At the end of each meal, my great-grandfather on my Japanese side (i.e. my maternal grand-mother's dad) used to pour a little tea onto his plate, swish it around, and drink the resulting mix. My great-grandmother didn't like it (she thought it uncouth) -- but apparently he didn't like to waste food.
This is all hearsay: he died before I was born, so I never met him. But I share similar traits: I put hot water in jam jars, put the lid on and shake it up, then drink the results.
It's kind of like spiced cider -- but berry flavored..
When I do this at work, it nauseates my Canadian co-worker. She's off on maternity leave now, but as I rinsed out an empty jam jar at work, I thought of her.
My manager was kind enough to take the shots shown here with her camera-phone, and send them to my co-worker. Apparently, she was amused. :)
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