Now doesn't the cover of the new Tea A Magazine make you smile? The cover girl is the granddaughter of some tearoom owners in Massachusetts, and I think she is just lovely! The tearoom shares its recipe for Tregothnan Tea Cake, and I was pleased to see that since I have had the pleasure of sampling some Tregothnan tea, the only tea actually grown in England.
Editor Pearl Dexter often shares news of her own tea travels in the magazine, and this issue is no exception. She writes of going to India for a friend's wedding, and she also tells of visiting organic tea fields in southern India. At the organic nursery, she says, "Here they graft two different quality 'clonal' plants and nurture them up to 18 months before planting them in the fields. The young plants are covered by PVC to maintain humidity and temperature and to avoid frequent watering for the first seven to nine months. Then for the last several months the plants are exposed." The photos, too, are just terrific and truly make me want to visit!
In addition to the tea cake this issue has recipes for Tea-Grilled Chicken Wings with Hot Green Dipping Sauce, and for Jasmine Tea and Brandied Fruit Sangria. Eve Hill has a brief but fascinating feature on Wedgwood teawares and the biblical inspiration behind some of the designs. There's a piece on Breakfast Tea blends, and there are book reviews of three new tea books I've never heard of. So if you don't already have a subscription to this informative magazine, I highly recommend either subscribing or seeking out the new issue of Tea A Magazine.