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:

Ausjenny said...

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)

Karen Kirst said...

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

Jessica Nelson said...

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

That pic is delicious. Yum!!

Karen Kirst said...

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

PamelaTracy said...

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

Lyn Cote said...

My characters drink a lot of iced tea!

Merrillee said...

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.

Sandra Orchard said...

Yum! time for a snack break :)

Leann said...

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

Karen Kirst said...

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

Karen Kirst said...

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

Karen Kirst said...

Hey Pam!

Christine Johnson said...

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.

Karen Kirst said...

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.

Melissa McClone said...

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.

Kim Watters said...

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.

Karen Kirst said...

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

Karen Kirst said...

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

Ausjenny said...

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.

Ausjenny said...

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

Leann said...

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.

Ausjenny said...

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.

Rhonda Gibson said...

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 :)