Month of Tea Brewing 2017
“Grammy’s Fruity Blend”
Tea blends often take on a “theme”. They suggest a holiday or a season or a sweet fruit or beautiful flower. Some tea companies are blending and naming their teas to enhance their brand and be more memorable to their customers. In this way, teas help tell their individual stories.
The tea today was blended to go along with the Emma Lea Books. In these storybooks for children, the grandmother has an annual birthday tea party and serves this tea to Emma Lea, assuming that the little girl would prefer to have something sweet. But Emma Lea would prefer to be treated like one of the grownups and taste the special Oolong.
In my experience of visiting schools, community centers and tea shops for tea events with children, one common characteristic was that children of all ages want to be the one to pour – to be “Mother”. Involving children in preparations for and serving of tea is an opportunity to share the reasons for good manners, proper hygiene and gracious hospitality without making the information sound like lessons. So, using teaware that makes it easier to involve young children is a plus.
The plastic grip not only protects the glass teapot, but also shields the child’s hand and is easy to grip. This little teapot is also very lightweight and colorful. I particularly like the glass sides so that everyone can enjoy watching the tea infuse and the beautiful colors of herbs or the amber tones of real tea leaves mature.
Happy Sipping . . . . Babette
What is a good teapot for children?
The best teapots for young children are the ones that are not family heirlooms. Are light enough to handle easily. And are easy to pour. There are many modern options that are both fun and practical. While you can find a large selection online, consider the fun of taking your budding tea sipper with you to choose. If you go to a tearoom that serves afternoon, you might be starting a new family tradition. A collection of simple teaware makes it all the more fun. And choosing a packet of a new flavor blend (replacing a sugary soda) could eventually become the reward activity. Or the one that brightens a gloomy day.
“What shall we do at our tea party?” Daddy asked. “Do we sing and read poems like you do at Grammy’s?”
“We can just talk,” Emma Lea explained. “I can tell you about what’s been happening at school. You can tell me about your work or what you did when you were a little boy. You know. The things that really matter.”Babette Donaldson
Lemon Angel Bread
Makes a very light, spongy bread – excellent for some fun tea sandwiches. It’s like Angel Food Cake but not sweet.
- 1 cup cake flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 8 egg whites, chilled
- 1 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 12 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
Grate the lemon peel and squeeze the juice. Sift flour before measuring. Then sift together flour and sugar. Set aside. Beat the chilled egg whites until foamy and starting to peak. Then add salt and cream of tartar. Continue beating until the peaks are stiff. Add lemon peel and lemon juice. Using a spatula, slowly fold the dry ingredients into the egg whites. This process should take 5 – 7 minutes. Transfer to an un-greased bread pan and bake until the top is browned and it bounces back when touched, about 30 minutes. Do not attempt to slice the bread until it is completely cool.
Serve open-faced with Strawberries & Cream Cheese Filling topped with thin slices of fresh strawberries at the last minute.