In a haunted wood one evening drear,
along the bank of a river clear,
I felt my cheek by cold lips kissed;
’twas no ghost, but November mist.
“November Mist” © 2017 Valerie Barrett. All rights reserved.
Of course I meant to publish this poem last month, but time has once again run away on fleet and ruthless feet!
I’ve written about my love of fog before. Sadly, fog is a fairly rare phenomenon where I live. A couple of days ago, however, I woke very early to a world blanketed by a dense and eerie mist, and captured this image.
A friend recently introduced me to the London Fog latte, a wonderfully comforting drink, especially for this time of year. Major coffee chains sell something similar, but few if any of them use the mystery ingredient – lavender – which gives this version its deliciously ethereal quality. The citrusy bergamot of Earl Grey tea combined with lavender, sugar, and foamy, vanilla-laced milk is like strolling misty wet cobblestone laneways in December whilst snugly wrapped in a herringbone wool coat and soft cashmere muffler.
You can make this recipe with or without frothing the milk. (Handheld frothers, whether manual or battery-operated, are available for less than $20.) When warming the milk, make sure it doesn’t scald or boil.
London Fog Latte (makes 1-2 servings)
• 1 Earl Grey tea bag
• 1 cup boiling water
• ½ tsp dried lavender flowers
• ½ cup hot milk (steamed or frothed if desired)
• sugar to taste
• ¼ tsp vanilla extract
Brew tea and lavender together for about 5 minutes. Remove tea bag and lavender (strain out if necessary). Stir in milk, sugar and vanilla. Enjoy!