Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tea Day Herbs

Happy Tea on Tuesday!
This morning I was outside watering my garden.
It is such a nice cool morning.
I almost forgot that today was tea day.
I thought I would share with you today a photo
of my basket of tea bags.
This is how I keep most of my tea bags organized.
I also have tins full of tea.
All of my tea cups,
sweetners, etc. are in one cabinet,
with this basket.
I used to have jars full of herbal tea mixes also.
But at the moment they are all empty.
Time to mix up some more.

I was looking through some of my books
for herbal tea recipes,
and found a surprising tea mix made with caraway seeds.
That is a new one for me.
I found it in
by Madalene Hill and Gwen Barclay
I don't know if I will grow my own caraway
because this is what it says...
"One would have to be a small elf
 making tea for the elf family
 in order to have enough seeds
 from a few plants."
So, I guess it's off to the store I go,
to purchase some caraway seeds.
They give a recipe for
Caraway Tea..
"A lesson learned from a memorable lunch
 in Riga, Latvia, several years ago: 
Steep 2 tablespoons of caraway seed
in 2 cups boiling water
 for 7-10 minutes. 
Strain, reheat if necessary,
and sweeten with your best honey."

Other good tea plants are...
basils, bergamot,
catnip, chamomile,
jasmine (not carolina jessamine),
lemon verbena,
and mints.

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Savor the Day!


Halle said...

This is what I need to do. I was actually thinking about it just this morning. I'm always digging in the cupboard and boxes of tea bags come raining down on me. My MIL keeps a few bags in a basket on her conter which is cute but I'd like more of a system like your. Thanks for the visual!

*jean* said...

great basket! i also just read about tumeric in boiling water + honey for a soothing cough/sore throat...my son loves the yogi throat tea when he is sick...thanks for sharing! happy t day, yvonne!!

Deborah said...

What a lovely way to organize everything you need for tea!

Anonymous said...

Love your tea basket. I have a nice basket with a lid just sitting and holding a bunch of crap, maybe it is time to redirect its use to something much more pleasant. Caraway tea. Let us know how it goes. Might have to try it if I get the green light ;-)
Happy T on T!

ooglebloops said...

You are so neat - I cleaned my pantry, organized the tea , and realized I have waaaay too much tea!!! But, I guess one can never have way too much tea!!! Let us know how the caraway tastes - sounds interesting!!

Lorraine said...

well it has been gorgeous weather over here at last so I have been drinking my yorkshire tea watching all the bedding drying in the sun today..love your collection of teas

Nancy said...

I like the idea of a nice little basket for my teas. They are strewn around in the cupboard...sort of :)
Happy T day to you.

voodoo vixen said...

Lovely basket that is both organised and pretty to look at! Watering your garden... hmmm, Mother Nature is doing that on my behalf with all the snow!! Happy T day to you!!

Kimmie said...

I have a red clover tea I love .... I wonder if lavender would be any good as tea? No harm in trying it! You are very organized with your tea! It's always nice to have a selection to choose from :)

Cheers an happy Tuesday! Kimmie

Amy said...

yes I will be trying caraway tea.
I LOVe caraway seeds, I have caraway seeds, and
I need to drink something other than wine.

La Dolce Vita said...

oh, I love your tea organizer! I must do that Yvonne, thanks for the idea!! happy tea day!

my cup of tea said...

Happy Tea day to you too! I have always loved to mix loose black tea with herbs from my garden- I love the sweeter ones best but love to try new things!

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

I had no idea how many mints and herbs went into my beloved tea. Peace, Mary Helen

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm very late getting here this week, but I'm trying to catch up on what I've missed. I really like how you arranged your tea bags. If I had more bags, I would probably use a similar system. And caraway seeds sound perfect for tea. I also love herbs for tea, such as lemon verbena, mint, and basil. In fact, lemon verbena grows wild in my front yard. Hope you had a great tea Tuesday.