Tea and a Chat

“In Ireland, you go to someone’s house, and you are asked if you want a cup of tea. You say no, thank you, you’re really just fine. She asks if you’re sure. You say of course you’re sure, really, you don’t need a thing. Except they pronounce it ting. You don’t need a ting. Well, she says then, … Continue reading Tea and a Chat

“Remember the tea kettle, although it is up to its neck in hot water it keeps on singing.”

The timeless warming sound of a kettle boiling is always heartening and sings with a promise of our favourite beverage. At your place, no matter whether you like to use a stovetop or an electric kettle, or you prefer the features of an iconic Alessi or Le Creuset kettle, a smart kettle that keeps the … Continue reading “Remember the tea kettle, although it is up to its neck in hot water it keeps on singing.”

“Earl Grey is really more of a ‘Sense and Sensibility’ kind of tea”

What exactly is Earl Grey Tea? Earl grey is a flavoured Tea scented from the oil in the rind of Bergamot oranges, that grow along the coast of Italy and the south of France. Adding the oil from the orange rind to black tea gives the tea an aromatic, zesty flavour that, according to Twinings, … Continue reading “Earl Grey is really more of a ‘Sense and Sensibility’ kind of tea”

“Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.”

My mother used to have a day now and then where she would stay inside, read books, drink tea and, because her hands were rarely idle, do knitting or handiwork all day. These occasional days she called ‘a nightie day’, meaning she stayed in her nightie all day. Rather than a common habit, ‘nightie days’ … Continue reading “Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.”

“Nobody can teach you how to make the perfect cup of tea. It just happens over time. Wearing cashmere helps, of course”.

What is the perfect cup of Tea? tea noun ( tee) an aromatic beverage prepared from tea leaves by infusion with boiling water. Can diminish your troubles,calm your nerves and revive your brain cells. Tea is best made with fresh, good-quality tea leaves in a pre-warmed teapot of your choice with boiling water and served … Continue reading “Nobody can teach you how to make the perfect cup of tea. It just happens over time. Wearing cashmere helps, of course”.

“What better way to suggest friendliness and to create it- than a cup of Tea?”

From the beginning of Tea two thousand years ago to when Tea first arrived in England in 1657, Tea has become the second most popular drink after water around the world. The tea beverage has motivated writers and poets who, throughout the centuries, have expressed their adoration and passion for drinking Tea. In their writings, … Continue reading “What better way to suggest friendliness and to create it- than a cup of Tea?”

Time for Tea?

How do you like your Tea, made in a Teapot or with a teabag? A cup or a mug? Do you fancy a glass, china, earthenware or ceramic cup? Green or Black Tea, oolong or china Tea, White Tea or herbal, there are many considerations. One thing for sure is, we all have our favourite … Continue reading Time for Tea?

Taking Tea

Elevenses, morning tea, chai, char, te, teh, tae, thee, or te all are words around the globe that describe taking Tea. A pleasurable pause in life for a liquid refreshment we most commonly call morning or afternoon tea. Legends tell us that Tea began in China in 2737 BC, the Chinese emperor Shen Nung was … Continue reading Taking Tea

High Tea in Sydney

Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, has a wealth of beautiful High Tea venues. Over time I have enjoyed High Tea at many of Sydney’s best and they have been magnificent and memorable afternoons. Today my recommendations include The Gunners Barracks, Lilianfels Resort and Spa and The Langham Hotel. As time goes by, I will add … Continue reading High Tea in Sydney

High Tea

“The daintiness and yet elegance of a china teacup focuses one to be gentle, to think warmly, and to feel close.” Who doesn’t want to pretend to be Lady Mary from Downton Abbey for an afternoon and sip tea in an elegant setting with your closest girlfriends? Clink glasses, sip champagne and enjoy deliciously dainty … Continue reading High Tea

Tea in The Afternoon

“Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” Henri James It was a close friend of Queen Victoria’s, Anna Russell, the 7th Duchess of Bedford with whom we are indebted, for starting the tradition we know and love today called Afternoon … Continue reading Tea in The Afternoon

High Tea Sandwiches

Delicate finger sandwiches are a customary part of Afternoon Tea and usually have their own dedicated tier on the High Tea stand. To make appetizing, dainty sandwiches the main things to consider are taste, (so not too overpowering), colour, shape, variety, texture, and freshness. My suggestion is to use an assortment of different loaves of … Continue reading High Tea Sandwiches

Tea and Scones

The quintessential treats to enjoy with a cup of tea are always scones. Loved the world over and called by so many different names, they are nonetheless, delicious for Afternoon or Morning Tea. Whether you like to say Devonshire Tea, Cream Tea, Devon Cream Tea, Cornish Tea, Tea and Scones or High tea, follow these … Continue reading Tea and Scones