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Three Men in a Boat

Three Men in a Boat

A favourite book of mine offers an interesting quote or excerpt about tea.  I will share it with you.  Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome was first published in 1889 and was intended as a serious travel guide about a boating holiday on the Thames between Kingston and Oxford.  However, it turned out to be a very humorous account detailing the adventures of the three friends Jerome, George Wingrave, and Carl Hentschel, along with a fictional dog called Montmorency!

Three Men in a Book Excerpt

When I read this excerpt today, it seemed so clever and witty, evoking powerful thoughts about the beverage I so love…. tea.  Enjoy.

‘It is very strange, this domination of our intellect by our digestive organs.  We cannot work, we cannot think, unless our stomach wills so. It dictates to us our emotions, our passions.  After eggs and bacon, it says “Work!” After beefsteak and porter , it says “Sleep!”  Then, after a cup of tea (two spoonfuls for each cup and don’t let it stand for more  than three minutes), it says to the brain, “Now rise, and show your strength. Be eloquent, and deep, and tender; see, with a clear eye, into Nature, and into life: spread your white wings of quivering thought, and soar, a god-like spirit, over the whirling world beneath you, up through long lanes of flaming starts to the gates of eternity!”

Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat.

What type of tea does it take for you to rise and show your strength, be eloquent and deep or indeed spread your white wings of quivering thought?  It would have to be a good strong cup of Yorkshire Harrogate for me!  Here is an earlier post about Yorkshire.  Please share your comments and take time for tea.

Cheers,

the Tealady

Toast and Tea

Toast and Tea

“BREAD AND WATER CAN SO EASILY BE TOAST AND TEA’

 

Tea Quote

This is a lovely quote (author unknown) that came to mind this morning.  I was actually making some Lemon Curd at the time, but I also had a visitor in the Carriagehouse Tea Room at Selby Gardens that told me he would not drink tea because his mother always made him have toast and tea when he was sick!  Of course, she would; mothers know what is good for you.

I also felt sorry for him!  Toast and Tea is a custom most of us have such good feelings about, and I, for one, can sample this pairing at any time of day.  There is nothing as simple or as tasty as toast and tea unless you add a little lemon curd, that is!

Lemons are in abundance here at the moment, and as they keep arriving by the bagful at my house, I keep churning out the Lemon Curd!  I got myself a cup of jasmine tea and Lemons at the ready.  Want to have a go too?

Lemon Curd Recipe

This is a straightforward recipe and method to follow.  You will need preserving jars that have been sterilized in boiling water.  I put the lemons in the same water as it makes the juice release easier.  I usually double up the recipe, but to make one batch, you will need:

Juice and rind of 1 lemon (I have been adding rind of an extra lemon too!), 2 eggs, 2oz unsalted butter, and 3oz sugar.

  1. Place sugar and rind in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk eggs and lemon juice together.  Add to bowl.
  3. Cut butter into small chunks.  Add to bowl.
  4. Place bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stir until butter melts and whisk lightly over heat until the mixture thickens.  (It may seem like the mixture is never going to thicken, but it will.)

Place in jar and refrigerate.

It tastes delicious and is so worth the effort.  I love giving to friends and, of course, the suppliers of all my Lemons!  Lemon Curd is also the perfect accompaniment to scones, so maybe next time we will make scones.

I recommend putting on the kettle and making a pot of Yorkshire tea, and sit down to enjoy some toast and tea.  Mmmm!

Cheers,
The TeaLady

Easter Wishes with Chocolate Honeybush

Easter Wishes with Chocolate Honeybush

“The Spirit of Easter is all about Hope, Love and Joyful living.”

-Anonymous

Easter celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead.  This is the most important holiday in all of Christianity.  As with Christmas, various folk customs and pagan traditions have become a standard part of this holy holiday over the centuries.  Some include Easter eggs, Easter bunnies, Easter baskets of candy, and CHOCOLATE.  There are many stories about the connection of eggs (re-birth) and bunnies (originally hares actually and a symbol of new life in ancient times).  Above all, I am not sure how the chocolate connection came about.

Most of us have no problem with chocolate being included, reason or not!  We cannot offer chocolate eggs or bunnies at Local Tea Company, but we call Chocolate Honeybush an exceptional tea.

Chocolate Honeybush

Honeybush is an herbal infusion or ‘tisane’ grown in the Langkloof Mountains of South Africa.  Read more from a previous post on Honeybush to learn all about this lovely tea.

Some might say that Honeybush is not complete without the addition of those chocolate and caramel pieces.  Similarly, if you smell and taste this version of honeybush, you might agree!

This weekend, you will find us serving and delighting our customers with Chocolate Honeybush in the Carriage House Tea Room at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.  And on Saturday morning at the Sarasota Farmer’s Market.  We can guarantee plenty of love and joy too.

Please join us if you can for a chocolate celebration (without the calories!).  If you are not local, then visit our online shop to stock up on your Easter supplies.  Be sure to share your Easter Chocolate Honeybush with all of your friends.

With good wishes to you all for the Easter holiday.

Cheers,
the TeaLady

Ming Tea on WSLR

Ming Tea on WSLR

Local Tea Company is underwriting the Good Evening Cabal show on Sarasota’s community radio WSLR on Wednesday from 9 pm-11 pm. The host Curt Werner, plays music from the late 60s and early 70s, and we expect him to play a bit of our favorite band, Ming Tea.

Yes, Austin Powers is the lead singer of Ming Tea.Ming Tea BBC album cover from Austin Powers Movie

Yes, they killed with BBC and followed up with Daddy Wasn’t There. Check them both out and laugh.

What does this have to do with tea?

Nothing, just hilarious lyrics.

What does this have to do with local?

WSLR is a local treasure, and we love supporting this station. Curt and his wife, Gail, are active in the local art community. Gail is our shop’s curator on Siesta Key, selecting the local artist we display at the shop.

Tune in on Wednesday night and support your local radio. Another way you can Sip Locally.

md

Margaret Thatcher comes to tea

Margaret Thatcher comes to tea.

Margaret Thatcher Tea.  What a lovely week!   In the Carriagehouse Tea Room, I enjoyed conversations with many visitors from the States and beyond.  Besides, a few fellow Brits.  Everyone is interested in my story and how I started working with tea.  What a great life, making conversation, and drinking tea.

Talking of Brits, I served tea to the ‘Iron Lady’ herself!   However, in case you thought I was serious, the lady was an actor.  Margaret Thatcher Tea was the theme for the afternoon tea benefiting the Women’s Resource Center.  Our gracious hostess has a magnificent penthouse overlooking Sarasota Bay.  The tea and food service was on a collection of exquisite china.

Margaret Thatcher Tea, the Iron Lady herself from Local Tea Company in Sarasota, Florida

Iced Peach Paradise in wine goblets looked beautiful.  When the ladies ate sandwiches, our Margaret’s Hope Darjeeling was served.  With dessert, I served Goji Green tea.  Above all, both teas were very well received.  Why do I sound so surprised? All of the loose leaf teas offered at Local Tea Company are delicious!

There followed some discussion about Margaret Thatcher’s time in office.  How different it would be if she were in office today.

If I had been invited, I could have told a few home truths about my experiences during her ministry.  However, I was there to talk tea, so I did my short presentation about tea and ended with a Thatcher quote…

“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”

In conclusion, Sip Locally with your very own Tea Lady at the gardens. Stay Cool.

Glynis