Thursday, January 10, 2019

Macaron Pillows

Macarons are one of my favorite teatime treats and I couldn't resist showing you these adorable macaron pillows.  I'm not sure my sewing skills are up to this project, but perhaps some of you would like to give it a go.  If you do, please let me know how this project turned out for you.


You can find the directions HERE on the JoAnn website.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Pesticides in Tea


I've been finding a lot of information lately on chemicals in tea. This video was published in August 2014.  It will be interesting to see what strides have been made with regard to the quality and purity of these brands.

I grew up drinking Red Rose tea in Canada.  For many years now the brands of tea bags that I buy have varied from Salada to Tetley and also many brands of loose teas.

I was happy to hear that Red Rose was the only tea mentioned in this video that is pesticide free.  Until I have done more research on the subject, I'll be switching back to Red Rose tea.  A nice perk is the little Wade figurines included in some boxes.


Some of the figurine series have become quite collectible.


The last box of Red Rose tea I purchased had this Wade figurine from the American Heritage Series  called Tea Crates.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Japanese Green Tea

These flavored green teas were developed with a year of research and collaboration with Japanese high school students from Shizuoka Commercial High School.  They are 100% made in Japan.


I tried the green tea with Japanese orange Mikan (also known as Citrus unshiu, Japanese Citrus or satsuma mandarin.  

This tea is grown by the ancient Chagusaba method.  It's a method where grasslands are grown around the tea field and supply mulch for the shrubs.


It is easy to prepare with no teapot required.  You simply add the powder into hot or cold water.  It was delicious hot and I think that it will also be great added to cold water in a thermos bottle to take to Zumba class.

You can order some for yourself here.  


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Zhena's Fig & Flower green tea

At my local Publix recently, I noticed some teas on the clearance table.  I saw the Zhena's tea in the little glass jar with an attached wooden spoon.  I'm usually drawn more to black teas, but I thought the Fig & Flower blend sounded interesting and the price was right ($4.50 for 2 ounces or 25 servings). 


I was happy to see that this tea is organic and fair trade


The green tea is blended with green apple, figs and cornflowers.  It has a lovely fragrance and appearance.


It was odd that the jar said use two teaspoons of tea in 8 ounces of boiling water.  I'd always thought that you brewed green tea at temperatures between 165-185 degrees.  I steeped it at 165 for about two and a half minutes. 

I found the tea to have a faintly fruity, subtly sweet flavor that was pleasantly soothing.  This tea has low caffeine (20mg) and will be nice to have on hand for a late afternoon cuppa, when I don't need the high caffeine in the robust black tea that I drink in the morning.

Have any of you tried one of the many flavors of Zhena's Gypsy Teas. 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Calla Lilly cake



It is taking me a long time to go through my massive book and magazine collection and decide which titles to sell and which to keep.  The problem is that something on the cover will catch my eye and then I just have to take a peek inside.  That's what happened with this Hoffman magazine from 2012 "Celebrating Cakes". 

Calla lilies have always been my favorite flower, so I found this bridal cake to be quite lovely.  Maybe I'll pass the magazine along to my younger daughter who is a talented baker.  One never knows, she might bake it for one of my birthday or anniversary celebrations. 

At this rate it could take a while to finish the sorting.   ;-)


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Tiffany Taste

They dressed superbly and conversed brilliantly as they sipped tea or chocolate from flowered porcelains in the most sybaritic interiors imaginable.


This is taken from a lavish and elegant book by John Loring titled Tiffany Taste.  I love the way it is divided into events, such as Clippers and Caviar, Lunch in the Rana Palace Garden, Tiffany's Tea, etc.  It's just how I imagined the "rich and famous" lifestyle.  👌 

If you'd like a copy, try Alibris.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Afternoon Tea quote

Another novelty is the tea party, an extraordinary meal in that, being offered to persons that have already dined well, it supposes neither appetite nor thirst, and has no object but distraction, no basis but delicate enjoyment.

- Brillat-Savarin, French Epicure and Gastronome



Came across this quote in the book "Tea & Crumpets" by Margaret M. Johnson.

I have a very large collection of books in my tea library and will probably need to catalogue them all soon.  We will be going through the dreaded downsizing of our household in the next few months and sadly hundreds of books will have to go. 




If anyone has any hints or suggestions to make this process easier, I'd love to hear them.
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