An American Anglophile Tries to Brew a Proper Cuppa!
Thanks to my obsession with everything British, my trip to the UK and my great online community, today I tried a lil experiment! A WHILE ago my good friend An Englishman in San Diego told me about Douglas Adams' proper tea making essay and today I FINALLY tried it! Thank you unemployment! I didn't have time to be nervous because of all the photos I was taking...and I think I passed...see for yourself!!
Step one: Let the water BOIL. That was probably my most nerve racking part. I NEVER let the water boil! While I waited, I took a nice big whiff of the earl grey to calm my nerves!
Step two: OK that is boiling right?! Then add a bit to the teapot and swirl to get it warm. Another step I've never done as sadly the teapot is usually just decor! Make sure it comes back to a boil again before step three.
Step three: Place bags in pot, I did two, add water and let seep for two to three minutes. Also a long wait!
Step four: If you like milk in your tea, Adams' suggests putting the milk in the cup BEFORE you add the tea. Though he does mention that it is frowned upon in public. YES I spilled a bit! Taking a photo and pouring at the same time is a bit tough!
Step five: IS IT CORRECT?! I think so?! I usually don't put milk in my tea! Maybe next time almond or soy milk. Not a HUGE milk fan.
Step six: Hopefully enjoy the taste and the experience in general! I sure did and I always LOVE drinking out of my special tea cup from Oxford, England! CHEERS!
What do you lovely Brits thing?! Any tips leave them for me below!