Nan grew up in a home where tea "was a second language", and fortunately for all of us, she shares her vast knowledge in a set of 3 tutorial DVD's that I will be individually reviewing today, tomorrow (July 10), and Friday (July 11).
Nan begins with the Cream Tea - first, a definition of what it is and then a demonstration on how to prepare the table for one. Every step is carefully outlined from the tablecloth to the china, from the food to proper tea etiquette.
One of the many things I really like about this DVD are all the little extra tips (gleaned from her own experiences) that Nan shares, such as using 4" round decorative paper doilies between the teacup and saucer for noise control, and information about the many clever varieties of decorative sugars that are available for the tea table.
A pot of proper tea or a proper pot of tea???
Finally, we learn how to make a proper pot of tea (or should that be "...how to make a pot of proper tea"??) We are reminded that the tea beverage is the most important part of any tea party, and then Nan treats us to a brief history of tea and the development of the teacup, how to properly hold a teacup (and how not to!), a discussion on looseleaf tea versus bagged tea, and much much more. Nan then shares her personal method for preparing large quantities of tea for group functions, events, etc.
As an added grace note, Nan displays her email address and telephone number, inviting us to contact her with any questions at all we might have about tea.
This DVD (a perfect companion to Nan's Graceful Art of Tea book) is a superb teaching tool - whether for presentation at a tea gathering or as a resource for those interested in becoming a tea educator.
I can't wait until tomorrow to tell you about the second DVD in this set!
P.S. You can order these DVD's here.