My mom always has the best assortment of teas on hand. Whether it’s a bold Scottish breakfast tea to accompany scones, chamomile to take the edge of of the day, or smokey Lapsang Souchong for cheese and crackers, she knows just what tea to serve. One of my favorites is jasmine green tea.
When I still lived at home, she always served green tea — jasmine or no jasmine — in one of her Japanese tea sets: either the black one adorned with Japanese architecture or the white one with the colorful peacocks. I have so many memories of those tea sets. Enjoying Oriental food while carefully holding the hot cups, celebrating Chinese New Year with gunpowder tea, glancing at them in the china cabinet.
As I prepared to move out, she gave the white tea set to me. Now, I continue the tradition of never having green tea –especially jasmine green tea — in anything except the Japanese tea set, just because it’s fun. And because it’s how my mom does it.