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so i was on the bus going to school a couple of weeks ago. when i noticed that a tea shop is opening up in Osborne Village. It’s called Tea Story… and i dont know anything about it! i dont see anything when i google, and come on does it even exist if you cant google it?!?! the sign for the place looks pretty slick all black with white letters and a green tea leaf. actually at first glance it looks like an H&R block. but this isn’t so much a post to inform though it may for some people who didnt know about it in the first place. this is more for the people out there that may know something about this. i’m reaching out to the Winnipeg tea community. so tell me more!
well i made the ginger tea in my zarafina, and its turned out pretty good, though the first try was pretty weak because i used the herbal setting but i used the black tea setting gave much more flavour. i added orange zest which also has come through nicely. although i think ill try it in a tea ball or a brewt next time so it can steep longer. ginger is supposed to be great for you and i think for digestion especially which would be nice after the gluten binge i had yesterday.
cheska has some really neat looking spoons ad tea cups some of the saucers even have little indentations in them for the spoon so you can connect them together. check out there website.
im just about to try pu erh tea for the first time, ill let you know how it goes.
i was just thinking the other day why i like tea, and it came to me. tea slows you down, there’s more to it you have to stop for a moment and enjoy the taste smell and warmth that it brings. on the weekends when i’m at my moms around 1 or 2 in the afternoon she will ask me to make tea. a couple of years ago she got me a Zarafina tea maker which i love. so we have tea together we sit on the couch and just enjoy each others company or listen to some music. but its just so nice to stop and have that time when the rest of the day is in front of a computer or out and about.
just wanted to share my little tea epiphany, maybe in the comments you can share your tea moments or why you like it.
i finally got around to making my own chai tea, and even better i finally got around to posting something about it. im not sure if it was perfect chai but it was pretty good, and i also want to try it again soon. maybe next time with my zarafina. so heres how it went the ingredients were: cinnamon, cardamon, cloves, and black tea. then i took a coffee filter and through them all in and tied it with some string like a little pouch and set it in a cup of hot water. this way worked alright but i didn’t have the right kind of black tea so it was just the tea that came through. next up was the other way where you chuck the spices into a (1 cup) pot of water and let it boil for about five minutes, then put two cups of milk in and let it boil some more with the black to, then filter out the. now that turned out well.
- 2 teaspoons fresh ginger root; grated
- 1 whole star anise; broken up
- 1 teaspoon orange peel; grated
- 4 pieces cinnamon bark (canela); 1 1/2 inch
- 1 teaspoon cardamom seeds
- 10 whole cloves
- 5 whole peppercorns
- 5 cups water
- 1/4 cup black tea leaves; (like Assam or Darjeeling)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup honey
- 3 cups milk
- Bundle up the first seven ingredients in a length of cheese cloth and tie it together with a string. This is called a bouquet garni (pronounced “boo-KAY gar-NEE”).
- Place the bouquet garni in a pot of water. The string should be tied to the handle for easy removal later on.
- Bring the water to a very low boil, then reduce the heat and simmer. Boiling water may extract too much bitterness from the tea leaves.
- Add tea leaves and continue simmering for 15 minutes.
- Remove the bouquet garni.
- Strain the remaining liquid through a sieve to remove tea leaves.
- Add honey, vanilla, and milk.
- Serve. Pour the mixture over crushed ice if you’re serving it cold. This makes eight servings.
load the leaves in the front then boil the water from the stove
, Green Tea