Tea with Ainee A very hot day and it happens to be National Cheese Cake day…

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Teatime with ainee is staying cool with some Vineyard mystery read, after surfing the Internet to finding today is the day for enjoying cheesecakes.  Don’t figure!

“Some like it hot, and some hotter still!”

Today is another very hot day, it is one of several hot days that we have had in rows for this week. Nothing that I do can ease the heat that is upon me. I have many aches and the heat does not help since I cannot go for a long walk. Anyhow, I found out that today is ‘National Cheesecake Day’; it seems obvious enough that this mean, it is a day for enjoying cheesecakes.

Well, I don’t like cheesecake for their consistency, yet I have dabbed at a few morsels containing praline or caramel. I decided to investigate this by trying to find out what one does or specifically, how others enjoy this day for having cheesecakes. Mind you, I tend to find them very expensive.

We know of the Cheesecake Factory (http://www.thecheesecakefactory.com/), well what better way to celebrate National Cheesecake Day then with half-priced cheesecakes. The Cheesecake Factory is celebrating in a big way by offering their customer’s half price on any slice of their more than 30 flavors of cheesecake Thursday. I found some images of cheesecakes I might enjoy were I incline to try some.

Cheese Cake Factory’s Salted Caramel Cheesecake

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Cheesecake Factory’s Toasted Marsmallow Smores Galore

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I am suggesting of this drink concoction from my favorite recipes of drinks:

Spiced Chile Coconut Milk by Louise Pickford whose book is Hot Drinks 

Coconut milk adds both a delicate flavor and wonderful creaminess to this spiced drink. The slight hint of chile is exotic and warming.

Ingredients:

2 cups milk

2 cups coconut milk

1½ tablespoons soft brown sugar

2 star anise, lightly crushed

1 small red chile, halved lengthwise and seeded

½ cup heavy cream

Toasted shredded coconut, to serve. (serves 2)

Put all the ingredients, except the heavy cream, in a saucepan. Heat gently for 10 minutes, and then bring just to boiling point. Strain into 2 cups.

Whip the cream until it holds its shape and spoon over the drinks. Sprinkle with a little toasted coconut to serve.

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Teawithainee is happy to share small tidings like this day for the enjoyment of cheesecake. I am enjoying yet another glass of cold water and my glass is dew upon dews as it is so very hot.

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Happy teas to all and thank you for reading!

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Tea with Ainee invitation to attend From Russia with Art fetivities at Manchester by the Sea

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Teatime with ainee is sharing of teas from around England’s finest hotels; places to have afternoon tea; as well as viewing of arts with the folks at From Russia with Arts.

Tea shared with friends and loved ones is always a good thing.”—

From Russia with Art  http://fromrussiawithart.org/

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Russian Spotlight to shine on the Art and Culture at the 2nd Summer Exhibit!

The Director of RACC of Boston Margaret Coleman has joined with the owners of From Russia With Art Gallery and the Manchester Community Center to present two weekends of Russian art and culture. The exhibition will feature beautiful artworks by 12 Russian-American artists from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ukraine, and the Greater Boston Area. It will be showcasing fine art, Russian handicrafts, food, live music and some historical connections between St. Petersburg and New England.

Located next to the community train station and in walking distance from Singing Beach, for the 2nd time since 2013, the exhibition will feature incredible in detail etchings, dry points, paintings, mixed media, jewelry and embroidery by Russian-American artists, including American Impressionist and Signature member of Oil Painters of America Anatoly Dverin, People’s Artist of Russia Stanislav Nikireyev ( 1932-2007) and an outstanding en plein air painter from St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts, Alexander Korman. The Artist opening reception on Friday, August 7th , from 5-8 PM, with live music will be hosted by Olesya and Jerry Koenig. Refreshments will be served.

On August 8-9th there will be a Jewelry & Fashion presentation by Bostonian designer Rimma Zaika-Veksler and program for families and children ‘Matryoshka Nesting Doll” by the docent of Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, MA Larisa Dyan.

Among other events at the exhibit, on Friday August 14th from 6-7 PM John Huss of Manchester Historical Museum will have a talk and presentation on Captain Trask and Ship Saint Petersburg. The concert of Commonwealth Lyric Theater (www.commonwealthlyrictheater.com,) including songs from the Ukrainian opera premiere ” The Cossack Beyond the Danube” will take place on Saturday, August 15th from 5-6 PM.

Please see http://fromrussiawithart.org/2nd-summer-exhibition-from-moscow-to-manchester-by-the-sea

for the exhibition poster and full list of events. We are very much looking forward to this great presentation of Russian and Ukrainian fine art and culture to the beautiful communities of Manchester-by-the-Sea and Cape Ann area.

The exhibition at 40 Harbor Point, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA, 01944 is open:

Fridays from 3-8PM  Saturdays from 11-7PM  Sundays, Wednesday, Thursday from noon- 6PM.

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World Famous Afternoon Tea at the Savoy

Afternoon tea at the Savoy is a memorable experience, ideal for a special occasion; a slice of British tradition with a contemporary twist. –

Guiltless-Tea Britain Magazine

The fashion of taking afternoon tea is largely credited to one Anna Russell, the 7th Duchess of Bedford and a friend of Queen Victoria, who is said to have introduced it at her home in the mid-19th century to fill the gap between lunch and dinner. Later, the working class had it as their main evening meal, hence some British people call dinner ‘tea’.

This year, however, marks the 250th anniversary since the birth of Charles, 2nd Earl Grey, for whom a particular blend of black china tea and bergamot was specially created, which is still popular today.

According to the UK Tea & Infusions Association, today Britons drink 165 million cups of tea each day – 98 per cent is taken with milk and 96 per cent in in the form of a teabag (a US invention).

Some samplings of places to take afternoon tea in Britain…

  1. Howick Hall, Northumberland
  2. Fortnum & Mason, London
  3. The Goring Hotel, London
  1. The Ritz, London
  1. Twinings, London
  1. Davenports Tea Room, Cheshire
  1. The Montagu Arms , Hampshire

– See more at: http://www.britain-magazine.com/carousel/top-10-places-to-take-afternoon-tea/#sthash.HRdUYkeO.dpuf

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Teawithainee enjoyed doing the morning chores and running errands at the library and the bank. It is a brightly sun-filled day with slight chance of rain in the forecast. I took out the trash and walked to do my tasks. I returned to my computer to finding this invite from the folks at From Russia with Art; and my subscription to Britain Magazine and read about the lovely places to take Afternoon Tea.  I must say that my cup of tea today began as hot tea, to ending as cold iced tea.

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Happy teas to all and thank you for reading!

Websites:

http://www.britain-magazine.com/carousel/review-elegant-savoy-experience-is-our-cup-of-tea/

http://www.britain-magazine.com/carousel/top-10-places-to-take-afternoon-tea/

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Tea with Ainee Visited Brimfield for their antique shows

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Teatime with ainee enjoyed finding of new teas at TJ Maxx and finding some lovely miniature tea sets while at the Brimfield Antiques shows this weekend.

My open invitation to all is to live in the moment with that loyal cup of tea, giving one’s soul solace, and hope for a brighter day–

I am sorry to not adhere to my own advice because I tend to be over shadowed with doubts and worries about my tomorrows which seem to be most bleak. I don’t seem able to do for myself. It is with these thoughts that I ventured out the other day and took a bus ride to Barnes and Noble Booksellers at Water Towers Plaza. I was fortune to find some lovely magazines to peruse and I found several with tea services and recipes for Ice Tea to take along on a picnic or to simply enjoy on the porch.

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Hari Tea magazine at BN&N boosellers     My cup of tea at BN&B booksellers

This was a nice way to spend of sometime away from home. It is a favorite past time of mine. I was also able to return to Water Towers Plaza several days later as I needed to purchase a couple of items from TJ Maxx. I know that they have quite a collection of teas and I took some pics of their shelf while I was at the store.

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Welcome to Brimfield Antiques and Collectible Shows

http://www.brimfieldshow.com/

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This weekend we took a long drive to Brimfield, MA where they were having their antiques and collectibles show.  We walked the strip and made our way to the Brimfield store where I viewed of these lovely tea sets.

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2015-07-19 13.59.28As well as viewed these lovely plates sets and this smoothie’s vendor selling iced tea. In all, tea happenings are all around us, one simply need not look too far.

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Teawithainee has good days and not so good ones. I say this because of not being employed and feeling like I contribute nothing to my marriage by way of income. Our household needs for there to be two incomes. I do what I can but it is not enough. Blogging is something that I turn to for keeping appearances were anyone to be looking and wondering what I do all day long.

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Happy teas to all and thank you for reading!

Websites:

The Daily Tea website has some tea recipes for iced tea for picnics and such.

http://www.thedailytea.com/recipes/iced-tea-101/

http://www.thedailytea.com/recipes/summer-fun-rosemary-assam-lemonade/

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Tea with Ainee Is sharing some of her tea-tins for storing her teabags in.

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Teatime with ainee reveals some of her favorite tea-tins, surprisingly finds some teabags remaining in one not used for quite some time. Amazingly, bemused!

“He who does not live in some degree for others, hardly lives for himself”—Montaigne

Yet, it is in sharing that I am living, if at all, to tell of my tales as experienced by this hermit.—ainee

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Teawithainee’s daily habit is to reach for one of her tea tins to fix a cup of tea and today, I thought why not share this here, in the now. One of my favorite go to tin is this Celestial Seasoning Cinnamon Rose Herb Tea tin that I reach for everyday when I need to fix a cup of tea. I had made mention to liking tea stored away and not caring for a particular brand or flavoring and to simply reach in the tin and take out a teabag and fix myself a good cup of tea as I like it.

I purchased this tea-tin many years ago from Oh My Gosh Antiques of Sterling, MA; a place that I frequented quite often, at times every day. The tin cost but a couple of dollars and the sticker is still underneath it.

Celestial Seaonings tea tin

open tea stash inside Celestial tea tin

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Another shared favorite tin was sold to me from this Etsy.com store online:

Teaman Teas, https://www.etsy.com/shop/teaman

Teaman on Etsy tea tin

open Teaman tea tin

I was most surprised as when I open of this tin to find several teabags inside…smelling strongly of cranberries and such. I will have to visit this tin on a day that is better than an average day; on a berries-good day is what I mean.

 

 

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In concluding this sharing of tea tins; a popular TV hostess  and Chef is Julia Child and her  favorite teas and tins are displayed in Julia Child’s kitchen at the Smithsonian and one indeed to make mentioned of; in that she did not only sip cooking sherry live on her show as most folks would have believed.

A peek into her actual kitchen, now permanently displayed in the Smithsonian, offers a fascinating glimpse of the legendary cook.  As unpretentious as Julia herself, the kitchen is both serious and homey, carefully designed by Julia and her husband Paul to accommodate her 6’2″ frame, her precise culinary requirements and her favorite colors. The counters were raised, the outlines of her saucepans were traced onto pegboard-covered walls to ensure that each was returned to its proper place, and her favorite utensils and ingredients were kept close at hand on counters and shelves.

Describing her tea tins, the Smithsonian wrote:

The butcher block top of the lower cabinet next to the garland-and the cabinet above it-held quite a number of tea tines. A well-used, matched set of them came from Mark T. Wendell, a Boston Tea Company, which Julia and Paul had learned to favor in Ceylon during World War II. They continued to drink these teas over the next 50 years.

What kind of tea did Julia favor? Above the butcher block counter in her kitchen, readily seen in many of the television episodes, were a few of her favorites:

Cheericup Ceylon  This whole leaf Ceylon is a strong tea with a full, almost brisk flavor. Cheericup Ceylon is a unique blend of seven high and low grown estate teas from the island country of Sri Lanka. When brewed, the bright and sparkling liquor has a sweet and distinct taste that makes for the perfect afternoon tea.

China Jasmine  A lightly fermented pouchong tea, gently touched with freshly picked jasmine blossoms from the Huang Mountain area of China. After repeated exposure to the tea leaves, the flowers are removed, leaving the exotically fragrant aroma behind. China Jasmine makes a sweet and easy drinking brew.

Lapsang Souchong  This rare, long leaf tea gains its distinctive “tarry” flavor and smoky tang from the pine fires over which it is dried. Rich in taste and smoky aroma, it produces a deep red liquor when brewed. China Lapsang Souchong has a smokier taste and aroma than Hu-Kwa Formosan Lapsang Souchong tea. This is to name but of a few of her favorite teas, one can read the article in its entirety by visiting this website: http://www.thedailytea.com/inspiration/do-you-know-julia-child-favorite-teas/

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Teawithainee finds enjoyment in the simple, every day task of reaching for a canister that holds her favorite teas and has taken delight in sharing them. So, I implore everyone to reach for that tea bag or loose teas stored in some precious vintage, heirloom and fix that cup of tea as you like it!

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Happy teas to all and thank you for reading!

Website (s):

Celestial Seasonings www.celestialseasonings.com/

Teaman Teas, https://www.etsy.com/shop/teaman

Mark T. Wendell, http://www.thedailytea.com/author/mark-t-wendell/

I have made mention of loose-leaf tea, and as a drinker of tea, I personally prefer teabags. Yet at times, a good cup of loose leaf tea is highly sought after. As a reader of many newsletters that I receive, of late it has been from The Daily Tea and this week from their daily outpost, it is to do with Getting Started with Loose Leaf Tea 101; this is a good tract to follow and learn more about tea. I am happy to be viewing and reading of it. Learn more by visiting this link: http://www.thedailytea.com/taste/getting-started-with-loose-leaf-tea/

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Tea with Ainee has changed logo image photos to being simply teapots and such

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Teatime with ainee’s reading Simply in Season, recipes and inspiration that celebrate fresh, local foods.

“I smell your glory in the air after the rain. I smell your glory in bruised mint leaves being prepared for tea. I smell of your glory on my fingertips after cleansing strawberries for my family to eat. Your glory pervades the air in fragrant blooms of hyacinth, lilac, and rose, in freshly baked bread and Sunday dinner roast…for odors of your glory and the sense of smell, I give you thanks.”—Donna Mast

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Teawithainee has been perusing this community cookbook titled Simply in Season by Mary Beth Lind, Cathleen Hockman-Wert

Simply in Season recipes for local fresh foods

This book invites us to bring the good earth into our kitchen and to become a community that is cooking with conscience. The book is organized by season with shared stories from cooks on eating locally. The pleasure of seasonal eating comes alive through gorgeous photographs of dishes and produce, and an expanded fruit and vegetable guide helps you shop for and cook with local foods.—Simple, local, sustainable, and all the while faithful.

Our invitation to take action is to visit a farmers’ market to see what is in season where you live and make the choice to include this in your weeknight menu. Make it a goal to eating two or three seasonal meals a week.  It is something to aspire to, I think.

Of the many recipes shared in this book, some I particularly like is the Strawberry Spinach Salad because it has endless variation with the only given being strawberries and spinach. Another one is one of herb: Dandelion Bacon Salad, Dandelion greens are available at many farmers’ markets. As they can be gathered from the wild; stipulation is to make sure they haven’t been sprayed with pesticides.

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Another shared favorite is of tea:

Orange Mint Tea

A light, refreshing beverage inspired by the tea served at the café at the Ten Thousand Villages store in Ephrata, Pennsylvania.

3 cups / 750 ml water

5-6 sprigs fresh mint (each about 6 inches / 15 cm, well rinsed)

Bring water to boil in a saucepan. Add mint, cover, remove from heat, and steep 15 minutes or longer. Remove mint.

1/3 cup / 75 ml sugar, or to taste

Add and stir until dissolved. The resulting concentrate may be cooler and frozen for later use.

2 cups / 500 ml orange juice

½ cup / 125 ml lemon juice

Water and ice

Combine juices in a ½ -gallon / 2-L serving pitcher. Add mint concentrate plus water and ice to fill the pitcher. Chill completely and serve garnished with mint springs and thin slices of oranges or lemons (optional). Yields 2 quarts

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Teawithainee’s changed logo is yet another start for renewing and kindling of the spirit that is at times shallow and failing at life.  In reading this book, it reminds me to take time and to give thanks to the almighty father whose greatest gift to us is the fertile land and sea. And to give thanks to the farmers’ who raises these food that we take delight in. And perhaps it is not mint tea that is before you, no matter, enjoy your meal and then after, take delight in that cup of tea, as you like it!

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Happy teas to all and thank you for reading!

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Tea with Ainee’s finding another Matcha product; Matcha Milk Bath by Leif

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Teatime with ainee’s reading of another suggested book from the Conant Library book group and this read is titled: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. It makes for quite a read as I continue to enjoy of my Peach Green Tea with Matcha by Stash.

“Many people are surprised to learn that all teas, white, green, oolong, black and pu-erh are made from the leaves of the same species. While the varietal of the particular Camellia sinensis plant as well as the weather conditions and soil contribute to the final taste of the tea, the significant difference of tea type is developed in the processing of the leaves.”—The Tea Spot

When reading a book that is not to do with culinary and I find of tea mention, it is simply that they are having or fixing a cup of tea; there is not much to it as to say: do you want green, or black tea etc. it is simply; having or fixing of a cup of tea. I like that there is not distinction. Tea is universally global and it is how you like it!

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Matcha Milk Bath by LEIF  http://www.leifshop.com/

matcha milk bath by LEIF

This indulgent milk bath made with organic Japanese matcha green tea energizes with anti-aging and anti-inflammatory benefits, while whole milk softens and epsom salts soothe. Made with 100% natural ingredients, there’s also no additional fragrance added, allowing for the unique scent of matcha to shine through.

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Teawithainee’s latest read is “We Were Liars” by E. Lockhart; it is this month’s suggested reading group to be read for next group meet-up from the Conant Library.

We were Liars e. Lockhart

Synopsis: We are the Liars. We are beautiful, privileged and live a life of carefree luxury. We are cracked and broken. A story of love and romance. A tale of tragedy. Which are lies? Which is truth? This is how the book begins and ends with a truth as told by Cadence Sinclair Eastman. She also tells us that she suffers migraines, but does not suffer fools. And she likes this twist in the meaning, in that she is one that endures.  Cadence is also an arsonist.

This book has lovely map of the families that stay at the Vineyard for their summer outings. The characters that I am drawn to are Gat, Mirren, Johnny and Cadence because of the book’s ending where only one survives and is left to retell of the story as memory recalls it.

Cadence’s memory of the fire—she remembers it all, “I changed the course of her life. I changed the fate of the family, the liars and I. It was a horrible thing to do. Maybe, but it was something. It wasn’t sitting by and complaining. I am a more powerful person than my mother will ever know. I have trespassed against her and helped her too.

Wow! I am thinking to myself…

Anyhow, it was the wicked witch who taught and brought them matches and told them to strike it—she gave them fire—like Prometheus stealing fire from the Gods and giving it to mankind; but unlike this, the witch disliked these children for their beauty and naïveté; and so the witch taught them about fire in hope they will burn their pretty fingers and skins, for she so despise them for all the gifts they receive…etc.

On this island the elitist of families gathers to play in the sun and it is their children who must spend idle time abiding to the father’s wish; at times not always in agreement. The waiting to inherit and who you can marry and not marry; or the one you end up with, father takes not to liking him for he is different, no matter how eloquent or educated he may be.

“Once upon a time there was a wealthy merchant who had three beautiful daughters. He spoiled them so much that the younger two girls did little all day but sit by the mirror, gazing at their own beauty and pinching their cheeks to make it red.—as he was away on a trip, he promised to bring back to his daughters some souvenirs. …The prized fable to give me your most cherished possession that you come across firstly upon your return and that would be his eldest child—The what factor of this parable is?

“We all know that beauty grows to love the beast. She grows to love him, despite what her family might think – for his charm and education, his knowledge of art and his sensitive heart. Indeed, he is human and always was one. He was never a wild boar / Jackal at all. It was only a hideous illusion. Trouble is that it is awfully hard to convince her father otherwise. Her father sees the jaws, and the snout, he hears the hideous growl, whenever beauty bring her new husband home for a visit. It doesn’t matter how civilized and erudite the husband is. It doesn’t matter how kind. The father sees a jungle animal, and his repugnance will never leave him.”

There are so many themes running in this book; theme of love, youth and beauty vs. parents, next generation, traditional values, & old money; adhering to the parents and waiting to inherit if ever at all. The decision to burn down the estate which is of value to the parents but not to the young since they despise of the house and so they (Gat, Mirren, Johnny and Cadence) decided to burn the house down, leaving only one survivor. As readers are told this is the truth?

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For our purpose, is to find tea haps’ stance and I took note of some.

Tea mentioned:

“My tea is warm, the liars are beautiful, Cuddletown is beautiful. It doesn’t matter if there are stains on the wall. It doesn’t matter if I have headaches or Mirren is sick. It doesn’t matter if Will has nightmares and Gat hates himself. We have committed the perfect crime.”

“Dad was a middling—successful professor of military history. Back then I adored him. He wore tweed jackets. He was gaunt. He drank milky tea. He was fond of board games and let me win, fond of boats and taught me to kayak, fond of bicycles, books and art museums.”

““The Cuddletown door is locked. I bang until Johnny appears, wearing the clothes he had on last night.” I am making pretentious tea,” he says.”

“Johnny looks me in the eyes for a longtime but doesn’t say a word. Eventually he turns and goes into the kitchen. I follow. Johnny pours hot water from the kettle into teacups.”

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Darby’s Bakery  http://darbysbakery.com/

With regards to teacups, I happened to be in West Boylston earlier in the week to purchase some sweets for another library event. I was at Darby’s Bakery for this purchase and I viewed some of their new tea tins that contain a variety of tea but not of just one brand. This I liked, because this is how I keep of teas when bought. I take them out of their boxes and packets and simply place them in my tea tins. I don’t bother with discerning which brand of tea or type. I wake to fix a cup of tea and reach for a tea tin knowing that it will be a favorite regardless.

tea tins assortment at Darbys Bakery

 

I also viewed this large saucer and cup nearby their cash register.

 

large saucer and cup at Darbys Bakery

One can never know when tea sighting is bound to happen; where, oh where will it be and how excited I will be for this.

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Teawithainee is astounded since one can never know when tea sighting is bound to happen; where, oh where it will be and how excited I will be for this. A flagged moment during my reading on line of reviews and posts for the book: “We were liars” stated as such: “If you want to live where people are not afraid of mice, you must give up living in palaces.”  It is with these words that I leave readers/viewers of this blog to ponder and feast upon, leaving me a comment even as to what is meant. I am a minion and a tea drinker whose cadence is to implore everyone, to drink your tea as you like it!

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Happy teas to all and thank you for reading!

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Tea with Ainee, Finding a new Stash Tea (Ginger Peach Green Tea with Matcha)

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Teatime with ainee’s viewing of the BBC production of Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier and finding of a new Stash Tea while grocery shopping.

The tea ceremony is only the beginning. I say onto you: Your every act should be a ceremony. If you can bring your consciousness, your awareness, and your intelligence to the act, if you can be spontaneous, then there is no need for any other religion. Life itself will be the religion.“—Osho

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Teawithainee did attend the reading group at the Conant library’s Baker Room. Discussed was the book Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier.  It was a good gathering; one of the librarians had a collection of historical facts on Du Maurier that she gladly shared with us; the author’s history, her writing style which we all agreed is quite gothic and made several members too scared to read on; at times they had to put down their reading and return to it another day.

The book Jamaica Inn came with many jackets over the years and this was passed around the room, so members could see the different ones.  Wikipedia was another source used to research Daphne’s work and history.

Several group members agreed that they did not like the leading male character named Joss Merlyn and many were surprised by the turn of events as Mary Yellen (central character) chose to be with Jem by books end.

Another aspect of the book learned about was of the house, that being the inn as it was characterized as chilled, creepy sounds as the wind bellowed on the shore into the earth, and unto the grounds general area surrounding the inn. The house became like that of a possessed lover/demon and perhaps why those who came to the inn did not stay there long; for they were frightened and driven away.

Also discussed were the films made of Jamaica Inn and some members did not like the Hitchcock version as he tends to embellish; what is meant is that, he does not stick to the plot as taken directly from the book. A few members of the group were waiting to get hold of the BBC production of Jamaica Inn.

In all it was a good group to meet up with.

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I was able to obtain the BBC production of Jamaica Inn through my town’s library. This version is similar to the book’s narration. I think I favored the Hitchcock’s version more as the brutish Josh resembled this version best.

Jamaica Inn Acorn production

Orphaned by her Mother’s Death, Mary Yellan travels to Cornwall to join her aunt, Patience. Arriving at the isolated Jamaica Inn, Mary is met by a brutish menacing man –her uncle, Joss. She soon learns that no guests stay at the inn for long, and Joss is part of a savage gang of smugglers. Meanwhile, she’s drawn to the handsome, mysterious Jem Merlyn, Joss’s younger brother.

This film is set in 1821 and it follows a spirited young woman, Mary Yellan, whose sense of morality is challenged by circumstance and love.

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Films and movies are a good way to view of a story and at times depicting light where there may have been darkness or no comprehension. As for tea, this is more what Teawithainee is about. And while at the grocery store last, I came to find that The Stash Tea Company was selling some new teas and I purchased one because it contained Matcha.

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The Stash Tea Company  www.stashtea.com

Ginger Peach Green Tea

Ginger Peach Green Tea wi Matcha Stash

A delicious Blend of green tea, with a juicy peach flavor and sharp ginger with a touch of Matcha: the Japanese ceremony tea. Matcha is similar to Gyokuro green tea in that it is an early season, high grade, shade-grown tea. After steaming, the tea leaf is finely ground to produce a light and fine green powder.

 

Natural ingredients

Green tea, ginger root, peach flavor and Matcha.

Brewing

To savor the full flavor of our teas, bring fresh water to just below boil, pour hot water directly over the tea bag in a pre-heated pot or cup. Brew 1-3 minutes or to desired taste. One tea bag makes 8 ounces of hot tea. For iced tea, brew double strength.

This tea is light in color, pale green and the tea bag reveals what seems to look like a Gyokuro mixture in the bag. Also, seeing this makes me think of Genmaicha tea but it is not. It is peach tea through and through with hints of ginger with some matcha added in for better to enjoy this tea.

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Teawithainee’s month continues to plug away, as the days are shortened at times with not much sunshine. I am happy to have met up with this reading group and hear the group discuss Jamaica Inn. Thanks for having me, ladies. I am also happy with having found this new Stash GingerPeach Tea with Matcha. It is a delightful cup of tea to have nicely hot or iced.  I implore everyone, to drink your tea as you like it!

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Happy teas to all and thank you for reading!

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