Tea with Ainee
Teatime with ainee’s reading The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen
‘Tea warms the soul liken to the atmosphere’s global warming; difference is that tea is good for everyone, globally.’—
Of the many books that I have selected to read of late, I come to find tea mentioned in this mystery of a read.
The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen
A posh holiday party leaves but dead bodies in its wake; one fallen from a tree, another seeming like suicide, yet still others are bumped off, and all of this seems to be a curse in the making or not.
Tea happenstance upon includes the following:
“I awoke to find Queenie standing over me, with a tea tray in her hands. “Morning, my lady,” she said. “I‘ve brought your tea.”
“And what did you say?” I took a sip of deliciously strong tea. “I said good, ‘cause they were going to be run off their feet with this house party.”
“Morning tea, my lady,” she said.
“Reluctantly leaving the warmth of my bed and taking a good swig of tea.”
I don’t always expect to find tea mentioning while reading but since doing of this, I encountered them more and when least expected. An example of a least expected happened as I was reading this book titled: Come to the Edge, a memoir by Christina Haag.
I had been reading several books to do with the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and it was upon selecting some titles to do with her that I came to know of this one of her son John F. Kennedy, Jr.; this book tells of the love story between the author, Christina Haag, and John. They attended the same preparatory school’s circle of friends and they both ended up attending Brown University and while living in New York City, they were cast in an off-Broadway play together. Anyhow, it seems they were thrust onto each other time and again. Destiny would have them coupling soon enough.
I found the tittle to be more titillating than the book implies because each person was dating other people and when left alone it seem they turn to each other. I think John was always trying to find normalcy and not legacy or fame as was his fate. He was made out to be more than he was, and this is my unsolicited opinion.
Anyhow, for our purpose here; is to do with tea or having of tea being mentioned. It happened early on while reading and this did not make me want to delve more into the book. I am sorry to say.
“On one of those harried nights before graduation, when I was careening between ACT in San Francisco and Julliard in New York, she made us tea and told me to keep a question in mind as I held the cards. I thought of Julliard, the tomblike building where I’d gone to ballet school, and of the Old Russian dancers who’d flicked our shins into alignment with their long tapered sticks. Then I’d imagine ACT and the sunlit classrooms where I’d been so happy the summer before.”
Aside from the tea mention, I find it fascinating that those with means and intelligence would turn to tarot cards for a light shone into which way to travel, what choice to be made, and will he stay or leave me; etc. etc.
This is a book of the children of famous families trying to find normalcy and make a life of their own; at times they are good at it; but never building the legacy similarly of which they were born into. I guess times are different and perhaps those who didn’t have try hardest because they hunger for power and success more than their children.
Teawithainee, also took the time to attend a mystery group writers discussion at the Leominster Library (Sisters in Crime, Presents: Death in Shorts!) was the flyer depicted at the front desk in the library where one retrieve or return of books; I found out about it unexpectedly and I wrote it on my calendar and I took the time to attend on the night it was offered. It was a lovely time to be had.
There was no tea served but there was a tray of cookies and other sweets.
It seems the group ‘Sisters in Crime’ gather yearly at the library, and this was their once a year visit. There is a New England Chapter for Sisters in Crime; website is www.sincne.org there were four women mystery writers for this event: Kate Flora, Janet Halpin, Ruth McCarty, and Susan Oleksiw.
I was given several recipe post cards by Susan Oleksiw which shows some of her publications (Under the Eye of Kali, For the Love of Parvati, and The Wrath of Shiva). I don’t know that if one can denote from reading the titles that her mysteries are set or is to with India. Anyhow, on the back of the post-cards are cooking recipes and I wanted to share one here with readers. This is why I am making mention; that and to wrap up the ‘mystery theme’ that began this post.
Recipe is Simple Chicken Curry
2 chicken breasts, skinned and boned, cut in small pieces
2 Tbsps oil
1 chopped onion
1 inch fresh ginger root, finely chopped
1 Tbsp butter
½ tsp cumin
½ tsp. turmeric
1 tsp. coriander
½ tsp. nutmeg
2 Tbsps yogurt
3 Tbsps tomato sauce
2 cups chicken broth
In a large skillet brown chicken in oil. Remove from pan and set aside.
In same pan cook onions till beginning to brown.
Add ginger and cook for 2 minutes.
Add butter and pieces; cook for 2 minutes, stirring often.
Gradually add yogurt.
Gradually add tomato sauce.
Simmer 5 minutes
Add broth and simmer 5 minutes.
Return chicken to pan. Cover and simmer 30 minutes
Sauce should be light syrup.
Transfer to blow and serve with rice.
Serves 4. This is a mild curry.
Antiques are another joy for Teawithainee, and I must make mention of new shops as I stumble into them or as I am made aware of them.
Hunt & Gather Vintage Market Princeton, MA
Owners are Heather and Stephen Bukovski; formerly of Verbayna Antiques in Sterling, MA. This is how I came to know them and when they move to Princeton, they made mention of the move and today we visited their location. It is big and very spacious with lots of surprises for lovers of antiques, steampunk and hand made goods. Good luck to you both in your new area.
Whilst there I found several lovely teapots that I could not resists taking pics of them to share with viewers. Enjoy of them as I have.
teapots from Hunt & Gather Antiques
Oh My Gosh Antiques in Sterling, MA is favorite place that I used to frequent quite a bit, but not lately. So last week I took a chance and visited with them. I told the proprietor that I had no money on me and that I simply wanted to browse, to spend some time walking around and not to be in the library all day long as I usually am.
I found that they were displaying some tea boxes and upon having a closer look, I find that it is indeed teas from Tea4USA; Premium Ceylon Tea and one can visit their website at http://www.tea4usa.com
I took some pics of the tea boxes and of some teapots from several other vendors as I walked around Oh My Gosh.
Tea4USA premium ceylon Tea
Tea4USA Earl Grey, Mint Herbal and Chamomile
teapot set from Oh My Gosh Antiques
small teapot and teacup set pinkish
Teawithainee, has had a fairly busy month of activities and I am happy to share them here with viewers. I dab at tea with not a purposeful intent but rather as I stumble upon or as I am put in places doing with tea. I surrender and take a pic here and there and I compile of them in this blog. I continue on this journey as a wish to share some tea knowledge and experiences with viewers; let it be as a simple reminder to slow down and relax in the enjoyment of a good book, and a nicely warmed cup of tea as you like it.
Happy teas to all and thank you for reading!
Websites & FYI,
Brittany Nickerson of Thyme Herbal has a book recording her herbal expertise. It is to be recommended and made use of. I met Brittany while attending The Natural Living Expo some years earlier, as she was demonstrating a class on how to ferment of food and why it is important to do so.
“The beloved Herbal Homestead Journal has been published into a book! Filled with beautiful illustrations, this book brings you through each season of the year offering herbal wisdom, recipes and advice to help you live a life of health, connected to the natural world around you.
Organized by month, each chapter offers articles related to health and nutrition, herbal materia medica and medicine making, seasonal self-care and cooking.” Visit their page at http://www.thymeherbal.com/herbal-homestead-journal-book/