A recent re-jig of my kitchen cupboards revealed several dusty jars of herbal teas. I once had a tea strainer but that was snaffled by E long ago and my teapot came to a shattering end on my kitchen floor courtesy of a swishing cat tail! How glad I was when my friends at OXO offered me an Easter present to resolve my herbal tea drinking woes (and how forgiving of my tardy reviewing style they continue to be).
I can’t believe how much I’ve spent on teabags over the years when I could have been supping from this collection of Tulsi tea and orange, Roobos with cocoa, authentic Jasmine tea from G’s trip to China or calming Lemon balm with rose.
The result is a little dusty but for the depth of flavour and the greater natural properties of having whole dried fruit leaf it’s worth it.
To transform your brewing experience tea balls are available from the OXO website. The twisting feature makes filling with a large amount loose leaf tea a breeze. The long, stainless steel neck accommodates most cups and mugs and could also be used for herbs and spices in recipes. Soft, comfortable, non-slip grip. Dishwasher safe and BPA free. What more could you want?Disclosure: I was sent this tea ball to review. I was not obliged to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.
(apologies for re-posting from Monday – I accidentally deleted the original while tinkering with my phone!)
The printer whirred into life and E ran from the room. Silently, no shouts or drama.
I followed him into the hallway where he stood, head down, leaning into the wall.
”Mumma come” was all he said quietly.
I crouched down and asked ‘‘Do you not like the sound of the printer?”.
He shook his head ”too loud”.
Moments later I bumped my head on the table turning the printer off and it was all I could do to suck in my breath and not swear.
”Are you ok Mumma? I kiss it better for you” he said and suddenly it was me who felt like crying. Those hot blinky tears that spring from the very depths of a joyfilled heart and make swallowing hard!
Crickley Hill has always been one of our favourite places. G and I could amble for hours through the woods or over the escarpment. Now we are 3 visits remain as long but generally we find ourselves in one particular spot playing dens.