Monday, November 30, 2009

Made the old-fashioned way

Nov. 27 – Tea with the miners

We had “billy tea” with some miners, made the old-fashioned way, in a billy over a coal fire. (That's coal out of the ground, not charcoal made from wood.)

A billy is a pot.

It is filled with water, then 3 heaping teaspoons of tea are added plus one more. Then some manuka leaves are added for a touch of sweetness. It steeps for a while, then it is strained as it is poured into cups. Need more tea? Just add more water.

These gentlemen and one lady were very interesting and served a really nice cup of tea with hot buttered scones and maluka honey.

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