Tea Time #4

And it is tea time at Justine’s blog Eclectic Odds n Sods, The Tea Time event.

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.

Go there and join the Tea Time #4.

Cheers to Justine for organizing this wonderful event!

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51 thoughts on “Tea Time #4

  1. Wow I learned so much from your post today!! I wish I had a cup of white tea right now with a piece of that luxurious cake…. Actually when I saw the text written on the wrapper, I didn’t think it was Dutch … How interesting about the Frisian language and history!
    Thanks always for saving a seat for me at your Tea Time table:)
    Happy Tuesday !


    1. When I finished, I thought that maybe it had become too boring. Glad you liked it. The language has words like in English. English took it from Frisian. I guess it happened when the Dutch Protestants were bossing around there for some years.
      Of course you’re a honorary member of my tea ceremony! Your place is reserved forever.
      And have a beautiful day, Lia. Xxx

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      1. Boring? Never:) I love learning about new things and must admit I hadn’t heard about Frisian… Interesting its connection with English!
        Oh and thank you for my permanent place at your table…I am honored:))


          1. Oh thanks, I am all about cinnamon flavor so if you’ve got any of those cinnamon buns, I will be there in a jiffy:))


  2. Wow I just learned so much there LOL, I didn’t have a cuppa ready I was rivetted just reading haha, now I need a cuppa.

    Thank you so much for joining Tea Time and you know you got me hooked on Roobois are you trying to get me hooked on white tea now? Because the white sounds wonderful and tomorrow I am going to go and look for it and at the weekend I am going to ask shrek to build an extension on to the house to cater for my budding tea antics and hold all my packets and tubs of tea! lolol

    That cake looks super yummy, i bet you enjoyed it. yum oh my!! dribbles xxx


    1. You need a cuppa indeed. Lots of teaching today…lol. I woke up today with history in my veins…lol.
      That’s wonderful what shreck is going to do for you. Sounds fabulous. And yes, get some white tea. There are very good ones in the UK. I saw last week a report on BBC about a local producer selling great tea. Forgot the name. Sorry.
      But keep drinking rooiboos too.
      Do you know that this cake has a problem? It’s in my house….need to double yang yoga and do much exercises this week….

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      1. hah no the shrek bit was a joke, omg of course he wont build anything for my tea but i might take his clothes out of the cupboard and put tea in there instead lol. hehe..winks

        well i can solve the propblem with the cake, bring it to my house lol

        ps did your whatsapp die? 😀


        1. How sad. I thought he had decided to be a good boy. But I live the idea of replacing his clothes with tea. Lol.

          Send the address and am dispatching this weapon of calories to you.

          My phone died. It is worse than just whatsApp. Apple cannot resolve it yet. I updated iOS and there is a glitch somewhere that the genius from the Apple Store cannot solve. I cannot call anymore and all is frozen. But Husby the Savior from the Lowlands is sure that tonight he will bring the glitches to justice, and my phone will work again. 🙏 I’m even praying today. Lol.

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          1. good grief, i am praying for you too wow, how are you coping psychologically with no phone? lol..

            Mara only posted this a short while back she must have jinxed this whole situation, we both discussed how it feels like we lost an appendage if we dont have our phones, my arm still reaches out even if nothing is there haha – poor you!


  3. Thanks for this mouthwatering post. Good for me I am heading to Europe in March so I can already list all the teas I’ll bring back. The white one is definitely on my list, I did not know t had so many virtues, I am quite stuck to green and Japanese teas actually. You made me welcome the change! The cake looks yummi too, thanks again for this virtual tea time with you my dear 🙂


    1. You are most welcome, my dear. If I could I would have a cuppa with this cake together with you now. And a nice chat.
      I didn’t know much of it either until recently when I got it as a gift. I was pleasantly surprised. Like you I drink lots of green tea. Never late to discover interesting things.

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  4. Lucile, have you been peeking in my tea cabinet?! 😉 It appears that both you and I are lovers of tea 😀
    White tea can really taste silky and fresh, yet soft and smooth, but usually is very expensive – well, the good stuff anyway. I seldom drink it, but savour it when I am able to.
    That cake looks lovely. Would it be similar to a fruit loaf?
    Thank you so much for the history lesson on tea and Frisian. So interesting. I’m off to make a cuppa 🙂


    1. Oh la la. We are indeed. And share same tastes.
      I got recently a giftbox with white tea leaves. I haven’t checked the price yet!
      The cake is softer than a fruit loaf. If I find a recipe, I will send it to you.
      Thanks for your lovely comment. Appreciated it.

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  5. I am so excited, I found loose leaf roobois yay, really expensive wow but excited to try it and….tadah I got white silver tip tea from the Rare Tea Co, its brewing now, very excited to try it. Do you normally just have it black?


      1. hah no i dont always i was wondering the best way to drink this i put some brown sugar in and a slice of lemon, just about to have my second batch hehe, apparently it brews twice very well and better the second time round. do you have yours just black?


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