Tea and Tomatoes

Turkish tea fr Kate 9-2014Kate brought me the most amazing tea from Istanbul. I keep sniffing it and trying to discern what all those exotic smells are — no label tells me anything about it. And I’m kind of afraid to make a pot of tea and end up disappointed, because you know how herbal teas often don’t taste as good as their dry aromas lead you to expect? It  Well, what do I expect, after all that watering down…

P1110230 new mugBut when I do take the plunge, I will drink it out of this new mug I gifted myself with. Big mugs, preferably those that hold a pint, are my favorites, but they usually aren’t so girly looking. When I saw this big and flowery one, there was little deliberating.

Today Mr. and Mrs. C. came over. The guys then went to Starbucks to drink tea and talk, and we “girls” worked in the garden. It reminded me of when I was in Turkey lo these many years ago, and in the villages the men would sit in the café and drink tea and play tavla (backgammon) while the women were out in the olive groves harvesting the fruit.tomatoes peeling 9-14

But today really wasn’t much like that – we also spent quite a while looking at pictures of Kate’s wedding for which Mrs. C. had arranged the flowers, and we talked to the man who delivered a cord of firewood on to our driveway. He is 83 and still does all his own busintomatoes peeled 9-14ess.

Mrs. C. is always glad to take cuttings from my garden to experiment with. This time I sent her home with some wayward sprouts of my mystery salvia, and some succulents. Also some of our lovely Yellow Brandywines. But we still have more tomatoes than we can use fresh, so I scalded and peeled a bunch last week and made tomato pudding.

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9 thoughts on “Tea and Tomatoes

  1. Aw, what a lovely time with friends! Tomato pudding sounds delicious! I WAS going to jump in the shower, but now I feel compelled to take a cup of spicy tea to the window and luxuriate. I adore your new mug. I love big tankards, too! xo

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  2. I’m looking at the tomatoes lined up on my windowsill and am inspired by the thought of scalloped tomatoes (which I found through the comment link on the recipe for tomato pudding). It will go well with the flank steak I’m preparing for guests tomorrow night.

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  3. The wedding sounds like it was wonderful. I’m so glad I could see some of the pictures, too. ♥ God grant them many years! I almost posted with the same title today…the tomato pudding sound really good.

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  4. I love those comparisons, I can just see them men drinking coffee, and the women harvesting olives.
    I love your mug. It is so pretty.
    I bought new herbal tea yesterday, I think it is from Turkey. I just sat and looked at the box so far. Maybe I was afraid of getting into it just like you.
    Maybe today. 🙂

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  5. Love the big, flowery mug! The older gentleman who delivers your wood reminded me of something. My step-dad had two “lawn boys” who came to mow his lawn. They were both in their 70’s! One passed away in the last year, so the other retired. 🙂 My step-dad is 83, and I’m sure he’s mowing the lawn himself now. Hope you like the tea. I’m more of a Lipton person myself. 😉

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  6. Sounds like you had a really nice visit. I love the flower mug. I like “big” hearty mugs myself. I’ve just started drinking chamomile tea. I never liked it before–at least not the tea bags I had used in the past. But I bought some German Chamomile from my health food store and I really am enjoying it very much, It’s my fall nightcap!

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  7. The longer you wait to drink it, the more it will disappoint … Right? 🙂 I hope it is as yummy for you as it was when I was offered a little cup in the street on a hot day!

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  8. Maybe you’d like to use the tea as a potpourri instead 😉 Whichever you decide, it will probably taste better in your pretty new mug.

    So nice to see somebody’s tomatoes doing well!

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