My theory is that Americans drink coffee because they don't know how to make tea, and the Irish drink tea because they don't know how to make coffee.
Interestingly enough, I have presented on this topic during classes for both my undergraduate graduate degrees!
If you think you don't like tea, chances are you're just making it wrong. I drink coffee most of the time. I'm not trying to convert anyone, but if you think you don't like tea, I'm encouraging you to try it again for the first time.
1. Warm the pot (or cup). I usually just fill it up with hot water from the tap.
2. Boil the water! (My mom just made the water hot. That is the key reason I thought I hated tea!)
3. Pour the water into the pot (or cup) and then put in a tea bag. Don't pour the water directly onto the teabag. If you are making a pot of tea, use a bag per cup of water +1 for the pot.
4. Allow the tea to brew for a few minutes, then remove the tea bag.
5. Add some milk and sugar.
(In Ireland they used plenty of milk and not much sugar. I was often asked if I liked to have tea with my sugar.)
My favorite tea is Twinings Irish Breakfast. These directions are for black tea. Green tea and herbal tea are different.
This is my final installment for my Teacher in the Kitchen summer series. Thanks so much to everyone who has linked up! This linkup will be open for a month. I'd love to hear about your kitchen adventures.
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