Worrying about the economy, environment, children traveling out of the country, jobs, etc., can drive a person to drink. Since alcohol is not my thing anymore, (racing heart at this altitude), and the loss of my beloved exercise room (in storage), I needed something that was warm, comforting, and non-caloric. Enter: Tea
During a brief sweep of Willams Sonoma after the holidays, I came across a great find. A beautiful wooden box with four different loose-leaf teas. Included was a silver tea-leaf strainer. I couldn't resist. It had been marked down to the same price as a box of English Breakfast. This little box has started a new obsession, with all things tea, in our little corner of the universe. My husband and I have at least two or three cups per day. It will range from English Breakfast to Earl Grey in the afternoon to, my favorite, Darjeeling. It is said that having a hot beverage after meals (think Asian), helps keep the fats moving through the digestive track. By all means, lets keep those fats moving.
I have a little corner of my kitchen now that is our "tea station". It has Truvia sweetner for most of the time, but also La Parruche rough cut natural sugar for when I am being indulgent. Milk and small lemon rinds round off the new obsession. We just ordered a pound of English Breakfast( loose leaf) from Harney & Sons, and will experiment with Indian and Asian teas next. All in all, this new obsession is relatively inexpensive, healthful and fun. It must be my English ancestors speaking to me because it feels very comforting. For those of you hooked on good teas, perfectly brewed, I know you know what I mean.