I have been going on about de-cluttering your mind all week and fancied a bit of a time out. It’s always nice to have a tea break isn’t it?
Tea is really the drink of choice for the Idler, coffee is too edgy, too “go getting” (not that I don’t like a good cup of coffee occasionally).
Incidentally, I am sure you have noticed (and I think I have said it before) I use idle and slow interchangeably. The Idle Philosophy and the Slow Philosophy are, although different in places, almost identical and cross over, intertwine and complement each other.
I discovered the Idler, just before I discovered the Slow Philosophy and the Slow Coaching principles that I have developed come from both of these ideas.
Anyway enough of that, this is meant to be a bit of a break. The idea of these irregular entires will be to look at Practical Idling or Idle Pursuits that you can do to take a break and chill out for a few minutes and gather your thoughts.
And in this first one I thought I would discuss how to make a good cup of tea.
Idea’s vary per person you ask, but the common consensus seems to be:
- Ensure kettle is clean and de-scaled
- Fill kettle with freshly drawn cold water
- Boil the kettle
- Allow 1 heaped teaspoon of loose tea, or 1 tea bag per person
- Infuse in cup, mug or teapot with boiling water (only ever use the water once and always use freshly boiled, preferably pour whilst still bubbling)
- Stand for 3-5 mins (important for correct flavour development and to get the full benefits of tea antioxidants)
- Stir, add milk and sugar to taste
Anyway must go, the kettles just boiled.
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