Ready for something cozy? Me, too!Sunday it was 89 degrees Fahrenheit here in San Diego, CA. Monday, 80. Tuesday, 59, and rainy. Brrr! Go ahead and laugh at me…I know I deserve it! I’m such a weather wimp. Anyway, I was chilly and ready for something cozy and yummy. If you’d like a treat to add some warmth to your day, you might want to try this recipe for an Earl Grey tea latte (also called a London Fog tea latte). We’re going to skip all of the typical pre-recipe stories that nobody reads anyway. I will say that the recipe is very much like the one used at The Beak and Peck Bookstore and Coffeehouse and “Lillian approved.” I think most Beak and Peck customers ask for a bit of birdseed on their lattes but I don’t recommend that for human consumption (and I don’t recommend actual human food, including lattes of any kind for real live birds). I'm sure I don't need to warn you but just in case... After the recipe, I’ll fill you in on the cliffhanger from last week’s story about what happened at storytime at The Beak and Peck Bookstore and Coffeehouse (if you haven’t read it yet, start here first, I’m not one to give away the story, at least not on purpose): The Neighborhood is Atwitter!
Earl Grey tea latte
If you're in the mood for a cozy drink this might just be the one for you today.
Truth be told, I'm usually a coffee drinker...cold brew with lots of milk and ice year-round but I really enjoy this yummy tea treat!
- 1-2* Earl Grey tea bags
- 3/4 cup water
- 3/4 cup milk ((if you try it with plant milk, please let me know what you think!))
- 1 tsp sugar ((or sweetener of your choice))
Boil the water
Steam or heat the milk
Place the tea bag in your mug then pour the boiled water over the tea bag. Add the sugar or other sweetener and give it a little stir. Let the tea steep for about 5 minutes (or whatever it suggests on your box of tea)
If desired, froth the milk
Remove the tea bag. Add the milk to the tea
*I prefer this tea on the stronger side so I use 2 tea bags. It's also nice with 1 tea bag.
I used Tazo Earl Grey tea since that's what I had in the house. This recipe will work well with any brand of Earl Grey (or Chai...I've tried that, too. Yum!) you like.
I use a $3.00 frother from Ikea (looks like they're now $2.00 now and called Produkt). You can use any kind of frother, or whisk if you want to froth your milk. I've noticed that plant milk, such as almond milk, doesn't froth up quite as much as cow milk but is still quite nice when frothed. You can skip the frothing step if you prefer.
I'm usually a "follow-the-recipe-exactly-the-first-time" kind of person but this is definitely one of those recipes that you can easily modify.
The mug featured in the recipe can be found here
So, where did we leave off last week?
Oh, yeah. Franklin was helping Dahlia lead storytime at The Beak and Peck Bookstore and Coffeehouse. Dahlia turned to clean up in preparation for the singing portion of the storytime (did I tell you that birds love to sing?). To Dahlia’s surprise, Franklin just sang a song that started off with him scratching on the floor three times. Here’s a bit of that song: Franklin's Proposal
Franklin was asking for Dahlia’s wing in marriage!I’m sure you want to know what happened. And I’ll tell you…soon. Patience little lark friend. First, you need to know about how proposals work and what they mean in The Neighborhood.
Proposal traditionsThe tradition in The Neighborhood and among these birds:
- The proposal starts with 3 scratches on the floor and the traditional proposal song.
The other bird sings their response
- or Let me think about it
Dahlia responds to FranklinOf course, we all want to know about Dahlia’s response. And I promised I would tell you. Did Dahlia say yes, no, or let me think about it? Her response?
This means…YES! 100% YES!
Congratulations to Dahlia and Franklin! My guess is she will ask Lillian to be bird of honor. Can’t wait to hear!