I am under the impression that this is the only tea ceremony in England, where ‘bottles’ are allowed, as she graciously accepts booze in the blogroom.
A little digression though: did you know the origin of the word booze? It is Middle English bouse, from Middle Dutch būsen ‘drink to excess’. The spelling booze dates from the 18th century. I know you found this information useless, but its Dutch origin interested me.
Back to tea! Today I am featuring a special combo: White tea with Drachtster Turf Kruidcake. Sorry for the unpronounceable Dutch words, which I will explain, before you consult Google.
This White tea is mixed with seeds of cardamon, licorice and cornflower. White tea (along with other teas) is derived from the Camellia sinensis plant and contains polyphenols, a phytonutrient that is thought to be responsible for the tea’s health benefits. Black and green tea, are also derived from Camellia sinensis.
Health Benefits of White tea.
White tea is uncured and unfermented and has a great range of effects on the body and greatly benefits our health. Its supreme power is in preventing disease and disorder.While green and black tea are very healthy, white tea is the least processed tea and has the highest antioxidant levels.
White tea protects against cancer, heart disease, and stroke, as well as numerous other conditions like antiviral and antibacterial, healthy teeth and gums and stronger bones. It eases the symptoms of illness and promotes recovery. White tea strengthens the circulatory and immune systems, and builds healthy skin. It is a superb tonic. To your health!
Drachster Turf is a spices’ cake from the city of Drachten in the Netherlands. Its ingredients are: wheat flour, rye flour, sugar, walnuts, milk, whipped cream, raisins and pepper, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, cardamom and nutmeg as spices. It is a very delicious and (calories) rich cake.
We got the cake whilst visiting mother-in-law last Sunday.The cake is a specialty there but I didn’t find its history to share with you. What you perhaps don’t know is that Drachten is part of Friesland, a northwest province of The Netherlands, which has its own language – Frisian – which is not a dialect but a recognized language by the European Union. You can see what the language looks like at the featured image, which is the wrapping paper from the bakery, with the hearts and colors of the Friesland flag.
Friesland started around 400-200 BC. The Roman occupied it in 12 BC. The early eighth-century AD is known for the Frisian Kingdom. At the start of the Middle Ages, the Frisian Kingdom stretched from what is now the Belgian border to the River Weser in Germany. It was later divided into three parts by the Frankish empire. The westernmost part developed at the start of the second millennium into the County of Holland, while the remainder of Frisia had no feudal overlord. Charles V added Frisia to the Habsburg Netherlands as Lordship of Frisia. Under Napoleon, it was named Frise. After Napoleon was defeated in 1813, it became part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands as the province of Friesland.
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Cheers to Justine for organizing this wonderful event!