Tea. Such a small word but one with such meaning.
I am one of the unlucky millions to be diagnosed with the flu and tea is helping me brave the illness and the nasty side effects of the medication. Did you know there are over 3,000 varieties of the tea plant but only a few categories of tea? Those categories are black, dark, oolong, green and white.
Yesterday, my fever dictated I need something without caffeine so I opted for a chamomile tea with lime and vanilla I picked up in England. Today, I am drinking Earl Grey whose flowery notes and richness wrap me in a blanket of comfort and (I hope) the caffeine it contains will win the battle over my headache.
Tea, Dear Readers, is like a hug in a cup.
When I arrived at the home of our friends in England, I was greeted with a good, "proper" cup of strong English tea. Our friend and I sipped and bird watched and bonded. A cup of tea greeted us a couple of days later when we brought our girl, Alyssa, to her new home in Shoreham-By-Sea too. Tea is welcoming and comforting. Tea is fortifying and reassuring. Tea is six categories combined into a myriad types of comfort.
Treat yourself to "good" tea. Pour yourself a nice, strong cup of tea into a mug with a ridiculous saying that makes you smile or a lovely cup and saucer set that belonged to your grandmother. Contemplate something silly or something deep. Relax into the comfort and allow yourself to savor the moment you have created by the mere act of making yourself a cuppa...
Avid home cook and passionate instructor