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Take Five With: Dunedin Tea

February 3rd  •  Posted in Food

Take Five With: Dunedin Tea

Over the past couple of weeks or so I’ve sampling some great tea the lovely people over at Dunedin Tea sent over. I must tell between the huge selection of tea flavours and types on my ‘tea shelf’ you can rarely spot some loose tea, so it was pretty lovely to try out a few picks and something different from the usual.

Edinburgh based The Dunedin Tea Company, born with the aim of providing high quality loose leaf teas without the designer price tag, offers in fact the biggest selection of different and interesting loose tea blends. I couldn’t resist in front of some flavoured green tea (you’ll know it’s my favourite!), and a couple of fruit and herbal picks! I must say loose tea makes the whole tea ritual even more enjoyable to me, and there’s something so unique and different about them, that I kind of got hooked and started thinking I need to test out as many flavours as I can…

Take Five With: Dunedin Tea
Blue Eyes

While this tea is suggested for a mid-afternoon or post-dinner break, I actually came to enjoy it a whole lot in the early hours of the morning or just as part of my mid-morning post yoga routine.

A blend of rosehip, apple, orange pieces, hibiscus and cornflower petals, it reminds me of something I used to drink when I was younger. It’s the perfect pick me up after a workout routine but also as first thing in the morning, it’s warm, fruity, floreal.

I can totally see me preparing a huge lot of it and keeping it in the fridge in summertime for a refreshing afternoon treat, but I do love it in wintertime to warm up my spirit and body!

Sencha Cherry Rose

This is my favourite pick out of the three! Chinese green tea and sparkles of rose petals, with a hint of cherry flavouring, totally make for the perfect blend of flavours.

This tea is meant to remind the Japanese Sakura blossoming, and even though I’ve not been lucky to be in Japan just yet, I can fully imagine the atmosphere and kind of taste the smell of a city filled in cherry blossoms while drinking it.

To me this is the perfect mid-afternoon tea pick. I like to take a break from busy working hours and just enjoy some purifying green tea in the middle of the afternoon. The rose and cherry flavours make it a very special treat, great to be paired with freshly baked oven goodies.

Take Five With: Dunedin Tea
Take Five With: Dunedin Tea
Lavender

I’ve always been curious about lavender tea being such a lavender fan and jumped at the chance to test it out. Lavender flower is known to be a great natural remedy for insomnia and better rest because the scent relaxes your muscles and that in turn helps slow your heartbeat: this is a great nighttime infusion of lovely smelling lavender straight from Provence.

This isn’t extremely sweet by its own, so I like to add one (or two!) heaping teaspoons of chestnut honey, that compliments the floreal herbal flavour of the tea so nicely and add that little bit of sweetness I like on my tea break.

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If you’re a tea lover, you should totally check Dunedin Tea out!
Any other fans of loose leaf tea? x

Take Five With: Dunedin Tea
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My Day in Tea Cups

January 21st  •  Posted in Food

My Day In Tea Cups

If you read my blog since a while, you would have seen tuns of mentions about tea in my posts – it’s just no secret at all that I love a cuppa every now and then. Or even more often.

I like all about tea. From the boiling and pouring actions to the very first sip, the warming feeling of your hands hugging a hot cup and the sweet taste of warm tea in which I overdid a little with sugar or honey – because I like it extra sweet! I like tea mugs, in fact I’m obsessed with them and my kitchen pantry is kind of overflowing because of them with me pretending not to see that. I love milk in tea, classic cow milk in black tea and almond milk in chai tea. I love lemon in my green tea. I love sweet teas, herbal teas, black tea, green tea.

I think I like tea more than cheese. And that’s not even possible!

Wasn’t it about time to share my favourite tea picks throughout the day (and show off part of my mug collection)? So here it is, ‘my day in tea cups’.

My Day In Tea Cups
My Day In Tea Cups
My Day In Tea Cups

Morning tea

Even though I’m partial to coffee as first thing in the morning, I do sometimes still have tea for breakfast and if I don’t, I’ll surely have a cup after my morning yoga – it makes my morning routine even nicer! In the morning I like my tea even sweeter than usual, preferring black tea above others: my current (or should I say all-time?) favourite is the Lipton Vanilla Caramel Black Tea – this tea is such a treat, with caramel and vanilla pairing so nicely, sweet and delicate, almost creamy. It’s sweet even without adding sugar (but I highly suggest a teaspoon of organic honey for the perfectly indulgent tea) and milk it’s just made for it. Even though I do not dislike it in the afternoon too, it makes for the perfect early morning tea cup.

My Day In Tea Cups
My Day In Tea Cups
My Day In Tea Cups

5 o’clock tea

I’ll always have tea in the afternoon. I love colder seasons just because tea never seems out of place, and personally, suffering cold quite a lot, when the sun goes down and the temperatures start falling, there’s nothing better to me than a warming hot cup of tea to take a break in the middle of the afternoon. I like green tea in the afternoon, any green tea really: I am a fan of the Clipper Citrus & Echinacea Green Tea as I think lemon-like flavours pair so nicely with green tea, but I also love mint green tea and jasmine green tea especially (one of my favourites!).

My Day In Tea Cups
My Day In Tea Cups
My Day In Tea Cups

Nighttime tea

I have recently written a little article about effective hacks to sleep better for Mode, highly suggesting, between others, to try some teas and infusions just before bedtime as a lot of them are known to be natural remedies to treat insomnia. I find myself having a cup of tea in the evening quite often: I like fennel tea for digestion, rose and chamomile for helping me relax and fall asleep easily (great when you have a lot going on in your head and you toss and turn a bit too much!). I’m also curious to stock up on lavender, oat flower and lemon balm teas to see how they work with me, as they’re also great nighttime picks.

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I’m on the market for new teas, so I’d love to know what you like to drink throughout your days! x

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Tea time & Nutella Rose Buns

January 10th  •  Posted in Food

Tea Time & Nutella Rose Buns

Working from home full time, it’s always nice but also quite challenging at times to find a balance between breaks and lots of non-stop working hours. With the start of the new year, we are trying and leaving the bad habits behind us (which for me come in form of too much procrastination or too much work but nothing in-between) and while our working schedule is keeping us quite busy, we like to find time for a tea break at 5 o’clock to switch off from technology just for a little while and enjoy some treats in these dark, gloomy, grey January days.

There’s nothing quite like the art of boiling, pouring and sipping tea. Or the smell of jasmin or mint green tea paired with crispy baked treats fresh from the oven. Or the decision to indulge in extra sweet tea this time and add one more teaspoon of honey in your infusion.

Tea Time & Nutella Rose Buns
Tea Time & Nutella Rose Buns

Tea Time & Nutella Rose Buns

Tea Time & Nutella Rose Buns
Nutella Rose Buns

When I spotted the recipe for these Laminated Nutella Morning Buns a couple of days ago, I immediately thought better than breakfast, they would fit our tea break so much more. Crispy, almost croissant-like but softer, with the sweet indulgent but perfect amount of healthy “Nutella” complimenting so well the dough a bit lacking on the sweet side.

They’re extremely easy to make but a little time consuming – but as a pro they only require basic ingredients you’ll surely already have in your fridge, plus nothing can beat seeing your own dough puffing so perfectly!

– Full recipe here! –

Nutella Rose Buns

Prep Time: 6 hours

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Serving Size: 8-9 medium buns

Nutella Rose Buns

Ingredients

  • 195g white flour
  • 1 1/8 tsp dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 43 grams brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp raw cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/3 cup warm whole milk
  • 141 grams unsalted butter
  • Healthy "Nutella" option

Instructions

Full recipe here.

http://www.miel-cafe.com/2016/01/tea-time-nutella-rose-buns.html
Tea Time & Nutella Rose Buns
Tea Time & Nutella Rose Buns

Tea Time & Nutella Rose Buns

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What’s your favourite tea break treat?! Any recipes you love?!
Would love to know and get inspired! x

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