Saturday, December 29, 2007

Suutei Tsai

Suutei Tsai or Salty Tea is a traditional drink from Mongolia.
How to prepare it?

You'll need...
1 litre water
1 teaspoon salt (to taste)
1 tablespoon green tea
1 litre milk

Boil the water, add tea and salt. Add the milk and boil again.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all readers of my blog!!!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

How to Tea Dye

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Tea and snow

Few days ago we got little bit of snow...not much...just enough to "paint" the landscape. Maybe it'll survive until Christmas.
The following print is called "Tea house at Koishikawa The morning after a snowfall".
It's made by Hokusai Katsushika (1760-1849). I hope you'll like it.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

International Tea day

On every December 15 tea-producing countries across the World observe International Tea day to draw attention of governments and citizens on the impacts of tea trade on workers, small growers, consumers and the industry.
The International Tea day has been observed since 2005.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Sunday, December 9, 2007

About enjoying a good cup of tea

Thich Nhat Hanh, The Vietnamese Buddhist monk and philosopher, writes about enjoying a good cup of tea...

You must be completely awake in the present to enjoy the tea.

Only in the awareness of the present,
can your hands feel the pleasant warmth of the cup.

Only in the present, can you savor the aroma,
taste the sweetness,
appreciate the delicacy.

If you are ruminating about the past,
or worrying about the future,
you will completely miss the experience of enjoying the cup of tea.

You will look down at the cup,
and the tea will be gone.

Life is like that.

If you are not fully present,
you will look around and it will be gone.

You will have missed the feel,
the aroma,
the delicacy and beauty of life.

It will seem to be speeding past you.

The past is finished. Learn from it and let it go.

The future is not even here yet.
Plan for it,
but do not waste your time worrying about it.

Worrying is worthless.

When you stop ruminating about what has already happened,
when you stop worrying about what might never happen,
then you will be in the present moment.

Then you will begin to experience joy in life.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Puppet that serves tea

Room puppets were toys of Japanese lords and rich merchants during the Edo period. The tea-serving puppet (Chahakobi Ningyo) was designed to bring tea to guests. It was used as kind of encouragement to get the conversation going.
The host places a tea cup on the tray held by the doll and that way activates its mechanism to move it forward. The puppet stops when the guest picks up the tea cup, lifting the weight from the tray. When the cup is put back on the tray, the doll turns around and walks back to its starting position.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Tea for three

Tea for three is a painting by Henri Matisse (December 31, 1869 – November 3, 1954).
He was a French painter, sculptor and lithographer. This painting is now kept in the Hermitage in Sankt Peterburg, Russia.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Tea in pancake rolls

1 Tablespoon green tea leaves
1/2 pound (227 grams) all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon corn oil
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup water

1. Pulverize half of the tea leaves with a grinder or a rolling pin.
2. Brew the rest with 1/2 cup of water for three minutes, then cool to lukewarm.
3. Mix the flour and as much brewed tea as kneaded to make a dough. Knead well then make it into the shape of a cigar and press it flat, then roll it into a rectangular shape. Cit into quarters.
4. Heat the oil and pan fry one or two until lightly browned, then
quickly put them on a plate and fry the rest. Sprinkle them with
the rest of the tea leaves and the sugar and roll each one loosely.
5. Cut each of them on an angle into one inch (about 2,5 cm) pieces and serve.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Few more tea quotes

tea leaves
tea loves
loves tea
lives tea
leaves tea?
Uniek Swain

Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.
Thich Nat Hahn

I'm not interested in immortality but only in tea flavour.
Lu Tung

Sunday, December 2, 2007