I was tagged by @black–kuro to post 10 songs I’ve been listening to daily, thank you~<3 I’m not sure if I listen to that many songs every day but I’ll just post the songs I’ve been obsessing over recently (+thoughs on the songs for some reason??)
Before that, I tag: @zepars (btw every single time I think to tag you I start writing your old url and go??? where is he??? oH YEA) @all-ringils-blazing (I hope you like this tag, Louiza xD) @pendaymonium@luciells & anyone else who wants to do this~
Maghrebi mint tea(atai) is a green tea with fresh mint leaves and other ingredients. It’s a big part of Moroccan, Algerian, and Tunisian culture. The tea has spread throughout North Africa, parts of the Sahel, and southern Spain. It's served all through the day, and it is especially a drink of hospitality, commonly served whenever there are guests. Unlike Maghrebi food, traditionally cooked women, the tea is usually a man’s affair: prepared by the head of the household. It’s served to guests, and it is beyond impolite to refuse it. It is believed that green tea (gunpowder tea) was first introduced by the English to the Maghreb in the 18th century, and began spreading through the region in the mid-19th century at the time the trade between the Maghreb and Europe started flourishing. The main supplier of tea to the region is China.
The method of preparation is relatively complex and varies from region to region. In the winter, if mint is rare, sometimes leaves of wormwood (chiba/sheeba in Moroccan dialect) are substituted for or used to complement the mint, giving the tea a distinctly bitter flavor. Lemon Verbena (louiza in Moroccan dialect) is also used to give it a lemony flavor. Moroccan tea pots, made to pour the tea from a distance, produce a distinctive foam on top of the drink. A simple and practical method goes as follows:
In a teapot, combine 2 teaspoons of tea-leaf with half a liter of boiling water. Allow it to steep for at least 15 minutes. Without stirring, filter the mix into a different stainless steel pot, so that the tea leaves and coarse powder are removed. Add sugar (about one teaspoon per 100 ml, it should be very sweet). Bring to a boil over medium heat. This important step in the preparation process allows the sugar to undergo hydrolysis, giving the tea its distinctive taste. Add fresh mint leaves to the teapot or directly to the cup. (You might remove the mint within 2 mins, as it can give some people acid reflux.) Traditionally, the tea is served 3 times, and the amount of time it has been steeping gives each of the 3 glasses a unique flavor, described in this famous Maghrebi proverb:
Le premier verre est aussi doux que la vie, le deuxième est aussi fort que l'amour, le troisième est aussi amer que la mort. (The first glass is as gentle as life, the second glass is as strong as love, the third glass is as bitter as death.)
This makeshift valentine was stitched together in a basket weave by Confederate soldier Robert King to his wife Louiza. He was killed in 1862 before he saw her again..
He used his penknife to cut one sheet of a newspaper and a used envelope together so that he could intertwine the two in a basket weave pattern while serving on the front lines.
After finishing, he folded it and sent the memento to his wife Louiza in Montgomery County, Virginia, probably in a folded piece of paper because envelopes were few and far between during the war.
Once in her hand, Louiza could then open the heart and find that the seemingly random dotted holes were actually intentional so that the valentine turned into the shape of two people sitting opposite one another, crying.
Also enclosed are two other trinkets with basket weaves- one that looks like a spade and one that is similar to a book mark. Clearly Mr King had some spare time in between the battles to dedicate to the craft while he dreamt of his far off wife.
The memento must have come as a bittersweet token of his affection when Louiza received it: Mr King died in battle and never saw his wife or their child again.