These are a Few of my Favorite [Tea] Things

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

My husband and I drink tea. But only one of us really love it. Or should I say, only one of us is really obsessed.

Like, if there is no tea in the house I have obviously taken it with me somewhere you will never find me. Or I drank it all.

I probably drank it all.

I haven’t written much since gettin’ hitched to the awesome guy I call my husband, but I have been collecting tea and coffee and the little innovations that make them so much more enjoyable.

Here are a few of my favorite [tea] things.

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 My snazzy red kettle, without which tea would take way too long to make and would require a trip to the kitchen.

It was my first newlywed purchase and it’s ever so useful. A plump and pretty thing, I got it for about $30 from Amazon. The brand is Hamilton Beach.

Here’s the link:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004ZG8Q88/ref=sr_ph?ie=UTF8&qid=1438981545&sr=1&keywords=red+kettle


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This is Teavana’s Perfectea Maker. 

I actually bought this for my husband thinking he’d become a tea connoisseur, but alas, this didn’t happen.

To dream wildly is often its own punishment.

 It’s not too expensive. This one makes about two cups of tea, which is about one serving for me. I love this handy gadget because I’ve fiddled with so many loose leaf tea sieves and sieve spoons and sieve chains and sieve teapots and nothing ever really works as well as this thing. You fill it with your favorite loose leaf tea and some hot water, and let it brew. Then you place it on top of your tea mug, the rim of which pushes up on its whatchmacallit and dispenses the tea straight into your cup. Just watch how much you’re pouring, and set it down on its drain plate to catch any drops. It is plastic, but Teavana also makes a glass one, or some poly-plastic type material that looks and feels like glass. The only downside is that it’s a bit challenging to clean.

Here it is on Teavana’s Amazon page:

http://www.amazon.com/Teavana-PerfecTea-Tea-Maker-16oz/dp/B004X7DIHI/ref=sr_1_1?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1438982052&sr=1-1&keywords=Perfectea


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Tea for two, two for tea?

My father gave me this beautiful cast iron tea pot and tea cup set a few years ago. It’s wonderful to use and beautiful to look at. The floral designs on the pot are dogwood flowers and I believe the plates have them, too, if I’m not mistaken. It has a sieve attachment for loose leaf tea. It’s a pretty small teapot, you could make a nice strong green tea or some oolong in this and it would be perfect.

It is from Teavana, and can be anywhere from $40 to $100 dollars. I have tried to look for the dogwood design but I haven’t found it

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Just a peek at my current tea collection. I have much more stashed away, somewhere. Nuts.com has more than nuts and chocolate, it has tea!! I got a bag of their gunpowder tea and their matcha tea (not pictured). Unfortunately, I don’t have a bamboo matcha whisk (soon!), so I still have yet to try that. But the gunpowder tea is everything you think it tastes like. Bitter, strong, earthy.

Husband and I are not big fans of fruit teas. He’s tried it but I haven’t had that one yet. The copper Teavana bag is filled with their gingerbread tea, which were favors from my amazing surprise bridal shower. I stole the ones left from the people who didn’t come! Bahaha! The Perfectea box is stuffed with other tea from the bridal shower. I took them all. I am without mercy.


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Here they are!

Also – My amazing sister Areej and my friend
Sunny D (her real name has been modified, this is her super hero name) made teabag cookies. Sugar spice cookies shaped like a tea bag, dipped halfway in chocolate, and then strung with string and a label. My brain couldn’t handle the delight.

I think I ate them all. Or most of them. They were amazing!


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Last, but never least…My tea of choice.

If you’re a Desi person, or are not Desi but have a Desi spouse, like my husband, you probably, most likely, maybe have this in your kitchen. If the above applies to you and you do not have this, you’re crazy. Get outta my house and get this tea immediately. Just as good is Ahmad tea (green and yellow box).

This is called Tapal Danedar (red and green box). It’s a very rich and aromatic tea. I like to cook it on the stovetop with cracked green cardamom, and drink it with milk and honey, sometimes a little sugar. I used to drink this 3 or 4 times a day, then realized I couldn’t handle that much caffeine. Suffice it to say, a little goes a long way.

So that’s that. I have a few other teas and tea gadgets laying around, but this is really the cream of the crop. The cream of the tea. The dregs in the cup, if you please.

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Food is Beautiful

Food is Beautiful

SubhanAllah, Alhamdulillah, Allahu Akbar.

Today, while perusing through the aisles of my local Costco with my little brother, I was overwhelmed by the sheer amount of products, brands, produce, merchandise….everything contained within the four walls of this massive store. How MUCH do we have? How MUCH do we really NEED?

It’s really shocking to me how easily we forget the kind of position we are in. We walk out of our houses, into our cars, drive ourselves to stores, and buy the food we can afford.
I am in awe of the statistics involved in being one of the only people on the face of the earth who are able to do this on a daily or weekly basis.
How many people don’t have access to clean water? How many people are unemployed, homeless, hopeless? How many people can’t afford bread?
How has Allah favored us above much of His creation?
How little do we show our appreciation?
Tomorrow night, we’re having another dinner party at my house, inshAllah. At some point tonight, I’ll be busying myself in the kitchen making desserts for my fellow brothers and sisters in Islam, inshAllah. It moves me to realize how blessed we are to have what we have, and to be able to do what we do everyday. It could have easily been so different.
It’s not everyday that I’m caught off-guard by the blessings of Allah, inshAllah it happens a lot more. I find myself getting so comfortable with my little luxuries. How I can just pop into my kitchen and whip up a cake with the best appliances available, Alhamdulillah. It wasn’t so long ago that I was in Indonesia, and baking a cake in a tropical, rural village…well…that wasn’t so easy! I got stung in the face by a gigantic tropical hornet during the process.
And the quality of the ingredients was noooo where near what I can get myself in the states.
So, subhanAllah, alhamdulillah.
The Prophet (saw) said that the “house in which there is vinegar is not devoid of condiments.” (Tirmidhi).
SubhanAllah, just by the jug of vinegar that sits in my pantry, my meals are complete.
SubhanAllah!
Never forget how much we are given, and everything we do, write, say, eat is for the sake of Allah and by the Grace of Allah.