Thursday, April 4, 2013

Teatime with Gladys Taber

The hearth fire seems especially snug and the teakettle whistles merrily.  I actually don't think a teakettle should whistle right out loud - I always jump at the piercing note - but that is the modern way of telling me the water is exactly boiling.  And tea must be made with freshly boiling water, in a freshly scalded teapot.  We like ours steeped not quite four minutes, strong and comforting.

Very, very thin-sliced bread and butter is the best accompaniment for tea.  For company, however, we may have a sugary teacake fresh from the oven or cinnamon toast bubbly with butter and cinnamon - or tiny hot thumb-size biscuits spread with white-clover honey.

Conversation at teatime should be tranquil, I think.  Not the time for world problems or controversial issues, but a time to rest the spirit, remember pleasant things.  Everyone needs such a time, and tea goes well with it.

-- Gladys Taber, Stillmeadow Daybook

1 comment:

Lori said...