10 Things to Remember When Having Tea with the Queen of England

Dating from the days of Queen Victoria of England, afternoon garden tea parties with over 8,000 guests each have been given annually at Buckingham Palace with Queen Elizabeth II carrying on the tradition even today. It’s an occasion for wearing nice dresses and suits, white cotton gloves, and even hats. But what if you were …

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Tea Gadgets – The Latest and Greatest

Forget about orange juice and sunshine - a day without tea gadgets is like a day without...well, tea, and it's hard to even imagine such a horror. But, as I've said before in these occasional tea gadget reports, it seems that barely a day goes by without at least one new tea gadget calling itself …

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Tea Moment — Watching the Fall Leaves Fall

Stop whatever you’re doing and take a tea moment. It’s once again time to watch the Fall leaves fall! And no it’s not akin to watching paint dry, but pretty close. Why do leaves fall? Pretty simple: they shut down. As the days grow shorter and the angle of the Sun’s rays gets lower on …

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Tea Kettle Philosophy — Begin and End

Making tea seems like a never-ending task around here, with a fresh pot being steeped as we’re finishing off the last one — sort of like “chain tea drinking”! That, of course, means the kettle gets a regular workout, and that means lots of time to philosophize. The mind naturally wanders as those minutes go …

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Got Milk? Should You?

Should you add milk to your tea? Are you committing a mortal sin against tea culture by doing so? As a member of the non-milk camp, I used to have strong opinions about this issue. But I've come to realize that everyone likes what they like and that's just fine (I'm still having trouble with …

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Prepping for the Holidays — Sweet Treats!

Some of my favorite treats are only available during the Winter Holiday Season, so in addition to stocking up for parties, I stock up for the rest of the year. (A bad case of candy withdrawal ain’t pretty.) Chocolates from England and a particularly British style of pretzels are just two of those stock-up items. …

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Squash Muffins and Tea

Unable to work squash into a recent article on using seasonal produce in herbal infusions, I decided to make squash muffins to pair with tea. The recipe (makes 12 muffins): ½ pound butternut squash (peeled, seeded, and cubed) 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder ½ cup sugar ¼ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon …

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How to Taste Tea

Why do you drink tea? Ask a random group of people and I'm sure you'll get a wide range of answers. If you live someplace like the United Kingdom, it might be as much for tradition as anything else - it's something that you do and you've always done and ditto for your ancestors many …

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Tea and Confessions of a Very Amateur Bird Watcher

People sometimes ask me what I like best about living in the Southlands. Although there are many things that I enjoy about our adopted home, my answer is always the same: the wild birds. I’ve never seen so many different kinds of birds outside an aviary. In summer, when their food is plentiful, we see …

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