I usually call in the evening when they have just had dinner in France and we are about to have ours here in Ireland. So there is a little ritual: my Papy always wants to know what we are about to eat and tells me what they had.
A lot of my food memories come from spending time at their house as a child so I really cherish those moments spent on the phone with him chatting about food. Food and tea!
Lately, he has really been getting into tea: regular tea, green tea, loose tea leaves of different kinds.
I have always known my granddad to be more of a coffee drinker (and one little glass of red wine per day).
We were at my cousin's wedding recently and her favours were little boxes of loose tea leaves (a different type/theme per table). My Papy was really amazed by it but did not know how to use it so my mum gave him a tea ball and showed him how to make tea this way.
Until now, I was used to have to drink kids apple juice (yes, the one in mini cartons with a straw..) while everybody else was drinking coffee at their house. The reason being that the only other hot beverage available was some infusion to sleep well at night. I don't drink coffee and I don't mind infusions but maybe not in the middle of the day.
The next time I visit them, I know I'll get to share a tea pot with my Papy. It will probably be green tea or maybe some of the wonderful tea my cousin brought them back from Sri Lanka.
We can sip our tea and chat about food recipes and tips (his latest food tip is about his mid morning snack consisting of a glass of pomegranate juice and four almonds, 'ce sont de bons antioxydants!' - I may as well take tips from someone who is nearly 88!).
I look forward to that cup of tea!