... cooked up by Mike Harding for the Touch Recipe Book
A Nice Cup of Tea
In 1946, just a few years before his death, George Orwell wrote a piece for London's Evening Standard newspaper, "A Nice Cup Of Tea". You can read the full text below. He makes tea in a very different way to me, but this article is part of the centuries-long debate about how to make a good cuppa...
Here is my recipe...
It is absolutely essential that the water used for making a proper cup of tea is boiling. Do not accept anything less than boiling water poured into a mug (or cup).
Tea - the type of tea depends on what time of day it is that you wish to drink your beverage. I have a cup of Yorkshire Tea first thing, English Beakfast Tea with breakfast, Ceylon Tea late morning and Daarjeeling in the afternoon.
Milk - I always put the milk in first. This is a controversial aspect of tea-making. I use semi-skimmed organic and prefer my tea quite milky. The milk, of course, must also be cold.
Water - the water MUST be boiling hot.
Stir to your desired strength (I personally prefer quite weak tea).
Please remember to recycle your teabag. I put it in the compost bucket for the worms...