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to stick a Farrow and Ball colour chart in the kitchen to help DH make my cups of tea properly?

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ConFuschias Mon 05-Oct-09 16:00:00

Now ladies, I do enjoy a nice cup of tea. And as we know there is nothing nicer than having a cup of tea made for you - except for when it is made wrong. Bleurgh!

The colour I like my tea (Earl Grey with just a dash of milk) is akin to F&B Cord.

But when DH makes it he drowns it in milk, and it comes to me looking like a F&B House White. (gnats piss emoticon)

I tried to explain to him how to do it properly, with less milk, but he just ended up stewing it and adding so little milk it looked like F&B Dauphin. hmm

o, as my instructions aren't working, I thought I'd stick the F&B colour chart in the kitchen, with Cord clearly circled. But would that be unreasonable?

AitchTwoToTangOh Mon 05-Oct-09 17:34:48

my dh is the only man who can make my tea properly, no milk, the colour of a fine brandy thanks. and lady grey or blue lady. i just have coffee if anyone else is making.

Lotkinsgonecurly Mon 05-Oct-09 17:40:56

What a good idea. I like the idea of F&B paints...much better to have lying around in the kitchen rather than B&Q colour chart!

GibbonInARibbon Mon 05-Oct-09 18:02:42

ConFuschias, you just took me right back to The catacombs/Electric Ballroom on a Sat' night singing that grin

I don't often miss London but I do miss Camden [nostalgic]

oooppss sorry thread hijack - see how my life has changed? no more sex, drugs and rock and roll for it's writing incredulous posts on MN re milk in EG tea grin

WoTmania Mon 05-Oct-09 18:14:23

YANBU - that's brilliant grin

Lexilicious Mon 05-Oct-09 18:18:47

another type of mug that might help using Pantone colours - scroll to the very bottom for the coffee and tea sets.

ConFuschias Mon 05-Oct-09 18:18:50

Nesta - god no, no way would I have a whiteboard and pie chart in the bedroom. That is far too crass.

Instead, I have commissioned some wallpaper with artistic diagrams of exactly what I like. The wallpaper is hung as a feature wall behind our bed, so that if he needs a reminder during intimate moments, he just needs to look up and find the picture for the position we are currently engaged in.

And my friends think that I am so avant-garde having pictures of naked copulating forms on our wallpaper.

If only they knew.....

PfftTheMagicDragon Mon 05-Oct-09 18:29:23

At first, when I was presented with the odd cup of manky tea, I sucked it up, I did figure that I should be grateful for anything that I didn't have to make. Over time though, I lost that thinking and realised that it's quite annoying that the few special people in my life, despite repeated teachings, cannot remember how I like and how I despise my tea!

I can remember how they like their tea!

ConFuschias Mon 05-Oct-09 18:55:55

Lex - they even have an Earl Grey colour!

ConFuschias Mon 05-Oct-09 18:57:45

Gibbon - I miss Camden too <sigh>.

Those were the days - when I hadn't even heard of Farrow & Ball, never mind being able to classify tea according to their colour chart

Guimauve Mon 05-Oct-09 21:20:25

Aitch - what is blue lady tea? Have never heard of that. Got some Twinings Prince of Wales tea from the airport after we had some in Italy, and it's unutterably vile. Comes in a nice tin though.

Strangely, a non-tea-drinking friend of mine always made the best tea.

Guimauve Mon 05-Oct-09 21:21:47

Hmm, the Pantone tea mug set is temporarily out of stock. Has everyone gone and bought one?

ConFuschias Mon 05-Oct-09 22:01:52

Pfft - I totally understand what you mean. It can't be that hard for DH to learn how I like my tea. And if I am his beloved, surely he should want to make tea in the way that pleases me most.

TrillianSlasher Mon 05-Oct-09 22:06:34

I don't think a colour chart is enough - the tea depends on the strength adn the milkyness. By the time you put the milk in it is too late to correct the streangth.

ConFuschias Mon 05-Oct-09 22:16:21

do we need two colour charts then Trill? One for strength of tea and one for milkyness?

Lexilicious Mon 05-Oct-09 22:18:44

Yes Trillian, exactly! I like my tea bag to be briefly introduced to the hot water, enough so as they are casual acquaintances, would nod at each other in the street, you know. And then a small amount of milk so it's actually a mid brown sort of colour. But in the office when I say "weak" they leave the tea bag in for a full school-gate-clique-developing length of time, then slosh in enough milk for a decent bechamel sauce to bring it back to the right colour. Foul.

And I cannot abide the squeezing of the teabag against the side of the mug. To strain the analogy, that's like arranging a playdate. Strain, ha ha.

ConFuschias Mon 05-Oct-09 22:26:50

So we need a timer then, for the tea bag/water interaction - be it brief fling or long term loverness betwixt the two

...followed by the F&B colour chart for milkiness

Ladies, is this the answer to perfect tea made by others?

PfftTheMagicDragon Tue 06-Oct-09 09:34:21

I think that a quick smart slap round the face followed by "make my tea the way I like it you feckless arse" would suffice. They don't need instruction, they need reprimanding for failure to pay attention!

Not sure how that would work with the MIL though grin

bitsnbobs Tue 06-Oct-09 09:47:39

Me and DH use Morph as a guideline for tea colour, I prefer Chad colour (builders tea,strong) whilst he prefers Morph. Have jus realised how sad my domestic life has become blush

Jux Tue 06-Oct-09 10:11:31

YABU - hugely.

DH has a particular way of making tea, and insists that I make his tea like that. I almost have to count the grains of sugar and measure the amount of milk, it's that detailed. I think he should just be grateful that someone is making him a cup of tea. If there's not enough milk or sugar, then he can add some if he wants.

When he makes me tea I am thankful. If I need to adjust the amount of milk then I do. It's not a problem.

Mybox Tue 06-Oct-09 10:12:32

lol - great idea

edam Tue 06-Oct-09 10:17:10

There are very few things more irritating than someone offering you a cup of tea but making it all wrong. ESPECIALLY when it's your dh/dp who should really know how you like it!

Dh will insist on squeezing the teabag. Drives me nuts. I don't want it too strong or too milky!

BloodRedTulips Tue 06-Oct-09 10:21:04

could be worse... dp puts the milk and tea bag in his cup first, then adds hot water [boak]

mould flavoured hot milk is produced.

i've trained him how to make mine properly... 7 years and i'm finally getting proper cups of tea (weak, black and sweet for the curious) but when his family come to stay they keep insisting on making tea for me and it is actually completely and utterly undrinkable

ConFuschias Tue 06-Oct-09 10:33:41

But Jux, how can you remove the milk when far too much has been poured in?

Jux Tue 06-Oct-09 10:36:02

Ah well, that's a problem. You could always ask him not to milk it at all and then do that bit yourself.

ConFuschias Tue 06-Oct-09 10:36:08

<boak> at BRT's dp's method

bitsnbobs - love the Morph colour guidelines!

Though I think I may adopt Pfft's approach grin

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