We are pretty excited over here at headquarters (aka my kitchen), before the holidays the lovely folks at Golden Moon Teas asked us to try out some of their blends. Being a big fan of their Vanilla Jasmine Black Tea blend of course I said yes we would love too.
We asked them to send us Orchid Temple Oolong, Imperial Formosa Oolong, Napalese Afternoon Tea, Kashmiri Chai and the Darjeeling. I am looking forward to trying the oolong tea since I have not had very many other then a basic Oolong from the Japanese food section at the Berkeley Bowel.
So check back soon and we will let you know what we think.
Summer in my family is highly associated with visits to grandparents in Wisconsin; bratwurst on the grill and sweet corn from roadside stands. Sadly, when I was growing up my Grandmother had pretty much given up baking, but we did at least get her recipes. This pie is one she often made with rhubarb she grew in the garden and it is one of my fathers particular favorites. I have made it my own with a small change to the spices added to the filling, hope you enjoy it.
Grandma’s Rhubarb Cream Pie
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 tbls. flour
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg or ginger
- 1 tbls butter
- 2 well beaten eggs
- 3 cups cubed rhubarb
- 1 recipe plain pastry for double crust
Blend sugar flour, nutmeg/ginger, butter and eggs. Beat smooth, pour over rhubarb in 9″ pasty lined pie pan. Top with other half of pastry. Bake at 450 degrees for 10 min, then 350 degrees for 30 min. Remove from oven and let sit 10-15 min to cool and set.
Enjoy with a light fruity cuppa tea, we had Upton’s Special Blend Darjeeling FTGFOP, they have many different varieties of Darjeeling.
This is a re-post from Liz’s Blog about a visit we made in March to SweeTea’s Tea House in San Mateo. Enjoy!
I must admit, as much as I love tea I had never gone to an English style tea shop, until last weekend. My friend Libby also shares my love of tea and last weekend she took me out for brunch at a tea shop in San Mateo called SweeTea’s. Libby had been given a gift certificate so we got to make a morning of it.
The shop is small with about 4-5 tables so it feels very cozy and intimate. Each table had different sets of plates and cups, ours where a reproduction of a Royal Albert pattern of red and yellow roses. I ordered the Afternoon tea that came with two sandwiches, three petite desserts, seasonal fruit and a scone. Which sounds like a lot but the when they say petite they mean it and the scones was half as large as you normally find at a coffee shop, it ended up being just about right. Of course the food is the one thing I forgot to take a picture of.
We got to try two different types of tea from their list and we opted for the house breakfast blend and a Darjeeling. The house blend was a really nice smooth tea, not too acidic and nice amber color (see photo above). The Darjeeling was nice but it did not have a very strong flavor and we tend to like our tea on the stronger side, Libby is a big Pu Er fan just to give you an idea. We had a good time being silly and girly and next we want to try an Asian Tea house. Look for more tea adventures over the spring and summer.