Attention all you Anglophiles - I was at T J Maxx this am and they had the cutest tea pot. It is a one cupper, with the British flag molded into the sides. It's white and comes with 10 English Breakfast teabags for $6.99. You mught want to check out your local T J or Marshall's if this is of interest. Of course I bought it - too cute to resist.
Speaking of teapots, I was looking around the house yesterday and thought I had best shrink my collection before we have to move, which I will NOT do. Between them and all my teas, it is getting ridiculous. This after I just got another one. Hopeless, just hopeless.
I am drinking a very nice Assam I got from my swap partner throught the Tea Blog Review tea swap, http://www.teareviewblog.com/ and look for "Tea Swap". I don't know whose it is, but it commendably brisk, malty and a great wake-me-up, which I needed after errand running today. It is not a nuanced cup, just a pleasantly straightforward, good-tasting Assam. Sometimes I am just tired of thinking about my tea and only want one that tastes good and requires nothing from me except making and swallowing. I am very happy there at least both these sorts of tea in the world. They are something to suit any mood or whimsey.
We got a wonderful food basket from my sister-in-law for Christmas and some of it was smoked duck breast (super tasting) and some was preserved duck leg. I bought some beans and dragged out the French cook books and I am going to make cassoulet, which is basically baked beans with a few different kinds of meat and lots of garlic. It is so good. There are very traditional ways of making it, but I think that this peasant dish originated as using up what was on hand before the recipes got set in stone. Therefore... I think many dishes from many cuisines were like that and that we should be able to interpret our dishes that way.
The weather predictors say we will get 1-6 inches of snow tonight and tomorrow. I would love it, but I am not going to hold my breath.