You are what you drink.
No matter how harsh life gets, we try to get together for afternoon tea, discuss the blog and come up with new ideas to beat the Borgias, Save the Elephant and refresh the wardrobe. We don’t settle for coffee on-the-the-go, from a giant polystyrene cup. ( god forbid!) I mean sit down and sip, -yes sip, rather than gulp, and use a dainty, china cup.
Within this ritual is the essence of civilisation – what’s left of it anyway – so we may as well enjoy while we still can. Any kind of tea is good, but if you feel too much caffeine makes you edgy, try a herbal infusion or some really good green tea. (it is said that green tea may block cancer, that has to be good news, don’t you think?)
Green tea basic know how
Just about the worst thing you can do with green tea is actually boil it. Green tea should be brewed with hot – never boiling water. Unless you live in a SPA water area, like VICHY use Filtered water. Allow the water to cool to approx. (80C) steep for approximately one minute. (Some varieties may need slightly longer.) Do remember that, powerful antioxidants will degrade with time, in effect, green tea doesn’t keep well- so drink the nectar soon after brewing. The leaves though, can be re used for 2nd & 3rd infusions which makes loose leaf tea, pretty economical. Steep just little longer with each subsequent infusion.
Enjoy, breath and do something positive. We are having an afternoon tea meeting for a Christmas charity sale! I love raising a little bit of money for ‘good causes’, doesn’t everyone?
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