Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Having a "ball" with tea
I don't know about you, but I go through periods of preparing tea one way, then another. For weeks I'll make loose leaf tea in a teapot and strain the leaves. Then I'm all about preparing my own teabags and enjoying the convenience of tossing them when I'm through. Then, I get a pretty new infuser and I'm inspired to use it and only it for a while. Such is the case with my pretty new Martha Stewart Tea Ball Infuser, a former Macy's item now awaiting at your (or at least "my") local T.J. Maxx for $3.99.
There's that "eau de nil" color again, that pretty blue-green shade that makes me think of the ocean, Tiffany, and Fortnum and Mason. It's what caught my eye, but upon inspection, I was impressed that Martha's infusers actually have her name engraved on the charm attached to them. I wonder if, a hundred years from now, women will be remembering Martha like we remember Isabella Beeton as a superstar homemaker of yesteryear.
At any rate, I am simply enjoying having, and using, a new tea infuser. I once heard tea described as a great example of "slow food," and I agree. I am such a great fan of the calming influence of the tea ritual. Stop. Slow down. Take a deep breath. Wait on the kettle to boil. Then, enjoy the sights/sounds/scents of the gurgling hot water being poured into the teacup where it brings the tea leaves to life. Take a slow sip. Ahh. One of my favorite Bible verses has long been "Be still and know that I am God," and the simple act of slowly preparing a cup of tea reminds me to do just that!