Tea Time #1 – come and join me at the Tea Party!

Tea Time #1

Tea Time

Tea Time

I have been having conversations with many lovely bloggers following my It’s not coffee, it’s Chai post, and it turns out that there are many tea lovers out there including myself.

So I thought I would slot in between my fortnightly Eclectic Corner event a ‘Tea Experience’ on Tuesdays.

It will be the same process as in, open for a week and a half before closing to give time to have our cuppas of whatever is our fancy.

This event is for anything related to the ‘Experience of Tea Time’.

Imagine sitting with your friends, what would surround you, what would you drink, what would you eat, what crockery would you use, what might you talk about?

When you come to tea, please bring any of these elements, it might be a recipe, or a picture of your favourite cup, a photo of dark roasted coffee, a photo of friends chatting, a bouquet of flowers on the table, a cold refreshing drink for a Summer’s tea, anything really, even a piece of artwork hung on the wall to create a lovely visual setting or perhaps you found some interesting Pinterest pictures.

So any foods, any drinks, any items, art, even music, there are no restrictions, just come along to tea, both genders please and have some fun.  Strike up some banter with your neighbour, see what they brought to the table and perhaps discover a new beverage or fill your tummy with some delicious cakes or finger sandwiches of the most delicate kind.

A few things to do:

  • Please grab a badge to display
  • Tag your post Tea Time (#1 or #2 etc depending on which week it is)
  • When you write your post, please link back to my post that it relates to
  • Please then come to my post back here and enter the URL in to the InLinkz which you will find below.  This collects all the entries and displays thumbnails on the InLinkz page so everyone can congregate together, find out what everyone is doing and party!

Let the fun begin!

Matcha Tea

My contribution towards this Tea Time Party is Matcha Tea.  I first discovered this through my Alexander Teacher who is just as avid a tea drinker as me but far more knowledgeable.  He also favours most things Asian.

He allowed me a small tasting of this wonderful beverage and so it was with excitement this weekend that I saw a packet of high grade Matcha for sale in an organic shop where I was visiting a Christmas Market.

Tonight my eldest son had his piano lesson by his Japanese teacher and afterwards I showed her with enthusiasm what I had bought.  She then asked me if I had the right things and educated me after my blank look of what was needed to prepare and drink this powdered tea.

Firstly, Matcha is usually drunk from a bowl.  A small amount of powder is put in to this bowl and then boiled water added that has been left for a while.  It is important that boiling water or too hot water is poured on to this tea as it eradicates the taste apparently.  One then uses a small whisk, the one on the packet picture is some kind of bamboo one, being the authentic kind, I had to make do with a small metal one.  Then the whisking begins, oh boy, one really has to whisk for a long time, the end effect is meant to be lots of tiny small bubbles.

This Matcha is then normally accompanied by Japanese sweets.  I didn’t have any sweets so decided to team it up with newly purchased spelt, fruit and nut cookies.

I would say this, there is definitely a reason for sweets with Matcha, the spelt cookies though nice did not blend well, one does need to have something sweet with this.

On the packet it also describes Matcha Latte and puddings, so I might well save this for another ‘Tea Time’.

The Health Benefits of Matcha Tea

  • The health benefits of matcha tea exceed those of green tea because when you drink matcha you ingest the whole leaf, not just the brewed water.
  • One glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of its nutritional value and antioxidant content.
  • For maximum nutritional benefit, matcha tea is unparalleled.

Some History about Matcha

(as taken from the Wikipedia)

Matcha is made from shade-grown tea leaves also used to make gyokuro.  The preparation of matcha starts several weeks before harvest and can last up to 20 days, when the tea bushes are covered to prevent direct sunlight. This slows down growth, stimulates an increase in chlorophyll levels, turns the leaves a darker shade of green, and causes the production of amino acids,  in particular L-Theanine. Only the finest tea buds are hand-picked. After harvesting, if the leaves are rolled out before drying as usual, the result will be gyokuro (jade dew) tea. However, if the leaves are laid out flat to dry, they will crumble somewhat and become known as tencha (碾茶). Tencha can then be de-veined, de-stemmed, and stone-ground to the fine, bright green, talc-like powder known as matcha.

It can take up to one hour to grind 30 grams of matcha.

Note that only ground tencha qualifies as matcha, and other powdered green teas, such as powdered sencha,  are known as konacha  (粉茶, lit. “powder tea”).

The flavour of matcha is dominated by its amino acids. The highest grades of matcha have more intense sweetness and deeper flavour than the standard or coarser grades of tea harvested later in the year

❤ ❤ ❤

Now I also find out that it is Andy Townsends birthday today so please if you know him and wish to dedicate your tea offering, be it cake, a racy song or whatever, please do so and lets get the birthday tea party going with a swing!  If you wish to find out a little more about the birthday boy you can do so here as I just interviewed him:  Andy’s Interview

Had I known it was his birthday in advance I would of course have baked him this: (might not be the right model but the intention is there, next year give me plenty of warning please Andy :-0  )

camcake

camcake

I am also attributing this post to Writing 201: Instructional Piece

What have you got for me to enjoy for tea today?

Anything that might go with my Matcha, or something traditionally British or a surprise?

I look forward to seeing what my lovely tea or coffee drinking buddies have in store for me, Justine xx

Please click the picture below which will take you through to the InLinkz page to join the party & also perhaps take some time to say to the other entrants who can also be seen on the next page for anyone, even spectators who wish to look!

  91 comments for “Tea Time #1 – come and join me at the Tea Party!

  1. December 9, 2014 at 6:27 AM

    wow – tea time is a relaxing, refreshing !

    Liked by 1 person

  2. December 9, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Will try to drop by later, it’s my birthday so it may have to be a post with a hint of booze!!!

    Liked by 3 people

  3. December 9, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Wow that tea is so green. Looks amazing! X

    Liked by 1 person

  4. December 9, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    Wow!!! came to know some interesting things about tea 🙂 Quit informational. Good work 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. December 9, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Mmmm matcha~ slurps!

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 9, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      yay you like? x

      Liked by 1 person

      • December 10, 2014 at 1:49 PM

        Don’t think i’ve ever tried it in this form though. Usually as greentea matcha lattes lol..

        Liked by 1 person

        • December 10, 2014 at 7:02 PM

          oh imust try that one for sure, i hear its popular, do you put sugar etc in it then, is it sweet? x

          Liked by 1 person

          • December 11, 2014 at 1:56 PM

            Sugar if you prefer. But i don’t! Starbucks xD

            Liked by 1 person

            • December 11, 2014 at 1:58 PM

              I find starbucks weak, i dont think they do a matcha latte in the UK, must go and find out..chai latte is the newest thing x

              Liked by 1 person

              • December 11, 2014 at 2:13 PM

                Ohh how can they not have that there! They don’t have starbucks here in perth though lol.
                Oh chai latte sounds exciting!

                Liked by 1 person

                • December 12, 2014 at 9:30 PM

                  chai latte is amazing but you nkow that right? x

                  Liked by 1 person

                  • December 13, 2014 at 4:36 AM

                    Absolutely 😀 though more often than not they’re way too sweet at first try

                    Liked by 1 person

  6. December 9, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    I am loving your tea party Justine! Thanks so much for asking me along, I have put in a diary note and will link up in a couple of days xxxxxx

    Liked by 1 person

  7. December 9, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    WOW. Love the look of your blog! Thanks to MyOwnPrivateIdaho for the referral! I can’t wait to have more time to delve!

    Like

  8. skd
    December 9, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    There you go Justine ☺ 👍 Congrats for your new venture.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. December 9, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Okay… This is going to be rough.

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 9, 2014 at 6:28 PM

      oh no surely not? lol xx

      Like

      • December 9, 2014 at 6:49 PM

        I’m a total dumbass American. The only tea I’ve ever had is Lipton, Chamomile. Not exactly exotic. And coffee is strictly for waking up. Can I bring my bloodshot eyes and my Keurig?

        Liked by 1 person

        • December 9, 2014 at 9:33 PM

          oh yes bring whatever gets you going of course, maybe some catnip for the kittywee? xx

          Like

  10. NotAPunkRocker
    December 9, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    I promise to do better with my entry next week…

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 9, 2014 at 9:32 PM

      seriously I loved it, really had me laughing and well that I was very appreciative for..grins x

      Like

  11. December 9, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Let’s get the party started?

    http://belgianstreets.com/2014/12/09/bottled-up/

    Liked by 1 person

  12. December 9, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    I think it’s pretty neat that I discovered this post just as I sat down at my desk to take a break with a cup of green tea. 😀 I’ll have to put my thinking cap on for this challenge.

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 9, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      yay please do and well if your a green tea lady your already a bonifide member of the tea party yay…cant wait to see what you come up with 🙂 xxx

      Like

      • December 9, 2014 at 10:43 PM

        I’m a coffee person in the morning, green tea in the afternoon, and herbal tea in the evening person. 😀

        Liked by 1 person

        • December 10, 2014 at 6:53 PM

          that sounds very ogranized, and how does diverting from your usual routine work, does it involve bribery? grins….actually my routine is Earl Grey morning but other than that I wing it, whatever takes my fancy hehe x

          Like

  13. December 11, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    I’ve never had matcha before, I always see it in baked things but I’ve not been adventurous enough to try it. The only tea I drink is peppermint tea, so I’m pretty boring!

    I did bring some treats and a lovely setting for tea drinking though!

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 11, 2014 at 1:48 PM

      I saw!!! What a lovely array of treats, I am so thankful and the place you are at is simply stunning i have fallen in love with it, i mean seriously that outdoor fireplace??? woooah heaven x

      Like

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: