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The other night I was reading a column written by one of my favorite authors, Douglas Adams, and made a horrific discovery. I have been making tea incorrectly my entire life! Me! The girl who has a small pot full each night to help her unwind. I've been doing it wrong.

After I got over the initial shock and shame, I decided that something had to be done. After all, if one is in the dark, then surely others should be enlightened as well. So, here is the correct method, according to Douglas Adams.

First you boil some water in a kettle. This is the only step I really had down, by the way.
Once the water has boiled, pour a little into the teapot and swirl it around. This heats the pot, allowing the tea to stay warm longer. Pour it out.
Then put your tea bag (or bags, if it's a big pot) into the teapot and pour the water over it. Let that sit for a few minutes before pouring into your cup.
My greatest mistake comes with the milk. I always poured the milk in after the tea. Apparently, this is VERY WRONG. You pour in the milk, then the tea. Thus, you keep from scalding the milk.
Since Mr. Adams failed to give instructions on when to add honey or sugar, I'm assuming you can add it whenever you want. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong (again).

While we're on the subject of tea, I saw an interesting cookbook about integrating flavors of tea into your food to add a dash of flavor. I imagine a small bit of Constant Comment would add a rich orange flavor, as opposed to the sharp, crisp flavor of orange zest. This is something I'm definately planning on exploring.

How do you like your tea?