Friday, February 20, 2009

A New Obsession




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.

7 comments:

Hilary said...

That sounds like a perfect obsession. I like the idea that you have a sort of tea station. I waver between tea and coffee.. several days or weeks of one or the other. Rarely both. But now you're making me lean toward tea...

willow said...

English Breakfast is my current tea obsession, as well!

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

LOL you see you might have gained your independence from us, but way down you still want to be British!

Tea is FAB

Lori ann said...

What a lucky find! Makes drinking your tea almost like an occasion! I am in love with Yogi Teas and my most favorite is Rooibos. It's full of health propertys and no tannin so it never gets bitter. And it just tastes so good. Enjoy your lovely box of tea...
xx lori

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Just started reading your blog and love your outlook! I also love a good cup of tea and am partial to honey in mine. My new obsession is making teapot cozies out of my multitude of fabric "scraps". Does this mean I am obsessed.......

Jo-Mama said...

My cousin brought me a lovely selection of various green teas and a wonderful cup as a house gift when he came for a stay. The cup has a strainer and lid that doubles as a stand for the strainer when the steeping is done. The black cup produces a magical glowing red and orange dragon as the cup absorbs heat from the hot brew. It is, I think, the whole process of producing the lovely concoction that makes the tea process so relaxing and rewarding. enjoy the process and lovely aromas. the selections of teas was a surprise to me. It is an adventure to seek out all the aromas and flavors. glad you are enjoying it. (By the way, his company is called "dragon pearl" teas if you happen to see it around).

Lover of Life said...

Thanks, Jo-Mama - the tea sounds wonderful and the cup incredible!

I will try Yogi teas also - thanks Lori-ann.

We are probably very close gene-wise Brit'Gal - I have three sets of grandparents from England.

I like coffee, too Hilary. Must have coffee for first cuppa of the day!