to Midnight Tea !
means learning from mistakes.
Midnight - isn't there a better
time to have tea? Well, to be quite frank, no. It is the time
of the night when you are on your own, comfortable and at ease.
The stress of the day has drowned and won't resurface for another
You have the time to enjoy your tea, and to
snuggle into a blanket with a story to read. This is what I
want to provide here. On this site, you will find all the stories
of and quite a few pictures taken by your hostess, eretria.
Back to the important things: How to brew good
tea? I'm not talking about your garden variety tea-bag you buy
in the supermarket around the corner here. Midnight is the time
to enjoy real tea. The time to spoil yourself.
And this is how it's done:
Use a warm teapot, preheat it by filling
it with hot water and letting it sit while boiling the water
for the tea.
Bring fresh cold water to a full rolling
boil. Water that has been reheated gives tea a flat taste and
has lost most of its oxygen, only boiling water can extract
the full flavour.
For a teapot containing 1 litre, use 4-5
teaspoons of leaf tea. Depending on the leaf size, take one
less for fine leaves and one more for big leaves.
Empty the hot water from the teapot, place
your tea of choice into the teapot (most comfortable by using
a big cotton tea-bag that allows the leaves to move) and pour
the boiling water over the tea.
The use of a ball tea infuser (also called
a "tea-egg") is actually a sin because it does not
permit free movement of tea leaves within it’s restricted
confine. No good tea comes from
a tea-egg. Ever.
Depending on how much longer you want to
stay awake and how much you want to read, steep 3 minutes for
a tea that will refresh you, and 5 - 7 minutes for a tea that
will soothe you.
Choose a cup you like. Drinking tea is a
sensual experience, you enjoy it with most of your senses, sight,
smell and taste, so don't use a cup in which you can't see your
tea. For example, if you choose an Assam, you will be surprised
by the deep red-golden colour of it.
Some teas you can drink with milk. Some
you shouldn't. In the end, it all depends on your very own taste.
Brown sugar is for the stronger teas, white
sugar for the more delicate teas.
Are you intimidated now? I hope not. Because
each step towards a good cup of tea takes away some of the daily
unrest, and weaves its very own magic.
But for now: Have a seat in one of the cosy
armchairs around here, let me offer you a nice cup of tea and
Then make yourself at home and feel free to
roam the library and the gallery, have a look at my reading
recommendations. If you have found the site to your liking,
please leave a comment in the guestbook.
Remember, this is a place to set aside the daily
stress. Welcome, weary traveller.
P.S.: To enjoy this site completely, I suggest
you go here
to download & install the Font "Dragonwick"