Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Tea and Pine Nuts

After our sumptuous Sunday lunch at Chez Jaafar, none of us was hungry for dessert so our host suggested that we order instead a pot of tea.

First came the dainty glass decorated with gold and filled with fresh mint leaves. Then, the strong, very sweet tea was poured with a high flourish from a narrow waisted silver pot with a curvy spout. M. Jaafar explained that it was important to aerate the tea by pouring it from a height, but none of us could achieve his expertise without thoroughly wetting the table cloth. After the tea steeped with the mint for a few minutes, we added toasted pine nuts and enjoyed the interesting flavors of tea, nuts and mint all mingled together, a fitting end to a fine Sunday lunch.


Blogger Moonbear said...

I think there is barely anything as lovely as tea, carefully prepared and served.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008  
Blogger Dagny said...

The glass looks like the ones that my friend's Turkish mother uses in her home. I love her tea. I would have never thought of the pine nuts though.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Moonbear, you'd have loved Mariage Freres - more than 800 kinds of tea (the menu was like a phone book!) and carefully prepared and served. It was on the same street as our Paris apartment - heaven! I just Googled them and found that you can get their teas at Market Hall Foods in Rockridge. They may be a little expensive but wonderfully worth it!

Dagny, the pine nuts were a surprise to me, as well, but I really enjoyed them! A little light crunch at the end of each sip!

Thursday, March 20, 2008  

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