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The Devotea - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 16:00

What does it really take to know a city? More specifically, can you get to grips with a city by visiting a representative sample of it? And is three restaurants, two Asian style gardens, a rose garden, a back yard and two days of continuous teas in seven different locations a representative sample? I say […]

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How to cook with tea

T Ching - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 12:48

Nothing makes you feel better on a cold winter night more than a soothing cup of tea, but about those hot summer days? Not a lot of people are fans of warm beverages when the temperatures are rising, yet most of them don’t realize how much they can do with just a couple of tea leaves in their kitchen. Cooking with tea isn’t that common in some parts of the world, but it’s quite usual in others, so you might want to think outside the box for a change and consider incorporated leaves into your cooking. Here are a couple of ideas you should try and how to get the best results every single time.

Why is tea an important cooking ingredient?

Everyone knows that tea is comforting and pleasant, but it’s even better when prepared with care – after all, handling those delicate tea leaves properly can sometimes be quite tricky. However, if you manage to approach them with the utmost precision and take what’s the best in them, you’ll certainly get extraordinary results. The reason for this are the natural benefits of tea and all the ways it enhances your health. It’s full of antioxidants and positively affects your immune, cardiovascular and digestive systems, and helps you control your stress and anxiety level.

There are lots of flavors that tea leaves introduce into your life – from woodsy and fruity, to astringent and sweet – and bringing some of these into your kitchen will significantly elevate your cooking skills and turn you into a master chef. Tea leaves will add a new layer to your meals and make them exotic, exciting, soothing and unusual at the same time. But, how can you incorporate tea into your menu and what are some of the combinations you might want to explore? Here are two great recipes you could try today.

Tea and pasta

Pasta is the ultimate comfort food and no matter how tired after a long day at the office you are, preparing it is an easy and quite straight-forward process. However, if you add just a small dose of tea leaves into the mix, your dish will become something entirely different and much more exciting than it used to be. Traditional pasta dough is usually based on a recipe passed on from one generation to the next and not everyone likes changing it, yet adding some green tea to it results in a nice pale green color, a new texture, and flavor.

This way, your pasta will attract the attention of your guests in a matter of seconds and help your noodle soup or spaghetti Bolognese become the talk of the neighborhood. Of course, you can easily find these kinds of pasta in a supermarket, but preparing it on your own is a much better idea.

Tea cookies

Whenever you’re down, eating a batch of freshly-baked cookies will instantly make you feel much better. However, while dipping your cookies in tea is great, not everyone likes the idea of preparing cookies with tea leaves. Luckily, this idea will make you want to eat the entire batch on your own and will surely satisfy the needs of everyone with a sweet tooth for cookies. And with such a simple and fast idea, you’re going to want to bake these cookies every single week.

The idea is quite simple – grind black tea into powder using a spice grinder, incorporate it into your favorite cookie dough and you’re good to go! And even if you’re not the world’s biggest fan of black tea, don’t worry, because you’ll only need a couple of tablespoons to get that amazing oriental flavor. Nevertheless, since black tea is quite dark and sometimes hard to wash away from your tea cups, the same might easily happen to your spice grinder too, so be sure to use a reliable and powerful dishwasher to wash all the fine powder away.

Other ideas

Some of the other ways to incorporate tea leaves into your cooking include tea-based cocktails, juices, soups and cakes, as well as chicken and smoked beef ribs seasoned with tea. As soon as you find out more about the perks of cooking with tea, you’re going to make them an essential part of your cooking ritual in no time.

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Stylish and Spicy: Chai du Kerala from #Nunshen

SororiTEA Sisters - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 11:43
It goes without saying that a big part of drinking tea is the smell and taste of a good brew, but sometimes the presentation and design of the product can be a nice diversion.  This tea from Nunshen arrived in a sleek, modern, well-designed packet.  The bilingual instructions come with plenty of stylish symbols alongside the English and French, describing the temperature, brew times, leaf type, and the mood of the tea (Chai du Kerala is marked as, “relaxing”).  The muslin teabag adds a soft, handmade touch to the whole experience. The dry tea and the brew both smell strongly Read More

Huang Jin Bolero from Adagio Teas. . . .

SororiTEA Sisters - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 23:00
This Anxi oolong isn’t currently available on Adagio’s site, but I’m reviewing it so you know what to look for if it returns or if something like it pops back up! Here we have a lovely oolong with a nectar/nut flavor that’s closer to green than black. It’s a very light flavor that stays with you after you swallow it. This tastes like that point in the late afternoon when you’ve stopped paying attention to time. Dinner will come eventually, you guess. This feeling is, more accurately, the feeling of long summers at summer camp. This tea is summer camp Read More

Edgar Allan Poe Black from Simpson and Vail. . . .

SororiTEA Sisters - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 17:00
My first thought about this brew was “WHO DIED?!” As you’re steeping, your cup’s contents very swiftly become a really disturbing dark red/black/maroon color. Which is, of course, SO fitting for an Edgar Allan Poe blend. You’re launched headfirst into a vat of the macabre. If someone asked you what you were drinking, you could deadpan “the blood of my enemies.” IT WOULD LOOK LIKE YOU WERE RIGHT. The flavor is tart, earthy, smoky, and rich rich rich (yes, I typed it thrice). It’s a blend of black and pu’erh with bergamot and beetroot. I couldn’t pick up any of Read More

Spritz of Glitz from Tea and Tins. . .

SororiTEA Sisters - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 11:00
What attracted me to this tea was the little silver candies. I’m sucker for sprinkles! This was a very striking blend with the silver gleaming against the dark green tea leaves. While the name of the blend is ‘pear,’ the dry blend and wet leaves had more of a peach aroma to me. If you are familiar with Sour Peaches, it smelt like that! However, when I went in to sip the liquor, I got a whiff of pear. There was a rich pear flavour from the liquor as well. Since the blend leaned towards sweet, it reminded me of Read More

It’s Finally Tea Time!

Joy's Teaspoon - Sun, 10/04/2015 - 21:19

Whew! I don’t know about you, but I love hot tea. I mean, duh, but wait for it. For me, tea is the ultimate comfort drink. There’s nothing I love more than curling up with a blanket, a book and a hot cuppa. Finally, FINALLY, it’s cool enough to do that (in Seattle – Naomi, you’re on your own in Vegas).

In Seattle, we’ve had a scorcher of a summer and while it’s been wonderful, it’s pretty uncomfortable curling up on a leather sofa in your short shorts and sipping hot tea when it’s 90 and humid. I’m just going to let you sit for a moment with that picture in your mind. 

But there’s always iced tea, you say? Well sure. And I drank a considerable amount of iced tea this summer. It’s wonderful and refreshing. There are so many options for turning tea into summer treats.

However, nothing beats a lazy morning, sipping on a piping hot Earl Grey while reading about ghost stories or endless love. There is nothing cozier than curling up in blanket, staring into the fire and breathing in the smell of a jasmine green.

Finally cool enough for a proper tea time. #100happydays #day7

A photo posted by Audrea Fink (@audrea11) on Sep 30, 2015 at 2:18pm PDT

AND. IT’S. FINALLY. TIME. TEA TIME! The best kind of tea time. The fall leaves, morning fog, crisp air, boots and scarves kind of tea time. The time where your cup warms your cold fingers and the steam warms your cool nose.

The best part of it all is that now, it’s going to be the perfect tea time (in Seattle at least) for the next few months. And I’ve already started gearing up the office to be prepared. A co-worker and I built our own little tea cozy corner.

Life achievement- having a #tea spot at work. #LexBlog #tealife

A photo posted by Audrea Fink (@audrea11) on Sep 18, 2015 at 11:32am PDT

That entire cabinet the basket is sitting on is filled with tea, so you can be sure we’re prepared for the teapocalypse here. So bust out your mugs, scarves, boots and hipster hats because it’s finally time to enjoy a proper cup of tea (without sweating and sticking to your leather seat).

Go With Passion

The Sip Tip - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 20:08
It was a fall evening in 2008 that I decided to start a tea blog.  In retrospect I knew very little (still do in fact.) However I did have one thing, passion, passion to learn, passion to know, and passion to try. Honestly I had no clue then what the next 7 years would entail, and what I would learn, but knowledge about tea aside, the thing I have learned is what passion can do for life, and

Avoid Cash Advance Mistakes

Tea Reflections - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 15:17

They produce monthly payments in one month. You could possibly ultimately have to get your first credit card to have through tough times and issues. Are you enthusiastic about receiving some of those zero creditcheck unsecured loans? If so, then you must continue reading below. He who places into a loan as a way to obtain cash when he’s not able to wait until payday, is very conscious of the fact the interest-rate related to this mortgage will probably be sky-high.

Solutions to consolidate paydayloans contain credit from family and friends, bank cards and shortterm loans from banks and credit unions. For saving money on fees, suggestion: Listed Here Is An idea to save as much cash as possible on fees. As regularly as savings balances are described and offered, several individuals would prefer to live the lifestyle they truly are familiar with. Several on line payday lenders will offer you loans of $1,500 that don’t must be compensated in full for 120 days. Let’s encounter it, cash troubles are awkward .

You will get a single monthly payment, that’ll assist you to extremely when it comes to arranging your monthly costs or to budgeting by combining your debt. Once you can not payoff your loans, do not go into hiding. Frequently debt collectors will be used by OnePayday Payday loan Consolidation providers if you do not pay your mortgage in period. Contact the money advance firm, in case you are unable to spend your loan back around the deadline and get for more time to cover the loan back. By advancing the approved or normal period of loans, they could be named cheap long term payday loans, but they cease to be cheap anymore. Here’s some data to help you out.

The credit institution may consult you to your banking account data, an individual will be eligible for a cash advance loan. Your finances can be deposited by him into that consideration. Be sure and ensure with customer care and get all facts you need to know. Generally give the correct income info out of your work to them.

Also on the very time you’re unwilling to spend, it is possible to contact your payday bank and let them know about your programs of suspending the payment time. Because of the simple supply, several people are in a vicious cycle of free payday loan consolidation that never appears to stop. The bottom time-span for application can be an one- day loan, hour pay. This may allow you produce realistic monthly payments, and to pay your free cash advance relief off.

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As another stage that is strong, you wont be expected about your mortgage utility, you are able to spend these income when you desire. Typically , you produce some decisions from there and would wish to look at the bills for every single collector and much the interest it bears . Whenever you take different varieties of debt, this element should come into play too . For instance a person may pay a $20 cost for that loan of $100.00 for two months. These measurements show that you need to spend about 426% RATE over a cash advance.

5′ con Debbie Han

Tea & Co. - Sun, 12/29/2013 - 16:01
by tea alberti 1. How did you start your story with tea? - I’m not quite sure if I understand your question properly. Do you mean how I first started drinking tea? I actually talked about it in the Wall … Continue reading →

El placer del té, renovado

Tea & Co. - Sun, 12/29/2013 - 16:01
Placeres una nueva propuesta de TARAGÜI para disfrutar del momento del té sabores más acentuados aromas delicados + nuevo diseño. Se incorporan a la renovada línea de té combinaciones innovadoras de aromas y sabores deliciosos Para disfrutar del té en … Continue reading →

¡Mozo, un mate!

Tea & Co. - Sun, 12/29/2013 - 16:01
Zona Taragüi Y el mate llegó a los bares La nueva propuesta de Establecimiento Las Marías para disfrutar del mate en más de 100 bares. Llegás al bar y además de un café o un té podés disfrutar de otra … Continue reading →

taza #1158

Tea & Co. - Sun, 12/29/2013 - 16:01
Hostmaster Pattern / teacup by New Martinsville Glass Company

taza #1157

Tea & Co. - Sun, 12/29/2013 - 16:01

taza #1156

Tea & Co. - Sun, 12/29/2013 - 16:01

taza #1155

Tea & Co. - Sun, 12/29/2013 - 16:01
Vintage Youngsware China Fantasy Pattern  

taza #1154

Tea & Co. - Sun, 12/29/2013 - 16:01
Noritake China April Cook N Serve Teacup ¿dónde consigo la taza? My Eclectic Heart  

teapot #149

Tea & Co. - Sun, 12/29/2013 - 16:01
Details from Willow / colección Teapot diseño by Richard Brendon

taza #1153

Tea & Co. - Sun, 12/29/2013 - 16:01
Details from Willow / colección Teacup diseño by Richard Brendon

Pre-Qing Ming White Peony, a rare treat

Red Circle Tea - Sun, 06/10/2012 - 02:01

When you consider the perfect balance of taste, tea liquid color, and processing it’s undeniable: White Peony is one of the simplest, most elegant teas around. White Peony comes from the “Large White” varietal from Fujian.

This tea is picked with the downy bud and first leaf attached. Occasionally, you’ll see the bud with two leaves.

This tea is very delicate and is handled very gently during all stages of processing to preserve bud and leaf shape, and to avoid the bruising that would create undesired changes in taste.

White Peony has a high fragrance and top dry notes of muscat. This tea is sublime in the morning to wake up to, refreshing in the afternoon, or after any meal.

With sweet middle notes of tangerine and base notes of fresh hay, this tea has a clean taste and soothing qualities. White teas have the least oxidized leaves and buds and therefore offer the most anti-oxidants of all teas. This tea is from an unusually early picking and was picked before the Qing Ming festival. This is the first time I’ve seen Pre-Qing Ming White Peony on the US market.  Because of this, it’s on the rare tea page, and is extremely reasonably priced. Check it out, along with Red Circle’s other rare teas here:  http://redcircletea.com/redcircleteas/black_rare/redcircleteas_black_rare.html

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