" Come sit by my side and over a cup of tea, speak to me of the goodness of life."
Lady Evelyn Fitzgerald Dodson

Friday, June 27, 2014

R.I.P. John Harney

John Harney died last week. Let's all raise a cuppa' to him.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Cooking with Tea

As part of our reading and reviewing of the Tea Shop Mystery series, we are going to test some of the recipes that are included in each. Last night, we made the chicken cooked with tea recipe included in "Sweet Tea Revenge." It's a simple recipe with only a handful of ingredients, including two tea bags of the cook's choice. We opted for orange pekoe, as we worried that an earl grey or other tea would interact in an unpleasant way with the soy sauce also part of the recipe.

It was hard to discern any tea taste to this dish. Flavors were dominated by the soy sauce, although we used considerably less than the 1/4 cup for which the recipe called. However, that makes it an easy recipe for cooks serving non-tea drinkers.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Tea Fiction: The Tea Shop Mysteries

We realized in May that the tea cupboard was crammed to almost overflowing, so a moratorium on tea purchases was declared until we finish up some of it up.

But to make that more palatable, we decided to catch up on the Indigo Tea Shop mysteries by Laura Childs. We were four titles behind, including the latest. So June became tea mystery month. 

We'll save the reader reviews for our sister blog, BookTeaCatDog, and only discuss the teas and recipes that feature in the books. We're saving the current hardcover for the future.

We're halfway through the third, so stay tuned for our tea-focused review.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Crafting With Tea

Tea can be used to dye natural fibers. The results can be either faint and light or strong and deep, depending on how long one steeps the item and the strength of the tea.

Here is a Fortune Cookie Bag, a pattern by Josephine Woo published on Interweave Crochet 2009. The initial soak produced a light wash of color, so I dyed the bag a second time in a stronger tea concoction. Then it was shaped, laid flat, and air dried.

I used Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool and Patons Classic Wool.



What a versatile little leaf.