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Volume 1, Issue 5

What’s Brenda Thinking? Tea Facts & More! The Art of Proper Brewing

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Let’s Talk Tea

Brenda’s Bio

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What Her Tea Leaves Say…... What’s Brenda, of Brenda’s English Teas thinking this month! GEARING UP FOR CHRISTMAS! I have placed my orders for gourmet foods and for some of the British traditional foods. Hopefully all will be here by the end of September. During the coming months I will be offering Tea Etiquette classes and Afternoon Tea or Cream Tea in my home for local residents. Limited seating so book early. However, for those who do not live in the area, I do have a printed version together with recipes for a cost of $10.00 With the Fall and winter months approaching this is a good time to listen to music and read a good

Coming for the month of September

I am offering a 20% discount on all Tastefully Simple food products. The exciting product for me, that will be returning at the end of September, will be CHOCOLATE!!! Chocolate and Tea Yummy!

book - even a recipe book, while at the same time indulging in a good cup of tea. We have a good selection of books and easy listening music on a CD. Check out our website for books and a CD by an accomplished musician, Rhonda Towns. We will be adding CD’s by the well know musician, Jim Gibson. I will post these to my website shortly. Recommended teas for the cooler days should be bold, golden and bursting with flavor. At Christmas time I will be carrying a Christmas tea. www.BrendasInternationalfoodsandGiftBaskets.com

If there is anything you would like to read about in these articles, please let me know. Thank you for being a subscriber to my newsletters.

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Tea Facts and More How Old is Tea Drinking? Really?

Who Invented the Teabag?

You’ll often read that Shen Nung, a Chinese emperor who lived some 4,700 years ago, discovered that tea leaves falling into boiling water make a refreshing drink. Alas, the emperor — credited with numerous discoveries in medicine, pharmacy, agriculture — is likely a myth himself. The earliest authenticated record of commercial cultivation of tea in found in 4th century Chinese documents. However, it’s generally accepted that people in East Asia were brewing and drinking tea hundreds of years before. In those early days, tea was drunk mostly for medicinal purposes. Green tea leaves were formed into small cakes, roasted, then pounded into small chunks. Brewed tea must not have tasted very good because the drink was typically flavored with ginger, onion, mint, and orange. Infusing tea leaves in a teapot became a widespread practice in China early during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Thus “modern tea drinking” is probably less than seven hundred years old.

Legend has it that a New York City tea importer named Thomas Sullivan became annoyed at the high cost of the tin boxes he used to send tea samples to customers. So in 1904 (or by some accounts, 1908) he switched to small cloth bags. One of the recipients brewed a pot of tea by simply pouring hot water over the bag — and the rest is history. It’s a nice story, except some tea experts point out that a U.S. patent for a “tea leaf holder made out of fabric” was granted in 1903. Regardless of who was really responsible, many tea lovers consider the teabag one of the worst inventions of the 20th century. Tea brewed with loose tea is generally much tastier than tea make from dunked teabags. Tea Songs The two most hummed tea songs are “Tea for Two,” written by Vincent Youmans and Irving Caesar in 1924 for the Broadway musical, “No, No, Nanette,” and “When I Take My Sugar to Tea,” penned in 1931 by Sammy Fain , Irving Kahal, and Pierre Norman.

So until then; here’s to tea, Brenda

Remember: “Tea is liquid wisdom.” ~Anonymous

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Before you enjoy your Tea The Art of Proper Brewing A strong cup of tea is more than just a form of refreshment; it can be a full healing experience. Tea isn’t a casual drink. It requires the best leaves, the patience for water to come to just the right temperature, the knowledge of how long to steep, and the time to let the wisps of steam warm your face as you savor every sip. From Buddhist monasteries to English parlors, tea has been recognized for its healing properties -- antioxidants in black, green, and white tea and the restorative properties of various herbal blends.

Hot or Cold

Tea that is made the right way, not too strong or too weak, has a healing energy. It can help keep your body healthy and refresh your spirit. Before you select what kind of tea to make, consider the nuances of tea preparation. Properly brewing your cup or pot of tea will enhance both the healing properties and flavors of your drink. Here are some helpful hints: • Before boiling the water for your tea, prime your teapot by pouring in very hot water, letting it sit for a couple of minutes, and pouring it out again. • Use the correct amount of tea (see tea table ). • Heat your water to the proper temperature. Water should come to a full boil for black tea, but should be allowed to cool before pouring over green tea leaves. Never use hot tap water to brew tea, always start with cool tap water and heat tea water on the stove (vs. microwave or Instahot).

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Tea Table Black Tea 1 tsp per 8 oz. Cup Steep at 195˚ for 4-5 min. Green Tea 1 tsp per 8 oz. Cup Steep at 175˚ for 1 min. White Tea 1.5 tsp per 8 oz. Cup Steep at 175˚ for 4-5 min. Rooibos Tea 1.5 tsp per 8 oz. Cup Steep at 208˚ for 5-6 min. Herbal Tea 1.5 tsp per 8 oz. Cup Steep at 208˚ for 4-5 min. * if over-steeped, will taste bitter

Great tea requires you to take your time as well as keep your eye on the clock. Nothing is worse than an over-steeped cup of tea. Time is of the essence, but the diligence is worth it. Once your tea is ready, find a quiet place to relax and delight in your brew. **

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ALMOND CAKE 1 cup butter or margarine 2 1/4 cups flour 1 cup sugar 2 tsp baking powder 3 eggs 1 can SOLO Almond filling 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 cup milk Cream butter or margarine and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, mixing thoroughly. Add SOLO Almond filling, mix well. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to creamed mixture, alternatively with milk. Pour into greased and floured tube pan. Bake at 350deg. for 50 minutes or until done. Cool in pan. Remove from pan and drizzle the following glaze over top of cake. Combine 1 cup powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons cream, 1/4 tsp almond flavoring. If desired, serve with raspberries.

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