I am squeezing in this column whilst waiting for my pear and ginger scones to bake. Then we shall have tea! Today's is Kama Black from Foxfire Teas http://www.foxfireteas.com/ . It hails from Assam and the suggestionis for boiling water for 5 minutes. I think I shall do 4, as I seem to remember that Assam can get to be a bit much if it goes too long. The leaves are quite large, with kind of a woodsy, winey, cooking pasta aroma.
Ah, the scones are done, I can brew the tea. The pears are dried and have made the scones quite sweet. This is a variation on the recipe I shared with you about 2 weeks ago. The tea is done also and has a rich malty aroma. It's color is much lighter than I expected, a light toasty amber. Very nice flavor, malty and rich, with overtones of walnut. It goes very, very nicely with my scone. An excellent tea for a tea party
The phoebes are here, along with the robins and the bluebirds. I love Spring. I would prefer it
to be an ordinary cool Spring, as with this heat (upper 70s in Upstate New York), our flowers fade and wither in about 3 days, instead of 2 weeks. So we must enjoy while we can. I spotted some chiondoxa today, little blue stars. I am thinking of digging out a small section - what a lot of work, hauling all that gravel! - and using it just for some spring bulbs, as I do love daffodils, the blue stars, and the old wild tulips. It looks like everything except one hollyhock has survived.
A joke for your younger children, told me by a first grader; Mrs. A., did you know you can tune a piano? Yes. FG - But you can't tune a fish. Much laughter. I love it when kids tell me jokes and get so caught up in laughing about them.