Monthly Archives: May 2009

A Tea Chair


Browsing through Apartment Therapy blog posts today I came across a post for this great tea cup chair  designed by Holly Palmer (click photo for purchasing info). Of course it is made in the UK so shipping to the US might be a bit steep.

I don’t know about you but I think a tea shop with tea cup chairs would be fantastic, especially with some round cushions in different colors of brewed tea. Imagine sitting on a bright cuppa Matcha green!

Do you know of any other great tea insprired furniture?


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Rhubarb Ginger Cream Pie

Summer in my family is highly associated with visits to grandparents in Wisconsin; bratwurst on the grill and sweet corn from roadside stands. Sadly, when I was growing up my Grandmother had pretty much given up baking, but we did at least get her recipes. This pie is one she often made with rhubarb she grew in the garden and it is one of my fathers particular favorites. I have made it my own with a small change to the spices added to the filling,  hope you enjoy it.

The Recipe:

Grandma’s Rhubarb Cream Pie

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tbls. flour
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg or ginger
  • 1 tbls butter
  • 2 well beaten eggs
  • 3 cups cubed rhubarb
  • 1 recipe plain pastry for double crust

Blend sugar flour, nutmeg/ginger, butter and eggs. Beat smooth, pour over rhubarb in 9″ pasty lined pie pan. Top with other half of pastry. Bake at 450 degrees for 10 min, then 350 degrees for 30 min. Remove from oven and let sit 10-15 min to cool and set.

Enjoy with a light fruity cuppa tea, we had Upton’s Special Blend Darjeeling FTGFOP, they have many different varieties of Darjeeling.


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Tea ‘n Muffin Morning

TeanMuffinWeb, originally uploaded by LizzyAnnH.

Today was one of those gray days that call for a hot cuppa and a good muffin before doing the grocery shopping. Hope you are having a good Memorial Day weekend.

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SweeTea’s Tea House

This is a re-post from Liz’s Blog about a visit we made in March to SweeTea’s Tea House in San Mateo. Enjoy!

I must admit, as much as I love tea I had never gone to an English style tea shop, until last weekend. My friend Libby also shares my love of tea and last weekend she took me out for brunch at a tea shop in San Mateo called SweeTea’s. Libby had been given a gift certificate so we got to make a morning of it.

The shop is small with about 4-5 tables so it feels very cozy and intimate. Each table had different sets of plates and cups, ours where a reproduction of a Royal Albert pattern of red and yellow roses. I ordered the Afternoon tea that came with two sandwiches, three petite desserts, seasonal fruit and a scone. Which sounds like a lot but the when they say petite they mean it and the scones was half as large as you normally find at a coffee shop, it ended up being just about right. Of course the food is the one thing I forgot to take a picture of.

We got to try two different types of tea from their list and we opted for the house breakfast blend and a Darjeeling. The house blend was a really nice smooth tea, not too acidic and nice amber color (see photo above). The Darjeeling was nice but it did not have a very strong flavor and we tend to like our tea on the stronger side, Libby is a big Pu Er fan just to give you an idea. We had a good time being silly and girly and next we want to try an Asian Tea house. Look for more tea adventures over the spring and summer.

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Hello! Nice to meet you!

Welcome to Put the Tea Kettle On. We are the Elizabeths, aka Liz and Libby, a couple of friends that have known each other since high school and share a love of tea and good eats.  We are always in search of good tea, places to drink it, things to brew it in, and of course tea cozies to keep it warm with.  We decided to start this blog to share our adventures in tea and treats with you.

It can be safely said, we are not experts but rather enthusiastic pupils out to learn as much as we can about this ancient drink. You won’t find us (we hope!) to be tea snobs, bag or whole leaf, we drink it all and we each have very different palates; Libby loves dark traditional teas such as Lapsang Souchong, where as I (Liz) tend toward milder European style blends like Earl Grey. Part of the desire to start this blog is to work on extending our palates and experience of different teas.

We live, drink and blog in the SF Bay Area and hope you will join us as for a cuppa and a good laugh. Tea is as much about community and sharing as it is about water and leaves.


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