Steeping: Spring Tea Recipe

I'm very much into spring. So much so that when I encountered Edna St. Vincent's "Spring" for the first time, I felt silly and naïve. Here are the lines:

To what purpose, April, do you return again?
Beauty is not enough.
You can no longer quiet me with the redness
Of little leaves opening stickily.
I know what I know.
The sun is hot on my neck as I observe
The spikes of crocus.
The smell of the earth is good.
It is apparent that there is no death.
But what does that signify?
Not only under ground are the brains of men
Eaten by maggots.
Life in itself
Is nothing,
An empty cup, a flight of uncarpeted stairs.
It is not enough that yearly, down this hill,
Comes like an idiot, babbling and strewing flowers.

Still I cannot help it but love idiotic April. And it is indeed quite lovely that from rotting brains (below or above grounds) flowers bloom. Also, to say "life is nothing" sounds like a tantrum. Life is possibility, opportunity, caterpillars transforming into butterflies, making or buying or finding a rug for "uncarpeted stairs," or simply learning to appreciate hard climbs in their own right.

Which is why I feel a tea blend in honor of the gurgling season is a wonderful idea. This tea combines flowers as a nod to buds and blossoms, and lemongrass in celebration of sprouting flora. And I think it tastes like spring, too. ;)
Here's what you need: 
+ 1 tbs whole chrysanthemum flowers (remove stems if you don't like bitter tea)
+ 1 tbs cut lemongrass 
+ 1 tsp whole rose petals  
+ 3-5 cardamom pods 
+ 1/4 tsp pink pepper 
+ Put water to boil 
+ Crush pink pepper & cardamom pods 
+ Mix pepper, spice, grass and flowers in a bowl 
+ Empty mix into infuser and into your teapot 
+ Pour hot water through infuser with tea into pot 
+ Let the hot water climb over the tea  

+ Let it steep for 7 to 12 minutes. 

Then if you care for some classic musings on love to accompany your sips on perhaps a rainy day, here are some favorites: 

Ella Fitzgerald  |  Let's do it 
Nat King Cole  |  When I Fall in Love 
Bonnie Raitt  |  Something to Talk About 
Michael Bolton  |  That's What Love is all About 
Billie Holiday  |  Come Rain or Come Shine 
Billy Joel  |  Just the Way You Are 
Bee Gees  |  Too Much Heaven 

Find the playlist on YouTube as Spring Tea

Happy Spring 2019,


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