Monthly Archives: April 2015

Steeped: Recipes Infused With Tea

I was excited to read in our local paper about a new book, Steeped: Recipes Infused With Tea by Annelies Zijderveld.

Steeped: Recipes Infused with Tea by Annelies Zijderveld, $8.49 Kindle/$15.27 Hardcover

 

“The book features more than 60 plant-based recipes that include brewed tea or tea leaves as ingredients. Standouts include masala chai pumpkin bread, Earl Grey soba noodle salad and chamomile risotto.”

The article also references my favorite local tea store, Tea Market, and talks about the Midwest Tea Fest being held in Kansas City on June 6.  What a great find!

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The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 37, Mini Mania

 

Welcome back to Episode 37 and welcome to new viewers. Today I have lots of WIPs and spins to show you. I also answer some questions posed in the Ask Me Anything thread over in the Ravelry group.

Please come and join the Ravelry group.

You can also find me on Ravelry as Fluffyk, Twitter and Instagram as Fluffykira, and in my shop The Stashbuckler: Adventures in Yarrrrrrrrn.

Sipping:

  • The Tea: Holiday Tea, Harney & Sons
  • The Mug: Hand thrown mug from Tamarack, WV

Knitting:

 Spinning:

Drink Me: Harney & Sons, Pomegranate Oolong

One of the teas that I ordered from Harney & Sons that I was excited to try was Pomegranate Oolong. I really like oolong teas because they offer plenty of tea taste but are smoother sometimes than black teas.

From the website, Pomegranate Oolong includes premium Ti Quan Yin oolong leaves with pomegranate.

It is available in a variety of sizes: sample for $2.00, 1 lb for $24.00 and several quantities of sachets ranging from $5.99 to $15.00.

When I opened the package, the first thing I noticed was a sweet and tangy smell.  As I brewed the tea it was fun to watch the leaves unfurl.  The resulting tea smelled fruity and almost a little perfumed, like a night garden.  The taste was smooth and silky, though I wish I had gotten more pomegranate. Instead the pomegranate lingered as an aftertaste.  This was definitely an interesting tea, and I’m going to give it a few more tries.

Craftea: Tea Calendar

Recently a friend called my attention to the Rifle Paper Company and the fact that they’re doing a tea calendar for 2016. So far the only details I have found are on Anna Bond’s Instagram account. She tells us to look for the calendar this summer!

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 36, Chatty Cathy

 

Welcome back to Episode 36 and welcome to new viewers. Today I have two FOs to show you, as well as some WIPs and Spins. I also answer some questions posed in the Ask Me Anything thread over in the Ravelry group.

Please come and join the Ravelry group.

You can also find me on Ravelry as Fluffyk, Twitter and Instagram as Fluffykira, and in my shop The Stashbuckler: Adventures in Yarrrrrrrrn.

Sipping:

Knitting:

 Spinning:

Drink Me: Harney & Sons, Cranberry Autumn

When I was placing my order with Harney & Sons, they had tins of Cranberry Autumn on sale. I just checked and they’re still on sale!

While Cranberry Autumn is a loose leaf tea, this time I bought it in tea bags in a beautiful tin.  The blend contains Chinese black tea with cranberries, orange and hibiscus.  The tin of 30 tea bags is normally $10.95 but is currently on sale for $8.00.

When I first opened the tin I could smell the cranberries and the hibiscus.  After brewing it smelled fruity and berry like.  This was smooth with just a hint of sweetness. It does remind me of fall and I think it will be a fall favorite. I also think it would be delicious iced – I’ll have to try that next.

Teaccessories: Van Gogh

Many years ago I got to attend a Van Gogh exhibit at LACMA. I stood transfixed by all the delicate brush strokes in each and every painting. This mug set reminds me of that wonderful evening.

Bone China Van Gogh Mugs Collection (set of 4), PBS, $39.99

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 35, Rainy day crafts.

Welcome back to Episode 35 and welcome to new viewers. Today I have some finished socks to show you, as well as some WIPs and Spins. I also answer some questions posed in the Ask Me Anything thread over in the Ravelry group. Finally, there’s a short tour of parts of my craft room!

Please come and join the Ravelry group.

You can also find me on Ravelry as Fluffyk, Twitter and Instagram as Fluffykira, and in my shop The Stashbuckler: Adventures in Yarrrrrrrrn.

Sipping:

Wearing:

  • Akimbo by Stephen West, The Sanguine Gryphon Bugga in Faithful Beauty and Walnut Huskfly (discontinued)

Knitting:

 Spinning:

Drink Me: Harney & Sons, Blueberry Green

A few months ago I got a cup of tea at our local Barnes & Noble.  After perusing their list I selected a Blueberry Green by Harney & Sons. I went home that night and placed a Harney & Sons order, it was THAT good.

From the website Blueberry Green is a blend of Chinese green tea with lemongrass, blueberry and vanilla.

It is available in the following sizes: sample for $2.00, 3oz tin for $7.00 and 1lb bag for $20.50. As you can see, this time I went for the tin!

When I first opened the bag I smelled sweet blueberry and hints of the lemongrass. I also would have sworn there was some jasmine in there, although the ingredients list doesn’t include it.  Once brewed it’s a somewhat floral green, with notes of blueberry.  After a few weeks of anticipation, I wasn’t disappointed. This will definitely be joining my permanent collection of teas.

 

Teaccessories: First thing.

If you’re like me you need a little caffeine to jump start your mornings. Whether it’s coffee or tea, don’t talk to me before the first cup.  I’m always amused by mugs that have a bit of ‘tude in the morning.

They See me Rollin’, They Hatin’, Hey Shabby Me on Etsy, $17.00

Donkey Mug, Evelyn Henson, $22.00

Anxietea, Society6, $15.00

Allergic to Mornings, Forever 21, $14.90