Monthly Archives: July 2009

Tea Towel Tuesday- We’re Back!

Wow, it has been a crazy couple weeks. My mom came to visit, I got my wisdom teeth out and someone decided to help themselves to the headlight of my car. Now finally my wounds are healing so I can chew again, the car is in the shop and I am very greatful for car insurance, all I need now is a big cup of tea (make that ANOTHER) and some awesome tea towel, so here they are.

canningtowel

I have major want for this towel at the moment, it would go perfectly with my new canning set (more on that soon).  It would be perfect for drying off jars! This towel is from Girls Can Tell and she has a number of other fun applinace based prints.

brownweartowel

Keeping with the kitchen utensil theme I seem to have started today is this cute print from T Lane. She has lots of fun block cut type prints of all kinds of dishware, teapots and untensils, definilty worth a look.

SoGoodTowel

This is the perfect ice tea/juice serving towel, it makes me want a big fresh glass of OJ. The work of Scott and Jacqui from Slide Sideways, a pair of printers with some really fun ideas.

Wow, I needed that, it is hard being away from the blogs for so long, I miss you guys when I am away.  Hope you have a happy Tuesday!

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Recovering

Sorry there are no towels this week, recovering from having my wisdom teeth out, be back next week.

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Tisane Thursday: Fennel 9July2009

In the hills near where I grew up, the air is filled with the smell of the fennel which grows wild all over.  When I would walk with my grandfather, we would pick the tips and rub them between our hands and breathe in the smell.  I still pick fennel and smell it when I walk by.

Fennel seeds are used medicinally for ailments of the digestive tract.  Most notably to to treat gas, bloating, stomach pain and nausea.  Up to five cups of infusion a day can be used according to The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants by Chevallier and one cup of water needs about 1/2 tsp of seeds.

I was lucky enough to find a commercial source of fennel tisane to simplify all the measuring business.  Bloated or not… I think that this stuff is delicious, and if you like licorice, you might too!

Teekanne, the company which invented the flow-through tea bag, sells a very tasty boxed fennel tisane which I picked up at a neat shop in Berkeley, CA called  The Country Cheese and Coffee Market.

Fennel has a strong taste like anise or licorice and is probably not for everyone, but if you decide to try it, I hope you think it makes a great cuppa!

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Tea Towel Tue..Wednesday

I know, I am a bit late with this, it has been a busy week getting ready for my mum to visit while I get my wisdom teeth pulled at the end of the week. Lots of cleaning!!! Which of course tea towels are great for! So here are they are.

apothecarytowels

These wonderful towels are printed with designs from French apothecary bottle labels. I love the detail of old labels and the varitey of packaging they used to use. Teresa Sheeley has a fun line of French inspired accessories for you and your home.

tractortowel

This fun block printed towel from Leanne Graeff would look great in any kitchen and remind me of the farms where our food comes from. Judging from the rows above the farmer driving those tractors is a bit tipsy!

owly

Libby and I are both owl fans and lately a lot of owls seem to be popping up, as cups, on shirts, and on tea towels. This cute little owl towel is from munaluna, the work of Meredith Cheng, a local San Francisco artist.

Last but not least, I have the winner of the Tea Candy Giveaway! The winner is mrtweeds, aka Kate, we will be getting her pack of Bali’s Iced Tea Hard candies off to her asap.  Thanks all for playing.

Happy Wednesday!

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Cuppa with Mum and Dad

Sorry for skipping the Tisane Thursday this week, but I am out of town and couldn’t find a chance to post yesterday.  Today, however, my brother vacated and his computer was up for grabs!

I decided to share with you all the teapot gadget that my parents use for their cuppa since I have searched in vain for a tea room or tea house in the area and have come up short.  (The one I had discovered via the internet before leaving is apparently only alive in memory).

But on to the tea!

My brother, knowing my parents love of the stuff, found a neat little tea infuser to give to them a couple of years ago. 

He picked one up from Think Geek, but I have heard tell that you could procure one from Amazon.com, or directly from adagio teas.  Replacement filters are also available.  As for the device itself, my parents love it and I think it would be perfect for anyone who likes loose tea, but doesn’t want to fiddle with any extra implements.

After the tea has finished steeping, just place the device over the top of your favorite cup (pick a big one or be sure to watch how full it’s getting) and soon you’ll be enjoying some great tea!

One of the neatest things about this gadget is that the feet on the bottom keep the tea from gushing out before it is placed on top of your favorite cup.  Another great feature is that since it is all plastic, you can place it in the microwave and the dishwasher.  So, if you aren’t adverse to plastic, this thing could be just the ticket!

Have a great weekend everyone!  Be sure to enjoy some tea.

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The Secrect of Puerh Tea

This a a great video from Numi Tea on the processes used to make traditional Chinese Puerh tea. Libby is a big fan of Puerhs while I have just started to really develop my palette for them. Of all teas Puerh is the most like wine in that it is fermented and aged in cakes, growing in charater as it is allowed to develop. Numi has a great selection of  organic Puerh teas that are resonably priced for those of use that want to try new varieties but not break the bank.

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Hard Candy Giveaway Contest!!

A few months ago as I was at the market getting a deli sandwich when a display caught my eye, it was a stack of tea flavored hard candy. My first thought was “Does it REALLY taste like tea?”  my second was “how many anti-oxidants can hard candy really have left in it?” Of course I had to get a bag just to find out. The bag does say after all that it is made with real tea extract.

Bali’s makes several different flavors like Green Tea Latte and coffee flavors as well. The candies are all individually wrapped so you can toss a few in your purse; which I appreciate because then I can enjoy some “Iced tea” when stuck in the middle of traffic on my way home from work.

Now, I figured that they would just be kind of sweet with a little tea flavor, but WOW, they really are like a cup of sweet ice tea!  Just to make sure I wasn’t imagining this I have since forced pretty much everyone that comes to visit me to try one and everyone has had the same surprised reaction. Libby liked them so much she recently asked me to get her a bag since her local market doesn’t carry them.

Since I was already getting some I thought I would get a bag for some lucky reader, now you too can force feed these yummy treats to your tea drinking friends and family. All you have to do is leave us a comment about your favorite way to drink tea and on the 8th we will pick a random winner.

Good Luck!

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