Tea on Tuesday
Well, here I am, taking my afternoon tea break again!! I do try to post this early - but tuesday is thrift store volunteer day - and I am not organized enough to drink and post before I leave!!!
Yesterday, was lavender day. I spent a good portion of the day, picking lavender, weaving lavender wands, and "talking" to my friend online about lavender. I got her into it, and she was sending me recipes she found and lots of good ideas!!!
One of her ideas was lavender syrup. I made it - and it is wonderful!! I think of it as a lavender flavored hummingbird food!!! The premise is the same as making syrup for hummingbirds, but just on a larger scale!!!
This syrup is wonderful in tea, hot or cold,and to flavor just about anything you want, I guess! Next on the list to try - lavender pound cake!! I make a box (ssshhh- don't tell!) pound cake, that I have tweaked and call it a featherweight pound cake, because it is so light and airy. I think infusing it with lavender might make a new taste sensation!!!
Back to the tea - my afternoon tea is just plain ol' iced tea, with 2 tablespoons of the lavender syrup. I did plop my obligatory sprig of mint in the glass - AFTER I took the picture. The etched glass ( a thrift store find)with the vintage silver iced tea spoon, is sitting on one of my favorite thrift store finds of all time - cost me $2.25!!!! I love this tiny birdhouse table - it is painted primitive green, with little rose decals - love it!!! Paired with a tomato sandwich, the iced tea completes a perfect late light lunch.
Here is the recipe that my friend Teresa emailed me -
2 cups of water
2 cups of granulated sugar
2 tablespoons of fresh or dried lavender blossoms (I used fresh and would even increase it to 3 tbsps)
Bring all ingredients to a boil in a large, stainless steel saucepan. Remove from heat and allow to steep for 30 minutes (I covered the pan and left it in about 45 min or so)
Strain, chill and refrigerate, tightly covered. Use to sweeten hot or cold drinks. Delicious in iced tea or lemonade.
Please join Kimmie, Patty, Nancy and I for tea on Tuesdays!!!