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[14 Apr 2008|09:08pm]

Ever since I can remember a good old cup of tea has always brightened my day... after a stressful day at work what better way to unwind than sipping on a lovely brew... up until I was 14 I had never had any other type of tea other than the bog-standard brown tea... PG Tips being my favourite brand at the time... when I got into my mid-teens I started experimenting, drinking herbals teas... mint teas, fruity teas and so on... I felt most comfortable with dried mint herbs, boiled water and a splash of honey... I was never too keen on fruity teas.

However, a few months ago my fiancé and I were wondering about the Bristol City Centre and we came across a stall selling all types of wonderful tea... my nose caught scent of this beautiful spicy smell... it was everything a cup of tea should smell like and more, my mind was filled of comfortable visions of blankets and biscuits, rainy days and a steaming cup of this magical tea.
I had never smelt anything so delicious in my entire life!

The tea I refer to is actually quite a popular tea from what I have read (I tend to manically research everything that peeks my interests)... oddly enough I had never come across it till recently... I suppose one might say I live under a proverbial rock.
Spiced Tea/Masala Chai/Spicy Chai are the most common names given to this beautiful Asian tea... it is made by brewing tea with a mixture of aromatic spices... by itself, ‘chai’ is merely the generic word for tea in much of the world (I know as a child my grandmother, who is Irish would often say ‘would you like a cuppa chai’) - but for many English speakers, "chai" is always construed as "chai masala".
Masala Chai is a strongly spiced beverage which I feel requires a certain pallet...

The blend my fiancé bought me was delicious... it was like drinking liquid peppers... full of Cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, star anise, cloves, black pepper and nutmeg it’s (for me) the perfect flavour of what cup of tea is all about...I tend to add a bit of honey to the brew as I am not fond of sugar and there is something so homely about honey’s flavour.

The thing I really love about this particular tea is that you can add milk to it, where as (for me) most herbal teas are destroyed by adding milk and tend to taste rather horrid... even with normal tea though, I only ever add a dash of milk as I like a nice strong brew and masala chai feels like it was made for this level of milk-to-tea ratio.
All in all it’s become my favourite tea!
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[29 Dec 2007|01:46pm]

Hey everyone!

I am a massive tea enthusiast and joined this group recently... though I would say hello!

I finally got a beautiful china tea set for xmas and will post photos soon, for now have an old photo from a few years back:

Monster and Teacup.jpg
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[14 Jan 2006|03:02pm]

My tea became a Kokeshi doll.Collapse )
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Hot Christmas Tea Recipe [25 Dec 2005|08:53pm]

Serves/Makes: 4 | Difficulty Level: 2 | Ready In: < 30 minutes

1 1/3 cup water
6 Bags black tea
1 cinnamon stick -- broken
3 Whole cloves
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/3 cup cranberry juice cocktail
1 cup Burgundy wine
Orange, pear, or apple slices studded with cloves as garnish

In saucepan, bring water to boil. Add tea and spices, cover, and let stand 5 minutes. Remove tea bags. Stir in sugar, cranberry juice, and wine. Return to medium heat and stir until sugar is dissolved and mixture is heated through. Serve in cups with fruit slices as garnish.

Recipe from http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/51/Hot_Christmas_Tea1040.shtml

Merry Christmas! This is yet another recipe I have not yet tried to make but I thought it necessary to have a seasonal tea. I hope there is a Tea Society meeting soon so we can test this or the apple tea.

Have a tearrific night.
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tea! [21 Dec 2005|08:36am]

[ mood | relaxed ]

I had a large pot of apple strudel tea shared amongst three friends last night in Tchai Ovna, I think tea drinking experience does not get better than that (even if a band that I disliked were playing at the same time)

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APPLE TEA [28 Nov 2005|08:27pm]

A warming drink from 'Super Hot Drinks' by Michael van Straten.

Serves 2
3 apples, preferably Cox's orange pippins
4 whole cloves
about 425ml or 15fl oz water

1. Wash and cut apples into rough cubes.
2. Put apple pieces into saucepan with cloves.
3. Cover with water.
4. Simmer for 30 minutes.
5. Sieve and serve, thinning with more boiling water if necessary.

I have not tried this but I propose we do for our next meeting.
Is anyone free soon, maybe next Saturday or Sunday?
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[26 Nov 2005|05:13pm]

Is it just me or does this seem like a Tea Society thing. Even though it has nothing to do with tea.

Narnia - Burlesque StyleCollapse )

Anyway, there had better be a meeting soon as I am having tea withdrawal symptoms.
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[26 Nov 2005|01:24pm]

I found a tiny tea pot today. It's about 1 inch high. I bought it when I was even smaller at a jumble sale then promptly lost it. I'll post a picture when I take a photo.
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unfamiliar writing on the ceiling when she looks up, [26 Nov 2005|12:49pm]

here we can drink our tea in peace:
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i love hannah for making this community. terrific!
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