Be very careful to rinse the teapot with boiling water. Allow a teaspoon of tea for each person and one for the teapot, pour boiling water into the pot, let it stand for five or six minutes. Then pour it off into your silver teapot, and keep hot with a cosy by the fire for late-comers.

On no account keep tea standing on the leaves for more than ten minutes. The Dutch people often improve their tea by collecting the orange-blossoms in the season, and keeping them with their tea in the caddy.