There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. Ecclesiastes 3:1
Everything changes, even stone. Claude Monet
True joy of nature is when every drop of water shines like a pearl. Anamika Mishra
A stumbling-block for the pessimist; a stepping stone to the optimist.
Baked Apple Chai (formerly Spiced Apple) is potpourri for all the senses. It starts with the aroma of rich spices long associated with Thanksgiving and Christmas: cinnamon, chicory, cardamom and star anise. It filled the kitchen where it was steeping, and it made my mouth water.
Star anise is often used as an exotic spice in Indian and Chinese cooking. It is rich in antioxidants, and vitamins A and C, all of which help with coughs and colds, and a number of digestive issues.
The colour is a rich amber, like apple cider. The tea itself is quite chunky with dehydrated apple and figs, whole star anise, and cardamom pods. The flavour was sweet with deep tangy notes from the fruit, followed by the heat of cinnamon and clove, and the slightly bitter and herbaceous zing of the star anise.
Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.
– Mother Theresa
This caffeine-free fruit infusion steeps for a minimum of 5 minutes in water that is 95C. If you tend to “eyeball” the amount of tea by judging the height of the leaves in your infuser, be generous. Since the tea is comprised of chunky pieces, it will fill the infuser quickly. I didn’t use enough at first and I was left with a weak apple tea with mild spice. Also, use an infuser that will allow the fruit to expand as it steeps in order to extract the most flavour! As with many teas that use cinnamon, you may have some residue settle at the bottom of your cup. I figure, that’s just part of the experience of loose tea.
Otherwise, this was a mildly spicy “hug in a mug”, perfect for a crisp Fall afternoon.
It’s hard to believe that only 2 weeks ago, the air was crisp and the trees were in full display. Today was our second snow storm and the cold is settling in. I’m not impressed!
Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower. – Albert Camus
Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the Fall. – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Fall is the season for juicy apple crisp, spicy carrot cake, and sweet pumpkin pie. But just because the bulky sweaters are coming out of storage, doesn’t mean we can afford extra bulk under those sweaters. Here’s a better way to stay warm and enjoy the sweet flavours of autumn.
Often, apple-flavoured teas are overly sweet or simply lack the depth and tartness of flavour to really satisfy, so I was very pleased with Pluck’s Apple Crumble. It contains dried apple, cinnamon, rosehip, citrus peel, hibiscus, and cornflowers. You’ll notice that tea is not listed in the ingredients. Apple Crumble is an all natural, herbal infusion or tisane. When steeped in boiling water, the herbs, spices and other plant materials infuse to create a flavoured beverage. In this case, a hot beverage that is very reminiscent of a spiced apple dessert. The smell strongest smell is of apple and cinnamon, as is the flavour. The colour, when steeped, is a lovely rosy hue. Yum!
Pluck is a Canadian company, founded in 2012 (their founder’s name is Jennifer!). In 2017, this company was honoured with a silver medal for their Verbena Blue Tea from the Global Tea Championship. It sources its tea from Ethical Tea Partnership sources and local growers, and artisan producers. They blend its tea are blended in small batches for quality control. This Christmas, I think I’ll be asking my family to sign me up for the Pluck of the Month Club!
You can’t compare an apple to an orange. It will cause a lot of self-esteem issues. Craig Sheffer
Friday may have been Fall’s swan song. It was sunny and warm…and since there was no power at work, I got to work from home.
Every year, I drive by a street lined with beautiful red maple trees, and every year I think, I must drive by with my camera some time. And I never do.
But since I was driving by on my way home, and feeling like a kid who just escaped sitting in a boring classroom all day, I seized the moment (along with my dying cell phone).
The unexpected surprise is always sweeter. – Anonymous
After I took my photo of the maple trees, much to my delight, I discovered not only a man-made lake, but one boasting a white swan.
The true delight is in the finding out rather than in the knowing. Isaac Asimov