Firstly, thanks for all of your great comments on Monday’s sugar cravings post. There were some great suggestions left in the comments on how you’ve managed to reduce your sugar intake, and if you missed it, be sure to go back and check it out.
1. Recipe of the Week. I’m currently going through a phase where I can’t stop eating Thai food. Fresh spring rolls, curry, stir fry, tom yum soup – you name it, I’ve probably made it over the past couple of weeks. While I’m not as fond of the heavier coconut milk-based curries, I’m a sucker for peanut sauce and that’s exactly what I doused this Sweet n Spicy Thai Rainbow Salad in.
The only bit of this salad that requires a little work is the peanut dressing, which I recommend making in a food processor or blender. You can do it by hand if you like (and I did at first because I felt lazy), but you won’t get the same smooth consistency and the peanut butter will clump together. Trust me, the extra little bit of cleaning up is worth it, and if you double the dressing, you can use it as a dip or salad dressing later in the week. How’s that for multi tasking?
2. Choconut Oolong tea. If you’re a David’s Tea fanatic like me, you’re probably already very aware that the winter collection has arrived and this year it’s amazing!!! One of my favourites, Sleigh Ride, is back (think cinnamon, papaya, apple, beetroot, raisins, coconut, and almonds), and new in the lineup is Coffee Cake, a black tea with cherries and pineapple that actually smells a lot like coffee cake! Over the weekend, I had lunch at Thrive Juice Bar with Christina, Jessica, and Danielle. After filling our bellies with delicious vegan lunches, we moseyed over to David’s for tea.
I ordered a cup of the new Coffee Cake one, and also bought myself a little bit of Choconut Oolong to try as this week’s new thing. Although it smelled absolutely amazing, I was a wee bit skeptical because my experiences with oolongs have been hit and miss in the past. Sometimes they’re great, but other times they just seem to taste like dirty musty leaves. I’m pleased to report that this time around was a total hit!
This tea contains cocoa husks, cocoa beans, oolong tea, black tea, and liquorice, and has a nice, deep nutty smell to it. (It also contains ‘natural hazelnut flavouring’, but according to the David’s Tea FAQ, these are typically essential oils, essences or extracts and make up about 0.001% of your cup of tea.) It sort of reminded me of Nutella in tea form, and I couldn’t wait to try it yesterday morning.
While it wasn’t very sweet at all, this was a delicious dessert-like tea and it was just as good the second time I steeped the leaves. I enjoyed it on its own, but I think it would make an amazing latte when mixed with almond milk and a bit of cinnamon. This is going to be one that I go back for more of this winter!
So tell me…
- David’s Tea fans: What’s your favourite tea in the winter collection this year?
- Anything new in your life yesterday? Foods, experiences, people, or otherwise? Tell me about them!