Posted at 9:05 pm , on April 30, 2019
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It’s time for another book/tea pairing.
Jane Austen’s Persuasion is one of my favorite novels. It has all the elements I love in a romantic novel: love lost and love found, a returning hero, an “older” heroine (mostly because I was “older” when I married), ridiculous, over-the-top family members (because we can all relate) and a very romantic letter. What’s not to love about this novel?
It’s no secret that my favorite tea is Fortnum’s Countess Grey. I’m not kidding when I say I want to live inside Fortnum’s. Can you just lock me in there and throw away the key? Anyway, it only makes sense to pair my two favorites together. So, next time you read Persuasion, brew yourself a cup of Countess Grey. I’m sure you will find it a perfect combination.
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Austen’s last novel, Persuasion was published in 1818. In this scene, Captain Wentworth gives Anne Elliot his note of declaration. (Photo by Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Getty Images)
PS. Here is the Pinterest board for this pairing.
Posted at 5:45 am , on April 15, 2019
(c) Fortnum & Mason
I’ve talked about Fortnum & Mason before here and here. But today I want to talk about my favorite Fortnum’s tea.
The English-speaking world divides roughly into two main camps – one camp swears by tea, the other coffee. Occasionally, each camp swears at the other. At Fortnum’s we maintain a strict neutrality. Here harmony reigns – for here you will find the best of both worlds.Fortnum’s The Cook Book
My favorite Fortnum’s tea (and probably favorite tea in general) is Countess Grey. It’s delicious, citrusy and airy. It goes well with a little bit of sugar and a little bit of milk.
I’m a huge tea snob and will not drink tea if the water is not boiled. I’ve learned to stay away from tea in most American restaurants because they use hot water instead of water that’s boiled. Yes, I can tell the difference. I told you I was a tea snob.
Fortnum & Mason instructions: For every cup you wish to make, add a rounded teaspoon of leaves to your pot. Add freshly-boiled water, brew for 3-5 minutes, place your strainer over your cup and pour. For tea bags, simply brew in your cup for 3-5 minutes, remove and enjoy.
I’m going to make a cup of Countess Grey right now. Do you have a favorite tea?