I had a bad day at work yesterday. Confrontation, anger, stress – all those things that leap out of angry depression. So today I chose to stay home, meditate, prepare some art canvases and just sit and think. It’s been good so far. Sometimes you need to think about what you need, not what your job needs. I will try harder tomorrow, but today I take care of me.
It’s sniffles and flu time. I was going to get my flu shot on Friday, so I’d have the weekend to recover, but of course my husband starts getting sick so I can pretty much guarantee I’m already incubating something lovely. It looks like I’ll have to wait a week. So far it just looks like a head cold, which is never too bad as long as I have tea and a good book. Currently reading Larry Correia’s Monster Hunters International, and staying under the duvet is never a hardship!
We have provisions to survive – I made Zuppa Toscana last night and it turned out well. Thank you, Get Crocked website! We have enough to nosh on soup and yeast rolls for the next two days. I used a one pound package of Tennessee Pride sausage, hot version-it’s cheaper and there’s not as much sodium (not as much sodium being a relative term for sausage, of course) and the bunch of kale we had in our CSA pickup at the farmer’s market yesterday. The red pepper flakes from the sausage opened our heads up and the cream combined with the chicken broth and kale got our stomachs ready for the night time cold medicine. Hmm, think I can stretch this illness long enough to get at least one sick day from work?
I love my tea. Pots and pots of tea. Only loose tea, I’m a bit of a snob. And lo and behold, Oprah and I both like Oolong. Who knew that we’d have something in common?
The leaves of this elegant Chinese tea are semi-fermented—allowed to wither briefly, then bruised to spur oxidation, and dried before the enzymatic process is complete. Oolong’s varieties range from light and sweet to thick and woody.
According to a study of more than 1,500 subjects, a half cup to two and a half cups daily of oolong tea or the more famous health star green tea can lower a person’s risk of hypertension by 46 percent. Oolong and green tea are rich in antioxidants that help control an enzyme that raises blood pressure.
Ostfriesentee. Mmmmmm. Must have some, now. Ostfriesen (East Frisians) love their tea. So do I. In fact, it is the one thing I always bring back from a trip to Germany. And I am not East Frisian.
East Frisians love their tea so much that in 2008 their tea consumption was the highest anywhere, worldwide, with about 290 liter per person, twelve times as much as the average German drinks. Tea is not tea is not tea, to a Frisian. It must be Ostfriesentee which is a blend of up to 10 black tea varieties, mostly Assam, but not all. Important is that the blending takes place in Ostfriesland. Only then may it be called “echter Ostfriesentee”. The real deal.
The Ostfrisische Teekultur is famous and Teetied (tea time) is cherished. A guest is always offered a cup of tea.
How it’s served:
OSTFRIESENTEE = Preheat a tea pot, add tea leaves, add seething hot water to just cover the tea leaves, let steep for 5 minutes max., then fill the tea pot with boiling hot water. In a small tea cup, place 1 “Kluntje” (brown or white pc. of rock sugar), then pour tea, carefully add tsp. of cream without stirring.
I feel really mellow today, distant but inquisitive. Let’s hope that this holds through work, where my zen can sometimes disappear by 10:30 a.m. Tea, must drink lots of tea. I’ll leave you with this image. What painting describes your mood today?