Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tea Tuesday: Cooking metal

Today I am back outside, enjoying the cooler weather this morning after the "unseasonably warm" weekend (the newscaster's words, not mine). We are supposed to get rain, so I'm on a mission to "cook" a bunch of metal before the rain sets in later today. I've already started the fire and have my metal ready to "cook." I even have a full cup of tea that I'm getting ready to enjoy. Remember to click on each photo to see the full picture in a manageable size.

I apologize to Melinda, who sent me this tea I'm drinking today, because no matter how many photos I took using my Vivitar camera (see previous post about my Kodak camera no longer working), I could never get a good photo of the packaging. If you squint really hard and twist your head a bit away from the monitor, you can read that this is "Tea Licious" Lavender Earl Grey tea. This loose leaf tea came in a generous sized bag, which I will be drinking often.

Since I prefer a dark tea, I really appreciated this tea, which smelled wonderful when I tore open the pouch. I have everything ready to enjoy this tea before it cools, so I had better get the metal pieces in the hot fire.

It didn't take long and the coals needed to be stoked again. In fact, about the length of time it took to drink most of this delicious tea. I'm off to stoke the fire and fix another cup of this fun blend. Thank you Melissa.

Today's tea blog goes to a collaborative blog called Gongfu Girl. There is a head writer, the blog founder, and guest tea contributors. Their resumes and interests are fascinating and I can tell they know a WHOLE lot more about tea than I. If you want to see some fantastic tea objects and accouterments, be sure to check out Gongfu Girl today.

18 thoughtful remarks:

La Dolce Vita said...

Hi E! but will you actually get rain??? it clouds up here and threatens but then moves on to you, so let me know!!! lol!
happy tea day and what will you do with said cooked metal?? pray tell!!? I am sure I will find out!! off to check your link! ciao!

Terri Kahrs said...

It's good to see you having some fun outside, Elizabeth! Enjoy your toasty fire. Can't wait to see the results of your "cooking"!!! Hugs, Terri xoxo

fairyrocks said...

That looks like so much fun to do.I am looking forward to seeing the newly fired pieces

see you there! said...

Your chiminea is great for metal cooking I'll bet. I haven't played with that idea yet but I'm thinking I should.

Enjoy your tea and show us what you make with the metal when it has cooled off.


~*~Patty S said...

grilling metal ... a gal after my own heart!
Clever you using flat jar lids
We did a big batch before we left for California ... bet you're going to have lots of fun with those pieces!
Earl Grey is a fav tea of mine ... combined with Lavender sounds SO fragrant!!! Pretty peek at your tea cup too!
Happy T Tuesday to ya!

ooglebloops said...

Can't wait to see what you will do with the metal!

Susan Allan said...

I do believe you need huge mugs of tea when 'cooking' metal.
What will you do with it when cooked? Does it come out looking tarnished? Do show us when it is ready!
sue xx

Kimmie said...

It almost looks like a really fun camping trip :)

Your camera may be set to a "landscape" mode and focusing on distant objects rather than what is up close. Do you have a "flowers" setting? I get best results with using that mode. Hang in there .... Practice makes perfect!

Happy Tuesday! Kimmie

dandelionlady said...

I just wanted to say how much I enjoy your blog and your tutorials, great stuff! I too am very curious about what you do with baked metal, and I'm glad to have found another fan of my favorite tea, Earl Grey!

Gayle...... that,s me said...

Elizabeth..... why are you cooking metal ? Your tea sounds very interesting and delicious but...............why are you cooking metal ????? Oh and thanks for filling me in on "high" tea and "low" tea, I had no idea, I like you thought one was for the wealthy and one was basic for the poorer folk, but now I know, it's really all about the table. Have a great day.

Incipient Wings said...

hi Elizabeth, Glad you got another camera to use.
I love when the weather is cool, we hardly have it, but do I appreciate it when it actually happens!

Dianne said...

The tea looks very good... I love dark teas as well... Can't wait to see what you do with your cooked metal!

Nancy said...

Happy T Day :) lavender is lovely.

dandelionlady said...

Elizabeth, I'm glad you enjoyed my blog, and I look forward to seeing what you carve!

Halle said...

I had a little fire in my chimenea as well today. We're going to put it away for the winter this weekend...had to enjoy it a little. Although I had a glass of wine with my fire. :)

Anonymous said...

Ah, a tea girl, we're big tea drinkers in this house too, love Mountain Rose Herbs for loose leaf teas. Current favourite is Ceylon with Mango, wonderful! Love the Chimera too, wonderful for our chilly Michigan fall days. There was a slight frost on my care this morning! Yikes!

Anyway sweet lady, I have a big favour to ask of you!! I hate being number 3317 on the WOYWW list each week and was wondering if you were thinking of stalking the #1 spot again if you would be so kind to hook me up nice and early too!! Lol, cheeky I know but I thought it might also get Julia wondering! I have scheduled my post for five past midnight... 11:05pm your time, just in case!!

Lol, see you tomorrow, or maybe Thursday or possibly even Friday!


Meadowlark Days said...

That sounds like delicious tea, and a fascinating project!

Shirl said...

Love all those rocking horses and everything looks great except for the tea not your typical Englishman.
Hugs Shirley