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The Precision of Tea


yet hope remains; a LotR comment!ficathon


Written for the prompt of Erestor, a hobbit and tea for the yethoperemains community, and unfortunately posted in two parts because of length, here is my response.  The story revolves around Bilbo Baggins teaching Erestor a few things about the proper presentation and serving of tea.  I hope you take a look http://yethoperemains.livejournal.com/996.html?view=57060#t57060 and that you enjoy it.  

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I just really need to tell you that cream in tea is heresy akin to putting beans in chili or making gumbo without a proper roux. Cream is for coffee. You put milk in tea.
Oh, ick - LOL. However, if that is what it is appropriately called, I'll make the changes tonight and thank you for the insight.

- Erulisse (one L)
who also sometimes likes beans in my chili
Lol, true what Steel says. I am not sure why, but cream in tea tastes really sort of sour and icky. I have no idea why it tastes so good in coffee, and not in tea.

I miss the good old days of making tea in an actual tea-pot and letting in steep and having it in china cups. (It always tastes better in bone china) Now I am a lazy arse and put a tea bag in a cup, and you can taste the tea-bag. I cannot be bothered to wait for it to steep.
When I have a chance, I too do the whole routine of bone china and pre-heated, parcelled out leaves. I adore tea (I hope that came out in the story). But, here at the shop, I'll heat water in the kettle, but use herbal teas in bags for the sake of convenience and time.

I will be correcting every occurrence of "cream" to "milk" wherever I can and beg the pardon of all of my British and Commonwealth friends for having ooopsed so badly :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
cream in coffee is truly heavenly, though, if it is excellent coffee and top-notch heavy cream...uuuummmmm
I will be correcting every occurrence of "cream" to "milk" wherever I can and beg the pardon of all of my British and Commonwealth friends for having ooopsed so badly :-)

Well, that artificial milk stuff they give out in cafe's is rather creamy, and some people must like it, so for all I know people do drink tea with cream. I've just not heard of it. Mum and I like UHT long life milk in tea, and that is quite sweet.

Lapsang Souchong. OMG, that is my favourite. It is so smokey and strong.
Tea made in a pot then drunk out of a good cup - with a saucer, too. Oooh yes. That was before 'dunk a rooibos teabag in a mug' happened to me *g*.
Tea made in a pot then drunk out of a good cup - with a saucer, too. Oooh yes

I wondered for ages why my Nan's tea always tasted so wonderful, and of course it was the tea-pot, the steeping and the cup and saucer. She would have boggled at the thought of slinging a tea-bag in a cup.

Now I want a tea-pot! I have not had one in over ten years.
And a little tea-cosy with a bobble on it, lol.

The thing is, when I get up I need a cup of tea, need it. (I can't drink coffee first thing, it seems too harsh on me, but I have one a bit later) and I am not going to wait for it to brew. Got to have that strong tea (with honey) A.S.A.P. or I am more of a zombie than normal, so it goes in the cup.
I have a lovely teapot that I've had since I was a teenager. When I'm not using it for tea, it hangs over my sink as a decoration.

Since most of the tea I drink is herbal, I just make it in the cup. But if I want a true cup of tea, I pull down my pot and try to do it right.

I'm usually awake for at least three hours before I have my first cup of anything, so having coffee first thing isn't really a problem :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
having fun with the discussions my little hobbit tale have generated
*dreamily* ~ When I was about ten I knitted my mum a tea cosy as a school project. It was dead awful, but it had a little yellow bobble on the top, yes, and she even used it when there was company (at least, if I was around)

I need a teapot!

I used to not be able to wake up before I'd had coffee, but there's something about easing into the day with a cup of tea. I find I'm drinking way less coffee these days.
I gave up coffee for several years and only drank tea. I started coffee again a few months ago because I have found that I really enjoy my local coffeeshop's brew and their oatmeal - it makes for a hearty and reasonable breakfast, and I sit down with my NookColor and read for 30-45 minutes before diving into my day, my ongoing writing, and crazy customers (LOL).

- Erulisse (one L)
Well, I was able to change it in part one, but couldn't in part 2 because it had comments. I'll change on MPTT and (hopefully) Fairie tonight. Thanks for the heads-up.

- Erulisse (one L)
No problem. My husband's Irish. I mentioned the idea of putting cream in tea to him and he got this horrified and revolted look on his face and went on at some length about precisely why you shouldn't do it.
Please offer him my most sincere apologies and some virtual Jameson as a band-aid.

- Erulisse (one L)
Actually--that's not entirely right. It is quite true that most kinds of tea you should have with milk, not cream (apart from those kinds of tea, of course, that you should have with neither). But there is at least one kind of tea that you should have with cream. Here is a link to a site that explains the proper method of drinking Ostfriesentee (East Frisian tea) in English:
http://www.wiesmoor-info.de/html/ostfriesen_tea.html
That's awesome! I hope I can get there some day and I also hope that I remember how to brew it properly and that I should have at least three cups and then put my spoon into the cup to keep from having a fourth cup. Thank you for the link, I had never heard of this before.

- Erulisse (one L)