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Utterly Anglophiled [Aug. 19th, 2006|11:20 am]
Zoethe
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Upon returning from the airport - where I dropped Ferrett off to fly to Connecticut - I was delighted to find a box from Amazon containing my new electric kettle. Making this even better was the fact that Ferrett found PG Tips tea at the supermarket yesterday (in the English section of "ethnic foods").

I am now drinking a civilized mug of good English tea that I have brewed myself. It's not curing my cold, but it is soothing my throat. I intend to do precisely nothing today, except pamper myself and try to get well. The laundry, the unpacking, the final clearing out of the dead fridge, can all wait for tomorrow. Today is tea, naps, a bit of reading, more tea, more naps, and then an early bedtime.

Right after tea.
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[User Picture]From: morgi
2006-08-19 03:58 pm (UTC)
Despite living in East B.F., our local Meijer has a surprisingly good ethnic aisle, including a decent selection of British sweets and cookies and teas, and then the odder things like mushy peas and spotted dick in a can.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-08-19 05:07 pm (UTC)
I thought mushy peas sounded hideous, but they turned out to be delicious!

As soon as I get over this cold/flu/black-death thing, I am scouring the local markets for English foodstuffs.
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[User Picture]From: wolflady26
2006-08-19 03:59 pm (UTC)
Gute besserung! as we'd say here.

And don't forget the massage chair!
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[User Picture]From: off_coloratura
2006-08-19 04:03 pm (UTC)
"Good bettering?" Hee hee!
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[User Picture]From: thejunebug
2006-08-19 04:04 pm (UTC)
Good old PG Tips. :) Watch out for mineral buildup on the "hotplate" of your electric kettle; it can be a problem if you don't use filtered water.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-08-19 05:11 pm (UTC)
We have a filtering system, so it shouldn't be too much of a problem. But I will keep that in mind!
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[User Picture]From: suzieboz
2006-08-19 04:09 pm (UTC)

BTW you're in luck; Best Buy is having a big fridge sale this week according to their ad in this morning's paper
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-08-19 05:11 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I have to address that problem soon - but not today.
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[User Picture]From: animamea
2006-08-19 04:23 pm (UTC)
Good morning. I love your icons desperately. Would it be possible for me to steal 'stfu' and 'Dip' with credit? It would make me the giggliest girl in the world. ^_^
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-08-19 05:14 pm (UTC)
Certainly, though don't credit me for "stfu," as I got it from someone else and would not want to misrepresent that I was the creator.

I love "Dip." That is one of the sexiest pictures I've ever seen.
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[User Picture]From: kathrynrose
2006-08-19 04:25 pm (UTC)
Well deserved. Enjoy your rest (and tea). :)
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[User Picture]From: missysedai
2006-08-19 04:38 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you're feeling icky. Tea cures everything!

I hope you're able to get a new fridge without too much headache. When we replaced ours in March, it took 8 hours and 6 stores!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-08-19 05:15 pm (UTC)
One of the many reasons I am not tackling that project today.
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[User Picture]From: hhw
2006-08-19 04:54 pm (UTC)
hah - I just got home from a week in London myself, and now I'm about to order this electric kettle. I'm working my way through a box of Clipper Assam I picked up there, along with my beloved McVities plain chocolate biscuits.

And today at the farmers market I talked to a hard cider maker who said he got his training in England. yum!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-08-19 05:19 pm (UTC)
We have this one, but it probably is of little consequence which one you purchase, and that is a good price.

I simply can't imagine how so useful an appliance has made no dent on the US market!
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[User Picture]From: mollyblack
2006-08-19 05:32 pm (UTC)

Living in the post UK world...

I love and miss PG Tips. What's funny is that, "real" Cadbury and Axe (the men's body deodorant) were the only things I missed. Then I got a bad tummy and can barely drink black tea any more, I don't eat as much chocolate as I used to and now they have Axe here!

So keep drinking the PG Tips and think a good thought out for me. I can't wait to go back. It's very tempting to go back sooner rather than later...but can't. I'll just have to drink the tea through you vicariously. And all that good stuff.

*Sob*
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-08-19 05:47 pm (UTC)

Re: Living in the post UK world...

You have my sympathies. I raise my tea cup to you!
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[User Picture]From: gieves
2006-08-19 06:52 pm (UTC)
*Electric kettle love* Mine is my favorite, and most-used appliance in my house. Every weekend morning, and some workday mornings begin with the ritual making of a pot of tea :-) (My mother has three electric kettles, just in case one dies. Also for parties. And also because she's crazy. But still... we're big tea drinkers in my family.)

Feel better, and let me know if you need any help with anything in your ailing state! Especially with your lack of fridge...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-08-19 07:09 pm (UTC)
Having a bar fridge helps - can still have milk for tea. Mostly I'm just sitting around being sick. No porch party for me.
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[User Picture]From: merle_
2006-08-19 07:42 pm (UTC)
It's not electric, but I really love this tea kettle.

(well, not that one -- I found them new for about $50 less, but that's the link with the best set of images I could find...)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-08-19 07:48 pm (UTC)
Cute! I have no intention of starting up a teapot collection, though. That way leads to madness!
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[User Picture]From: dhimahi
2006-08-19 08:07 pm (UTC)
My friend in UK can find the codes if you have any problems with playing your new dvd's.

let me know if they don't play...

WELCOME HOME!!!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-08-19 08:10 pm (UTC)
We got a player. We had codes for ours, but they didn't work.

And thanks. I'm really quite ill, my hubbie is gone, I have too much to deal with, but I'm sure that being home will eventually feel like A Good Thing.

Eventually.
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[User Picture]From: mamaursula
2006-08-19 10:10 pm (UTC)
"Ethnic" food has really expanded here as of late, we have a really nice market called "Jungle Jim's" down here that has carried some great stuff. Finding PG Tips at Krogers was a nice surprise a few months back.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-08-19 10:35 pm (UTC)
Jungle Jim's looks fantastic! I wish it wasn't 4 hours away from us.
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[User Picture]From: apostate_96
2006-08-19 10:30 pm (UTC)
Sorry you're not feeling too good. I hope the tea & naps help out.

What a way to come back from vacation....
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-08-19 10:37 pm (UTC)
At least I don't have to go back to work until Wednesday. Thank goodness.
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[User Picture]From: demiurgent
2006-08-19 11:25 pm (UTC)
Oh my God. Do I have a thing for you:

The teavana perfect tea maker.

It is astronomically simple. It's essentially a canister of thermal plastic. You put tea (loose or bags, but as it makes loose so simple) in it. You fill it with water. you wait for steep. You then set it on the mug, and a valve opens and it drains, perfectly strained, into the cup.

This thing makes loose lipton or loose red rose taste... well, highly drinkable. What it would do to PG Tips is left as an exercise for the reader. After decades of tea snobbery, I first bought an electric kettle for this thing, and now I've replicated the setup in my office, too.

...I am a sad and pathetic person. But I have good tea.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-08-20 01:41 am (UTC)
Whoa. That's tempting....
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[User Picture]From: scarletdemon
2006-08-20 12:29 am (UTC)
Glad you're home safe! Will read you and Ferrett tomorrow and reply...It's almost 1:30am here and I'm tired after all my college work crap.

Tea is excellent stuff. I'm glad you're addicted. ;)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-08-20 01:47 am (UTC)
It is indeed an almost magical drink. Thank you (and Craig and Sarah) for making it such an integral part of our lives.

(Dora gets less cred for this one, because she has an electric kettle, but does not offer tea at regular intervals. ;-) to her.)
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[User Picture]From: ladyoflight2004
2006-08-20 12:55 pm (UTC)
I am totally amazed that the electric kettle isn't standard in the US! But I suppose if Americans are basically coffee drinkers it would be the coffe pot rather than the kettle eh? Glad you like our tea - everything looks and feels better over a cuppa! Hope you feel better soon.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-08-20 01:25 pm (UTC)
Tea is helping. But honestly, I still feel like crap.
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[User Picture]From: microchip
2006-08-20 02:34 pm (UTC)
Can't beat a good cup of tea. :)
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[User Picture]From: anthon1
2006-08-20 05:57 pm (UTC)
I'm English, and I only started drinking tea in Israel a couple of weeks ago. Tea made with real tea leaves, water and lots and lots of sugar, heated in a big old iron kettle on a camp fire in the middle of the desert and served in shot glasses. It doesn't get better than that.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-08-20 06:13 pm (UTC)
Sounds like the tea equivalent of Turkish coffee.
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