Sunday, January 11, 2009
Coffee has just not been doing the trick anymore, and I've begun to crave tea again. Specifically, the PGTips tea from England that I became addicted to when I was over there for a month a few years ago. I have some coming in the mail, but Twinings English Breakfast tea is having to do for now. Okay, on to today's Etsy shopping - it seems I've already missed the morning!
I just found out that January is National Hot Tea Month - must be why I'm craving tea so much. I was delighted to find that Etsy has a grand selection of amazing and delicious gourmet teas (and teapots, too, for that matter). Although I love my PGTips in the morning, I also love trying various herbal and flavored teas as well.
Here are two that will be finding their way to my house very soon...Chocolate and Roses Tea - or better yet, how about Bourbon Street Vanilla? These two delights are from Tea For All Reasons' shop, and are made from African Rooibos tea, also known as redbush tea. While white, green and black teas are all made from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant, Red Bush or rooibos (pronounced roy-boss) tea comes from a completely different plant grown in the Western Cape province of South Africa. The leaves are actually green but turn red when oxidized. Rooibos tea has most of the same great health benefits of black tea, but none of the caffeine. As a bonus, it is actually recommended to drink before going to bed as it can help with insomnia.
And of course you need something to go with all that tea, so make yourself some delicious scones - Tea For All Reasons' has four delicious flavors of scone mixes - Chocolate or Cinnamon Chip, Pumpkin Spice or my favorite, Lemon Currant. Well, I hear my kettle boiling, so I'm off for a spot of tea, and wishing I had some scone mix! Til next time......