Friday, September 15, 2006

and now for a cup of tea....

I bet you thought that this was going to be about frozen pizza didn't you? I spent $6.40 on 9 frozen pizzas yesterday, in which I have already eaten 3. And yes that means that 3 out of 6 possible meals have been frozen pizza for me...but I didn't have the same type which makes it ok and not pathetic in the slightest.

...but I digress....today I am trying to create the perfect cup of tea for my mood. Now normally I have turkish double-boiler going all day for my tea needs....but today I feel like seeped tea. The problem with tea is that there are so many ways to make it. Now I've got my electric kettle, the stovetop kettles...all not suited for what I want. I knew that I had a teapot around here somewhere...unfortuately it was buried in a box....but I found it.

I made the teapot myself.

Or rather I purchased the unfired ceramic, carved a design into it, glazed it, and then fired it. I wrote my name in the bottom and when I made it...March of 1999. It is strange to sit and think of what I was doing at that time. I was working part time and going to school. I still lived at home. And it was the spring before my first summer in Turkey. Just thinking about my naivety at that time gives me the willies. And to think that at that time, my parents were just getting ready to move down to Price...kinda odd when you considered that they are now thinking of moving back up here.

I have never used this teapot...so I hope that I didn't screw it up somehow and it leaks. I am also going to enjoy my tea in one of the royal dalton cups of my grandmother's. I'm trying to be all proper English, don't you know.

So here I am on a Friday night with my tea and computer, listening to the White Album (why? you might ask? My answer, why not?). My syntax reading and my content-based-instruction articles are whispering at me from my schoolbag. I think that I will finally have to give in and read them tonight.

1 comment:

Kerrith Black said...

Fights have started and people have died over the improper making of tea. There is a very specific science to it. This is the biggest, most important thing to know: For a black tea, you pour boiling water on tea leaves.

That's ninety percent of the art of making a decent cup of tea. Hottish, not boiling, water tends to make a weird tea that's bitter and weak at the same time, and is no fun to drink. (Boiling water. It's why God invented the kettle.)

It's the final ten percent of the cup of tea that you'll get people calling each other heretics for adding the milk (not cream) first, or whether to use teabags or loose tea, wether Grreedo shot first etc.

BBC looked into it even. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/3016342.stm

One must be careful when treading on the sancity of such a profound ritual as English tea time.