Take a few minutes to breathe: a clear blue-sky day, a snow-chilled breeze, warm sun. Find a friend and chat about the weather, your jobs, your children – some still at home, some with children of their own. Your back soaks up the last of the autumn warmth.
A pot of tea sits to one side, brewing for those last few, important minutes. A tea unbrewed is a tea … what was that saying? Nobody can remember what it was, or even if it was a saying.
The chat stops, for just a minute, as you find the perfect moment to pour. Cold hands wrap themselves around the now-warm cup. A sip and a sigh.
Your friend tries to restart a conversation. That’s really good tea. Where did you find it?
The local Asian grocer. It’s hard to find good tea.
After a long chat, someone remembers the saying: an unbrewed tea is an argument.
Spiced green tea
- boiling water
- 2 cloves
- 2 green cardamoms
- a cinnamon stick (or a pinch of ground cinnamon)
- 1 teaspoon of green tea leaves (loose leaf, not tea bags)
- 4-5 strands of saffron
- a few slivers of almond
- Grind the cloves, cardamoms and cinnamon to a coarse powder.
- In a small bowl, crush the saffron strands in a little warm water to make beautiful orange smooth liquid.
- Pop everything into a small teapot and let it brew for a few minutes
- Strain and pour into warm tea cups.
- Garnish with almond shavings and serve.
If you don’t have a mortar and pestle, you can just crush the cloves and cardamons between two spoons. You won’t end up with a coarse powder, unless you and your spoons are amazingly strong, but you will do enough to release their flavour into the boiling water. You’ll have to use pre-ground cinnamon if you go this way.
According to Yum’e’licious, you should boil the spices for a minutes first, then add the tea leaves, then stew, then add the saffron … but I have a lovely little teapot that’s just for herbal tea so I use that and toss everything in at once. I hope that’s not too English. I also cheat on a busy day and just use pre-ground cinnamon.
The Weekly Writing Challenge attracts quite a crowd. Some of the other entries I enjoyed are listed below. As usual, the poet ‘y’ seems to have topped the list, with two pieces. ‘Cat and mouse’ would make a fun children’s story.
I have to apologise to a couple of the authors because of my need to add to their title to help me remember which story is which:
- y | i am holding onto | the recipe for | my dad is vacuuming
- Telling it my way | The Setting’s The Thing [Cat and mouse]
- SERENDIPITY | The Wall
- loyal muse | Friday Evening
- Late~Night Ruminations | The Setting’s The Thing [Dwarf soccer]
- Rolbos | The Story-teller…
- Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss | The Setting’s The Thing [Vampire]
- Cream Cheese, Bread & World Peace | The Setting’s the Thing [Visit]
- Menomama3’s Blog | The motel
- Glorious Results Of A Misspent Youth | Delilah-Gate
- in the life of Sara Sandoval | Darcy Now Follows Liz Bennett On Twitter
- Anecdotal Tales | In Which Pooh and His Friends Meet The Walking Dead
- spirit grind | waking rendezvous
- Rabiscos da Ju | Hoje eu não posso só observar
- the relative cartographer | Straight from the Diary of Candi Partridge
- Rejoice, Beloved | The Stranger Photograph
- Shawn’s Open Journal | Labyrinth
- The Bohemian Rock Star’s “Untitled Project” | Not For Long 5/16 update
- Never Nothing Going On | A Journey to the Top