Archive for February, 2012

Chinese New Year, Chinese Herbal Infusions and Marbled Tea Eggs

The Chinese New Year is a celebration of change which equates to the familiar saying, “out with the old and in with the new”. I celebrated Chinese New Year for the first time in Brisbane, with these 10 points in mind.

  • Make Time for family – I ventured down to Chinatown with my husband to watch the festivities and shared a cup of a Chinese Herbal containing Chrysanthemum flowers, Goji berries and Red dates.

Chrysanthemum flowers, Goji berries and Red dates herbal

  • Accepting Gifts Red envelopes (Lei See) are given as gifts where the red colour of the envelope and the money inside symbolizes good luck and is said to ward off evil spirits. 
  • Year of the Dragon / Dragon or Lion Dance – A dragon or lion dance is performed on New Year’s Day to bring luck and prosperity for the coming year.  People born in the year of the Dragon are said to be strong, self-assured and loyal. What Chinese zodiac animal are you?

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2011 – The Year of Tea Festivals

I remember reading with fondness Kulov’s explanation of what a tea festival is on T Ching last year and swelled with pride knowing that one of my friends, Dianna Harbin, took part in the Tea Lover’s Festival in May last year.  The number of tea lovers attending the eventwas certainly impressive, jumping from hundreds to over a thousand at the last event.  I felt like a Cheshire Cat who wouldn’t stop smiling as I read all the information I could on the festival.

My smile didn’t stop there as I read a few months later about the LA Tea Festival, which was beautifully summed up by the equally wonderful Robert Wemischner.  Reading through the who’s who in tea and looking at the festival information and the exhibitor list, I raised a cup of tea in honor of the festival, wishing I could be there (although I was definitely there in spirit).

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Spruce Up Old Tea with Essential Oils

I decided to take the opportunity to revisit my tea cupboard and whilst there were some teas that had kept well despite years of storage (one of which I had written about in a previous post), there were other teas that were not as fortunate.

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Cooking with Tea

I love the Twitterverse and after admiring from afar, I finally had the opportunity to tweet with, and eventually meet, Sally Lynch of Taste Trekkers. It is always a pleasure to meet someone who is as passionate in their field as I am passionate in tea, and Sally is no exception. She LOVES food! She loves talking about food, cooking food and also writes about food. You can imagine my delight when I was invited to an event organised by another influential foodie, Natasha Mirosch.

The Christmas Foodie tour consisted of a food shopping tour of Brisbane, visiting stores that sold authentic European food, herbs and spices; a wonderful lunch, care of Taste Trekkers; and a wine tasting from the local winery whilst I provided the tea. You can read more about the event and view some wonderful pictures of the event via Rhubarb Wine’s blog.

Sharing Tea with Foodies care of @rhubarbwine

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