It’s a simple thing, a simple pleasure, but one that has been enjoyed for centuries now in different forms. I’d like to refer you to this delightful information film from 1941 that advises how to make the perfect cup of tea.

For me it comes down to a few simple things. I buy various types of tea, usually bags for convenience and – one of my little principles – it must always be Fairtrade. There are lots of options here, often for price and convenience I opt for Sainsbury’s own brand tea as I find it has a nice depth and makes a lovely strong cuppa for a reasonable price.

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I agree about freshly drawn, freshly boiled water and I don’t care what anyone says, it definitely does taste better from a favourite cup or mug. I like a large gulp of tea as opposed to a genteel amount and favour these beauties from Blond (www.blond-Amsterdam.nl) as my tea receptacle.

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If you can’t get over to Amsterdam to find these then my other favourites are Cath Kidston’s (www.cathkidston.co.uk) lovely big mugs.

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Then it comes down to personal preference. I like strong tea, so I let it brew for as long as I can wait, if you like it weak, just ‘show it the bag’. I also only add a splash of milk, but again, adding more will make a weaker cup.

I don’t think there are many who would disagree that tea usually tastes better from a teapot than from a cup? If my fella, the Dr, liked tea I would definitely make pots of tea all the time but unfortunately he doesn’t seem to have a tea shaped hole in his life. I make my tea in the cup and this effects the brew. I do love days when I have family or friends over who share my love of the brown stuff and I can knock up a big pot of tea in my owl teapot!

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So relax, make a brew, and find out how they did it in the 1940s. You won’t be disappointed.

It is with a new found knowledge of the relationship between cheese and tea I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

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