This has been an extremely wet and cold spring. In years past, vegetable plots would be sprouting and flower beds a riot of colors by this time. Not so this year. Most people are still huddled indoors. Even the crocuses, daffodils, and tulips are out later than usual. While April showers bring May flowers, showers in May will drown the flowers.
The perfect antidote to inclement weather is to curl up with a good book and cup of tea. Use your favorite mug or treat yourself to that pretty antique teacup, which ever suits your fancy. There is no reason why pretty china should only be reserved for guests. Sit back, relax, and enjoy these moments of serenity. The sun will eventually emerge and there should be time enough to tend to the garden. If nothing else, tea will help you keep a stiff upper lip against that beastly weather outside.
Lavender is calming and soothing. Combined with tea, it is a real treat for the senses. This delicious and fragrant tea was adapted from The Pleasures of Tea and is a perfect with my Lavender Almond Cookies.
- 4 teaspoon Darjeeling tea
- ½ tsp dried culinary lavender
- 3 cups (24oz/720ml) boiling water (using standard 8oz measuring cup)
- Honey (optional)
Warm up the teapot by pouring in boiling water until half full. Set aside for 3 to 4 minutes. Discard the water.
Gently crush lavender to release fragrance. Put into tea infuser together with tea leaves. Place infuser into teapot. Pour in boiling water and let steep for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove infuser and serve tea with honey on the side.
**English teacups have a capacity of about 5 to 6 oz while American teacups can hold up to 7 or 8 oz.
A tea warmer or tea cozy is a perfect companion to the teapot in colder weather. It adds to the cozy feeling while keeping the tea warm for a longer period of time. This tea warmer uses a standard tea light which burns for about 4 hours.
This is one of several fully reversible tea cozies I made during my pre-blogging days.
Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 8)