Let silence be the art you practice..Rumi

I love this quote. So often silence is the best option. And it does take a lot of practice to stay silent and listen. Too often we are just waiting for a break in the conversation to stick our own views in. But it’s in the silence that one hears.

To be able to quiet your mind and be fully present in the moment and what you are doing is the gift that tea gives us! It’s during tea that problems are discussed, dreams shared and sorrows are lessened just a bit. Tea may not be able to solve the problem, but the act of having tea gives you a chance to share and listen and sometimes that’s all people want. Just someone to listen. You don’t have to solve everything, just listen.

Listen and Be Kind. It’s not so hard.

xx Patricia     20170215_100015

 

Making Tea and Calming the Soul

“On the hob was a little brass kettle, hissing and boiling; spread upon the floor was a warm, thick rug; before the fire was a folding-chair, unfolded and with cushions upon it, by the chair was a small folding-table, unfolded, covered with a white cloth, and upon it were spread small covered dishes, a cup and saucer, and a tea-pot; on the bed were new, warm coverings, a curious wadded silk robe, and some books. The little, cold, miserable room seemed changed into Fairyland. It was actually warm and glowing. “~Frances Hodgson Burnett, Sara Crewe; or What Happened at Miss Minchin’s

Nothing quite calms the soul and stirs the imagination like the preparation and sharing of tea. This is one of my favorite book quotes about tea. It can truly change a bad day to a peaceful day within minutes.

Be mindful of what things steal your peace and what things restore it.

Love and Tea!   Patricia

Really Game of Thrones? Really?

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Yes, today is one of those face down in the breakfast kind of days. I don’t give a rat’s ass about the damn solar eclipse. One of the dragons died last night and sorry if that’s a spoiler for you. But I slept like crap and woke up feeling unbelievably sad.

What’s going to happen now? The ending was a little Whaaaat???? How can I even process this? How can you guys do this to us so close to the end of the season?

So we are in mourning in our house. And since I am incredibly grateful that my corneal graft is hanging in there still, I’m not sticking a box on my head and going outside to watch the eclipse. I think we did that when we were little, but I am not sure why.

If you have a dimmer switch in your house everyday can be an eclipse! And I don’t appreciate the fact that I can’t go outside until this is over. I really need to run off this horrible grief I’m feeling over the dragon.

Instead I am stuck in the house waiting for someone to hack the next GoT! Come on guys, I need to know!   My grief has eclipsed the eclipse.

I may be a bit buzzy from all of the Breakfast Tea I’ve had this morning so I’m probably going to just go read a book and try to put this all in perspective.

Hope your Monday is going well. For me this is Friday so that means I’ll have the husband here for two straight days. Although I’m sure he’s working on a plan to be somewhere else so he won’t have to listen to me rant and rave about said dragon.

xx Patricia

Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see..Mark Twain

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Good Morning Beautiful People of The Page! I have my tea and a good book to finish today and I have had my bowl of pumpkin porridge. I love porridge. It’s a warm hug in a bowl!

Speaking of things I like, the other day I asked my FB people if I’m the only person in the world who eats Sardines in Mustard with crackers. One person said Hell Yeah! The rest were grossed out. These are the same sisters that eat chicken livers and gizzards. My mother commented You are truly your daddy’s daughter! Well, yes, that is how I found out about those delicious little fish bodies ( or bait as Tommy calls them). When Daddy would go to the deer camp all of Momma’s rules went out the window and we ate all kinds of things we weren’t allowed to have at home.

At the deer camp is also where I learned not to spray things you find in the glove box. You should know that no man carries around air freshener. But they do carry Doe Urine. And it’s gross. But back to the sardines…ladies if you are not in the mood for love, eat a few of these little suckers. I promise you your man will not come anywhere near your mouth!

I hope everyone did something kind yesterday! It is a really hard time all over the world to stay positive. People are hurting and dying and we all feel pretty helpless to do anything about it. All I know to do is just be kind. Especially if you have anxiety issues already. Yesterday I was kind to my husband. I cut my hair so he would stop complaining about all the hair all over the bathroom. I thought about cooking something but after a bit that feeling passed.

Today I have to finish a book. Because tomorrow I’m having guests. My favorite people in the world, so I want to be able to give them my undivided attention.

I’m sending virtual hugs to all of you and a hand to hold if you need it! Of course, if you have food, you can come get a real hug!

Much love   Patricia

 

Teatime Parties: Afternoon Tea to Commemorate the Milestones of Life from Tea Time Magazine

What better way to celebrate special life events than with afternoon tea? Table settings for birthdays, christenings, engagements, weddings, graduations, retirements, and other milestones are presented with beautiful color photography. An expert tea-pairing guide, along with a tea-steeping primer, make it simple to choose and prepare the perfect pot of tea to accompany the 80+ recipes in this gorgeous hardcover book.

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Tea Time Magazines newest book of gorgeous teas and menus to celebrate those milestones in life. As always the photographs are beautiful and the recipes very easy to prepare.

This is a great gift for those of us who love the magazine!

 

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Tangled up in Brew: A Brewing Trouble Mystery by Joyce Tremel

Tangled Up in Brew (A Brewing Trouble Mystery) by [Tremel, Joyce]

Brew pub owner Maxine “Max” O’Hara and her chef/boyfriend Jake Lambert are excited to be participating in the Three Rivers Brews and Burgers Festival. Max hopes to win the coveted Golden Stein for best craft beer—but even if she doesn’t, the festival will be great publicity for her Allegheny Brew House.

Or will it? When notoriously nasty food and beverage critic Reginald Mobley is drafted as a last-minute replacement judge, Max dreads a punishing review. Her fears are confirmed when Mobley literally spits out her beer, but things get even worse when the cranky critic drops dead right after trying one of Jake’s burgers. Now an ambitious new police detective is determined to pin Mobley’s murder on Max and Jake, who must pore over the clues to protect their freedom and reputations—and to find the self-appointed judge, jury, and executioner.

This is the second in the Brewing Trouble series and it is every bit as fun as the first one!

The characters are smart, funny and very family oriented. The descriptions of Pittsburgh and the brewing process are very entertaining, as is Max’s family! I have learned more about brewing beer than I ever imagined and have a deep respect for those who do this complicated and delicious liquid!

Max and Jake make a good team and the action is well paced and the subject matter is spot on. These are people you probably know. Intelligent, fun-loving and very well thought out. Between good beer, tasty food and a mystery to solve, what’s not to love?

The best part is they share their recipes with you! So you can make a killer burger as well!

The third book in the series should be out in October!  Books,BooksandMoreBooks  Reviews.

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Afternoon tea at home by Will Torrent

Recipes and inspiration for how to host the ultimate tea party with instruction from master patissier Will Torrent.

Arranged by season, with extra chapters on a Classic afternoon tea as well as a Showstopper afternoon tea, Will showcases his no-nonsense approach to the key techniques involved in patisserie, baking, chocolate work, and serving savory dishes in 80 beautifully illustrated recipes. An invaluable source of inspiration, there are also six guest recipes from top restaurants and hotels, including The Ritz, The Dorchester, The Gramercy Tavern, The Berkeley, Les Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, and Harrods.

Starting with a brief history of afternoon tea and how it came to be such a British institution, Will then offers up store cupboard recipes for basic jams, spreads, butters, and curds – everything you might need to serve alongside a carefully planned afternoon tea. Recipes include classics such as Smoked salmon and whipped cream cheese sandwiches, Cherry and almond bakewell tarts, Vanilla shortbread, and Fruited scones; classics with a clever twist such as Malted milk egg custard tarts, Cucumber sandwiches with yuzu and chive butter, and Crab mayonnaise eclairs; as well as more adventurous offerings of Prosecco, lime and mint jellies, Roasted walnut and miso shortbread, Lemon and lime matcha tea friands, and a very decadent Apricot and lavender almondine from Raymond Blanc at Les Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.

A real feast for the senses, this book will make you want to pull out all the stops and create your own gorgeous themed tea parties at home.

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Full of scrumptious tea time foods, it is as drool worthy as they come! This was a gift and I am very happy to have it! If you get a chance, grab it! It is definitely a Forever book!

About the author:

WILL TORRENT’s love of food began with a week spent with Heston Blumenthal (owner of three-Michelin- starred restaurant The Fat Duck) at the age of 16. Since 2007, following a First Class Honours degree at the University of West London, he won the first Medallion of Excellence for a British pastry chef at WorldSkills Japan, won the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Award of Excellence, Craft Guild of Chefs Young Chef of the Year, an Acorn award and a WorldSkills UK Outstanding Achievement Award. He has worked with top chefs including Jamie Oliver as well as at Claridges, The Dorchester and The Lanesborough. In addition, his TV appearances include BBC’s The Apprentice, Sweet Baby James and Ready Steady Cook, Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, Food Fight Club and ITV’s This Morning.

He is a consultant pastry chef to Waitrose, Ambassador for Cacao Barry and WorldSkills UK,
a member of the Craft Guild of Chefs, Academy of Chocolate, Guild of Food Writers and a regular tutor at The Bertinet Cookery School in Bath. He is a Patron to the world-renowned London School of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure and an Ambassador for the Christian charity Tearfund. Pâtisserie at Home his bestselling first book aimed to take the fear factor out of desserts, he demystified the dark art of chocolate making in his second, Chocolate at Home, and now helps you bring the elegance of afternoon tea to your table at home.

I Will Always Stand Up For What Is Right, NO Matter The Cost

Pink Tea Latte’s with Rose Hips and Some with Pistachios along with Lavender Tarts make for a really pretty Tea Party! You can really use Tea a lot of different ways.

Yesterday was so insane that I had to think up something that would put me in a better frame of mind. Since I am a visual person, this was what I made.

I also took a trip to my Therapist…the all knowing wise man that he is. It’s been raining for days and I’m tired of chasing down the lawn furniture after the wind carries it to the neighbors. The mold is up so allergies are going nuts making my eye pressure go up and that is causing the transplant eye to ache.

I have been more than a little bit stressed and needed to vent to someone so the poor therapist got dumped on. I could write a book on politics right now but I won’t. I’m just very disappointed in people right now. And I should know better. I was raised in the deep south of Georgia and then lived in the deepest south of Mississippi. I have seen and heard some really horrible things happen to really good people.

Today I am going to try to keep my mouth shut about it but I will probably fail at that. I didn’t have to read about racism. I was there the day the bus pulled up in front of my school on the first day of desegregation. When just dating someone not from your race could get you expelled from school. When my own mother told me to tell that black boy to never call our house. Which  if you know me only made me jump feet first into the fray. All you young white boys with your tiki torches, you make me sick. And I will always, always speak up for justice and the rights of every human being on this planet to be treated equally.

I am proud my children don’t give a rat’s ass about your color or culture or  beliefs. Unless you are a meat eater. They may judge you on that. But not a lot. I know from time to time my boys sneak off to Burger King.

Today I just want to say to everyone feeling afraid, I will stand with you all the way. Things can never go back to the way they used to be. And in some parts of Mississippi still are! If you need me, I will be there.

Thanks for listening. Tune in tomorrow when I’ll say other stuff my momma won’t like.

xx P

Deliciously ELLA Every Day by Ella Woodward

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Ella is one of my favorite cookbook authors in the plant-based eating world. I wanted to put this book out there before her next gem comes out this year.

I love that this isn’t a Diet book. It’s about enjoying delicious, natural food to help your body feel its best.

In this one there are over 100 simple and delicious plant-based, dairy-free, gluten-free recipes.  Nourishing foods, and drinks. Everything is easy to make with ingredients that are easy to find.

I have to be nice to my tummy at all times or it behaves like a 2-year-old who just had their cookie snatched away! And while my mouth and nose love to see lovely pictures of food and sweets, I actually do not eat sugar. Or dairy or meat or bread. Even potatoes are a limited thing in my diet. As nightshade plants they along with tomatoes can cause me great pain. So I stick to what I know I can eat. I look at food and say What nutrients is this giving my body? And while I will occasionally have to tweak a recipe from Ella, most of the time I am safe with her.

Her next book is bigger and has more wonderfully nutritious recipes so look for it coming soon!