Sunday, December 10, 2017

A Holiday Tea

The music of tea is the melody that soothes me.
Morgan Christiansen
Yesterday I spoke of hygge. One my favorite rituals in preparing to send out holiday cards is tea. I have vintage items I have gathered over the last few years. Tea pot, cup, tea towel and napkin. The choice of tea is dependent upon my taste, mood and what's in the pantry. I sip, reflect and let it all settle into my being.

Last year I discovered a recipe for a Holiday tea I will share here. I hope that any one reading finds their own rituals and hygge moments. Slow down, sip, enjoy and take a break from the busyness that the modern holiday has become.

Ingredients list for Holiday Tea

  • 3 1/2 oz (100g) of black tea
  • 1/2 orange
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 6 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 vanilla pod

Directions

1. Peel the superficial skin (without the white pith) of the orange and lemon with a vegetable peeler. Dry the zests in you preheated oven at 210°F for 30 minutes. Let cool, then cut into small pieces.
2. Meanwhile, chop cloves and cinnamon coarsely with a mortar and pestle
3. Split the vanilla pod lengthwise, then in 1 inch sections.
4. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and pour into a confectionery bag for storage

Loreena McKennitt, 'Coventry Carol':

 

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