Saturday, 3 March 2012

Weekend Tea Ritual


I do not make resolutions for the new year. A lifetime of making and failing has left me sticking 2 fingers up to the whole concept.

Instead, this year, I have decided to change my routine a little. Instead of talking about it, I have actually been doing it. 

A revelation.


One of the things has been to make tea, upon a weekend, with our new/old whistling kettle. And it is a glorious thing. 

There is something very rushed about tea making in the week, and I like to take my weekend mornings a little slower than the average bear.


My tea of choice for the weekend is Earl Grey. 

Sometimes the leaves are already spherically bagged, sometimes they are free to roam around the tea pot.


I always use my 1930's thrifted mugs. Usually the only one that came with a saucer. Still, for £1 each -  I am not a whinging.


Once the whistler has whistled, the jigging contents is poured into the pot and left to work it's magic.


This little ritual, albeit incredibly simple, starts my weekend mornings. 

There is something about the whistle and the Early Grey that my brain has quickly associated with time that belongs to me and not the man. 

Man.

Have you had any new years revelations?

25 comments:

  1. I have a special day off mug :) but it's got to be Yorkshire tea for me! x

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  2. We like Twinning Breakfast Tea for the weekend, proper teapot, cups and saucers. Totally with you on needing to take some time out for yourself! X

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  3. The first thingthat enters my mouth, weekday or weekend is freshly brewed coffee. I love my tea, but I need a bigger kick in the pants to wake me up and get me going.

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  4. There was an interesting feature on the decline of teapots on Radio 4 Women's hour yesterday. Worth a listen on I player!

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  5. Assam is my brew of choice (and I've been drinking tea since I was 6 months old, so I should know something about it ;-)). The day, be it week or weekend, doesn't begin properly until I've had my cuppa. Conversely I'm not a coffee person. I just don't like it, so I don't drink it. Hot chocolate is my treat every once in a while. :-)

    Nice to read about your tea ritual - I've always wanted a proper whistling kettle, and I love those "Where there's tea there's hope" items. One day...

    Enjoy your tea!

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  6. That looks exactly like the kettle my nan had! It was always sat on the stove, one of those which had the sticky out grill at the top.

    Ceylon is my favourite.

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  7. What a lovely ritual, I think the key is enjoying the small things . I'm a coffee gal myself so I love using my 50s cups and coffee pot, and also deciding which one.

    My favourite little coffee ritual at the weekend is to have a cuban coffee, which is like an espresso, but you pop a sugar lump in the coffee so when the espresso pot works on the stove the sugar lump is infused into the coffee, yum!

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  8. Absolutely perfect! I too have proper tea on the weekend...Twinnings Breakfast in a pot, little cups an nice biccie or two. It's so civilised. I didn't really make any resolutions as such because I never stick to them!xxxx

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  9. I'm dreaming about a whistling kettle for a moment now.
    About weekend tea time: mine is at 15h with a tea pot full of Rose tea or (even better) Tsar Alec tea from Mariage frère. Paradise

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  10. Not a tea fan - unless I have a stomach ache, in which case I quite like it - but I do love a whistling kettle. Reminds me of the gypsy caravan we used to holiday in when I was a child.

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  11. You really can't beat a god cup of tea! Pretty interesting teas are a great excuse to bake and then make my way across town to meet a good friend for a private tea party and red bush tea is my everyday morning routine! :) x

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  12. Ooh fab, I'd like a merry whistling kettle but I am too impatient. We do however have a brown betty tea pot, which we use all the time. One cup is never enough! xx

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  13. That looks like a nice way to spend your weekend mornings. I should get my teapot out more often - you're right, there is a comforting ritual to the whole thing.

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  14. Lovely kettle, just right for those weekend brew ups! I haven't made any resolutions, but I also have a tea ritual: when its a lovely sunny spring morning and I'm not working, I get out my Beryl ware tea set, make a pot of tea and sit outside for my elevenses. I might even read one of my vintage cooking books too. Perfick!

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  15. I always make my tea in the whistling kettle. It was something I bought in the January sales and I find the tea much better from it... And much hotter.

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  16. ahh....I would love a whistling kettle. there is something so comforting about taking time to make, brew and enjoy tea.
    x

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  17. I had to dig out the whistling kettle recently after our normal kettle broke and I'd forgotten how nice it was to make tea in that way. During the week I never have time to make tea in a pot but I always make time for it at the weekend, there's nothing better than a nice cup of tea in a tea cup!

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  18. Ooh, what a lovely ritual!! I recently took up making tea from tea leaves, it's so much nicer than making it in a rushed way, tea is very important to me! Your kettle is so nice too!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

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  19. Lovely. You will not be surprised AT ALL to discover that His Lordship has a similar tea ritual, special tea pot(s), special weekend tea and cup/saucer or mug (for sunnt days outside). His favourite mug for the weekend is my small 1985 girl guide mug, declaring my joy at being a brownie - he has appropriated it for his own tea.

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  20. That reminds me of being a child and the first things I'd hear in the morning, the clattering as my grandfather..first up..cleared out the flues on the Rayburn and then the kettle whistling a bit later when the fire was going.
    I miss that Rayburn, best thing ever in a kitchen.

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  21. Hi i have just popped over from Miss magpies musings. I am not a tea drinker or a coffee one but i can understand just how you feel about it. I love to make tea for people and i to have a wistling kettle i adore the old vintage sound and theres nothing better than using a teapot and a cup and saucer and seeing the expression on a friends face oh yes and a homemade slice of cake to. dee x

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  22. I have special weekend cups too. And special evening cups. And cups I drink tea in in the morning... I totally agree on the whisteling kettle, it makes me smile everytime I use mine!

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  23. That's one of the first things in the morning drink my tea home alone..bliss...
    your lady tin is so cute.
    besios

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  24. Mmm, I'm making a tea right now. :) I need to make my weekend tea more of a ritual like that. I do have a wonderful kitchy vintage teapot and on a few occasions I've taken the time to make my tea in it, and it was awesomely fantastic to do so and break everything out for it. I don't know why I don't do that more often. I need to try and do that again once we move and unpack. You've inspired me!

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