Like many of my fellow English Gents and Ladies, I am a huge Tea man....no, not a giant walking tea-bag...but an absolute lover of the great warming infusion...Tea. As a child one of the first things I remember was being taught to make Tea, after which I would regularly make Mum and Dad a tray of Tea in the morning.... I drink between two to five cups of Tea a day, and depending on what I fancy, I will change the type of Tea...mostly I drink Assam...(good quality, organic if possible and most definitely fairtrade)...sometimes I like to mix some Assam with Earl Grey...Darjeeling is another favourite...and sometime in Autumn ('Fall' for all the Americans), I have a penchant for some smoky Lapsang Souchong. I just love Tea, and yes, if any Americans are wondering if the stereotype is still true...The English and their Tea are still very much typical. There are certain rules with Tea....I would never accept Tea that has been made in a cup...absolutely not....if you are going to make something, as with anything, take good care with it... 1. Boil Kettle... 2. When kettle is boiled add a couple of inches of boiled water to teapot to warm it. 3. Allow teapot to warm for a minute or two. 4. Reboil Kettle and empty warmed teapot....add appropriate amount of Tea of choice (teabags or loose, one teabag per person or one heaped teaspoon of loose Tea per person) to Teapot...add the boiled water. 5. Allow Tea to 'brew' in teapot, 3 to 6 minutes according to taste (the longer, obviously the stronger). 6. If loose Tea, pour into cup from teapot with strainer..if bags, then pour Tea straight from teapot into cup. 7. Add milk or lemon and sugar according to taste. 8. Enjoy.... Aaaahhhh....... A nice cup of Cha..... Tea first came to England somewhere in the mid 17th century...the first mention of Tea in English Literature is in Samuel Pepy's Diary (around 1660).....the most famous mention of Tea in English Literature however must belong to Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatters Tea Party....(although one wonders on the ingredients of the Mad Hatters teapot....some 'special' English mushrooms that adorn our fields at this time of year per chance)? Also, Tea has proven to hold many health giving benefits...see below for some insight... UK Tea Council - NEWS UK Tea Council - NEWS Well, I hope that other Tea lovers will make themselves known......Tea certainly deserves a thread! oooooh you are awful...but I like you!