Porto Formoso Tea Factory

Porto Formoso

Recently, I was gifted this beautiful tea from the Azores. It turns out that the Azores are the home of the only two tea plantations in Europe! Learn something new everyday, I guess. One of those tea plantations is Porto Formoso Tea factory. They offer a glimpse into tea production on the island and along with other tea traditions unique to this beautiful place.

They offer several varieties of tea, and today I sampled the Azores home blend. An early, light tea. It steeps to a beautiful bright, golden color. My package didn’t have specific steeping instructions, so I went for about two-three minutes. I think it was just right. The flavor is light and nutty with a hint of sweet. No honey needed. I really enjoyed this, partially because I’ve been drinking a lot of darker, heavier teas as the weather has cooled. This was a great change of pace.

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Chai-Glazed Almond Cookies

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Chai flavors are great all year around, but seem particularly fitting in the fall. That’s why these cookies are perfect for any occasion this time of year, anything from teatime by the wood stove with a good book or party time with friends. These cookies are definitely crowd pleasers. You’ll find chai spices in both the cookie and the glaze. I’m all for adding more chai! You’ll find the recipe over at King Arthur Flour. Check them out!

Cinnamon-Apple Twist Bread

Cinnamon-Apple Twist Bread

Isn’t this bread georgous?!? Just perfect for the season. I’d love to take credit for it, but I have to admit – my husband made it. He loves to bake in the fall and I love that he loves to bake anytime. I found this recipe at King Arthur flour and just had to have it. Though it ended up being a bit more time intensive that expected, it was well worth it (for me, at least). Adding raisins is the only change made to the recipe.

Have a look at the recipe and more beautiful photos of this bread over at King Arthur flour. Think you will give it a try? It’s delicious, I promise!

 

Harry Potter Inspired #SundayFunday

Felix Felicis

Fall always reminds of how much I love Harry Potter! For some #SundayFunday I’m sipping my Harry Potter inspired Adagio tea, Felix Felicis and listening to The Sorcerer’s Stone audiobook. Everything Harry Potter (books, movies, tea, food) plays a role this season for me. What are you favorite fall traditions?

 

#hereforfall #teatime #HarryPotter #teapot #chillymornings #pumpkinrecipes #audiobooks

Teatime is me time

What do you need to start your day? Do to have any self care rituals? Mine is tea. I need few minutes of peace and to breathe in the smells and hold the warm mug. It makes me happy to use a pretty cup or a mug with a bit of a cheesy positive message. When I drink my tea I’m more calm and mindful. My day gets off to a better start when I allow myself this comfort. So, what do you do to take care of you?

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#drinkmoretea #teattime #teatimeismetime #mindfulness #selfcare #morningrituals #dreambig #positivevibes #happytime #bepositive #createtimeforyou

Pivot: Seeking daily purpose versus perfection

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Abby and I have been talking for a while about shifting the focus for this blog. I like our blog, and I like talking about tea. However, I want a blog that shows more of “us” and connects us to readers in a deeper way.
I found I was often caught up in the quest for perfection. I’m a professional photographer, therefore, I can’t post a tea review without damn near perfect pictures. I was acting in the pursuit of perfection instead of with purpose. And, when I think about it, the quest to do things perfectly only leads to disappointment. It’s like decision fatigue but even worse…perfection paralysis. When we want to do something perfectly but then instead freeze and do nothing at all, at the end of the day we are far less happy than if we had just acted with purpose and done the best we could and done something slightly imperfect.
So, it means that I would still like to talk about tea but also talk about what we can do to add self-care in our daily lives. I’m going to let go and just write something real with the intent that doing it will make me happier.
How do you connect to happiness and well-being? Tea is a form that my self-care takes. It’s a mindful ritual. Tea makes you take a pause to be present and give you a small enjoyment.
The blog will move forward with the reviews, tea gadgets, and some delicious recipes just as it always has. However, when we need to reprioritize our list, or buy more tea…instead of waiting we’re going to just post casually post something fun or that we connected with and see where goes.
To be fair, Abby has always been great with the blog and kept it going single-handedly for a while. I’m the hold up, but I hope this new idea might help shift my perception.
So I invite you to join us. Embrace the idea of acting with purpose not perfection. Join us here for a little bit of daily happiness some that will involve tea and others little tidbits from our days. Note: you’ll likely see a feminist perspective presented, because, while Abby and I are different in many ways this is one way in which we are very much alike.
If you have something you’d like us to share on the blog whether it’s a tea that you’d like us to review or a thought or article about happiness, self-care, or empowerment that you’d like to share we encourage you to email us at delecteable (at) gmail (dot) com.

Review: Adagio Chocolate Chai

 

Overall Rating:

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!

Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

Abby says:

Tea type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @200 (just below boiling point)
Steeped: 4 minutes
Served: Nothing added to start, then milk and cinnamon honey

We’ve been on a bit of a chai kick lately, but can you blame us this time or year? Today we’re reviewing a spin on the traditional favorite, Chocolate Chai from Adagio Teas. In addition to all of the wonderful chai spices we’re used to, cocoa nibs are added to the blend. Like most chai teas, this teas is so pretty before steeping. As it steeps you can start to smell the chocolate blend with the chai spices and black tea. For me, the taste was just what I wanted it to be, spicy and strong with a hint of chocolate coming through. The only thing I didn’t love, was the texture – it was too thin. I added a touch of milk and some cinnamon infused honey. That did the trick and I ended up with the perfect cuppa!

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

Katie says:

Tea type: Loose leaf

Temperature: @200 (just below boiling point)

Steeped: 4 minutes

Served: With milk and honey

 I like my tea with milk and honey. Typically I like strong tea so I’m able to add lots of both. This tea would have gotten a 5 if it was a bit stronger. It was slightly weaker than I’d like but with a small splash of milk and a good squeeze of honey it was quite tasty. The honey enhanced the chocolate flavor for sure. If you like a strong tea add a little extra loose leaf then you would normally in the cup. Nice flavor, a bit like dessert for breakfast! This is a perfect fall and winter tea and I’ll be keeping some in my cabinet for the next few months.

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!

Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

Curried Chicken Salad with Apples and Carrots

One of my favorite things to make with leftover roasted chicken is chicken salad. It quick and easy to make and can be eaten on it’s own, in  a sandwich or on top of a salad. With our apple harvest in full swing, I’ve been adding apples to EVERYTHING. The apple and carrot give a nice satisfying crunch. This recipe is for a serving for one, but can easily be adjusted.

*** Note, this can also be made with leftover TURKEY. Keep in mind for after Thanksgiving ***

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup roasted chicken, chopped
  • 1 apple, chopped (if you don’t like the skin of the apple, peel it before chopping. I like it, so I left it)
  • 1/2 cup matchstick carrots, chopped
  • 2 tbsp mayonase
  • 1/4 – 1 tsp curry powder (to taste)
  • pinch of celery salt

Directions:

In a bowl combine all the ingredients, stir together. Then added mayo, curry powder or celery salt to taste.

That’s it! Enjoy

BEER and WINGS…and TEA?

It’s Football Season. This evokes immediate thoughts of beer & football. So, what does tea have to do with it? Everything!

I’ve recently had to adopt a gluten-free diet. I am NOT a fan but I feel much much better when I eat this way so here we are. I miss baked goods & delicious beer. I was never a fan of regular old beer, I like craft brews. 

My husband is obsessed with New England Farmhouse style beers. They are IPAs that are cloudy, juicy, full of flavor and delicious! I’ve stood in line at Treehouse. Trillium beer is a hoarder like gold in our house. So, how could it be that I can no longer enjoy these? Say it’s not so! Fortunatly, enter Owl’s brew. Owls brew makes a tea based mixer that adds the juicy, cloudy, special sauce of Farmhouse style beers to regular IPAs.

When it comes to Gluten-Free beer Omission IPA is by far my favorite. In its own this beer is GOOD. Add some Owl’s Brew and it’s amazing! I stumbled across this mixer due to my love of tea but I’m here to tell you that any craft beer drinker will LOVE this mixer in their brew. 

Now, back to the wings. Want to know how to make authentic Buffalo Wings that would make even my Dad and Brother-in-law (who both hail from Buffalo) proud? Try this: Grilled wings. 

Coat wings in salt, pepper & olive oil. Grill until about 1/2 cooked. Then baste with Frank’s wing sauce. Finish cooking & enjoy! The secret to authentic wings is to have the sauce be baked (or in this care grilled) in but not drippy. Drippy wings stink! If you make them in the oven I also suggest 1/2 cooking first. However, if you haven’t yet, try grilling your wings. The extra flavor is quite tasty. And, don’t forget to pair them with Owl’s Brew & Beer!

Review: Douglas Sweets The Full VermonTEA Black Breakfast by New England Tea Co

Abby says,

Tea type: Loose
Temperature: @200, boiling)
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

What we have here is a lovely strong breakfast tea. The long curled tea leaves are perfectly black and crispy, beautiful to look at. Once steeped, the create a deep chocolate brown tea that gives off a warm nutty aroma. The taste is just what you would expect from a breakfast tea, strong. I found hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, making this tea a great fir for the fall and winter.

My husband found this tea on his recent travels in Vermont and New Hampshire. I assumed that because it was under the Douglas Sweets label, that it could be purchased online. However it was not found on the site. There are other teas for sale but not this one. So, I can provide you with my thoughts on this tea, but not how to get some for yourself. Keep your eyes out if you are traveling the the New England area, you might find it in stores.

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 — this tea is easy to make!

These are the teas tat I keep seeing on all of the import sites! The sales clerk told me to pick-up some Bewley’s when I purchased my Irish tea pot. I should have listened! Well, until my next trip it’ll be off to the import store for me.

Taste: 3 of 5 leaves: A decent tasty tea
Steepability: 5 of 5 — this tea is easy to make!