Is it too soon to add tea blender to my resume?

In Wellington recently I had a really good pot of green tea (at Dumpling’d on Boulcott Street for anyone local). The menu described it as green tea with rose petals and fruit, and it was delicious.

I’m dubious about a lot of flavoured teas since I discovered the added sugars, oil and sundry other ingredients in the fine print, but I figured I could probably get close to replicating the taste with — well, green tea, rosebuds and fruit.

I was right.

The green and rosebud teas came from our local Asian grocer, and the fruit is dried apple slices from the supermarket. My first attempt wasn’t great, but second time round I was more generous with the roses and apple, and I added some fresh lemon thyme from the garden.

I would do my happy dance, but I don’t want to spill tea down my front.

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Luck

Pea, mint and feta fritters with roasted asparagus. Image: Su Leslie

If I seem even more food-obsessed than usual this weekend, it’s partly because I had some sort of gastric bug earlier in the week and couldn’t eat for a couple of days; but mostly because I am feeling incredibly lucky and grateful to actually have food.

The more I read about the climate catastrophe engulfing the planet, the collapse of eco-systems and the horrendous loss of species after species, the more I wonder how much longer I can take for granted the means to produce even simple, vegetarian meals like these fritters and asparagus.

The generation I was born into the tail-end of has often been called “the lucky generation”, but I fear if we don’t all make radical changes very soon, our luck will run out.

One Word Sunday | luck

And yes, it’s not a one-word post, but the prompt for a rant on something about which I feel very strongly.

Quick, before it melts

Raw chocolate raspberry slice. Image: Su Leslie 2019

Experimenting with a new recipe for something a little sweet but without dairy and refined sugar. This slice contains almond meal, coconut oil, buckwheat, rice syrup, raspberries, chia seeds and very dark chocolate. Once I got it out of the fridge, the raspberry layer began to melt pretty quickly.

The photo isn’t great, but the slice tasted pretty good.

Ragtag Daily Prompt | melt

Persimmon and walnut muffins … with Nina

img_4744 Persimmon, ginger and walnut muffins. Image: Su Leslie 2019

Saturday morning breakfast; coffee and muffins and the fabulous Nina Simone.

Like other artists I’ve included in my 30 Days, 30 Songs list, Nina Simone has provided much of the soundtrack to my adult life and I struggled to select just one song.

But this one is upbeat and perfect for a Saturday morning — and I do like the video.

We’re nearing the end of the 30 Days, 30 Songs challenge hosted by Sarah at Art Expedition. You can see her latest musical choice here.

Another not-exactly-Six-Word-Saturday; a challenge hosted by Debbie at Travel with Intent.

The tea and scone questions

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Date, orange and rosemary scone. Image: Su Leslie 2019

I baked again today. Scones rather than muffins this time, but I’m still worried it’s becoming a habit.

I didn’t even have the excuse of friends stopping by. I just fancied scones.

While I was waiting for them to cook (and regretting not cutting them into nice little rounds, rather than rough wedges) I got thinking about what sort of tea to have.

A mug of builder’s brew? Green tea with lime might compliment the orange flavour in the scone? A Darjeeling perhaps? Or maybe a fruit tissane?

Straight from the baking paper, or find a pretty plate? What about a napkin?

Are you a scone eater? A posh plate user? The one who eats on the go, or who stops to savour? China cup? Or favourite mug?

Let me know in the comments.

 

 

An act of judgement

Craft brewery in an old seaplane hangar with water views — Little Creatures in Hobsonville Point was ticking lots of boxes. Great food too. Lamb rump for the Big T; Caesar salad for me. Plus chips, but that goes without saying in a pub.

“Gourmandism is an act of judgment, by which we prefer things which have a pleasant taste to those which lack this quality.” — Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Posted to the Ragtag Daily Prompt | gourmand