186-A Cup of Tea-Connecticut Yankee


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16 Responses

  1. Robin says:

    The comments about the jelly stuff reminds me of the mint jelly my mother liked to serve on lamb. Also, reminds me of taking cream cheese and putting a spicy sweet jelly like jalapeño cactus fruit over it to then eat with crackers.

  2. Shirley says:

    I haven’t listened from the first episode so I didn’t know that you had been in Finland! I live near Tampere so we might have been able to meet. As the tax is included in the price of things I don’t even think about it and had to check my receipts to see what it was. It seems to be 23% now on some things and 13% or 9% percent on others. Depending on the train trip distance a child under the age of 17 can still travel free with a paying adult.

  3. Jessica says:

    Oh my goodness, we should TOTALLY do Scrooge next! I don’t know if they’ll do it again, but last year Audible.com put out a free version of A Christmas Carol read by none other than Tim Curry, and it was excellent.

    Also, I go out of my way to get Yorkshire Gold tea from the fancy-pants grocery store every time I miss “real” tea.

  4. I love love love tea. Some might call me a tea snob since I like good teas and prefer loose leaf tea. I prefer to buy local and so why not plug my local tea shop

    New Mexico Tea Company http://www.nmteaco.com/ is my local tea shop. it is like a hop skip and a jump away from my office. Their teas are fantastic If you haven’t tried it yet I highly recommend trying lady londonderry. it is a slightly fruity slightly citrusy black tea great for the afternoon. I also love their night of the iguana chai.


  5. Louise Dungate says:

    Hello Heather

    My suggestions for the next book- any of these-
    Sons and Lovers
    Canterbury Tales

    Loving your company as I potter in my garden in the Upper mountains’ village of Leura in the Blue Mountains above Sydney, Australia.


  6. Hunter says:

    I know you’ve been spending some time playing with search engine optimization lately and thought I’d mention that the most recent episode of the CraftyPod (the November 6 one) is about that very subject. Might be of interest if you’ve not already heard it.

  7. Good Morning Heather:

    Your fruit “chese” sounds like “jellied fruit” which is marvelously versatile! Slice it and serve like jellied cranberry sauce…slice it and serve it on a thick slice of meat (turkey, chicken breast, etc) it adds wonderful moisture. You can also mash it onto a slice of crisp toast. Slice it thinly and serve on a slice of warm gingerbread (okay, now I am hungry!) You are only limited by your imagination. Enjoy it!

    Hugs & Prayers
    Serene Knitter

  8. Kate says:

    Haven’t listened to the episode yet (we’re a couple of minutes in), but I thought I should let you know that the intro is still advertising the London, Bath and Wales trip.

  9. Nina Bunin says:

    I found you by accident, Heather. But I think it was very soon after you started. I went into iTunes podcasts and put in something like audiobooks, or literature………….at that time, there were only a few:-)

  10. hunter says:

    I sympathize with the tea thing. Your first cup of proper tea is rather like your first proper cocktail. You finally realize what all the fuss was about (and start to wonder when you can get your next one).

    I’ve been quite pleased with adagio teas. Some of them get a bit too far off into the erm…creative…side, but the basic respectable traditional teas are delicious. I recommend getting some of the sampler packs to help find your personal favorites. There are scads of new customer coupons out there if you google a bit.

    And do yourself a favor and get a BIG tea strainer — one that allows plenty of room for the tea to expand and do it’s thing. My current favorite (I just bought two more to have on hand when we have people over) is the basket infuser by copco (the top looks like a lily pad and it flips up to prevent puddles when you take it out of the cup, very clever design).

  11. Taphophile says:

    The fruit cheese is great on a cheese board, particularly with strong cheeses (we love fruit cheeses with a strong goat curd), or a condiment with meats, or tossed through a salad of bitter greens. One of our Aussie food entrepreneurs , Maggie Beer, has a range of fruit pastes which she uses in recipes, usually melted with a little stock as a sauce or glaze for meats. http://www.maggiebeer.com.au/products/details/?Item=PrdctsComplete

    I’ve got the chili jelly recipe book-marked for next autumn, and intend doing one with our own crab apples and rosemary as well – can’t wait to make cheese from the pulp. We make a lot of our own condiments and jams, but I’ve not jellied before.

  12. Josie says:

    I empathise with you re the tea. Whenever I travel I miss my cuppa, even sometimes in parts of England and Wales which appear to have been taken over by latte drinkers. And whereas I love my latte, I still feel thirsty afterwards and can only really drink one or two per day, whereas tea is a requisite which may need to be intravenous on occasion. So I offer you a virtual cup of tea whenever you need one, sorry that’s all I can do what with the distance and everything.

    Yes please language analysis — though I’m native English I’m not American and also I’m a linguist and always interested in language analysis! So long as it doesn’t detract from the story, maybe you could play the whole chapter then do the language analysis afterwards, replaying just a particular scene that you’re concentrating on. That would work for me I think. And anyone who wasn’t interested in the language analysis bit could skip that but not miss the chapter. Does that sound good?

    I’m in the middle of Tristan and Isolde at the moment. Do you still need to know how to pronounce Pwyll and Blodeuwedd? If so I can send you another mp3 file with a bit of mabinogi talk. My favourite character is Llew Llaw Gyffes who is the one who can’t be killed on land or sea and not by day or night, etc. We had a lovely ginger kitten who we called Llew (it means lion).

    Loving the new layout of the crafting a life hub. My only comment is that the craftlit link isn’t completely obvious as it’s squashed up next to the writing help link, which uses the craftlit book logo — quite confusing! Also a mini comment is that the whole page is shifted left and would look better if central but that may just be because of my screen settings making everything smaller — on most screens it might take up the whole screen so it wouldn’t notice that it’s left-aligned.

    Oh, and the fruit cheese! Excellent with strong cheddar on a cracker. We do crackers and cheese a lot, and love trying out new cheeses and make a lot of homemade pickles and relish. Sour apple chutney is aces. If you put in a dash of turmeric it goes bright yellow which looks amazing.

  13. Sally says:

    A Christmas Carol–yes please!

    The quince “cheese” sounds similar to the jellied cranberry stuff in a can, our family finally stopped serving it once I started cooking a better cranberry relish from scratch (recipe on the bag with fresh orange is really good & easy.)

  14. Judith says:

    So I found Craftlit about one year after Heather started the podcast. I had just gotten a new iPod and was putzing around the iTunes store when I stumbled across podcasts. The thing that really caught my eye was the spinning wheel logo and then I listened to an episode. And then I downloaded all of them and have been listening ever since. I think initially I was looking for Old Time Radio Shows and then muddled around iTunes and found a gem in Cratlit. Thanks Heather!

  15. Sharon Adamz says:

    I’ve been meaning to ask, if I click on your Amazon link and then go to the Amazon.co.uk site do you still get the support?

    If not are you able to set a UK link up?