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5 Reasons a Pastry Fork Is Indispensable

A pastry fork is totally indispensable. True. Have you ever tried to hold a plate in one hand and cut a piece off that slice of pie, tart, or other goodie residing on it with a regular fork? I have. Not a pretty sight. Makes a total mush of that lovely pastry (especially éclairs and cream puffs), British-style pudding (which is more like a cake), or other delectable goodie that some talented pastry chef slaved over in a hot kitchen for weeks (okay, it was probably just days…uh, hours…anyway, you get the point). So, why is a pastry fork (aka, a “pie fork”) indispensable? Glad you asked. Here’s why:

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Cake Pops Summer Sensation

My humans recently reported on a new (to them) tea time treat they found:

Someone posted a photo on either Twitter or Facebook showing this newfangled treat she had purchased from a local coffee shop. It was called a “Cake Pop.” Immediately, I had to have one. Not kidding here.

So, I wrote a note for hubby, who has a part-time job working near a Starbucks: “Buy me a Cake Pop.” (I had to explain what a Cake Pop was.) He would trundle off to work, toil away, and then come home to “Where’s my Cake Pop?” This was after I gave him a big hug — honest! He would look abashed and say, “Sorry, I forgot.”

This went on for about a week. Sigh.

Finally, one day he came home and again looked a bit down, only to pull out a little paper bag from his lunch tote and start smiling. Cake Pops! Yay!

Then, I made him wait two more days until I had a chance to take a lovely photo. Once I had clicked the shutter, those Cake Pops were really in danger! We gobbled them up, relishing every luscious chocolaty gooey bite. Aaahhh!

By the way, the liquid in the cup is definitely not coffee. It’s a yummy, malty Assam tea with milk and sweetener.

 

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See What Kind of Tea Time You Are Having with Our Guide

Ever wish you could go back in time and have tea like the Victorians did? How about traveling to other countries and experiencing tea as they do? No need for H.G. Wells’ time machine (or Dr. Who’s Tardis) or to use up your frequent flyer miles. You can have that experience at home. In fact, this little teapot suspects that you already are. Compare the tea time styles in our guide to how you are enjoying your tea to see which ones fit. TOOOT! Continue reading See What Kind of Tea Time You Are Having with Our Guide

Recipes for Sweet Tea Food Pairings by Janet Sanchez

With the heat of Summer beating down, tea has taken a turn to the cold varieties. Tea parties can be done with both hot and cold tea. Just imagine close friends, the sun shining, a slight Summer breeze and a cup of ice cold sweet tea to embrace the conversation. Accompanied of course by wonderful finger sandwiches and chocolate covered strawberries. Continue reading Recipes for Sweet Tea Food Pairings by Janet Sanchez

Honey Makes Teatime So Sweet!

“Look out, it’s a bee!” No, it’s a cog in the intricate machinery of honey-making. Where would teatime be for many of us without honey?

Honey can sweeten your tea and add a delicious sticky sweetness to your toast, scones, crackers or other teatime treat. Of course, it can also get all over your fingers, teacups, spoons, knives, plates, tablecloth, napkin, lap, and just about everything you touch before washing it off your hands with hot water. But that unique taste is well worth it, don’t you think?

Honey is such an amazing substance, created from the nectar of various flowers. Which flowers the bees frequent make quite a difference in the flavor. An exotic kind is guajillo (gwa-hee-yoh) from the nectar of flowers of the gaujillo plant in Texas. It blooms for about a couple of weeks a year. Beekeepers bring in their bees to soak up that nectar and turn it into one of the purest, sweetest honeys on the market. Clover blossoms, orange blossoms, wildflowers, and wild heather are others used.

Note: A misconception about honey is that it is made from pollen. Actually, the pollen sticks to the bee’s legs and is then carried to another blossom where some of it rubs off there, thus pollinating that blossom. All the while the bee is sucking up nectar to take back to the hive, where it is mixed with enzymes and stored in a beehive cell.

Such an amazing substance, honey has been collected by humans for thousands of years. There is archaeological evidence that Egyptians in the days of the Pharaohs used honey as a sweetener and for embalming their dead. These days we have other options for the latter use but still apply honey for the former purpose.

Getting honey from the hive to your table is where humans take over from bees. It’s pretty easy, sort of. First, don a beekeeper suit (unless you like getting stung, that is). Then, pull out a cell panel from the hive box, scrape off the top crud, and let the raw honey drip into a container. Finally, hand the container over to someone who knows what to do with it and go to the store and buy yourself some honey. I’m a great believer in the division of labor, where those humans with specialized skills, such as honey making, are supported by other humans who buy that honey with money earned by their own skills.

Save yourself the sticky mess (or at least lessen it) by purchasing honey in a squeeze bottle, a cruet to pour from, or a honey “stick” (more like a straw) that you can snip off one end of and add the honey to your tea or suck the honey out for a true “main line” experience. If you’re a serious honey indulger, try a honey pot, complete with a dipper (what I call a “drizzle stick”). Just hold the dipper over your teacup, scone, pancakes, or whatever, to let the honey succumb to gravity and break free, landing on its target. Honey pots are actually a great opportunity to add a “bit of cute” to your teatime. Some are beehive shaped. Others are emblazoned with cute sayings like “Meant to Bee” and “Sweet as Can Bee”.

A good tip about using honey to sweeten your tea is to add it in when the tea is piping hot. That helps dissolve the sugars (fructose and glucose) in the honey more evenly. But then, you might like big globs of honey at the bottom of your teacup. Personal preferences. Who am I to judge?

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Summer Solstice and Tea

Woohoo! It’s Summer Solstice time once again! Even though the unofficial start of Summer is the Memorial Day Weekend, this is the official start – the day that marks the longest day and shortest night here in the Northern hemisphere (and the reverse for the Southern hemisphere). So, how does this affect your tea drinking, if at all? Two words: iced tea. TOOOT! Continue reading Summer Solstice and Tea

5 Things That Are Unique About American Tea Drinking

For all of you tea drinking humans coming to the U.S. and expecting what you are used to at home, I present this list as a sort of public service. We Americans are a breed apart…a distinctly odd breed in some ways. And wonderfully unique in other ways. Tea drinking is one of them. I selected some of the top ways that we Americans enjoy our tea that are unique to us. Yes, there are others, but I am limited on space here. TOOOT! Continue reading 5 Things That Are Unique About American Tea Drinking

Little Yellow Teapot Advises: How to Be a Tea BFF

As many of you know, this little teapot is on Twitter and Facebook (my humans help with the typing or it would take forever, using just my spout). One day I got this message on Twitter: “OMG…u r my tea BFF!” Uh…okay…I think… What is a “tea BFF”? I mean, a BFF (best friend forever) is easy to understand. How does tea figure into it? How do you become a tea BFF and, once there, what do you do? Time for me to show you what I found out so you can identify and even be a BFF to others. TOOOT! Continue reading Little Yellow Teapot Advises: How to Be a Tea BFF