Tuesdays Are for Tea

By A.C. Cargill

Tuesdays Are for Tea…and so is the rest of the week, but Tuesdays are a bit more special. Why Tuesday? Because this day occupies a unique position in the work week.

Tuesdays Are for Tea

Tuesday isn’t a depressing Monday when you head back to work from the pleasures of a weekend spent at the beach, tending the garden, or taking the kids to the pool. It’s not “hump day” (Wednesday) where you know your work week is halfway through, your week’s tasks are closer to being done, and another weekend is being planned. It’s not Thursday, when you get a tingly feeling by knowing that Friday is just hours away and that pile in your “In” box is finally getting shorter. It’s not Friday (“TGIF!” “TGIF!”) where you’re dotting the last “i’s” and crossing the last “t’s” on that report you’ve slaved over all week while coasting through until the weekend starts. Nope, it’s none of those. It’s just plain old Tuesday.

Not any more!

Tuesdays are now “Tea Day”! It’s a day to enjoy a cupful (or potful) of your favorite tea, whether it’s a robust Keemun or a delicate white tea; share a “cuppa” with your co-workers; and have a few friends in for a chat, some tasty treats, and a freshly brewed pot of tea.

Here’s a recipe for a great Tuesday Tea Day, just to get you started thinking:

  • Select a special tea to enjoy on Tuesday (it can be a different one each week). Some of my favorites are Gunpowder, Barry’s Tea (a hearty Irish blend), and Lapsang Souchong. (Ah, the promise of great taste to come in those little dried leaves of tea!)
  • Have a special teapot set aside just for these Tea Days for brewing that special tea.
  • Set aside a time and place in your schedule to brew and enjoy this tea. Be sure it is comfortable and has a peaceful atmosphere that allows for undisturbed reflection.
  • Have all the necessary “trimmings” in place (sweetener, milk, cookies or other treats, a book to read or some other amusement, and if possible some soft music), along with the appropriate accoutrements (cups and saucers, teaspoons, small plates, napkins, etc.).

Above all, bring with you an attitude that this is “me time” – a setting whose sole purpose is a little self pampering while focusing on this time of enjoyment.

Hope this whets your appetite for a great Tuesday Tea Day and helps you figure out what you want to make this day special for you.

Of course, this whole Tuesday thing is for you people who work a 9-to-5 job in an office or elsewhere. Your work week is Monday through Friday. The rest of you, fear not. You can have the special Tuesday feeling whenever you’re ready for it. If you work Thursday through Monday, for example, you can consider Friday to be your “Tuesday” (since it’s the second work day of your work week). However, any day will do. The point it to set aside a special time to enjoy this wonderful beverage cherished throughout the world.

As for me, I’m ready for another “cuppa” – today it’s Gunpowder tea with just a sprinkling of sweetener – and a wedge of lemon meringue pie with sky-high meringue. (Don’t worry – all of the calories leak out of pie when you slice it!) Enjoy!

Check out A.C.’s blog, Tea Time with A.C. Cargill, for more interesting articles!

2 thoughts on “Tuesdays Are for Tea

  1. Excellent post! Thanks for the heads up via Twitter. Tea Tuesday’s are my favorite. Today I enjoyed Babington’s Darjeeling 2nd flush (3 min @ 90ºC). The dry leaf has a very nice tart peach, apricot aroma to it. Right after steeping, the leaves had a very pleasant biscuity aroma. The liquor of the tea was a nice golden orange. Mild on the palate, this is a light black tea with a lingering flat taste. Overall, I enjoyed it.

    Rated: 80/100

  2. Another fine example of the Collective Consciousness. I too recently declared (in writing for myself even) that “Tuesday is Tea Day!” It is the day I like most to blend my teas. I haven’t thought of setting aside a special Tuesday TeaPot but I most likely will having read your inspired post! 🙂

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