Tuesday, February 20, 2018

"GOURMET TEA"



          "CALL ME A SHOPAHOLIC” 

 If you need to RELAX ... Come on over ... I’ll be happy to  share a lovely mellow tea that I bought today.

While I normally order my tea online or buy it when I’m traveling,this one was purchased at Winners and it’s called Saffron/Chamomile Tea.


It’s a gourmet tea filled with ancient,exotic saffron,which is one of the most prized spices in the world. Not only is it delicious,but it has health benefits.

 The renowned psychic healer, Edgar Cayce recommended Saffron tea to many         of his patients as an healing agent for the stomach. Recent studies even suggest that "saffron" may have cancer suppressing properties.


Of course we’re enjoying a new type of Chamomile Tea blended with saffron. Please do try it as I have found that it was a perfectly delicious remedy for my busy day. Don’t you love shopping,( ha ha)  I mean choosing your tea cup? You can tell that I’m tired!!!



Luckily, I had this little teaset sitting on the shelf,just begging for  a nice hot brew. Isn’t the tapestry design ... PRETTY !!!

 Yes, It is just sweet and simple with no name, other than,"Made in England". I do enjoy it’s nostalgic little rose pattern.



After tasting the tea ... "Hm-m-m-m- Good”.. I did a little research on the internet and found the‘Gournmet Tea” site, where I could explore more teas.

Look for:( elite-gourmet.com or just write in Saffron Tea and it should  pop up. 
  
Goodness,you can buy:

        Saffron Cinnamon Diet Chai,Saffron & Red Rooibos,
                Saffron & Orange Earl Grey,
              Saffron Pomegranate & Chamomile,
                 Saffron Cardamom Black Tea,
                    Saffron Mango Green Tea, 
             Assam Black Citrus Spice and Saffron.


              I even found a,“ Saffron Tea"recipe: 
                    4 strand of  Saffron
                      A little Honey
                          Water

Put the saffron in a cup of warm water for ten minutes.After ten minutes, pour hot boiling water over it, then add honey. 

That’s easy,but first you have to find the saffron,which I               believe is available in most health food stores.

                I’m winding down...I think !!!


Well, it looks like an end to my day. I really must change my clothes just incase I go shopping again.( Hee hee)


Want to come !!!


THANKS for a relaxing teatime LADIES !!!


 I am sharing with: Sandi: Rose Chintz Cottage
                                                                          Ruth:  Tuesday Cuppa Tea
                                                                          Bernideen: Teatime Blog
                                                                        
                        

Monday, February 12, 2018

“ TEATIME POETRY "

          
VALENTINE DAY is the second  largest holiday celebration  next to Christmas.  It is a time of brilliant symbolism, coloration and expressive  LOVE . 

Today, I am reading my favourite poem and would like to share a warm  teatime with you all. I hope that you  "feel the love" on  February 14th.


 Elizabeth Barrett Browning was an extraordinary, self taught woman, who became the first female poet ever to be considered for poet laureate ... though Tennyson was chosen to follow Wordsworth instead. 

Her, Sonnet 43  is the most famous love poem of all time. It was written during her courtship with Robert Browning.



                              " HOW DO I LOVE THEE”
                                             Written By:     
                               Elizabeth Barrett Browning 
                                           ( 1806 - 1861)

                              How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
      I love thee to the depth and breath and height
                    My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight



For the ends of being  and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.


I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood faith. 


I love thee with a love I seem to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears of all my life; and , if God choose,


I shall but love thee better after death. 
.

  Love  and  poetry in a teacup.



“ HAPPY VALENTINE DAY “

Sharing With : Rose Chintz Cottage
                      Tuesday Cuppa tea
                        Bernideen's Teatime

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

“MY CHAI"



B-R-R-R-R- ...  Heavy snow mixed with ice pellets and freezing rain means that I need an  invigorating tea blend to warm and spice up the temperatures ...  that’s why ....

I LOVE MY  “ CHAI ”.



Luckily, I had two bags stashed in the tea cupboard from the now, extinct " Teavana "  shop here in Fredericton... OOPS... I forgot that my daughter claimed the "Opera Winfrey Chai" ...  but fortunately, she didn’t find the the "Samurai Chai".  It is best described as a sweet and spicy infusionof cinnamon and citrus with soft undertones of papaya. 
H-m-m-m. It’s perfect on such a cold and wintry day? 


In Hebrew, ‘ Chai” means “ Life”  and  depending on the brew, there are various benefits to our health. 



“Chai” is a traditional Indian Tea that has been used for centuries in Eastern Medicine. I have heard, that it strengthens the immune system ... PLUS ... It tastes GOOD. 

I found this strange little celadon pottery teapot in Japan ... I believe that it is Korean in origin , but celadon pottery is highly attainable in Japanese Antique stores simply because it is Korean ( Ha Ha) I’m wondering if it may even be a saki vessel. Wouldn't that be a twist to our teatime!!!


Anyways , I’m making tea in it today. I do hope that you ENJOY it !!!



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To make eight  fluid ounces of tea, the merchants recommended 1.5 scoops into an infuser of boiling water,  then steeping it for five minutes.

 Unfortunately,  eight fluid ounces  is hardly enough for us all ...  Soooo .... Let’s be naughty and triple the recipe ... OK

One other oddity to our teatime is that the chosen cups are a little on the small side. So, by adjusting the recipe, we could probably have two cups each... which is PERFECT !!!!

Now, Ladies ... the daunting task, is to choose which cup that you want. YES ...  It is a very hard decision, since they are  all identical  !!!( Ha Ha)






I’m certain that you would enjoy drinking from these half sized vessels, because the tea set has been created from a very light weight porcelain, which means thin sipping rims ... MY FAVORITE.

When I lived in Japan, second hand items were very inexpensive, regardless of their original value. I noticed that most Japanese  people love new items, infact, they rarely keep old furniture and china ... THAT ...  is a great buying feature for tourists, however the attitude and markets may have changed since I was there.

Funnily enough, this particular teaset doesn’t have any markings, which I guess, isn’t all that unusual for antique items. I was just so attracted to the  artistic story board of the china which displayed three very exotic  geishas, meandering  in and about  the beautiful  garden scapes of this artisan ware. They
are  almost medieval style.



                      It is really quite an lovely pattern that just might have a special story to tell.


Maybe It is a story of unrequited love !!!!

I shall have to ponder  the cups while drinking my tea ... I ’m sure that you and I could all come up with a good story line since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner ...  In the meantime ... Here is a  “ Chai “ Tea recipe that you might want to try. Please know that for the black tea, you may use English Breakfast, Irish Breakfast, Earl Grey, Orange Pekoe or any other loose leaf tea for this recipe.


                                                   BASIC  “CHAI “ TEA RECIPE

                                                Boil in saucepan over medium heat.
                                                3 cups water
                                                5 green coriander pods( crushed )
                                                1/2 tsp. cinnamon
                                                3 pieces star anise
                                                2 tsp. fennel
                                                1/4 tsp ground  nutmeg
                                                1/4 tsp ground ginger
                                                1/4 tsp. ground cloves
                                                8 black peppercorns

                                               ADD,then return to boil
                                               1 1/2 cups milk

                                               ADD, then simmer for two minutes
                                               6 tsp  black  tea

                                              STRAIN, and serve with sugar
                                              cinnamon stick and star anise.





                                                    ENJOY YOUR TEA LADIES !!!!

                                           I am sharing with: Sandi: Rose Chintz Cottage
                                                                          Ruth:  Tuesday Cuppa Tea
                                                                          Bernideen: Teatime Blog
                                                                       
                       















Tuesday, January 23, 2018

“ NEW BEGINNINGS”


"NEW BEGINNINGS"

"TEA ,TEA."...  No time for me... How does one find the time to indulge in themselves.... and take  a ' tea break?

Well ...  I have just ' STOPPED" the clock and said ' ENOUGH"...  IT IS TEATIME!!!


I have missed all my teatime Friends ... so now... Instead of pouring the transpired pools of stale tea leaves down the drain, it is time to make a fresh pot .

"Who would have known”, that the realities of living could actually dry up the soulful teabags within a persons' soul.

Loss, reflection and repentance are just a few of the passing  years’ flurries that we all experience some time or another ... Life is  a journey that  is now bringing me  full circle, to warm my hands, upon a  teacup. Tea is a comforting old soul  !!!!

Today, I am looking into my tea cabinet, with renewed  faith, revelling in the possibilities of a happy and  rejuvenating year. Funnily enough , even the climate  seems to be  heralding, ' NEW BEGINNINGS”.

I started this page  after looking at some old pressed  leaves in a book. I  am just now finding the courage to move forward ... AH-h-h-h-h-h-h- ... It was a blessing to breathe in the mustiness of the autumn scents and to enjoy the colourful beauty of Mother Nature .


Now, in the cool January temperatures , it feels soothing to illuminate my hands around the radiating warmth of a  fresh Jasmine brew.  It is that ‘ amazing grace’ factor of  being lost and now found in a rejuvenating sense of self.  Yes even the humbleness of tea can transport  and inspire your heart.


Do you have a tea that heals your heart and rekindles a flame of peace in your memory ?

Alas ...  It seems that all my teacups need a washing since the dust has definitely settled over the past year ... It will be like awakening‘ Sleeping Beauty’ with a sip instead of a kiss.( Ha Ha) I just hope that the prince is handsome !!!

Today, I'm rekindling  the ‘ JOY" of the Season ' with you and  maybe that will make, "ALL" the difference ... TEATIME AT IT'S BEST ... WITH OLD and NEW  FRIENDS.


Sharing with: Rose Chintz Cottage and Kitty’s Kosy Kitchen






Thursday, December 31, 2015

" HAPPY NEW YEAR "

EXTRA LOVE >> EXTRA WISHES

2015 has been a tough year and  and my sweet  ' Dolly "  is all wet but, happy  and heralding the
 New Year ... 2016

Monday, July 27, 2015

" BLUE ROSE TEATIME "

" WELCOME" to teatime.


I have picked fresh flowers in honour of your visit.


                                                  LOOK,
             at the pretty Royal Albert teacup 
                 that I found in the cupboard.
                          Surprise, Surprise 


                    There's something to be said for   
          cleaning out your cupboards( Ha Ha)


                      I am quite taken with the unusual 
                colour combination ... of the
  deep variegated blues and soft pink accents.
          It seems dreamy and romantic, like
          the fairytale, "Beauty and the Beast".


        Don't you think that the pink makes the 
            florals " POP" with excitement!!!


           You might need your glasses to see,
              that the inner ring of the saucer is  
              painted in a lighter shade of blue 
     than the outer ring ... which just makes the 
        teacup a little more enticing to sip from.
                                                           

That's my daughter,Manda, in the Venetian glass photo frame ... She's going to love this colourful teatime combo... Since she and the grandchildren are coming for a visit, I should continue to search out, some smaller teasets for the annual summer tea party with my three year old granddaughter, Miss Minnie Mouse.

 It's going to be a busy time for tea and fairy gardening  next week...
                  I wonder if I can keep up?

   Maybe, it would be wise to take in some extra
       teatime relaxation here with you ladies.

Do you think there is an energy pack that I can
                    buy somewhere? ( Ha Ha)



              I'm so  pleased that you joined me for 
                             teatime  today.

                " HAVE A  FABULOUS WEEK "

           TODAY, I'm sharing teatime with:
                Sandi: Rose Chintz Cottage
                Ruth  : Antiques and Teacups
                Bernideen's Teatime Blog
                Martha's Favorites
                                                            

Monday, July 20, 2015

" MORIAGE TEA "

" RAINDROPS KEEP FALLING ON MY HEAD ", as the  garden drinks up the much needed droplets of water that is  quenching  it's  thirst ...  I'm just sitting here humming that old song and trying to decide what to pack for my trip to Vancouver. My mother-in-law will be celebrating her 98th birthday soon.

 

 Sweet Peggy is rising to the occasion, setting a goal for herself to be able to attend a Chinese supper out of her hospital room, where she is recuperating from a broken pelvis, poor dear ... However, she wants to make the effort, so we
are accommodating her wishes.



Today, as I prepare for the journey, I'm settling into a nice cup of tea and a teatime chat with
 all of you lovely ladies.... WELCOME.



I have quite a large collection of Japanese tea sets, collected, while living in Japan.

Throughout the years, I have visited many Asian pottery areas that   have been in existence, for over 500 years ... It is so enlightening, to  experience and realize the artistry and history of Japanese folk arts and crafts. 

There is nothing particularly special about today's tea set except, the pretty motif, the colour black, the fluted pedestal on the bottom of the cup and ... of  course, the the price tag ... five dollars !!!!


                        " WAIT A MINUTE " 


             That's a whole lot of special ( ha ha)...

 plus, it has an extra wide mouth, which means, 
                                  MORE
                         tea,in the teacup.



The teapot is another matter ... It was found in a dusty old, broken down store, at the side of the road, laying on a earthen floor, amongst a myriad of other vintage piece ...  each unique, different and with a history. I think, it was the glimmer of gold gilding that caught my eye, as the dust on it was at least two inches thick ... Once,  I got it home, I realized,  that it was a handpainted, Satsuma Moriage teapot.




Moriage is a term used to describe the fine and delicate layering or placing of clay pieces of pottery. The type of clay that is used for this method is known as 'slip' and is thicker and stickier that the clay used for the actual item.



Centuries ago,the Japanese potters were enthused with this method and used it to create many brilliant designs. This beautiful  technique and method of decorating, is now used extensively, all over the world... however the vintage pieces are most lovely.




 In the case of Satsuma pottery, the clay is often added in small circles or bumps to decorate the piece.  On Moriage pottery,  you will often see raised dots and designs artistically painted in different colours ... These are the moriage layers that are built up slowly as the piece is made and fired during each layer ... then, more raised areas are added before the piece is finished.



These raised areas  add to the overall design, making them more decorative and unique compared to just a painted piece of pottery. The combination of hand painted designs, moriage and beading make some of the Satsuma pieces very collectible and valuable. One must be so careful when washing a teapot or pottery with this type of decoration, as over time it could be easily damaged.




Most of the time, this teapot sits in the china cabinet, but today, I wanted to share my dusty old antique with you, before packing it away  for another millennium. THANKS FOR THE TEATIME  VISIT !!!



           TODAY, I'm sharing teatime with:
                Sandi: Rose Chintz Cottage
                Ruth  : Antiques and Teacups
                Bernideen's Teatime Blog
                Martha's Favorites