Thursday, June 21, 2012

Thinking Out Loud



I am a tea drinker.


Specifically, a green tea drinker.


Some people don't share my passion for this tea.


They say it tastes like freshly-mowed grass!


Which is true I guess.......at first.


I have my 'special' tea and bowl in which I put about a 1/2 teaspoon of finely ground green tea leaves, 


called Matcha. It has the consistency of 'baby powder'.


To this 'powder' a little water is added and whipped into a froth with a bamboo whisk.


More water is added and there you have it, an energizing refreshing hot drink!






21 comments:

  1. I like green tea too!

    Your teapots are so lovely. Are they Japanese?

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    1. Yes they are Fiona. And they make very good tea of all kinds. They are very heavy. Cheers!

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  2. I love good tea. I love green tea. I love matcha. But since making a good cup of tea is — in my book — cooking, I end up nuking a mug of water and dropping in a teabag. It's just not the same. Maybe I should buy a new teapot and resolve to "cook" my own tea!

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    1. What a good idea! This could be the start of something.......there are so many different varieties and types of tea. Personally I like just plain tea with no fruity/herbal additives.
      Did you know that when making matcha tea one should let the water heat to just before the boiling point? That way the nutrients are kept intact and not 'fried'!

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  3. Not a tea drinker -- this sounds like a cleansing ritual for you, Jim. xoxo

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    1. Cleansing in so many ways Nancy! It is jam-packed with antioxidants and it does have some caffeine so it gets ya goin'!

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  4. Matcha is so bitter! Definitely an acquired taste. I learned that it's the traditional tea used in Japanese tea ceremonies. We experienced a tea ceremony in Japan -- I'll blog about it in due course.

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    1. Looking forward to it Debra! I would LOVE to experience an 'authentic' tea ceremony!!

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  5. LOVE green tea! Although, I'm not sure if I've ever had matcha. I just bought myself a really nice teapot, although it's nothing like the ones you have. Then again, I wouldn't know what to do with those :P I'm usually just a "pour hot water over the bag" kinda gal.

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  6. Jim are those tea pots iron or ceramic?

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    1. Heavy cast iron, Jen. A little wrist work out!

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  7. You know, I have green tea powder like that too, but no bamboo whisk. Didn't know about that. My tea tastes just like a freshly mowed lawn smells and I so love it.

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    1. I hear you Inger! I'm hooked too! Now see if you can get a small bamboo whisk out there.

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  8. I enjoy teas quite a bit, I like green tea very much. :O).

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  9. Beautiful teapots! I enjoy green tea, and I make ice green tea with a touch of honey every day in the summer. Almost the only Japanese I remember from my childhood is ocha!

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  10. That's about the kewlest tea pot I've ever seen.
    I like my tea HOT. But by the time it steeps, it's not as hot as I like. With a good green tea though, it's ok when it starts to cool. Unlike coffee that has to be hot or I am not touching it.

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    1. Being from the south, I know too that a hot beverage is a great way to cool off on a hot day..... It's true!

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  11. I'm not much of a tea drinker, but this post and hearing about your favorite blend make me want to become one!

    PS: THANK YOU for your kind thoughts on the loss of Sam--You were right, it never ever gets easier to lose one of our four legged family members...

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  12. Hey- I like green tea too--- and I love your tea pot! On one of our travels I had some green tea ice cream-- oh my!!!
    Vicki

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