Oh winter. The last few weeks of the wet and the rain in Oregon really start to get to a person. It's dark, its gloomy. ITS WET! Really wet, like slip around outside when its wet, wet.
We spend much more time in the house than we care to but there is so little to do in so much rain and mud. There is no garden to work on - its too cold. The animals are hunkered down just like us. The only thing to do is to make a mess in the kitchen - I mean be creative in the kitchen. ( As I look behind me to see if the Farmer' saw me type those words... ah hem.)
cooking with, not drinking tea
I have sort of a reputation for being a mad scientist in the kitchen. I think its usually the after math of my creativeness that gives me that reputation. The latest inspired mess - I mean creation - came from a tea called Lapsang Souchong. Lapsang is a special black tea from China that is smoke-dried over a pine-wood fire. It's known as the smoked tea.
Let me tell you what, that is the best name for this tea! While drinking smoked liquid just didn't sound pleasing to MY palate, I had some other ideas! Some people buy Liquid Smoke but what does this farm girl do? I just eat my tea.
It started with potatoes
This interesting and new Lapsang tea just smelled like great BBQ'd food. Sometimes though, teas don't taste anything like they smell. Most of the time they do, but not always. So this girl was set to find out if it did, indeed, taste like some great BBQ. Off to the spice grinder went the tea leaves with a few spices that I usually put in my BBQ sauce. It made a very fine powder. Maybe a bit too fine, but this was an experiment right?
The simplest way to test this new found tea spice out was on some potato wedges. Five hungry family members weren't going to wait long for a long crazy experiment. This was the quickest way to test out my idea.
Off went the potatoes to be scrubbed, and sliced, sprinkled with this new spice blend, and drizzled with olive oil for the oven. WOW! We're those the best potato wedges ever! Lapsang really packs a smokey punch and a little goes a long ways. Now the wheels were really turning!
hello to the best meatballs ever
Thank you potato wedges for being the quinea pig. The real test was on. Mixing and mashing, I introduced this new found spice blend to our traditional meatball recipe. Also mixing it in our traditional bbq recipe. Here we have the simplest and tastiest meatballs I've ever had. Move over Ikea. Move over Costco. These things are taking over. Super simple to make and super simple to freeze for parties. You are going to want to give these a try! Let us know what you think in the comments, do these take the cake?
Our new, and free, Cooking with Tea Winter Edition E-book is available! It includes our Lapsang Spice Blend recipe, our Meatball Recipe, Potato Wedge Recipe and 6 more recipes that involve cooking with tea. A great way to add additional spice and flavor to your "bag of goods" as the Farmer calls it. Add some fun to your tea time treats!
Until next time, may your cuppa tea be full and warm when you drink it,
My name is CeAnne, wife to my Farmer and mama to 4 adopted kiddos. I help farm lov'n mama's (and grandmas) turn common herbs into powerful medicines without being overwhelmed. Here you will find all sorts of nourishing goodness on natural medicine, herb gardening and wholesome real foods. Read more about our farm HERE.