Recipe: Tea-marbled eggs

tea marbled egg with shell removed

This recipe is a reasonably authentic example of Chinese culinary tea. The egg is hard-boiled, then lightly cracked and soaked in a mixture containing tea which imparts the marbling effect. I say “reasonably authentic” because the original recipe calls for Lapsang Souchong, which imparts a delicately smoky flavour, but as this was my first attempt … Read more Recipe: Tea-marbled eggs

Top ten quotes about tea in literature

top ten quotes about tea

The wonderful drink that is tea has inspired countless writers down the centuries. Some novelists have their characters comment on the role of tea in their fictional lives. Here is my first list of some of my favourite quotes from my favourite novels and poetry about tea. Since the list proved so popular, I have … Read more Top ten quotes about tea in literature

Hot tea in warm weather can cool you down

The news that tea lovers everywhere have been waiting for. Okay, I put my hand up straight away, it’s not just tea that has this effect but any hot drink. We’re experiencing a bit of a heatwave here in the UK with temperatures set to reach 38°C (100 °F) tomorrow, Thursday 25th August. Even a … Read more Hot tea in warm weather can cool you down

Tea-related little silver linings

clouds-silver-lining

An old phrase says that “every cloud has its silver lining” and my grandmother, the greatest tea drinker in the world ever (both in terms of quantity and she was just awesome), was applied this philosophy to everyday life to an almost maddening degree. My grandmother, my hero For the entirety of the Second World … Read more Tea-related little silver linings

Exhibition Review – A Tea Journey: From the Mountains to the Table

Definitely more of a journey than simply an exhibition, A Tea Journey: From the Mountains to the Table is a walk across the continents to explore the history and cultural significance of tea through the centuries. We followed the outwardly unimpressive leaf of that small shrub, Camellia sinensis, on its hugely impressive rise from a medicinal … Read more Exhibition Review – A Tea Journey: From the Mountains to the Table

Uses for tea around the house and garden

uses for tea around the house and garden

Apart from being the best drink in the world (we may be biased), tea can be put to good use around the home and garden for a variety of money-saving, environmentally-friendly purposes. So never throw away tea, put it to good use instead. Some of my favourite uses for used or leftover tea include the … Read more Uses for tea around the house and garden