Tea or coffee is a part of our social being. It is customary to offer a cup of tea or coffee to guests when they visit your home. Offering tea as refreshment is a common practice in my maternal place also. In our family, everyone except me is habitual to drinking tea. My elder sister and elder brother both had started drinking tea from a tender age. But somehow I remained impervious to the habit. Neither tea nor coffee ever appealed to me. Rather I prefer juice or shakes.
My husband loves drinking tea but he quenches his tea desire only at office. So in our home, there is no jar of tea on the kitchen shelf which surprises many especially people into the habit of having tea timely at home. Infact, when guests visit our home for the first time, many unknown to the fact that I don't drink tea find it rude when I don't offer them any. The thought of offering someone a cup of tea or coffee skips my mind due to my being unused to it. However, after coming down to US, I now store a jar of instant coffee powder at home primarily out of the need to mix it with henna to boost the color while applying the same on my hair and secondarily, to prepare luscious mocha cakes and muffins.
The second purpose seems to have more practical use than the first one as these days I am up to experimenting with a lot of mocha recipes. A few recipes are in the pipeline to be uploaded in my blog. Once I return from our New York trip starting from tomorrow, I will surely upload them one after another at leisure.