Author Archives: thebloomingcup

About thebloomingcup

I'm a GIS Analyst (Cartographer/Geographer) with a degree in History, who loves learning about the world. Tea is my drink of choice.

Lavender Jelly

Ingredients: 3 1/2 cups water 1/2 cup dried or fresh lavender flowers 1 box powdered pectin or 1 pouch liquid pectin Juice of 1 lemon 4 cups sugar   Directions: Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan, stir … Continue reading

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Harvesting Chamomile

Two weeks ago I harvested my chamomile plant to dry and turn into tea. When harvesting chamomile for tea, only pluck the blossoms from the plant. After carefully removing the blossoms from the stems, spread on a plate or cookie … Continue reading

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Tea Kettle Hunting

For the past several weeks, I’ve been on the hunt for a new tea kettle. I can’t decide if I want a stove top or an electric stand-alone. I’ve narrowed my choices to the following three:

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Petite Beet Salad

Serve this finely chopped beet salad with goat cheese and fresh chives during the first course of Afternoon Tea. It’s a great compliment to any tea sandwich. Ingredients: 4 large beets 2 oz goat cheese 3 tablespoon chives 6  small/petite … Continue reading

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High Mountain Green

I purchased some Organic High Mountain Green tea on Monday from our local tea cafe here in SLC, it’s a  tea that grows primarily in the higher elevation of the Sichuan province.  It has a smooth full-bodied flavor with small … Continue reading

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Latitude 29°N Longitude 98°E

Latitude 29°N, Longitude 98°E is where the two varieties of tea plants Camellia sinensis and Camellia assamica originated (Myanmar (Burma), Southwest China, Tibet and Northeast India). Camellia sinensis grows best in the cool high altitude climates of China and Japan and has … Continue reading

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