Tea with Ainee
Teatime with ainee attended the Paradise City Fairs and found several ceramic teapots worth mentioning.
“The importance of keeping things in perspective. How to go about altering your way of looking at the world so that you can see it in the way that an effective/achieving person might? Do so by ceaselessly committing yourself to the notion of putting things in perspective.”–
Paradise City Fairs : www.paradisecityarts.com/
I attended another of the Paradise City Fairs, this time it took place in Marlborough, MA at the Royal Plaza Trade Center.
The artists and craftsmen offered audiences a spectacular show with some fine examples of works in studio furniture, art glass, large-scale sculpture, ceramics, jewelry and painting.
I did view some teapots and mugs which I wanted to present here.
Ceramic Teapot seemingly with black etching like by Tim Christensen
Pots at ParadiseCity
Jasmine Tea Tin
Ceramic Teapots by Takashi Ichihara
Large Glaze Ceramic Teapot viewed at ParadiseCity
Books with Tea mention:
Some reads have also led me here in wanting to share of tea mentioning:
Ghosts, Beasts and Things that go bump in the Night edited by Kit Duane
This book was found at my town’s library on shelves where they are offering books for free. It is a compilation of tingling tales to tell in the dark while camping or at camp ground etc. I perused and read some of the tales and when I read this last short read, I found a tea mention.
“The Faceless Thing” Ed D. Hoch
“Come up to my house, if you want. I can make you a bit of tea.”
The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah
“I am alright, Thank you. A cup of strong, hot tea is all I need.”
“Face to face with the devil,” as flyaway hair had remarked. Yet as far as Poirot could see, there was no such sight for Jennie to behold, only the square room with its tables, chairs, wooden hat and coat stand in the corner, and its crooked bearing the weight of many teapots of different colors, patterns and sizes.”
Eat Chocolate, Lose Weight by Will Clower, PhD
This book’s premise is to eat more chocolate and to lose weight because of this. One feels fuller and does not eat more throughout the day.
The only time when tea was mention is to have this as snack: Tea or Coffee. I realized that were it a tea cookbook it would have perhaps mentioned cooking with chocolate in the same manner and made tea more of the focused recipe.
The book emphasized that chocolate is not ‘candy’ but it is to be seen and used as an ingredient. We are to note that there are dimension of sensual eating that is to be found in chocolate.
- Early flavors when eating chocolate—there is sweetness—then underlying flavors like floral component; light orange flower note—fruity taste, plum and raisin.
- mid-layer is combine nuttiness, fruit, floral and spices
- Late flavors account for the bitter receptors and that many bitter foods are excellent for our health.
The book contained many recipes to try and tantalize the taste bud; seemingly is the Classic Chocolate Pudding, the Hot Cocoa Soufflé, Rich-n-Nutty Brownies, Deconstructed Guacamole Omelet, Cocoa Rubbed Rib Eye with Bacon –Bourbon Sauce and this last one is quite a please with lovers of fish: Cocoa with Jamaican Fish.
Earl Grey Hot Chocolate (total time: 15 minutes and makes 2 servings)
Today we typically drink chocolate with some form of dairy. However, this is not the way the originators of chocolate and cocoa drinks did it. The ancient Mesoamericans drank their cocoa as frothy “bitter water.” You can put cocoa in plain water and froth it, but it’s tastier to use flavorful tea, such as Earl Grey.
2 cups water
2 tablespoons of Earl Grey tea leaves
5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons brown sugar
In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the water to a boil. Add the tea leaves and let them steep for 3-5 minutes. In a small bowl, mix the cocoa powder and brown sugar together. Add to the tea.
Whisk everything together until the cocoa is completely incorporated. Enjoy!
& remember that:
With chocolate base recipes note that Chocolate is not candy. Repeat: “Chocolate is not candy.” I take this to mean that it is an ingredient to be used sparingly while indulging in creating some wonderful meals.
Superfood Smoothies by Jason Manheim
Juices, smoothies & drinks; advice & recipes to lose weight, prevent illness, and improve your emotional and physical health. The benefit of Superfood green juicing/smoothies are for nutritional boost, energy boost, cost effectiveness and those with sensitive stomachs will benefit as well for the juicing are easier on the digestive system.
Some tea recipes from this book include the following:
Cucumber Tea (makes two 18-oz servings)
1 tsp matcha tea
3-4 slices cucumber
2 slices lemon
2 cups water warm
Hydration is the most important part of cleanses: in general, hydration helps you live cleaner day to day. What you use to ensure regular fluid replenishment will absolutely make a difference in your detox. Matcha green tea as a natural laxative helps to push toxins out of your system. Cucumbers, being 95 percent water, are optimal for fluid replenishment.
Brew matcha tea. Add ice. Pour in juiced cucumbers and lemon and stir.
La Green Tea (Makes one 12 oz serving)
½ cup green tea (chilled)
½ cup orange juice
½ cup pomegranate juice
Squirt of lemon
This is a spa day antioxidant powerhouse in a glass. Green tea, pomegranate, and lemon work together to fight cell degeneration, slow the aging process, and promote healthy vibrant skin. Feeling so good on the inside never looked so good on the outside.
Juice pomegranate separately, juice the orange and lemon together, and mix tea and water in a separate glass. In a tall glass over ice, pour in pomegranate juice first, followed by the orange juice very slowly, and finally, the green tea.
Hello World (makes two 16 oz servings)
1 cup fresh or frozen organic blueberries
2 big handfuls of organic greens (whatever that you have on hand)
1 small banana
1 tsp Matcha
1 cup water
1 cup almond rice
1 cup organic raw whole milk
This is the perfect introduction to the language of green drinks. A quick look at the source code of this drink and you’ll be surprised that its creamy blueberry goodness delivers such a great flavor and nutrition. The energy surge will have you coding “Hello World” every morning.
Superfoods Smoothies by Julie Morris
This is another smoothie book filled with good for you recipes and I found of some that are made with tea.
Green Tea Goji
Tea and goji berries are almost synonymous in China, where Goji grows indigenously. It makes sense that they easily come together in this smoothie, which reminds me of green tea ice cream. If you can’t find it, Matcha powder finely mulled makes a healthy and flavorful addition to this smoothie.
Recipe makes 2 -16 ounces
¼ cup raw cashews
1 frozen banana
3 tablespoon dried Goji berries
½ cup apple juice
1 cup of prepared green tea
1 cup ice
Sweetener to taste
Blend together al ingredient, except the ice, until smooth. Add the ice and blend once more until frothy. Taste and sweetened if desired.
Green Tea Pear (Makes 2 -16 ounce servings)
Between the metabolism-boosting green tea and the filling-yet-low calorie chia gel, this smoothie healthfully assists with weight loss in a refreshing way. It’s also the least heavy and lowest calorie recipe in the book.
3 cups chopped very ripe pear
½ cups green tea, chilled
1 cup chia gel
1 teaspoon wheat grass powder sweetener to taste
Blend all the ingredients together until smooth, taste and sweeten as desired.
Tea with Ainee continues to be pleasantly surprised in finding that most books contain some tea mention. It is an experience that can be shared by all; in that tea is a universal language. When I am least expecting of it, I find some persons partaking in the experience of simply having or fixing a cup of tea.
Happy teas to all and thank you for reading!