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Rabbits Pantry Perfectly Peachy tea

Rabbits Pantry Perfectly Peachy tea

Rabbits Pantry Perfectly Peachy tea

Pale flowered linen summer sundresses, walking barefoot through the grass, the scent of flowers in the air… and Perfectly Peachy. Summer – in a glass.

The second sample of tea I tried from Rabbit’s Pantry was Perfectly Peachy. This is an “Organic black tea with organic peach pieces and natural peach flavor” according to the website.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 15, 2018 in Out of town - USA, Tea & Beverages

 

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Rabbits Pantry Hot Mess tea

Hot Mess black tea with cinnamon and orange peel

Hot Mess black tea with cinnamon and orange peel

Hot Mess is like a cup of warm homemade apple pie in a teacup – but surprise… there’s no apple in it!

Not long ago I contacted the tea company Rabbits Pantry about the opportunity to sample and review a number of their teas. When they arrived, I had a number of super-hot days, and the last thing I wanted to drink was tea… but then ahhhh a nice cool refreshing rain day, and out came my infuser. The owner hoped to have reviews and descriptions in by May 25, but unfortunately because of the delay in the post… I didn’t even get it until the 27th.. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2018 in Out of town - USA, Tea & Beverages

 

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April 2018 Culinary Night

Dishes from the Iberian Peninsula SCA culinary night in the barony of Montengarde. Read more on Happy Sushi Belly to learn about the dishes themselves.

Dishes from the Iberian Peninsula SCA culinary night in the barony of Montengarde

In the SCA barony I am a part of we have a culinary group. It’s an unofficial group, but the people who unofficial lead it try really hard to do a themed potluck dinner nearly every month. In April the theme was the Iberian Peninsula, and a luckily it was in a location I can relatively easily get to, so I was able to attend.

(They’re rotating the locations now which is great – both for me to be able to attend a little more, but also for those with kids who would like to attend but have childcare concerns.)

I had actually gotten a little confused about the theme, and am not great with culinary research, but wanted to participate all the same. I made muhammara using blood orange olive oil from Eau Claire Oil & Vinegar Bar. I couldn’t find much about the dish, only that it was “really old” which since it was what I WANTED to make.. was good enough. (It’s more about eating interesting food with good people and learning more from them about medieval dishes for me, than treating it like an Arts & Sciences project.)

Dishes from the Iberian Peninsula SCA culinary night in the barony of Montengarde. Read more on Happy Sushi Belly to learn about the dishes themselves.

Dishes from the Iberian Peninsula SCA culinary night in the barony of Montengarde

The dishes presented included (roughly top to bottom, left to right in the photo to the side):

  • A potato ‘cookie’. I liked hearing about this – it was supposed to be fried but the cook decided to bake it instead, turning it from a potato dumpling kind of thing into a potato cookie. I actually ended up not liking the taste of it – but it was still neat to try.
  • A soft-style of rosewater-flavoured marzipan-like sweet. The recipe suggested rosewater to counter the oils in freshly ground almonds, but the chef opted to use pre-ground almond flour, so the dish ended up softer than anticipated. I really, really liked this one – but I love the flavour of rosewater.
  • Onion soup, I did have a little of this, since frequently heavily cooked onions don’t bother me like raw and near-raw ones do. I thought the broth was nice, but of course couldn’t really enjoy it like those who like onions do.
  • A second attempt at the marzipan-like sweet. The chef used far less rosewater on this one, recognizing the almond oil issue with flour vs. freshly ground. This one ended up quite hard and crumbly, and of course a lot less flavoured with rosewater. I liked this one as well… but still prefer the softer, rosier one.
  • Watermelon juice. Literally a juiced watermelon. This was cool and refreshing. I think it would be super yummy mixed with lime juice or served with mint!
  • A pomegranate sauce served with roasted chicken. The original medieval recipe would have had the chicken served in the sauce, but the chef opted to serve them seperate so folks could control the amount of sauce.
  • My red pepper dip served with store-bought pita bread. The consistency ended up similar to hummus – (maybe a little less firm) and I really liked it. I used a recipe my friend sent me, but instead of using a jar of roasted peppers I roasted my own fresh, and toasted the walnuts in it. I also used twice the walnuts and half the bread from her recipe, since I really loved the nutty flavor and thought they’d have a near-similar impact on the consistency.
  • A Spanish style cheese, served with store-bought bread and preserves.

Making my dip

I took a few photos while making the dip and loaded them to Instagram. If you click the link you can go through the three photos, or use the arrows on the sides of the photos if your browser shows them.

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If you’re in the SCA or any other historical reenactment group, do you have a group that tries different historical recipes? Do you participate? Have any favourite recipes? Share some links with me in the comments below!

 

 
 

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Kawa Espresso Bar

Grilled Cheese from Kawa Espresso Bar

Grilled Cheese from Kawa Espresso Bar

Before meeting up with a friend to celebrate his birthday over drinks, my friend Skye and I (Of Dyeing For It) were looking for a nearby place to grab an quick and easy dinner. I wanted a light meal and a hot beverage, and she wanted a drink… She recommended Kawa Espresso Bar which was close to the bar we’d be going to later. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Tea: Iron Goddess – Tieguanyin

Tea. Photo by Modomatic

Tea. Photo by Modomatic

I brought one of my little tea-chests to work not too long ago, mostly filled with gifted teas – one of which is Iron Goddess.

Since it was a gift, I don’t know where it comes from (though I have my guesses..) but I found a few write-ups online about this oolong tea, including a charming story on Enjoyingtea.com:

Legend of Iron Goddess:
Centuries ago there lived a poor farmer in the Fujian Province of China. He lived by a temple that was dedicated to the Iron Goddess of Mercy. The temple was in poor condition since it wasn’t kept by anyone for a long time. The farmer cleaned the temple and burned incense to honor the Goddess. Touched by the poor farmer’s devotion to her temple, the Iron Goddess appeared to him in a dream and told him to find a treasure left for him behind her temple. The farmer woke up and searched all over the temple for the treasure only to find a small tea bush. When the farmer made tea from this bush, he noticed a unique fragrance and wonderful sweet taste. Delighted, he grew this tea bush and gave some of it to his neighbors so that they can also enjoy this treasure from the Goddess. Word spread of this wonderful tea and thus the Fujian Province became famous for the origin of this tea.

The taste is just slightly sweet, and very mellow.  I am not a huge fan of green tea, so oolongs seem to split the difference for me – plus they have less caffeine than black teas!

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2015 in Tea & Beverages

 

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Dark Iron Budda tea

Dark Iron Budda tea

Dark Iron Budda tea

This is just another super-short post. Unfortunately I don’t have a lot of time right now to write here, and I haven’t been checking out many new places to eat in Calgary lately either. 😦

Dark Iron Budda from Banff Tea Company is really good – mild tasting oolong tea – I’d get it again (the next time I’m up in Banff that is!)

 
 

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Afternoon Tea at Butchart Gardens

Pouring tea through a strainer at the Butchart's Afternoon Tea

Pouring tea through a strainer at the Butchart’s Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea at the Butchart Gardens – can you imagine anything more perfect to combine a bunch of my interests in one lovely afternoon?
We didn’t have reservations, and Afternoon Tea is only served from 12 noon – 3:00 p.m. April 1 – September 30. We only had a short wait though before a table became available – though the tearoom we were in was full, and it looked like the porch areas and other tearoom/dining room was also full.

(How much do you LOVE the little strainer above too? If it had been more affordable in their gift shop, I totally would have bought one…) Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2014 in Out of town - BC, Tea & Beverages, Treats

 

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Summer Shangri-la tea

Summer Shangri-la tea from Silk Road Tea in Victoria, BC

Summer Shangri-la tea from Silk Road Tea in Victoria, BC

One of the first teas I opened up from my trip to Victoria’s Silk Road was Summer Shangri-la tea – which is a black tea for “lazy summer days”. It includes black tea (the shop doesn’t indicate where from), calendula flowers, lavender blossoms, citrus peel, vanilla beans, and peach fruit ‘essence’.

Summer Shangri-la tea from Silk Road Tea in Victoria, BC

Summer Shangri-la tea from Silk Road Tea in Victoria, BC

Dry, the tea reminds me a lot of a tea I loved from David’s Tea – Southern Belle, but with a slight smokier smell (with the addition of lavender) and less milky (without those yoghurt drops).

I steeped up three cups with one infuser of tea, and the flavour remained strong through the second cup, but decidedly weaker with the third. The taste is pretty close to the scent – peachy, fruity, with a slight smokey taste from the lavender. It definitely isn’t as “creamy” tasting as the variation from David’s Tea, but would probably be a better option for tea-lovers concerned about the added ingredients. I had mine with skim milk and sweetener – mostly because it was morning, and that’s how I usually have my morning black tea!

I think this is a great summertime tea – and as summertime fades, this will make fall a bit more tolerable. 🙂

Summer Shangri-la tea from Silk Road Tea in Victoria, BC

Summer Shangri-la tea from Silk Road Tea in Victoria, BC

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Posted by on October 3, 2014 in Out of town - BC, Tea & Beverages

 

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Silk Road Tea – Victoria, BC

Selection of teas at Silk Road in Victoria, BC

Selection of teas at Silk Road in Victoria, BC

I’m going to take a little break from my Iceland posts to head back to Canada again – this time for my trip to Victoria, BC, and a must-visit Silk Road Tea shop.

Located in the Chinatown area of downtown, Silk Road is spa on one side, and tea on the other, and a young woman greeted all of the guests with a free sample of a freshly made iced tea to take off some of the heat of the August day when we visited.

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Posted by on September 7, 2014 in Out of town - BC, Tea & Beverages

 

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Iceland National Museum Café

Delicious meringue Skor cake at the café

Delicious meringue Skor cake at the café

My last post included the meringue cake from  the café at the Iceland National Museum – and although the cake was perhaps the most memorable part of the meal, it certainly wasn’t all we enjoyed. In keeping with my other posts from food in Iceland, I wanted to share with you a quick post about some of the other things we enjoyed there. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2014 in Out of town - Europe, Tea & Beverages

 

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