuser.
Brew for five minutes.
Do you make your own teas? Have you got any tips to share ?