Why does a cup of tea always taste better at someone elses house? No matter where I go it just does. If I go and buy tea from a tea stand it does not taste good and I end up throwing it out but tea from a friend’s house always tastes so wonderful.
I have a really good friend from Kenya who makes a very lovely cup of tea. I enjoy and look forward to going to her house whenever she invites me…mostly for the company but especially for her tea! I once I asked her for the recipe for this lovely, milky tea and she gave me her recipe, “A little bit of this, a pinch of that, half a can of this, and only a teaspoon of Kenyan tea leaves, and this much water to this point on my pot.” Well, I don’t know of a place where I can buy Kenyan tea leaves and I don’t have a pot exactly like hers. So I tried weeks, maybe months trying to duplicate her tea at home. But it never tasted the same. Until one day I actually came close.
Oh, and by the way, I commented to my friend about just loving her tea and she gave me a big box of Kenyan tea leaves! WooHoo!!!
I will share my recipe with you at the end of this post.
I have another really good friend from Nigeria who just makes a simple cup of tea, the regular Lipton black tea and a few spoons of sugar, and it tastes wonderful sitting there chatting and drinking our tea. I think the secret ingredient there for a good cup of tea at my friend’s house is just her company and the conversation! MashaAllah.
Meeting with a Moroccoan customer one time at her home I was given a wonderful cup of very sweet mint tea. There was another time I visited a khataba (matchmaker)…not for me, mind you but just for business…and I had my first ever cup of saffron tea and it was delicious.
So, I guess the secret ingredient to a great cup of tea is good friends and people coupled with great conversation.
3 cups of water
4 tablespoons of sugar
2 tea bags
3 cardamon pods broken with just the seeds added
1 can (170 ml) of evaporated milk
In a medium sized pot, bring all of the ingredients to a boil. Turn off the fire (or remove from the fire) until the tea stops boiling. Bring to a boil again. Remove from the fire again and then bring to a boil again (the tea needs to boil 3 times). Strain into tea cups. Serve hot. Enjoy!