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May 05, 2006

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Love Fannie!

When I was reading _Tender at the Bone_, I was thinking, "boy, I love this book, but the author would really despise me, because I use the Fannie Farmer cookbook." Then I got to the chapter where she makes friends with the current FF editor. I was stoked. :-)

Isn't Fannie the greatest! She has told me so much.

I enjoyed that memoir of R. Reichl's, too.

Susan that's really lovely !! Of course we older Brits are taught how to make "real" tea (without teabags and with a teapot) at our mother's knee. I still make mine with a teabag in the mug though ! *grins*

Michele, thanks. That's so kind of you. I grew up drinking lots of iced tea, usually made by someone else like my mom. To figure out the whole tea from tea leaves thing seemed like a miracle. I could hardly believe it worked! I still love tea made in the same little teapot I found for $8. My favorite brand is Typhoo, but I can't always find it. There is something so inherently pleasant about a hot cup of tea!

I love the poem, Susan. I learned how to make tea from the Russians (first a condensed liquid with loose tea, the add water for each cup) and it never tastes very good from bags here.

Thank you, Kelly! Ever since reading Patricia Polacco's "Thunder Cake," Junior and I have wanted a samovar. The Russian grandma in that book owns one, and makes tea to drink with the thunder cake. Do you have one?

Wonderfully funny, Susan -- I hope we'll get to see more from the Unpublished Chicken Spaghetti Archives.

Hi Susan,

Love the poem! Ever since spending a bunch of time in England for work a couple of years ago, I can't drink ordinary US tea anymore. But I do buy English Breakfast tea in individually wrapped bags, and consider it a reasonable compromise. But I'm sure that if I spend much more time over there, I'll have to use your poem as a primer. Thanks!

Thank you very much for posting your own work - it was great.

I went on a tea kick a while back while in one of my "try to wean myself off coffee" periods. So every now and then I pull out all my stuff - nice little teapot with a butterfly motif, my two different flavours of loose tea and my little loose tea holder (I don't know what that's officially called) - also shaped like a mini tea pot, and brew away. Very relaxing. Hmm - And now possibly a plan for this evening.

Thanks, Chris! Now you're giving me some ideas. There is this poem that I wrote when I was about 11. Titled "Time," it's all about, well, time, and includes lines like "Time is time." Or was it, "Time is time is time"?

Jen, gracias! English breakfast in a bag is pretty good, isn't it? I don't mind regular old Red Rose tea bags for those times when filling up a teapot feels too strenuous.

Louise, you're a tea-coffee person? So am I. I do love the tea, but sometimes I NEED the coffee.

I especially enjoy going out for afternoon tea, ordering the whole shebang: scones, little sandwiches, etc.; I've heard there's a little tea shoppe a couple of towns away. I'll have to check it out. Maybe I'll even find Typhoo again. (My grocery store used to stock it with the Thai food. Typhoo=Thai food? Some kooky grocery-store thinking...)

I loved your poem, thank you for sharing that!

Thanks for stopping by, J. I had fun writing the poem and still enjoy thinking about my trip to Ireland.

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