We had no electricity last night. It was cold, rainy and windy, hard to believe it’s the end of may…
Sleepy Mr Right was kind enough to start the BBQ burner at midnight for my pure enjoyment. Had to find a way to boil water for tea!
He gave me the speech about how that was his way of showing me love and it should buy him some points.
«What points?» I ask.
« Well, points to go out with the guys for example.»
« Honey, when did you ever need points for that?»
«Well… true» he admits. (I’m more of a freedom kind of gal.)
«I could keep them in the bank then, you never know, you might change as you’re getting older » he says.
«Well, as you’re getting older just costed you 500 points. Deducted from the 100 points I was about to give you, you now owe me 400 my darling.» See, I can play if I want to.
He gave me his best smile and said he always admired my negotiating skills. Love the guy.
Time for a no-fuss tea, one that will accept any temperature variation, greens don’t stand a chance under those conditions.
When Stacy from Butiki asked me not long ago how I would describe my tea preferences, I took a few minutes to reflect on that and came up with this:
I’m married to straight Blacks. I have torrid love affairs with Oolongs. My BFF are Greens. I have distant White acquaintances that I visit once in a while. I socialize more and more with Pu’erhs. I party with Flavoured.
Now, the mood called for the marrying type, so black tea I chose!
Poeple, this is the epitome of good straight black tea. You can brew it western style with confidence, it won’t let you down. It’s as sweet as can be, fruity, honey, bakery like, it has it all. Those leafhoppers sure know how to work their miracles. Don’t want to be judgemental, but if you choose to add sugar in this, something is wrong with you, have your blood sugar level checked out, haha!
It’s full bodied, and the mouthfeel is creme caramel like, that’s the best way I can describe how it feels in my mouth as it cools down to lukewarm.
Butiki’s brewing parameters are also perfect for it. I may have let it steep for a little longer than 4min this time, but no harm done.
I have this old kettle, it took many beatings over the years, it now looks like it was made out of hammered metal! We used to bring it on camping trips, it was put many times directly on the flames of fire camps, I can still smell the smoke on it! That’s the one we used last night. We hadn’t seen this old friend of ours in a long time, and that started some conversations.
We ended up staying outside, freezing to death in the gazebo, looking at old pictures from our early years together. Now, I could lie and tell you we snuggled by the candlelight and that would be so romantic right? But my man insisted on using the mega-power flashlight he just bought from home depot instead. That made him happy. For those of you who don’t already know, I live close to the woods. It did provide acres of light to our backyard’s wildlife. Boys will be boys.
And good tea will add to our book of memories once again. Thank you Butiki.