I’m a little teapot short and stout
Here is my handle, here is my spout
When I get all steamed up, then I shout,
“Just tip me over, pour me out!”
That was a song I sang to all of my children while they grew up. There were others, as well, but this is the one I want to focus on for now.
At one time, my daughters had a book on this particular song. There were about six verses or so with pictures of a smiling teapot in each one doing something to encourage everyone to drink a cup of tea.
I loved drinking tea (plain black tea) before I was a teenager. I made my tea and drank it regularly. When I arrived in England, I realized that tea, how I liked it, was nothing compared to the way the British drink it.
My pastor’s wife, at that time, invited me over to have tea with her. She added not only sugar but also milk. I looked at it and wondered if it would be any good. Not to hurt her feelings, I drank it and loved it!
Of course, I didn’t make it while there. Someone else always did. All I did was drink it until I married my British husband.
The first time I made him a cup of tea, it was a flop.
“No, Violet. That is not how you make it.” Of course, that annoyed me. After all, I’d been making my tea for years. What was wrong with how I made it?
The difference between the two is:
My tea: Boil the water, place the tea bag in the mug, pour the boiling water over the tea bag, let it sit for a couple of minutes, spoon in some sugar, and drink!
Simple enough, right?
It is more complicated than that! Now, for those of you who are British, I’m sure you have different ways of brewing your tea. That is how my husband taught me and how he likes it. Please bear with me since I only know how to do it this way! 😀
British tea: Boil water, place hot water (as hot as you can get it) into a teapot, after the water boils pour water out of the teapot, put tea bags into the teapot (as many people as will be drinking that is how many you place within the teapot), pour boiling water into the teapot, let sit about 5–6 minutes. (By the way, you must have a tea cozy so the drink will stay hot.)
While the tea is brewing put your sugar into your mug or teacup. If you like milk in the tea, that is the best time to pour your milk. Some British people say, do not lift off the tea cozy and do NOT stir it. I understand, from some, that ruins the tea.
My husband doesn’t care so for those of you who dislike the lid to be lifted off… I won’t tell you what I do.
That is the way I’ve made tea for years, now. I’m glad my husband showed me how to do it.