Monthly Archives: October 2017

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.

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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!