Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Eggshell tea

With the heat back on, I am back at my dining room table eating breakfast. I realize today's title is a bit deceiving, but the connection will soon be evident. Please join Kimmie, all the tea girls participants (links on Kimmie's sidebar) and me for breakfast this warm Tea Tuesday. This double chocolate chip cupcake is so rich, I'll only be able to eat a few bites of it. You can even have your own. I bought four, never realizing how rich and decadent they were. Maybe not the most nutritious breakfast, but really delicious paired with more China White tea, which has become my favorite tea.

I really love the slightly fruity taste of this tea also called bai mu dan, which is from the plant Camellia sinensis. I recently learned that the silver tipped buds are hand picked just a few times a year in the Fujian province of China. It's no wonder I love it so much.

I really love the pattern on this lovely set I bought at an antique mall back in the late 80s.

I know there are books and web sites that tell what each of the numbers and letters mean, but I just love the beauty of these pieces. Each set (I have twelve place settings) consists of a dinner plate, salad plate, soup bowl, bread plate, dessert plate, cup, and saucer. Of course, the set also includes a veggie bowl, soup tureen, gravy boat, covered butter dish, sugar, creamer, and a couple of odd shaped bowls I'm not sure what they are.  Every piece has this mark on the bottom.  It is the set I use for large dinners, and would not trade it for the world. And if I accidentally break a piece, I have plenty of replacements!

I love white tea, but I like it dark and strong. I let it steep longer than normal, use more leaves than are recommended, and allow it to darken before I even begin to drink it. Now that probably flies in the face of today's blog choice, aptly called White Tea Central. This is a blog about white tea. Everything you want to know about white tea is at White Tea Central. Be sure to click on the Articles option, too.

So enjoy your tea, coffee, coke, lemonade, or flavored water, but please come and join us for Tea Tuesday.

18 thoughtful remarks:

Halle said...

Very pretty china pattern. The cupcake looks awesome but I'm pretty sure I'd need some good hot coffee to wash it down vs. your tea. :)

ooglebloops said...

Love your tea cup and the whole set must be beautiful!! Great find!!! Drop by my ToT if you get a chance!!

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

at first glance your rich cupcake almost looked dark blue heehee
a whole set of those gorgeous dishes ... Love the reverse side too
Happy T Tuesday to ya!
oxo

Jeanie Callaghan said...

This is so lovely! My 'good' Noritake china pattern, which I found at an antique store, is called 'Mayfair,' and looks very much like this. I really must get out a few pieces and use them myself rather than saving them for some grand occasion that may never come. But just a bite of that lovely muffin, Elizabeth.

La Dolce Vita said...

love your eggshell cup! and i so wish I could take a bite of that cake! happy T day! hope it cools off soon, it is going to get back in the 90's here soon..

Kimmie said...

I'm glad you don't have eggshells IN your tea!!! but what fun to see the stamp on the bottom - sometimes the stamp is a work of art in and of itself!

Happy T today! Kimmie

1creativeone said...

Love the cup and wish I could have a bite of that cake too! Thanks for the comments, and yes San Diego bay feeds into the Pacific Ocean, which is where the tip of land with the Light House rests on, good memory! Happy day to you, Christen

elle said...

Elizabeth, happy T day. I'm having some black coffee, HOT as it is really cold here. All this interesting tea talk may cause me to try some. ;)

Julia Dunnit said...

Very late today. I love today's china. I have had a cup of builder's tea when I got in from work and am now dropping off at the screen. Have to finish. The China White tea sounds good, am gonna look out for that. Specially as my boy likes his tea black, it'll make a good change.

Dianne said...

Sounds like my kind of breakfast! Your China is lovely....

Anonymous said...

Lovely cup Elizabeth

Rachel

Healing Woman said...

Daggone it Elizabeth if you don't make me want to start drinking tea again. The reason I stopped: l. It stains the teeth
2. It causes uric acid to form and can cause kidney stones if you drink too much
3. Lots of caffeine.

All that aside. That white tea that you concocted in that beautiful setting with that lovely china....why not gamble. Life is pretty short not to -right?

Yvonne said...

What a pretty cup. I enjoy learning more about tea and I just did here in this post. Thanks.

bad penny said...

lovely post.
I liked your description at mine of my " non honeymoon " !!!

Spyder said...

I was going to shoot you an email about said altered book, but my small brain forgot! and then it remembered about 3 in the morning! will do it now!...ummm...I think I'm on the wrong post, so I'll do it after I do what I thought I was doing...
(Lyn)

Terri Kahrs said...

I'm a day late, but I see that the table is still set and there's a spot of tea left for me today! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Steph said...

Tea girls we are dear one!!! I so missed T Tuesday!!

Melinda Cornish said...

I will have to give that tea a try...I found a great tea shop. I used to go to one at Pike Place Market in Seattle....They had a blend called Princess Grey and I just love it.....