Monday, January 29, 2018

My Cuppa: A taste of genuine Oolong!

For this past Christmas, I received a gift of tea from a co-worker. The tea is an oolong from Genuine Tea, one of my favourite tea brands. I know it’s going to be good, as I have tried their teas before, and have never been disappointed. This particular tea is called Ginseng Oolong. Here are my thoughts.

Genuine Tea for a change!

A spring harvest from the Fujian Province, this oolong has been partially oxidized and then rolled in Ginseng powder. According to the package, it’s “a sweet, creamy profile with a floral finish”. Sounds good to me!

I prepared the oolong as instructed, using a 1 tsp of the tightly balled tea leaves, and infusing them in 8 oz of water boiled to 90 °C, for 3 – 5 minutes. 

Yup.  That's tea.

My first cup did taste sweet and floral, but it was quite subtle. It was a nice golden colour but not much aroma. Still, an enjoyable cup. I prepared a second infusion with much better results. The flavour was stronger with a thicker coating on the tongue.

A perfect cupping!

Definitely felt the creaminess the second time around. I tried a third infusion, allowing the leaves to steep just over 5 minutes. I didn’t really detect much difference from round 2 though. There wasn’t any bitterness in any of the infusions either. I really liked this oolong. 

Genuine goodness!

Ginseng Oolong is yet another winner from Genuine Tea. I’ve sampled other teas from this wonderful company, and look forward to trying many more of their products.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Tea Readings: Finding love with tea and cake!

Tea & Cake

First off, a declaration; I love you!
There’s surely no mistake.
And if you’ll be my lover, a promise;
Our lives will be filled with tea and cake.

There is nothing I wouldn't give you.
Just take it! My heart, my mind, my soul.
My money, I’ll give it. Take the credit card too!
Your happiness is my only true goal.

But more than that; I’ll give you laughter.
We will be laughing all the time.
And when I make you fantastic dinners,
Our laughs will mix with wine.

Oh, I know I can make you happy!
Let me love you, for goodness sake!
And if you’ll be my lover, my dear,
Our lives will be filled with tea and cake.

~ Elise Reid, May 2014

Sunday, January 21, 2018

My Cuppa: The Terrific Turmeric Tisane!

A few posts back, I wrote about the wonders of turmeric. Though it’s mainly used in Indian cuisine, it also make a great beverage. Here’s how you do it:


  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 ½ tbsp maple syrup
  • Pinch of black pepper


  • Heat the coconut oil in a sauce pan until melted.
  • Add the coconut milk and give it a whisk.
  • Add all the remaining ingredients and whisk until it gets a little foamy.
  • Pour contents into a cup and enjoy!

All together now!

There are many variations to make turmeric tisane. In fact, this beverage may also be enjoyed as a cold drink over ice. Play around with some of the spices you have in your pantry. Check out the options below to create a yummy version yourself!

Golden glory!


  • Try other milk substitutes such almond, soy, or just go with plain regular milk.
  • Instead of maple syrup, try some honey. Perhaps even stevia or coconut sugar.
  • Experiment with other spices such nutmeg, allspice, cloves, or ginger. The list goes on.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Tea Readings: More words to picture!

Let's kick a new month off with more inspirational quotes. Here are some of my favourites in colour and graphics: