When I got married my mom started bring my grandmothers Noritake dinner set over from NZ in drips and drabs and encouraged me to use the setting rather than store it and pass it on. Of the whole dinner set the tea cups and saucers were the easiest piece to use - and so I did. About the same time I started using "real tea cups" I discovered a tea stall at the markets that sold flavoured black tea's as well as green and herbal concoctions and so my tea drinking took a giant swing upwards!
Its one of my only indulgences - especially when I don't smoke, don't drink a lot of alcohol and don't even have have a TV to blob out in front of! So I like to enjoy my tea. Made in a proper tea pot and sipped out of a nice cup forces me to slow down and relax, especially on a busy day!
Here's what I do...
First I heat the kettle with nice fresh water and bring it to a rolling boil.
Then I choose a nice tea and put a teaspoon for each cup I am making in the pot. This time I am having a cup of Duchess Grey from Tea Therapy in Stones Corner, Brisbane. The old adage of one spoonful for each person and one for the pot was perpetuated by the tea companies to get you to use more. Of course if you like a strong tea - put more in!
Once the water is boiled, pour the water from the kettle into the tea pot remembering only to fill the pot with as much water as you need to fill the cups you intend to make. If you pour into much you will have a weak tea and if you don't put in enough then you will only get 1/2 a cup of tea!
And now for the hard bit - waiting for the tea to draw! Get your cup ready. I have a bit of a collection of odd tea cups as well as my grandmothers set. Pick one that suits your mood.