I have recently received from a reader in Blighty a rather nice porcelain tea pot and a little crate of tea.
Remember: You can buy TEA from the Wyoming Coffee Monks.
That said, I am determined to make tea properly.
As I researched the matter, I found that George Orwell, who predicted the Obama Administration, wrote an essay on how to make tea properly. HERE There is audio of him reading some of it!
There are, according to Orwell, 11 Points… which I include hereunder in abbreviated form:
- Use Indian or Ceylonese tea. CHECK! The sender sent Ceylonese!
- Make small quantities — that is, in a teapot.
- The pot should be warmed beforehand. I recall a phrase “hot the pot”.
- Make it strong. For a pot holding a quart, if you are going to fill it nearly to the brim, six heaped teaspoons would be about right.
- The tea should be put straight into the pot.
- Take the teapot to the kettle and not the other way about. The water should be actually boiling at the moment of impact.
- After making the tea, one should stir it, or better, give the pot a good shake, afterwards allowing the leaves to settle.
- Drink out of a good breakfast cup — that is, the cylindrical type of cup, not the flat, shallow type.
- Pour the cream off the milk before using it for tea. Milk that is too creamy always gives tea a sickly taste.
- Pour tea into the cup first. This is one of the most controversial points of all.
- Tea — unless one is drinking it in the Russian style — should be drunk without sugar.
I shall begin my preparations and have a go. Perhaps I shall even shine up the ol’ silver biscuit box which I bought at a flea market in Manhattan.
This should help me to get ready for a trip in…. July?
I think I am supposed to have some biscuits. Or maybe scones. I used to make scones. Perhaps I’ll try again.
I have made tea… I believe Orwell would approve.
First, the new tea pot and the little crate of tea!
There are two kinds. I’m not sure what they are. When in doubt start on the right… and it has black.
I brought the teapot close to the electric kettle, as Orwell would have.
Before I added the several teaspoons, I “hotted the pot” as instructed.
Orwell wanted me to use a straight sided cup. Hence, one of my Leo XIII quote mugs.
The milk went in after.
They went with…
As for the mug…
I wonder how these would be with the tea… ?
Recently, to console a worker in the chancery here for performing an unpleasnt task above and beyond the call of duty, I obtained for him and for other staff a case of Zagnut bars.
Perhaps they have some left.
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