Americans have a complicated relationship with tea. Chalk it up to our turbulent beginnings, when we dumped it all in the harbor. It would be a little hard to embrace the tea service after such an act of defiance as that-- we stuck to coffee after that, and as if in supreme defiance, in the south we like ours iced.
Tasha Tudor, however, was an American who fully embraced the ritual of tea time. She was quite famous for it, and it was always a surpreme honor for people to be asked to tea with Tasha. I'm not sure if she was in this habit out of old-school Boston breeding (surely in Boston they'd be the most sensitive to tea!) or if it was just another one of those quirky things from the past that she picked up and made her own.
At any rate, I've always liked the idea of tea time and have been slowly dipping my toe into developing my own hot tea obsession. I drink it off and no, going through phases, and I'm deep in the midst of a chai tea episode at the moment. I tried it with a bit of milk and it was good, then I tried it with coffee creamer and oh. Goodness. So good.
There is something simple and satisfying about putting the kettle on. Especially when its a red kettle like the one I recently acquired. I do love red, and this kettle is so nice. Very sturdy and easy on the eyes.
How about you? Are you fond of tea? Or are you squarely American (if you are American, we're rather international around here!) and stick to coffee? What's your favorite flavor? And do you have any tricks of the tea drinker's trade? I'd love to hear them :)
Well, just me and the pups today! Time to paint!~