Peach and Blueberry Cobbler 


Ingredients:

8 fresh peaches – peeled, pitted and sliced into thin wedges

1/4 cup white sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

2 teaspoons cornstarch

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup white sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces

1/4 cup boiling water
Directions:

1. MIX TOGETHER: 3 tablespoons white sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
3. In a large bowl, combine peaches, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, and cornstarch. Toss to coat evenly, and pour into a 2 quart baking dish. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. 

4. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine flour, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, baking powder, and salt.

5.Blend in butter with your fingertips, or a pastry blender, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in water until just combined.


6. Remove peaches from oven, and drop spoonfuls of topping over them. Sprinkle entire cobbler with the sugar and cinnamon mixture.


7. Bake until topping is golden, about 30 minutes.

Review: Merry Auld Apricot Oolong

Apricot Oolong

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: Iced
Steeped: 6 minutes
Served: Nothing added, over ice

Iced tea season, gotta love it! Here in Maine it is short and sweet, so to make the most of it I like to try all kinds of iced teas while the weather is warm. The Merry Auld apricot oolong tea makes an excellent iced tea. The flavor subtle, but interesting and certainly enjoyable.  Brewing this tea, I added a bit more leaves than I would if I were drinking it hot. I also let it steep a minute or two longer than I normally would. This makes for a strong tea that will taste good cold and wont lose too much flavor when the iced cubes are added.

Oolong typically has a more mild flavor, so as an iced tea is isn’t strong at all. The apricot flavor is also mild in this tea, making it a lovely slightly sweet counterpart to the only slightly earthy oolong tea. Together they make a light, yet flavorful combination. For me, this tea was even more interesting cold than it was hot. Definitely worth a try both ways.

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

Apricot Oolong

Katie says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf

Temperature: Iced

Steeped: 5 minutes

Served: With a touch of honey, over ice
As I mentioned in a previous post, Abby and I came across a tea tasting the other weekend. While there we bought this tea! I thought it would be good iced and was glad to see that I was right. I like this lightly sweetened. It’s hard to find a nice pre-made low sugar tea. I recommend making your own. Oolong is a lighter black tea so make sure to brew a strong batch and cool it first before enjoying over ice! I really like the subtle real apricot flavor. Sometimes fruit tea has a fake fruit taste, but this one has very nice authentic apricot flavor.

 

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

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

Apricot Oolong

Strawberry Rubarb Pie with Lattice Crust


Use your favorite crust recipe. Make sure it’s one you can trust!
FILLING:

2 1/2 cups chopped red rhubarb, fresh
2 1/2 cups de-stemmed, washed and cut strawberries (in larger pieces)
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 1/2 tablespoons minute tapioca
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg white

DIRECTIONS:

1) Prep your favorite pie crust. The fork holes help prevent bubbles.

2) Mix all ingredients except egg white in a large bowl.


3) Slice top crust. A pizza cutter works well for this. 

4) Fill bottom crust with the filling and add 1/2 of the strips of top crust on top.

5) Lift every other strip and weave the other half of the strips in. Crimp edges.


6) Brush crust with egg white and sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes and then 375 for an additional 45 minutes. Cool to room temp and serve!

Tea Tasting in Boothbay, ME

While Abby and I were visiting Boothbay we passed a sign that said “tea tasting today” and obviously we had to stop and check it out! What we found was Wanser’s Natural Food Market and Merry Auld Tea Company!


Look for reviews of what we purchased soon! Also, if you’re “Down East” make sure that you venture into the shop. They have an amazing calendar of all of the happenings in Boothbay for the summer!


June, July, August, & even September are even more filled out but I’m told it’s just for those who visit in person so go check it out! 

And, of course, take in the beautiful costal Maine Scenery.

Review: Tazo Sultry Strawberry


Overall Rating:

Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.

Steepability:5 of 5 leaves — this tea is easy to make!

Abby says:

Tea type: Bagged
Temperature: @ boiling
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

The first thing you’ll notice when steeping this tea is the strong scent of strawberry. The sultry strawberry is right there in your face as soon as the water hits the tea. As recommended I steeped this tea for five minutes. While it was steeping in my cup I was talking around getting other things done and it struck me as funny that everywhere I went I was bringing the smell of strawberries with me. The strawberry was only present in the aroma though. I didn’t catch any hints of it in the black tea. This works well for me because I don’t like overly fruity tasting teas. In this tea I got the best of both worlds, the cheery fragrance of strawberries and the taste of strong black tea. Given that I work in the frozen tundra of AC, I drank this tea hot, but I think it would also be tasty iced.

Some other great things about this tea? It’s certified both USDA Organic and Non-GMO verified. Woot!

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

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Katie says:

Tea type: Bagged
Temperature: Iced
Steeped: 5 minutes in 3/4 the usual water then cooled to room temp. Poured over ice.
Served: With a touch of honey

I am not crazy about hot fruit teas, but I like fruit flavors iced so that’s what I did with my sample. The strawberry scent is much stronger than the flavor but it’s very pleasant. I used Blueberry honey and the combination of starwberries and blueberry hints was very tasty.


This would also be delicious with a squeeze of lemon or even made as 1/2 iced tea and 1/2 lemonade. If you’re looking for something different this summer is great iced then I highly recommend this tea!

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

Green tea sugar scrub

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Review: Honest Tea Peach Iced Tea

Honest Tea

Abby says:

Tea type: Bottled
Temperature: Cold, over ice
Steeped: Ready made
Served: Nothing added to start, then blended with unsweetened iced tea

As the weather warms up, the search for the perfect ready-made iced tea begins. This year we are starting off with Organic Peach Tea from Honest Tea. First things first, this is a tea you can feel good about drinking. It contains only organic and fair trade ingredients. That’s always a plus. Sadly the first thing I noticed when tasting this tea is that it is just too sweet. Weighing in with a whopping 25g of sugar, that’s just too much for me. Excessive sugar and sweetness aside, I really like the bright peach flavor in this tea. It simply reminded me of summer.

To make this tea work better for me I mixed it 50/50 with some unsweetened Darjeeling iced tea I happened to have in the fridge, made the old-fashioned way. Doing this makes this tea drinkable for me. Of course, some of the fruity peach flavor was lost, but the level of sweetness was much better.

Do you have any bottled iced teas or iced tea concentrates to recommend? Unsweetened or just a hint of sweet would be more my speed.

 

Taste: 2.5 of 5 leaves – This tea is just ok, just too sweet for me
Steepability: This tea is bottled!

Honest tea

 

* Update * Kickstarter: #Teplobottle – The Smart Bottle for Tea Lovers

Hey #tea friends!  Remember when I posted about Teplo the tea bottle Kickstarter campaign last month? If you missed it, check it out here.

Well, good news to report! Teplo got funded!  The campaign was able to raise over $73,000. Impressive, right?!?  More good news, if you didn’t make it in time to contribute to the kickstarter, but still want a Teplo tea bottle you can now pre-order from the kickstarter page.  Looks like the first tea bottles with be shipping in August, so a bit of a wait from here. Will report back when my Teplo arrives. Finger crossed for August.

Review: David’s Tea Some Velvet Morning

DelecTEAble - David's Tea Organic Some Velvet Morning

 Abby says:

Tea type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @200 (just below boiling point)
Steeped: 2 minutes
Served: Nothing added

My life has been pretty hectic lately with March Madness just wrapping up, weddings, and the PBA tour being in town, so I was feeling really run down this morning. Then I remembered that I had some David’s Tea Some Velvet Morning in my cupboard. Just the pick-me-up I needed. First off, this tea is organic. Love that. Secondly, it contains a blend of green tea, orange peel, lemongrass, dandelion root, some berries I’ve never heard of and orange oil. This makes for a very tasty cuppa! The green tea and lemongrass make this tea soft and velvety (hence the name?) to drink, and the orange peel and oil add a bright citrus quality to wake you up. I also find this tea mild and very easy to drink. It may get strong if steeped longer and I’ll try that on my second steep, but in this case its mild nature works well for me.

DelecTEAble - David's Tea Organic Some Velvet Morning

Overall, I LOVE this tea! It’s organic, so I feel good about drinking it. Then the ingredients blend to make a soothing, yet bright tea that goes down easy. In fact, I think I’m feeling better already and I can see pilates workout in my future.

Taste: 5 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.
Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate, but well worth the effort.

DelecTEAble - David's Tea Organic Some Velvet Morning

Quick Review: Cambridge & Thames Earl Grey Tea

 

Cambridge and ThamesAbby says:

Tea Type: Bagged
Temperature: @ 212, boiling
Steeped: Left tea bag in the cup
Served: Nothing added

Just a super fast review for you all this week:  I happened upon this Cambridge & Thames Earl Grey tea in my office kitchen and decided to try it out. Though touted as Earl Grey tea, you will be hard pressed to find even a hint of bergamot flavor. None could be found in my cup. That was a bit disappointing, but the tea flavor itself was good – a nice strong black tea with high astringent notes. Sadly there was also a strange floral, bordering on perfume, note to this tea. Maybe I steeped it too long? Maybe this is the bergamot? It was enough for me to notice, but didn’t change my feelings of love for the rich tea.  The mystery remains, I guess. I wouldn’t recommend this tea for Earl Grey lovers, but if you find yourself in my office kitchen (because, where else can you get this tea?) give it a try, it makes a decent cuppa.

Pro tip: You could use this tea for making Almond Earl, a super easy tea cocktail! Check it out here.

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