A virtual tea party

Posted: September 17, 2020 in Tea time
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Once a month, tea drinkers and snack lovers from all over the world virtually gather in New Zealand to share tea and friendship (with goodies throw in for good measure) at a virtual tea party hosted by Su.

Today I’m offering High Grown Kenyan from Williamson Tea in Kenya. It’s a lovely, full-bodied black which means it does have caffeine. But if you don’t want caffeine, there’s an easy way to remove almost all of it. Brew the leaves for only 30 seconds, throw out the tea, then re-steep the tea with boiling water. It’s easy and you’ll have no worries about how the decaffeinating was done, either. I’m happy to brew some that way for you.

To go with it, I’ve made blueberry crisp, probably my family’s most-requested dessert. I like to make it in this cobalt blue dish because I love the color and there’s the added benefit of not showing any possible blueberry stains. You can gild the lily with a scoop of vanilla ice cream if you like. So take a seat, relax, and enjoy Thursday.

for virtual afternoon tea 9.17.20

  1. Meg says:

    Everything looks so tasty – tea parties so so much fun!

  2. How nice! Iโ€™ll bet that crumble is delightful! ๐ŸŒž

  3. ledrakenoir says:

    The blueberry crisp looks delicious, would fit perfect a good cup of coffee. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ Just joking, we serve tea for those of our guests who want it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • You would be welcome to have coffee, Drake, if I could come up with some. I have some cold brew that I buy to use when making mochas, the coffee drink I really like, especially if made with dark chocolate and not much sugar. ๐Ÿ™‚ In France I’ll often have a cafe creme or a cappuccino. But I’m basically a tea drinker.

  4. happyface313 says:

    ๐Ÿ™‚ This looks most delicious! Enjoy!
    Take care
    Claudia xo ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Su Leslie says:

    I’ll take a piece of that delicious crisp please — no ice cream thanks. And a definite yes to your tea — with caffiene. I do like a strong brew.

    Your tea setting is beautiful Janet. Even if I wasn’t a tea drinker, I’d love to drink from those lovely cups.

    • The tea set, part of an entire set of dishes, is Devonshire from Johnson Bros. in England. It was given to me by my great aunt who, with her husband, traveled all over the world. I always loved it because salad plates were square and even though the set wasnโ€™t complete anymore, I loved it and she gave it to me.

      • Su Leslie says:

        How lovely. I think I enjoy using things that have stories and meaning so much more. And whereas once I kept them “for best” now I figure every day is a blessing and I may as well use them.

      • In our other house, I didn’t have room to keep everything where I could easily use it, but here I can and it makes all the difference. Of course since we’re not really entertaining now, I can only use some, but they’ll be there when we start having family over again and hopefully make some new friends.

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  7. Dan Antion says:

    The blueberry crisp looks delicious. I like the idea of a virtual tea party.

  8. Prior... says:

    Mmmmm – and caffeine version for me!

  9. lolaWi says:

    looks fun and delicious! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. HonieBriggs says:

    What a nice idea. Good tip about decaffeinating the tea.

  11. peggyjoan42 says:

    Oh yum. Thanks for the tea and blueberry crisp. We picked about 76 gallons of blueberries from our bushes in the yard this year. We have blueberry everything! Did give half of the blueberries to family and friends.

  12. I never realised that doing a quick soak & throw, followed by a proper steeping was to take out some of the effects of the caffeine! We do this with Chinese tea but I thought (apparently mistakenly, it was to ” clean” the tea leaves). Now I know.

    Your Blueberry Crisp looks wonderful! and in that stunning cobalt dish as well – pretty enough to serve in!

    • I do love that color. I have several baking dishes like that and love to use them.

      I did a tea tasting in San Francisco’s China town a number of years ago and the young man preparing the tea did this. At that time, I had no idea why and possibly there’s another reason the Chinese do that. Who knows? But it works well for decaffeinating tea as well.

  13. Resa says:

    Your blueberry crisp looks amazing…. prize worthy!