Wednesday, April 4, 2012

TEA TIME

Hello friends, Karen Kirst here to talk tea.

This picture is of my favorite scones from a lovely little waterfront tearoom near my home in North Carolina. If you’ve ever been to a tearoom, you know they serve tiny sandwiches and soup in espresso cups and bite-size desserts. Oh, and a variety of tea flavors to suit anyone’s taste! I find the whole experience relaxing in a way my husband will never understand.

Growing up in Tennessee, ice tea ruled. It wasn’t until I spent three months with my husband’s family in Europe that I discovered a love of hot tea. Now I drink it every day, no matter the season. And you’ll find that my characters enjoy it, too.

Have you noticed a culinary theme running through some of your favorite authors’ books? I’m a fan of Jillian Hart’s books, and I noticed a number of her characters like hot chocolate with piles of whipped cream. While you’re thinking about your answers, I’m going to enjoy a cup of white chocolate mousse tea….wish I had a scone to go with it.


Thanks for stopping by!

23 comments:

  1. I read tea time and think of the evening meal. I have noticed a few books lately either coffee or tea is being mentioned. Have to say I dont like either. Here in May we have the biggest cuppa which is a morning tea with money raised going towards breast cancer. Here on one Thursday people all over the country will hold morning teas and often this will be tea or coffee with cakes, scones etc.

    In America what do you call a snack between Breakfast and Lunch, or Lunch and Evening meal? Here its called morning or afternoon tea.
    (not a scone fan myself)

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    1. Hi Ausjenny, if we have a midmorning meal, that's brunch. Otherwise, it's a snack. Is hot chocolate popular there?
      Karen

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  2. Great question! I haven't particularly noticed it in books but most of my heroines love chocolate. *surprise!*

    That pic is delicious. Yum!!

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    1. Hi Jessica, I haven't met many people who don't like chocolate :D

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  3. Made me think of Janet's article in the RWR. Fun!

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  4. My characters drink a lot of iced tea!

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    1. Hey Lyn, ice tea to me means warm summer days :)

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  5. I don't mind drinking hot tea, but I'm not a fan of iced tea. My hubby has hot tea almost every morning for breakfast.

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    1. Hi Merrillee, I have a cup every morning. What kind does your husband like?

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  6. I like that tea shop, Winnie. It was great food.

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  7. Hi Karen! It's fun to hear from a fellow tea-lover. I enjoy it hot or cold as long as it's "black" (no cream or sugar). Your white chocolate mousse tea sounds wonderful. And those scones look so good I could pluck them off the computer screen (now wouldn't that be wonderful!).

    My heroines tend to drink tea too. Hmmm.

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  8. Hi Christine! I'm afraid I have to have sugar and sometimes cream, depending on the tea. One of my favorites is Earl Grey tea with fresh mint that the local Middle Eastern restaurant serves. Lots of sugar, though.

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  9. Fun post! I know my characters drink a lot of iced tea, which is my favorite of mine. I love team! And there's always chocolate to be found. In my Christmas stories, I definitely take advantage of hot chocolate, cookies, and beer since there's a microwbrew pub that they hang at. In a couple of them, I've put in something holiday specific like a gingerbread house or yule log cake.

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    1. Hi Melissa, holiday stories are fun! I like the idea of the gingerbread house.

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  10. Nice post Karen. I like to drink hot chocolate as well, but most of the time water. I have my characters drink lots of ice tea and lemonade.

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  11. Thanks Kim! I try to Liven up my water with lemon or limes. My characters drink a lot of lemonade, too.

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  12. karen, we do have brunch here to but morning tea is the same as a morning coffee or morning smoko or a snack.
    we have hot chocolate here and for some its popular.

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  13. the latest book is drinking pink lemonaide (not sure exactly what that is as our lemonade is like your sprite).

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  14. Ausjenny, pink lemonade is strawberries with the lemonade. Lemonade in Texas is squeezed lemons, sugar and water. It is sooo good.

    I am a tea drinker. I love Ashby's Apricot tea in the morning. Great stuff. I've tried and tried to drink coffee, but I can't get over the aftertaste.

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  15. Leann thanks for letting me know I now know never to have pink lemonade. I HATE strawberries. We do make what you call lemonade here but its called cordial. (you can buy it to) where you use the lemons, sugar and water. Our lemonade is fizzy.

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  16. Great post Karen!! I love tea, we grew up on sweet ice tea. Now as an adult I like it both ways, hot and cold. Always sweet :)

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