Monday, May 17, 2010

Chicago Turkish Festival:

Chicago, Illonois presents: "Your Journey Through All Things Turkish"

May 23rd ~26th 2010              Daley Plaza               Chicago

Just a Cuppa Quotes:

If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty.” – Japanese

Turkish Website: All About Turkey

Great page about tea

The Wonderment of Tea

Certainly traveling to exotic place to drink tea is exciting, but what excites me more is that virtually most tea is available in the United States. As you would see in Exquisite Teas, I am able to locate tea from almost anywhere and that is pure joy and wonderment to me. Yesterday I went looking for a Caydanlik, which is a brewer for Turkish tea, As Turkish tea is brewed differently, then most other tea on earth.

A Caydanlik is two teapots, one a top the other, one heats the water, and one heats, and brews the tea.  In the top part you place the tea with a small amount of water, and in the bottom part you boil the water, then add to the top to make the tea. In addition to that the Turks add a lot more tea to the Caydanlik than Americans add to the pot. Turks always serve there tea in small heatproof tea glasses. Turkish tea is served with a dessert spoon of sugar, and milk.

For ages the Turkish people were famous for there strong coffee.  It must suprise those who find out that Turkey is the leading tea drinking nation on earth. To purchase  Turkish goods including all that I have mentioned, the largest marketplace for Turkish goods is at New York City's  Tulumba, from foods to tea, to belly dancing supplies and tea glasses.  or

If you are located in New York City, Tulumba delivers for free.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Tea Trivia ~ The Truth About Tea Bricks

Up until the nineteenth century tea bricks were used as money in Siberia.

Fruit-Tea Smoothie - Basic

Tea Smoothie

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Preperation Time 10 mins

Makes 2   servings

1 cup  cold strong tea, your choice of flavors

1 cup Frozen Fruit, your choice of fruit

1 cup, juice, your choice

1 cup  plain yogurt

1/2 tbs. honey, or agave nectar

2 cups ice cubes

1. In blender or food processor combine all ingredients on high speed of blender.

Serves 2

Peach Tea, with peaches and white peach juice
Cocconut Pouchong, with pinapple, and 1/3 cup coco loco coocont in a can, in beverage asile.
Earl Grey Tea  with Blueberries
Mango tea with Peaches, and Papaya

Fig Nut Tea Loaf

Fig Nut Tea Loaf

About 6 to 8 servings


1/3 cup safflower  oil

3/4 cup sugar, or splenda
1-1/4 cups tea brewed   ( Use a favorite Tea, Get Creative)

1-3/4 cups unbleached or whole-wheat pastry flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon or vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

2 Tablespoons raisins

1/2 cup dates, pitted and chopped

1/2 cup dried figs, chopped

1/2 cup almonds or hazelnuts, chopped


Preheat oven to 350 deg F. Cream together the oil and sweetener in a large mixing bowl. Add tea (and if using it, the vanilla) and mix well. Sift the flour, salt, soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg together into the wet ingredients, mixing until all ingredients are moist. Stir in the fruit and nuts, blending well. Turn the mixture into a well-greased loaf pan and spread the top with a wooden spoon or spatula to smooth. Bake for 35 minutes or until done when tested with a toothpick. Cool to room temperature before serving.

You can substitute Dates, Dried Cherries, and other nuts

Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Daily Cuppa: Lemon Cooler G.H. Ford Tea Company

Lemon Cooler  $15.50 for 8 ounces

Lemon Cooler is a blend of Peppermint, and Lemon Grass

Gingerbread Parkin Tea Loaf 5/15/10

Gingerbread Parkin Tea Loaf

1 2/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, sifted

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon cardamom

Pinch each of ground black pepper, ground clove, ground fennel, ground nutmeg, and ground star anise

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons crystallized ginger, divided

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature

1/2 cup firmly-packed brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 extra large eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons minced fresh ginger

1/2 cup half, & half

2 tablespoons sour cream

Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare a 8 1/2- x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan  with a non-stick baking spray. Using some brown sugar (or plain granulated sugar), dust the bottom and all sides of the pan, leaving a thin coating of the sugar.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, pepper, cloves, fennel, nutmeg, star anise, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Mix in 3 tablespoons of crystallized ginger, chopped well; set aside.

Using an electric mixer with a large bowl, beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together until light and creamy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until well mixed. Add the vanilla extract and the fresh ginger. Slowly mix in 1/2 of the flour/spice mixture; then add half and  half, and sour cream. Add the remaining 1/2 of the flour/spice mixture; blend just until smooth. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle the remaining 3 tablespoons of chopped crystallized ginger over the top surface of the batter, pressing the ginger lightly into the batter.

Bake approximately 50 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven, let pan cool on a wire rack for ten minutes, and then turn cake out out of the loaf pan onto the wire rack to cool completely. When completely cool, using a fine mesh strainer, dust the top lightly with confectioners (powdered) sugar.

Skye's Tea Etiquette for a Shabby Chic Tea 5/15/10

When you are serving an elegant dinner, you might want to break out your Wedgwood, Spode, or other fine bone china but a great tea party starts with TEA, The finest teas you can buy? Well lets say 4 ounces of 4 spectacular tea, need not set you back more than $30 - $60, but you can buy 3 ounces of loose tea of a great variety, and quality for about $25. shipped or $18. if you have a great local tea purveyor, much less. Mix your china tea cups and saucers, allowing each guest to choose the tea cup, they would like to be served in. If you don't have a lot of tea cups, but a tea party is the party you want to throw, remember there is an age old custom, from the early 1900's that is a wonderful way to accentuate a Victorian theme, and that is to ask each guest to kindly bring their favorite tea cup, ask them to prepare a story about how they received it, or where they found it, and where is there favororite place to find accoutrements. In the case of mismatched tea cups, take a hint from the Shabby Chic element, make everything mismatched, cover your tables with 1950's linens. Choose to serve 3 savories and 3 sweets, and serve 4-6 different types of tea and keep it flowing.

Just a Cuppa Quotes: 5/15/10

If you are cold, tea will warm you.

If you are too heated, it will cool you.

If you are depressed, it will cheer you.

If you are excited, it will calm you.

~ Gladstone

Charleston's Tea Bash Tommorow in Charleston, South Carolina 5/15/10

U.S. Tea Plantation to Fete First Flush

Charleston Tea Plantation, located just outside Charleston, S.C., has announced the beginning of its 2010 harvest.

Owned by Bigelow Tea Company, based in Fairfield, Conn., the 127-acre tea plantation produces tea for the brand American Classic.

For the fourth year in a row, the plantation will host the First Flush FesTEAval, allowing participants to sample the tea amid festivities such as live music, local art and cuisine, and trolley rides. This year's festival is scheduled Sunday, May 16, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.


For more information about the teas that come from this plantation go to:

Friday, May 14, 2010

Just A Cuppa Quotes:Postman Pat

"You've put fucking mushrooms in this haven't you?"

~ Postman Pat

Postman Pat was my favorite British kids show of all time, I think more adults watched it, The lyric as simply~
"Postman Pat, Postman Pat, Postman Pat and his Black and White Cat"

The Daily Cuppa 5/14/10 Mariage Freres: Pleine Lune

The Marriage between the teapot, and the cuppa today, Is this delightful elixir.

The splendor of a ‘Full Moon’. Inspired by that heavenly body and the realm of dreams, this poetic blend combines fragrances evoking the feast of the full moon: fruits, rare spices, and the sweet taste of honey. A true moonbeam.

$21.00  3.50 ounces

Dean and Deluca
Cyber Cucina
Market Hall Foods

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Just A Cuppa Quotes: The Daily Tea Quote 5/13/10

"Ecstasy is a glass full of tea, and a piece of sugar in the mouth"
~Alexander Puskin

The Daily Cuppa:5/13/10

The Tea Of The Day:  Kusmi Tea: Petroushka 4.4 ounces $15.99 Kusmi Began in St. Petersborg, Russia in 1867, and moved to Paris, because all of the best tea houses were located there, the Kusmi company can't provide a bad tea,I currently have 16 tins, all are excellant. China Black Tea, infused with almond, rose, vanilla and spices, and a hint of orange makes for a delightful cuppa.

The Captivating Cuppa: French Teas

From The houses of tea in France come excellant teas, without exceptional prices............ or prices within reason, we are a loose tea blog, and a Equisite Teas for the most part we talk about loose teas with the exception of new people who might not have had anything but fannings. the first tea that comes to mind is
Mariage Freres, available with shops in Paris, my favorite being  17, Place de la Madeleine, and for the tea salon,Restaurant, Museum, 260,  Fauborg  Saint - Honore for their Tea shop, they have several other locations in France, Germany, and Japan. Mariage Freres, The restarant, and tea salon was unsuccessful in New York City and they closed in the mid nineties. This tea is extrordinary it is available at Market Hall Foods, on there website 3.50 ounces under $25.00  All Worth trying. Available at

Welcome to The Captivating Cuppa ~ A Place for Exquisite Tea Information From Around The World

Welcome to The Captivating Cuppa ~ A Place For Exquisite Tea Information From Around The World

Tea has comforted the world for centuries, and now I bring you the best information from the Tea world. I am captivated by the magnificent teas of France, as I am those of all of tea producing regions of the world. In this blog, I hope to enlighten you to the best information available, if you have any questions at all you are welcome to visit our sister site, and join it. We are located at: The forum is Exquisite Teas located in Tastes and Trends. If you have questions, specific, & general, please feel free to ask. I will also be adding lots of information pertaining to tea related topics.

Tea Quote of the Day: Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane. – HonorĂ© de Balzac

The Captivating Cuppa: Steals, & Deals

DILMAH Brand All Dilmah an exceptional value$4.99 – $6.99 4.4 Ounces Loose

Origin: Sri Lanka These Mid High, and High Bush Teas are exceptional 4 ~\_/c Cuppas

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