I took it easy, no big plans, no big social events, just a date with myself in a coffee shop browsing my Twitter feeds while Ishita was at her Gymnastics class.
One feed let me to a blog post about Chai, and how according to the writer, there is a chai for every season.
As a tea fanatic myself, I could not agree more with that statement. After all, I am the girl who once upon a time had over 20 different variety of teas stored in her kitchen cupboard. The only difference between her and I is the same there is between my husband and I.
No matter how hard I tried, I m really not a big fan of milk in my tea, not without a LOT of add-ons and tons of sugar.
I keep thinking this has to do with milk, I never really liked milk for as far as I can remember (as far as the early childhood I can remember to be exact).
In the Winter I usually gravitate toward rich flavourful teas, mostly black brews with strong fruity and spicy flavours. Comes Summer and my allegiance switch to greens, with light citrusy and preferably flowery or grassy notes.
And of course, as I once said, there are teas for every mood. There are pick me up teas, relax me teas, soothe me teas, happy teas, god what a day teas, anxiety buster teas. Because, yes, tea does fix everything (well except crumbly concrete ceilings that is).
In my home, don't be surprise to be asked "Which tea?" if you replied by the affirmative to my first question: "Do you want some tea".
Tea is taken very seriously in this home of mine. If you were to drop by right now for a cup and a chat, this is what you will have to choose from:
Coconut green tea, plain green tea, tulsi masala tea, tulsi ginger, Kashmiri Kahwa, Darjeeling, Earl grey, peach flavoured ceylon, banana green tea, camomile, Jasmine tea, lime and lemon, and apple cinnamon.
A few of them being tea-less infusion, but still a hot brew nonetheless.
This thing for tea is something you will find more and more as you go toward central and eastern Europe than you would find in the South and West of the continent where coffee dominates. In Switzerland the easter you go, the more people will gravitate toward tea in as many avatar as possible.
One of the biggest tradition being to finish the day with a herbal infusion just before bedtime or as close to it as possible.
When I first moved to India, this was one of the toughest thing to do without. Fruity and herbal brews as I knew them were rare and expensive. I did many years without them, trying to find solace in a cup of bitter tea that is more suited to a desi Chain than it is to a black and sugarless tea.
This is one of the things I am glad changed over the years.
How do you like your tea? What is your favourite?