Isn’t it funny how whenever you are with a family member or friend that is having some bother we turn to tea… ‘Let’s put the kettle on and have a cuppa tea and a chat’, or as my brother say’s ‘put the billy on will ya!’
I actually think that making a cup of tea is a fantastic therapeutic ritual. As you boil the kettle, make the pot of tea and allow it to steep before drinking, the actions of this is actually quite relaxing for the tea maker. Then of course there is the waiting for it to cool enough for you to be able to enjoy as the aromas make their way from the cup to your nose relaxing you as you take that sip and enjoy the taste… And of course nothing beats sharing a pot of tea and a few biscuits with a friend to really chat and switch off from the days stressors or to lend that ear to listen.
No wonder in our history and today making tea is an art form, with tea ceremony’s and tea houses and its status as the national drink of England.
Not forgetting the many health benefits like the beautiful green tea, herbal teas and even good ol black tea leaves have health benefits where you get vitamins, minerals – calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, sodium from the leaves but it is the polyphenols in green and herbal teas that have the maximum health benefits.
So now that we know there are so many amazing health benefits to teas no matter what type let’s get on with how to make the perfect pot…
First of all rinse the pot – give it a swirl with hot water and empty it.
Depending on what tea you are having depends on how long you should let the kettle boil for.. To get the best flavor from the tea leaves water should contain oxygen, which is reduced if water is boiled for too long or is boiled more than once.
For green tea, water should be just below boiling, for others allow kettle to boil.
Into your empty pot place one rounded teaspoon of tea leaves for each cup you are making. And my Nana always use to put an extra spoon for the pot…
Pour the freshly boiled water over the tea leaves – and now for the art of the perfect cup…its all in the length of time you allow the leaves to steep – so for the perfect cup steep the tea for 3-5 minutes , tea will become bitter if brewed longer than 5 to 6 minutes.
And here’s a winter warmer – Hot tea punch recipe
5 teabags of green tea in six cups of boiling water pour into a jug
Add – 2 cinnamon sticks, 8 whole cloves, 1 ½ cups of orange juice and 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice, a slice of fresh ginger steep for 5 minutes, serve hot and enjoy..
I would love to hear from you about your favorite is it a herbal or gool ol earl… Let me know.
Murray, M., Pizzorno, J., & Pizzorno, L. (2005). The Encyclopedia of healing foods. New York, NY10020: Atria Books.