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

?

Greenfield Jasmine Dream Green Tea

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Within the blurb lies the description

“Light jasmine aroma accentuates clear and refreshing flavour of the noble green tea from Yunnan province.”

Now, it is rather difficult to go wrong with a simple green tea, or jasmine infused green tea. Greenfield and Yunnan province, unsurprisingly, certainly have not managed to blunder this one.

Jasmine Green Tea is a basic necessity for any tea-lover, and this Greenfield variety is a welcome version, indeed. I feel more relaxed with every sip. Soothing deeply, the flavours of jasmine and green Camellia caress my mind as my taste buds rejoice.

I would drink this tea shortly before meditation, or in the bath with many bubbles and scented candles, accompanied by a blunt. Such imagery of rested bliss floods my mind as I near the bottom of my cup.


 

Any jasmine-junkies out there?

Have you tried Greenfield? What’s your usual?

any and all opinions of Jasmine welcome.