Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Review: Tea Campaign Canada

I'm going to be posting a set of reviews on some lovely Darjeeling from Tea Campaign! I've loved working with Tea Campaign and I have been running their Instagram account. If you are into some good tea then it is certainly worth a try!


Review: Tea Campaign Canada Darjeeling First Flush 2014 Blend

Tea Campaign Canada, a fairly new tea company, is based in Ottawa, ON. This tea company focusses only on one type of tea - Darjeeling. They buy their high quality, organic tea in bulk and sell large packages. Their goal is to offer high quality tea at an affordable price. This way of buying tea is perfect for those who know exactly what tea they want and plan to drink it every day. 

Their Darjeeling First Flush is a darker blend compared to other first flush teas I’ve reviewed, making me think the leaves were picked later spring rather than early spring. The last darjeeling I reviewed was picked mid-March. I would guess this darjeeling was picked around April due to more fermentation. 

The smell is minty and grassy, the most common flavor profile of first flush Darjeelings. Though this tea has a delicate smell, it is just a tad stronger then other Darjeelings I’ve had this past month. I steeped 1 teaspoon in one cup of water for 4 minutes. After steeping, the tea had a completely different smell. It became more musty and vegetal, reminding me of broth. The taste is more sweet then the smell. This is the type of tea that grows on you as you drink it. It is best to enjoy with no additives. 


Despite maybe being a little more fermented, it is still quite delicate. It reminds me very much of Oolong due to the vegetal notes. It does have a nice, sweet aftertaste though. I have had multiple cups of this tea and thoroughly enjoyed it. I also decided to try some of this tea iced. Darjeeling isn’t a typical choice for iced teas but it turns out really lovely. I added lemon and honey to create the perfect summer drink. 

Check out the Tea Campaign website here: http://www.teacampaign.ca


Monday, May 11, 2015

Gluten-Free Vanilla Orange Muffins

I absolutely love these gluten-free muffins with a big cup of darjeeling
Check out http://www.teacampaign.ca for some great Darjeeling!


GF Vanilla Orange Muffins

2 1/2 cup oat flour
1 Tbs baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup cream (or milk)
1 egg
3 Tbs honey
1 Tbs olive oil (or butter)
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp shaved orange peel

1) Preheat oven to 350F
2) Mix all ingredients together in a bowl
3) Scoop a little more than 1/4 cup into each muffin tin
4) Bake for 20-25 minutes










Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Iced Honey Lemon Darjeeling

It's finally warm and sunny so I hope you're ready for lots and lots of summer recipes!

I decided to kick spring and summer off with this Iced Honey Lemon Darjeeling

I used some amazing First-Flush Darjeeling from Tea Campaign Canada. I'm currently running the Instagram for this tea company and I highly recommend their darjeeling. Check out their website here: http://www.teacampaign.ca





Iced Honey Lemon Darjeeling

4 cups hot water (175F)
4 tsp loose leaf darjeeling (find the darjeeling I used here: http://www.teacampaign.ca)
2-3 Tbs honey
1 lemon



1) Measure out 4 tsp. of darjeeling and 3 Tbs of honey


2) Heat water to 175F and steep the darjeeling in 4 cups of water for 12-15 minutes (this can vary depending on your preference)

 

3) While the tea is still hot, add 2-3 tablespoons of honey and stir to help it dissolve


4) Add 1-2 tablespoons of lemon juice until the taste is to your liking


5) Set tea in fridge for 2-3 hours until chilled






Monday, April 27, 2015

Spring Cowl Pattern

Just finished this lovely spring cowl. The color of this yarn immediately caught my eye and three minutes later I was buying five balls of it. (I got it for $2 a ball!)

Here's how I made it:


I used a discontinued yarn - find more info here: http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/jaeger-roma

*double the yarn
*9mm circular needles
*Cast on 117 stitches
*Knit until you've used all five balls
*Cast off using size 10mm needles

I love also love how this yarn feels. It's stretchy and soft- a shame it's discontinued.

Also, I'm wearing some temporary tattoos which I've fallen in love with.
Find the one's I'm wearing here: http://printedvillage.com









Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Another Spiral Cowl

I absolutely love knitting these! They will be for sale on my Etsy shop next fall and winter.