If you know me, there are some things you will know I love:
-The 1930s (the nice bits, like the Mitfords, Jean Harlow and ladies starting to wear trousers. Not the ‘rise of fascism’ bits)
One of my favourite cafes in Brighton is Metrodeco. I love its cool, authentic vintage vibe and their range of amazing teas that have been exclusively brewed for the cafe. It also became the place Benn and I would visit after the endless hospital visits when I was pregnant (when we found out we were having a boy, we told the people in the cafe and got a round of applause!) Although I love their teas, I have a special place in my tea cupboard for Parisian Floral Calm.
As a rule, I generally don’t like chamomile-based teas, but I make an exception for this infusion! It’s made of chamomile, lavender, jasmine, lemonbalm and rose petals (I may have missed something…) and has a wonderful floral smell- it really is amazing. It’s sweet and herbal, the lavender gives it a depth and the jasmine and rose give it a perfumed note. Not your average herbal tea at all!
I brew it for a couple of minutes, so that it suits my taste; I like this to be smooth and not overpowering. It’s definitely a chamomile tea, but I find the rose petals give it a hint of juiciness and sweetness. My favourite time to drink this is when I’ve put the baby to bed for a nap- I need some ‘me’ time and I am usually frazzled by 10 am (when he’s been up for at least four hours! A baby who is into everything is HARD WORK!) I find the flavour is very calming- a good cuppa for reading a good book. Or in my case, taking to work for when I want to forget about my stress!