I was thinking the other day......I know - go steady eh Sue from the Brew!! What is the perfect strength of our brew? How we take our tea is a very personal thing, some people like it strong like builders brew and some like a quick dip of a tea bag and lots of milk.
Me? I'm somewhere in the middle really, not too strong that it hurts my throat and not too milky that you have to stop calling it tea. I'm one of those people that forgets it's brewing sometimes and before I know it I'm rushing in the kitchen like there's been some sort of emergency. Hold back, everyone out and evacuate the kitchen I have stupidly steeped for far too long. What do ya do though? Well one should chuck it away and start again but I have been known to pop the milk in and........ microwave it!
Arrrghhhhhh I know, I vowed to myself that I would never ever microwave tea but I don't like waste. I have also been known to be so desperate for my brew that I can't wait for the three minutes or so needed to make the perfect brew and peaked too soon. This results in weak tasteless tea but hey it's wet and warm. Pah sacrilege......I should be sent to some sort of tea detention centre for even compromising on the brew time.
There are those people that have their tea black and some herbal teas don't require milk. I spent ages with a posh herbal variety thinking 'milk or no milk. Ha ha it's like Shakespeare.....to milk or not to milk!! Then there's cream or milk oh this is just turning into a dilemma now......we've been through the skimmed milk decision and well you may as well not bother with that. I think a splash of semi skimmed and you're winning. just enough to give a nice light brown tea colour. One sugar or sweetener....oooooh lovely, I'm off to make one right now.
How do you take yours? I love how we're all different in personality and tea making......would be a bit boring if we drank our tea all the same strength. I'll leave you with Premier Inn's chart of the perfect strength of tea.
Have a great evening my lovely brewsters......I will be back tomorrow for What to Buy Wednesday but for now take care.
Can you remember The Magic Roundabout? When Zebedee would say 'it's time for bed?' Well now it's time for bed and you can grab a brew before you go said Sue from the Brew.
Thanks to Yorkshire Tea there is a nice blend of their tea with just the right amount of herbs to even keep Dylan from the said Magic Roundabout marginally happy. Now I'm a bit fussy about tea and don't like anything to strong or way out on the herbal stakes but this is just perfect. The bags consist of decaffeinated black tea, lemon balm, lemongrass, nutmeg and natural vanilla favouring. It is nice, in fact very nice indeed, I'm a bit hooked.
Not sure whether it helps me sleep better, not really noticed any difference there but it just feels like a nice tasting tea to have later on in the evening. Actually I'm a bit of a rebel really as I am aware of them saying 'Bedtime' on the box but get this......I have had this tea in the morning as well when just waking up. I know!!! So hey rules are sometimes made for breaking and if you fancy it, go with it whatever the time of day.
I'm liking what Yorkshire Tea are doing at the moment and developing all these different flavours of their tea. I'm a big fan and usually buy the standard decaf Yorkshire but I've seen that there is a new taste on the horizon. They have brought out a Biscuit Brew. A tea that tastes like you've just dunked your favourite biscuit in ya brew, it's not flopped in it's just left that nice after biscuit taste. I'm looking forward to trying these and I will let you know what they are like. Apparently it tastes like the malty variety of biscuit that we may have with our brew and they are gluten free so no worries there.
Great eh? More tea to accommodate in my cupboards and on my shelves, my kitchen is looking like a tea museum at present but I'm not bothered. It would be a bit boring to drink the same tea all the time. No worries if that's what you do, I'll just drink all these teas and tell you what they're like. What a job.......my dream job.
Right my fellow brewers, you take care of yourselves and keep drinking ya brews. I'll be back tomorrow for What to buy Wednesday.
There is something about a proper china cup and saucer, tea just tastes so much better out of a cup. What's that all about? Why? Is it because it holds less in volume but more in quality?......Well that sounds good so I'm sticking to that.
This lovely tea set was my Mother's Day present and I love it.....and my boys for buying it for me. It's just the perfect pressie. It's dainty, classy and pure white just like me.....ha ha maybe not but I feel a bit classy using a cup.
These feel so special and not because I love tea and teapots but because they were given to me from my two gorgeous boys. I feel very loved, just need to teach them how to make a brew now so I don't have to do it ......may take some time, I won't push my luck.
I feel a bit of a collection coming on now, I thought handbags were a passion but now I'm thinking I could get used to having lots of teapots and teacups around. They are nice to look at too but best with a brew in. The only trouble with a cup and saucer is that I tend to shake when trying to carry it. Never been good at carrying drinks even as a young person buying a round of drinks in a bar I can be supported with a tray and I will still resemble Mrs Overall in Acorn Antiques. I just blame it on my age now.
Well I hope you had a lovely day too on Mothering Sunday. I hope you were completely spoilt and someone made you lots and lots of brews. Me? I'm going to now live up to my name......I'm Sue and I'm going to Make a Brew!!
Thanks for reading, pop back again tomorrow for What to Buy Wednesday but for now.......
I have mentioned The Little Shed in Allestree (Derby) before in one of my posts here tea-cakes-gifts-handbags-paradise-right.html and I thought it was that good that I would pop back again.
Well to be honest I go quite a few times as it is just around the corner but this time I booked an Afternoon Tea with family just to see what it was like. I'd never had a proper afternoon tea before but had spotted them constructing these masterpieces on a plate when passing by.
Oh wow! I'm struggling to think now why I haven't tried this before, it is absolutely gorgeous. So much to eat I nearly needed rolling out the door, and slightly worried I may not actually fit through the door. On the left of this picture is the cake stand I was given as it is all gluten free.....I know!!! Doesn't it look fabulous? I devoured it all except the fruity yogurt and half the cake at the top. The good thing is though if you can't manage it all you can get the remainder of it packed up to take home. Oh and did I mention the refillable tea included in the price, it just gets better eh?
The staff are so lovely and friendly at the The Little Shed and really make you feel welcome. This is part of the reason for returning, they literally bend over backwards to make your visit special. They do offer vouchers for Afternoon Tea and I can recommend these as a present for someone and there are also vouchers to spend in the gift shop too so you really are spoilt for choice.
I have to put blinkers on in the shop as they have some beautiful handbags, no seriously I've bought about four so far from here, I'm surprised they haven't banned me from taking all their stock. I see one on their Facebook Page and I've shot out the front door and five minutes later it's in my hand. So naughty. So addictive. Now I may be hooked on these teas now so I've got no chance. I'll need extra sessions at Slimming World and attendance at a 'handbags anonymous' meeting.
Go spoil yourself or spoil someone you love but do go as I can totally recommend it. No excuse as they cater for all dietary needs so you will get something to eat. All the details about The Little Shed are available on their website at www.thelittleshedallestree.com
Thanks for reading today, join me again tomorrow for What to Buy Wednesday but for now take care.
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