kumquat tea

There’s been way too much drama at the Nail shop over the past few weeks and my nerves have had it with my staff of 12 emotional cosmetologists , at least 4 of which always have their PMS cycle fall during the same week! It’s times like these that make me just want to hire male manicurists just to avoid the monthly overlap of menstrual cycles.

Unfortunately, female customers aren’t comfortable with the idea of having a male perform their Brazilian bikini wax (ouch!), so having a full male staff would be very counter productive.

The timing could not have been more perfect for Carol (aka Huong) to bring in some fresh kumquat’s off her tree. Thanks to Carol’s krazy kumquat harvest this year, I can now make some soothing kumquat tea that so many of the manicurists at the Nail shop have been talking about.

This kumquat tea is a therapeutic treatment for sore throats and for anyone who is in need of a some tension relief from managing a hectic, and sometimes over the top group of Vietnamese women. I wonder who that person in need could be? I can tell you for sure it’s not my Mother, who has been having a grand time disappearing into all the post-Christmas, “five dalla” clearance sales.

If you haven’t guessed by now, I’ll give you a hint….Me, myself and I, of course! Can you hear the strain of my keyboard from my pounding on the keys?!

kumquat tea

Thank goodness I have these cute, little egg-shaped citrus “gems” to sooth my nerves.

Not only are they so plump and adorable, they are something we’ve been wanting to grow for a while now. Although there really isn’t any fruit to actually eat from, it’s the kumquat rind that possess so much flavor and aroma. With the addition of some of the sour fruit juice (what little there is of it), kumquats make a perfect infusion for beverages.

Tonight will be kumquat tea and tomorrow, we’ll take the rest and infuse them in vodka to make a kumquat liquor. So if my sore throat and tension don’t soothe within a few days, you can bet whats next on my medicinal agenda….kumquat cocktails!

Thanks, Carol. I needed these.

Just another day at the nail shop.


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