Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Strawberry Rose Champagne Tea from Teavana

I am incredibly surprised by the number of positive reviews for this tea. I think it tastes gross. I know, not the best way to start a review for Teavana's Strawberry Rose Champagne Oolong Tea.

I'm not sure what pairs well with this. I bought some strawberries so I just made whipped cream.
I like to keep an open mind about tea. I will try anything at least once before I make a face. I mean, my people invented fish sauce so really, nothing grosses me out... at first.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Eggs in the Basket (bowl): Easy Peasy Breakfast or Brunch

I love eggs. Plenty of protein, filling, and can be cooked a million ways. From the simple hard-boiled egg to fussy souffles, the egg is my shining kitchen star. So, I eat eggs all the time. One of my favorite ways to eat eggs is with bread. And the absolute best way? In a bread bowl. Everything tastes better in an edible vessel.

I'm drinking Breakfast in Paris from Stash Tea. I usually don't drink bagged teas but this came in my monthly Love with Food box (referral link). I love getting tea in my snack box.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Gift Idea for Lunar New Year: Ito En's Sweet Green Pu-Erh Tea

I admit, I never seek out Pu-erh, even though it is many a tea blogger's favorite. Complex, robust, rich, and occasionally rare and extremely expensive, it basically screams connoisseurs only. I've tried some, admittedly not the very rare or expensive kinds, and I never thought that Pu-erh trumped Japanese green tea in any respect. Until a few days ago.

We actually had a super beautiful day today (after a week of gloomy winter rain) so I brought my tea tray outside.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Hodogwaja (Korean Walnut Shaped Cakes)

Aren't these walnut-shaped cakes adorable?? They are called "hodogwaja (호두과자)" in Korean. My mom bought them at the local Korean grocery store and I love them! They remind me of taiyaki, those wonderful fish shaped pastries filled with adzuki paste (or cream or whatever you like). These are like bite size taiyaki. So brilliant. 

Tomato Jam (and cheese) for Breakfast

I am so blessed to have such awesome friends. For Christmas, I received a jar of tomato jam from a sweet pal who loves food and science just as much as me. It is the perfect thoughtful gift - homemade, novel, and best of all, edible. 

Tomato jam with cheese on toast. 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

How to make (and drink) matcha like a boss

I am sure you have seen the quintessential Japanese tea ceremonies in some form of media or if you are lucky, have been a part of one. In these ceremonies, the Grand Master, making minimal but very elegant movements will make you a cup of the highest quality matcha prepared with something cool like rain water. If you can't participate in one of these ceremonies, don't fret. I will show you how you can still enjoy matcha with very basic kitchen tools.