Festiv-e-teas

In an old Japanese tale, a poor peasant catches a badger. He puts the badger into his bag and starts walking home, to bring food to his family. But when he comes home and opens his bag, instead of a badger, he finds a teapot! “What shall I do with it? – cries the poor man, – I can’t cook it for dinner! Perhaps, I can take it to the monastery, and they’ll take pity on me and give me some food – at least, there will be something…”

He takes the teapot to the monastery, but, as the monks put it on fire to make tea, the teapot starts feeling the heat, grows badger legs, and runs away – back to the peasant. “I like you! – it says to the peasant,- You never hurt me by putting me on fire. Now it is my turn to do something for you. Take me to the marketplace, and I will dance. I can dance really well! I will entertain the people, and you’ll charge them money to see me.”

The dancing teapot by Darkvadorette

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The dancing teapotby Darkvadorette

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The teapot danced as beautifully as it promised, the man made lots of money, and everybody lived happily ever after.
What makes me happy is making teas, real teas, from dried and fresh herbs, leaves, and other tasty ingredients.
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That’s exactly how I feel about it! Whether I am making hot tea (rarely), or ice tea (frequently), i want a combination of flavors rather than wet paper on a string!
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This delicious mix is based on African Rooibos, with ginger, fresh aloe and cinnamon, and sweetened by agave. Put all this into a teapot, pour boiling water over it, and let it steep for about five minutes. If you are in a mood for hot tea, enjoy yourselves. But if you really want your teapot to dance, together with you and your guests, have I got a surprise for you!
I am not a mixologist – my husband does that! – but I have invented this new drink and I am calling it Festiv-e-tea (Festivity). Hey, it’s my drink, I call it what I want!
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Chill your healthy herbal tea, fill a tall glass with ice, pour one jigger of good rum (this is Rhum Barbancourt from Haiti, sweet and gentle) over ice, and fill the glass with tea. Now you can start dancing – Lehayim!
INGREDIENTS
  • 1/4 dry African Roobois
  • 1 inch grated ginger
  • 1 inch fresh aloe stalk, squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon agave or more, to taste
  • 2 quarts boiling water
  • Good quality rum
PROCEDURE
  • Place all ingredients except rum into teapot, pour boiling water, cover, steep for 5 minutes. Drink hot or chill for ice tea.
  • To make Festive-e-tea, pour a jigger of tum over ice in tall glass, then fill the glass with chilled ice tea.
Enjoy!
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48 Comments Add yours

  1. Being English I love tea 🙂 so I am looking forward to trying this one-thank you very much 🙂 x

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    1. My pleasure, Samantha, I hope it is to your taste.

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  2. Loved the Japanese story! And I second that, Samantha, as an English tea fanatic I’ll be trying this asap 😀😀

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    1. I am so glad you guys are pleased – thank you!

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  3. [ Smiles ] Guess what? I am a tea-person. Let us have some tea together!

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    1. Let’s! Festiv-e-tea or regular tea?

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      1. [ Smiles ] Any type of tea will do!

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      2. Opening bottle… Pouring rum…

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  4. Can’t go wrong with adding rum to just about anything! 🙂

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    1. That’s my opinion, and I’ll stick to it!

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  5. hocuspocus13 says:

    Reblogged this on hocuspocus13 and commented:
    jinxx🎁xoxo

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    1. Thank you so much – come to the party!

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  6. feistyfroggy says:

    Cool Japaneese story. I’ve never heard that one before. I am not a tea drinker, but it sounds really cool to mix your own!

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    1. Thank you – I am old country old-fashioned in many ways.

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      1. feistyfroggy says:

        That’s usually a good thing! 😉

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      2. I’ll trust you on that – thank you!

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    1. With alcohol or without?

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  7. Reblogged this on koolkosherkitchen and commented:

    Repeating this recipe in response to a prompt: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/tea/

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  8. A_Boleyn says:

    I enjoyed the story of the dancing teapot/badger. I wish I enjoyed drinking tea as much. I haven’t found one that appeals to me that much yet.

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    1. Thank you! What about Irish Tea or Long Island Tea – do you like those? That was a joke, but seriously, if you forget about teabags and play with flavors, perhaps you’ll find something to your taste.

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      1. A_Boleyn says:

        I appreciate a cup of Earl Gray and a nice shortbread cookie with friends. And I’ve tried various loose leaf teas, herbals (I grew up with chamomile tea when we had upset tummies), chai tea, vietnamese etc and even steeping fresh mint and ginger etc. They were ok but on a daily basis, I’m not a tea drinker. 🙂

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      2. As we say, whatever floats your boat! Long Iceland Ice Tea has no tea in it; it’s a combination of 7 strong liquors. Not my thing!

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      3. A_Boleyn says:

        I’ve had more than one Long Island Iced tea in my life. 🙂

        Now you’re making me feel guilty for not liking tea. Just had some fresh lemonade or I’d go downstairs and make some … Moroccan mint green tea is pretty good. 😉

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      4. OY! I don’t ever want to make anyone feel anything but great! 😿
        How about Lemonana – a blend of Nana (mint tea) with lemonade? 😼

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      5. A_Boleyn says:

        That sounds very tasty. I have fresh mint in my garden. Do I have to steep it and cool it and combine it with the lemonade or make the lemonade with the mint water?

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      6. Make lemonade with mint water, says my daughter-in-law. She is Moroccan – she knows.

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      7. A_Boleyn says:

        Quick question … do you make schmaltz and gribenes?

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      8. I wish! I love them! But with age, cholesterol hits, and delicious things have to recede into childhood…

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      9. A_Boleyn says:

        I bought a tray of chicken thighs yesterday (for green chicken curry) and peeled off the skin in preparation of cooking them tomorrow. I don’t want to just throw away the skins (lots of fat there) and thought I’d make both for matzoh balls (schmaltz) and adding to biscuits (gribenes). Thought of you. 🙂

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      10. Chicken shmaltz and gribenes are delicious (I hope you also fry some onions in it at the end and reserve it for potato kugel or latkes!), but goose shmaltz is the best! In the old times, they used to put geese in bags, hang those bags so the geese wouldn’t walk around and lose fat, G-d forbid, and hand-fed them walnuts which made shmalts and gribenes smell and taste like heaven!

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      11. A_Boleyn says:

        Those sound like great ideas. As does frying the onions in chicken fat. 🙂

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      12. Enjoy! As we say in Yiddish, “mir far dir” – eat a double portion for me!

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    1. Thank you for reblogging.

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  9. joliesattic says:

    Cute story, but what is African roobois?

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    1. It’s a kind of a tea, it’s red and sweet, and very healthy. It comes from a bush plant grown in Africa called “red bush.”

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  10. joliesattic says:

    I will have to see if I can find it.

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    1. Here it’s in every supermarket, widely available. You can also order it on line; it’s quote inexpensive, and the health benefits are amazing.

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  11. Pan says:

    I’m not English but tea is my main beverage.. Iced and sweet mostly.. But enjoy hot tea too.. I bought organic hibiscus and found it is a nice soothing tea when sweetened.. I’ve only made it hot but want to try it iced as well..
    I’m starting vacation now, so maybe I’ll have a chance to try your blend.. If I add rum, I’ll be dancing like a teapot with badger legs 😄

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    1. Hibiscus is delicious, and so healthy! Add some rum to any blend and dance your heart off – have a great vacation!

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  12. Pan says:

    I didn’t make it up to my cabin yesterday, I saw it was going to storm here and wow did it ! Was going to save cleaning and doing laundry til Tues but decided to do both today.. I think I’ll pick up some rum tomorrow and give my tea a shot 😊 or two…….

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    1. We had a storm too, and a flood warning, we couldn’t go sailing, but a shot of rum or two helps along even on land – cheers!

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