Thursday, August 13, 2009
Some bloggers would probably walk on hot coals to serve their readers, and while I wouldn't go that far, I *can* say I'd take a photo over hot coals for you! It's all my friend Gwendol's fault. I guess I should explain ...
A few weeks ago, Gwendol called me up with an intriguing proposition. She had some sort of interesting contraption she and her late husband had purchased so she could make tea over a fire in the event of a power outage. (I thought of our friend Linda and that horrible weather they had in Kentucky last winter!) Would I like to try it out? Gwendol asked. Sure, I said.
It was sort of like a "stacking teapot" except it was a "stacking tea kettle" instead, and with an infuser basket in the small pot on top. Both the large tea kettle and the pot on top have holes for straining off the tea leaves. They are both marked on the bottom "Golden Star Imports." I poured just a few cups of water in the bottom pot and enough water to cover the bottom in the smaller pot before restacking them and placing both on the grill. Once the kettle of water was hot (maybe 10 minutes or so; we were getting the grill ready to cook turkey hot dogs), I took it off the grill and moved indoors where I simply poured the water as I would from any tea kettle into a waiting teapot.
I made some Fenghuang ShuiXian oolong tea, and it was just as easy as using a stovetop kettle and teapot, it was just all there together in one efficient package. I decided it wouldn't be fitting to make my "campfire" tea in a prissy bone china teacup, so I looked through the cabinets for something a bit more rugged and found the perfect tea mug: this T.J. Maxx find from several years ago, printed with an old diner type menu whose offerings included a "pot of hot brisk tea" for 15¢. Perfect! (And thanks for the loan, Gwendol!)