New Zealand Earl Grey

A wonderfully clouded spring day: sunny, but not unbearably so, and a calming, gentle breeze brushing softly across my face. The house is clean and I feel very much deserving of this warm cup of Twinings New Zealand Earl Grey. I can hear birds playing in the trees; fighting over meals; tumbling in the twigs. A giddy couple hopping and laughing on and around the lemon tree. Faeries dancing in the sunlight as it beams off of the garden shed.

The scent of lemons and those pretty pink flowers dotting the hedge-line blend with the aroma of green grass and daisies to bring this tantalizing scene to a moment of magic as the bergamot serenades my palate – singing with subtle orange flavour and black tea glory. That moment as flavour, scent and sound is, all at once, suddenly tasted by the soul, along with the dazzling spring colours, absorbed simultaneously, all as one in the same; painted as a sensation; forever captured until it is, for a wavering second, lost within the Sands of Antiquity, lying in wait for that single moment of magic to, once again, unveil true Beauty.


I know I haven’t written in a while (life gets in the way, though a friend tells me that is just an excuse), and this entry seems exceedingly short, nevertheless, that is all it needs. Twinings New Zealand Earl Grey Tea is, in short, an ingredient of Magic.

Simple, elegant, delectable.

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Tea-Total Creamy Rooibos and Caramel

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Not one with a sweet-tooth, it is somewhat surprising that I chose the Tea Total Rooibos and Caramel tea, today at Columbus Cafe. But, to my delight, it is not at all overpoweringly sweet. In fact, it is not really very sweet at all. Which is a particular pleasure, because I find caramel tastes far better the less sweet that it is.

Initially, I must admit, I was vaguely disappointed upon my first sip; I could taste a splendidly velvet caramel, although, Mr. Rooibos seemed absent! However, this dismay soon dissipated as I continued to gulp, for Mr. Rooibos, it turns out, is a brewtastic flavour-ninja, slinking silently throughout the shadows and creeping delicately onto my palate, fading into my soul; reassuring me, he is here.

A smile wanders across my face. I feel warm. I feel content. I feel secure.

I like this tea.

Lapsang Souchong Vegetable Soup

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Everyone in my household currently has a cold, typical of Winter, I suppose; so I decided to cook a healthy, wholesome soup for dinner. And having recently partaken in a discussion about Tea Pairing and Cooking with Tea on Twitter, I decided to take this leaf and put it in my own book:

 

I love making soup, it is so easy, and can be very creative. One can create any flavour, evoking any emotion, by creating soup. It is delicious, if you make it so, and, also, rather easy to eat. Versatile, soup can be smooth or course, or chunky. Just select your favourite ingredients, flavours, and colours (I always cook by colour), chop them up, boil them in water for an hour or so, and serve. Or blend, and then serve, depending on your preferred style. Mine usually falls under the latter.

I selected for this soup:

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Lapsang Souchong Vegetable Soup accompanied by Camomile Herbal Tea

  • Potato
  • Red Carrot
  • Beetroot
  • Capsicum
  • Cauliflower
  • Leek
  • Pumpkin
  • Thyme
  • Fennel Seeds
  • Black Pepper
  • Fortisalt
  • Cider Vinegar
  • Spinach leaf, to garnish.

 

 

 

Having incredibly disliked this Greenfield brand Lapsang Souchong as a solitary tea, I was delighted to find it work wonderfully within the deep flavour of my soup. I’m fast becoming a tea chef, tea streaming through my veins at this point, and I’m smiling broadly about it. The Lapsang Souchong tea provided a brilliant smokey undertone to the overall flavour, balanced delicately by the natural sweet flavour of Fennel, and off-set by the Cider Vinegar, creating a delicious angle. The strongest flavours are the Beetroot and Carrot, standing boldly in front of Potato and Pumpkin, shortly followed by the shy presence of Cauliflower and Capsicum, cuddled with Thyme. The Leek cannot be distinguished, and the pepper provides a pleasant, subtle spice.

What better way to eat a tea-spiked soup, than with a delectable tea? I don’t think there is one, to be honest. Heck, I don’t think there is a better way to eat any meal, than with a delectable tea. For this meal, I chose Twinings Pure Camomile. Pretty flowers, beautiful scent, delicious to drink! I simply love Camomile tea, I drink it everyday. Great taste and relaxing serenity. What I did not anticipate was the effect it had of clearing the palate, allowing me to fully experience every mouthful of soup after a sip of tea. I’m not sure about you, but I’ve always been in the mind of the very first bite of a meal being the greatest, the tastiest, the most vibrant. And every mouthful after a sip of Pure Camomile was The First Bite. I’ve never enjoyed a soup so thoroughly. I don’t think I’ve ever made a soup so creatively.

Thick liquid orgasm, swirling down my body, uplifting my senses, invoking a smirk, energizing my fantasies. The soup is devine. The Tea accompaniment just as elegant.

I highly recommend.


Have you cooked soup with Tea before?

which flavours pique your fancy?

Jasmine Dragon Pearl Green Tea and snowman building

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Do you wanna build a SNOOOWMAAAAAN??

is ringing in my head

those of you that are parents

will understand my pliiiiiight

almost each and every day, I must endure this film

because my daughter loves it and likes to sing along

to all the soooooongs

Do you wanna build a SNOOOWMAAAAN?

no, but I’ll have a cup of tea

I’ll brew a nice hot pot of Jasmine Dragon Pearl

Green Tea

It’s dress-up day at my daughter’s school today, and I have spent hours finishing off her Rapunzel dress last night, adding extra ribbons and bows. Having inadequate rest, waking up to do you wanna build a SNOOWMAAAN? is not quite the satisfying, warm morning welcome I like to meet. However, a soothing teapot filled with Jasmine Dragon Pearl Green Tea, swirling deeply into my soul, swishing harmoniously throughout my mind, could bring any trying task to it’s knees, making bearable any situation, inducing a blissful state of relaxation and blithe.

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Seemingly unbranded Jasmine Dragon Pearl Green Tea

This seemingly unbranded Jasmine Dragon Pearl Green Tea, which I found amongst my cluttered tea collection of riffraff, has a subtle, soft flavour. Gently massaging my taste buds, suddenly awakening them from a stale, dry, bed-throat slumber, a welcoming Jasmine aroma washes over my body and soul. The Green Tea flavour blends perfectly, fading in like a creeping spider; fading out as steadily and quietly as it slinked in, beckoning another sip of this tea.

Pleasant, peaceful, serene. Uplifting.

Any weariness remnant from lack of shut-eye is ushered away by the energizing effect of glorious green tea, holding me ready for the day ahead.

What a wonderful start to the day.


So, do you wanna build a snowmaaaan?

Or would you rather drink some tea

?

God’s Nectar Was Made With Cacao!

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So, tonight I added hot cacao to my hot Chai tea, hoping it might help retain some of my sanity, being the highest external source of dopamine we, as humans, have ready access to. It’s a match made to be (not quite in heaven; my kitchen is far from a resemblance of any sort of pearly gates). A consummate combination of flavour and sensation, frolicking down my esophagus, with the smooth elegance of a madman wielding a peacock’s plume feather duster, wearing the finest silks. I’m unsure about how intact my sanity remains, or if I even need it to be. Or if I even care anymore..

I gulp down an other mouthful of this silky peacock madman tea and ponder this for a moment, before gulping again, settling upon the conclusion that sanity is probably overrated and stoic is just as much sane as sanity could be. Or it could be the flavour of grandeur now swilling in my bowels derailing my rational thought train. Whichever, whatever, it matters not. Because Tea. …and cacao.

My Chai is Mi-Chai by Red Seal, comprised of black tea, cinnamon bark, cardamom, ginger root, cloves, nutmeg and black pepper. Add cacao and it’s a charmer.

“Be intrigued by the silky notes of nutmeg, spiced with the piquancy of pepper and the zesty flavours of ginger root. A warming and invigorating tea to make your day the best it can be.”

Wrong, sir! add Cacao and it shall make your day the best it can be!

Now, I added my cacao concoction to my tea as if it were milk being added; not a substantial amount, so as not to detract from the flavour of this exhilarating chai. The cacao flavour has a nice, steady presence, while the chai comes in strong with cinnamon, dampening to a clovey black tea before peaking slightly with the spice of pepper and ginger. All the while, cacao is there, watching, oozing, radiating, gently uplifting, empowered by the smooth submission of nutmeg snuggles.


aw heck, just try it. I detest chocolate, too sweet, too rich, but cacao..yum. And much healthier than it’s candied counterpart.

Greenfield Mango Delight White Tea

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Sitting here, waiting for my ‘taters and kumara to boil, and the rest of my veges to steam, I have brewed myself a delicious cup of Mango Delight white tea.

If you enjoy all things tropical, you simply must have this tea. Until recently, I actually had not experienced much of white tea, but it is slowly becoming a favourite variety, and Mango Delight has claimed a podium finish in my heart. As I sit and slurp, time melts away while my mind slinks off to faraway lands of happier times and sunshine. The silliest grin takes a hold of my visage; my chest fills with a vibrant, warm elation. Suddenly, this tea-induced fantasy cracks and fissures, shaking and bubbling, it shatters into a thousand broken dreams, exploding into a fine mist around me. My pot has well boiled over and my vegetables have been steamed to mush.

My dinner is not quite ruined and I brew myself an other mug of Mango Delight tea as I set out to fix it. I ended up just kind of swirling it all together into one delicious technicolor slop. But it did contrast the sweet surrender of my white tea nicely with it’s savoury comforts.

I could drink this tea everyday, and I think I may have since I acquired it. It’s great with dinner, and even better with breakfast in the morning. Early afternoon, sitting on the deck, relishing the view and basking in the autumn solar deluge, is my most cherished time to loose myself in a pot of this tea. It would be even better if I still had my lone surviving deck chair that my cousin extinguished quite recently by utilizing it’s general purpose. He is much taller and more well built than I am, and apparently the chair consisted of aged, brittle, cardboard timber. However, it matters not when I delve into the profounds of my fantastic desires, steeping deeply at the floor of my teacup. Lost in the flavours. Mango. Apple. White tea. Simple…Beautiful.

Tea Total Japanese Lime Green Tea

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Today is a day of FLAVOUR. Wow. I’m sitting at a local Columbus cafe enjoying a pot of Tea Total Japanese Lime Green Tea, and I cannot implore you more: get down to Columbus, if you’re in NZ, and try this tea! It has to be the tastiest, most mouth-watering, god-damned green tea I have ever had the pleasure of guzzling down my gullet.

My eyes scanned down the laminate menu of a great variety of teas, and the word “lime” jumped off the page quicker than tea pours from a teapot. I love all things lime: lime milkshakes, lime icecream, lime jelly, lime on it’s own, a wedge of lime in my rum, lime on the frosted rim of a margarita, even the colour is brilliant! and I cannot believe I’ve been twenty-four years on this rock without tasting lime in a tea! the travesty. I quickly skimmed over the remaining menu, knowing full well I would be passing it all up. So I ordered the Japanese Lime Green Tea as I read the blurb

“Green sencha tea flavoured with lime, lemon & daisies, a mild but cleansing tea to be drunk without milk”

and if that don’t get your taste buds in a twist then you, sir (or madame), are reading the wrong blog. A strong lime flavour washes over your body like the waves washing up on the shore of Japan, with faint lemons squeezed delicately over your still, calm body, daises floating all around you, occasionally bopping into you, nudging your arm toward the teapot to pour an other cup of tea divinity. The green tea base can be tasted throughout, from start mixed in with the lime, to after-taste lingering with lemon and daisies.

Alas, my teapot drained, I am living in the past twenty minutes. Reliving every moment, every sip, every slurp. Wishing I had savoured it just ten minutes more. Wishing I hadn’t bought a banoffee cronut for $6.00, decimating any justification to purchase an other pot of tea. Wishing.


Japanese Lime Green Tea, try it. Try it at your next possible opportunity.

Any other lime infusions out there? please share them with me