Chamomile Tea with Cardamom
To enjoy summer afternoons, one must be relaxed, calm and enjoy the colors all around which only summer can make more sublime. La Dolce Vita!
JUST A CUP OF SEN-TEA-MENTS AND A BIT OF MENDING
In whatever thing I immerse myself into, it is just very natural, even automatic, that I always involve my heart. I believe that I must dedicate myself into it and give at least 75% of ME in most of the things I choose to share with other people.
Cooking, baking, photography and typing whatever my mind dictates are, I suppose, the best and productive ways I came up with for me to reach out to people. And the kitchen is my absolute habitat ever since, so it is only befitting that I also share my personal journey inside the four walls of my kitchen.
These past couple of weeks, I realized that I allowed myself be overcast by gloominess. I suddenly found myself a bit uninspired, my culinary brain suddenly became hollow to a certain point of a stagnant state… a foodie/cook’s block according to my self-diagnosis. I am a cook and a food blogger, but behind the cook and food blogger is just a woman like any other woman. Like everyone else, I go through life occasionally encountering huge missteps, stupid decisions, hard but rational decisions, sadness and regular doses of harsh realities.
My Energizer Bunny-like enthusiasm for making food, photographing food and eating suddenly became such a daunting task that I kind of strayed away from all of it these past couple of weeks. How can I deal with food when I don’t even have the mood to face it?
All I really want to do is drink a cup of tea… no digestive biscuits nor finger sandwiches on the side, but just a cup of tea.
I believe that tea soothes and warms not only one’s chest and belly but also one’s soul. When you’re an adult and can’t really hide your head under your mother’s arms anymore, you seek for other things to give you comfort and calm. For now, I really cannot, for the life of me, explain why I feel that a cup of tea is the only answer to every morsel of gray cloud over me, but I guess I have to at least try to formulate a theory…
Drinking tea in solitude is perhaps a form of meditation. It makes you sit down with such thirst to reasonably converse with your thoughts as you sip the hot liquid from a very non-judgmental and always lip-welcoming tea cup.
I had this tea cup for years now, but I just recently took it out of our cupboard to finally drink lychee tea from it.
It was only my second time to use it when I finally sat and made time to read what the words on it says… after reading it, I was utterly enchanted with Lu Yu’s words of tea wisdom that I resolved on using this drinking vessel as my official tea cup from now on. :)