Posts tagged ‘australia’

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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MayKingTea Collaborations

I broadcast to the world in December of last year (well, not quite the world but at a networking event), that 2011 was going to be MayKingTea’s year of collaboration.  I’m terribly excited as some of them have come to fruition and here are a few of the highlights for March and April:

We all love to hear moving stories and Aina Notoa‘s story of how Gr8 Women evolved is no exception.  I’m truly privileged to be invited to speak about my tea journey from the UK to Australia on Tuesday March 29th and look forward to sharing the stage with Jenni Madison, founder of Coconut Magic, and Leanne Fabila, founder of Tahiti Spirit.

I created the Queensland Business Facebook Group as a forum for business owners to ask questions, assist others and to seek out collaborative opportunities.  Little did I know that a collaborative opportunity was brewing (guffaw) in the form of the group’s first social gathering for business owners.  The 3M’s (myself, Michael Tucker and Maree Brodie) are having another casual meet and greet on Friday April 1st (without the April Fool jokes of course) for small business owners of Queensland.

My next collaboration is with business owners in the health and wellness industry.  I’m delighted to be sharing the stage with Chris Tuck, Jenni Madison again, and Nadine Piat-Niski.  If you’d like to bring a little bit of health and well-being back into your life, whether it’s through incorporating a fitness regime, a cup of tea, coconut oil or by coaching, there’s something for everyone.  The seminar takes place on Tuesday April 5th and to grab an early bird ticket, please register before March 31st.

I feel like I’ve come full circle because after my first tea-tasting collaboration, I’m going to be working with Lucy again from 16th on Park.  This time we’re holding the first in a series of tea pairing classes, starting with tea and desserts.  You can imagine how hard it was for Lucy and I to carry out the research for this workshop (ahem!) but we’re absolutely delighted to introduce three fabulous desserts with three wonderful teas.  Book your place by giving one of us a call: Tea Pairing with Desserts Sunday 10th April 2-4pm

Who are you going to be collaborating with this  year?

My Tea Year’s Resolution

I was having a twitter chat with socialbuzzAUS and mddtactics about New Year’s Resolutions which reminded me of an article I wrote last year.  This year however I decided that rather than make resolutions, I was going to set some goals instead.  I remember taking out the fitness DVDs in London last year, placing them in view just below the television, had a couple of attempts at following the routines and then gradually the excuses increased whilst the fitness sessions simultaneously decreased.

This year, I took the DVD’s out early rather than wait for New Year. I decided I was going to get up early (as I believe most Aussies do), pop my gym kit on, insert the DVD and start on the fitness routine straight away (starting with a warm up session of course!) What was different this year was that I was determined to incorporate even more tea into my routine.  Tea? Yes: tea and this is how I do it:

1. Before inserting the DVD, I made my tea at a much lower temperature than normal. Oolong teas can normally stand temperatures of 90oC (194oF), but I brewed it at 50oC (122oF) so that I could drink it without burning my tongue.  It takes a little longer for the flavours to be drawn out of the tea which gave me enough time to work on the first routine. Any excess water from the kettle, I would pour into a flask (a familiar sight in Chinese households).

2. After the first session, I’d dash over to my teapot, pour the tea, take a few sips, add more water from the flask into my teapot and then it’s back to my TV ready for the second part of the workout.

3. A few huffs and puffs following the second fitness session (as I’m really not as fit as I used to be) and then it’s back to the teapot to pour out the second infusion and then taking a few sips from my second cup of tea.  I fill the teapot for a third infusion and then it’s back to the fitness workout.

What is great about loose leaf tea is that one can make several infusions (several cups of tea) out of the same teaspoon of leaves which I hope I have demonstrated here.

I have stuck with the fitness routine a little over a week now and endeavour to vary it a little so that I don’t grow used to one routine.  Having a new toy like the Kinect really helps so I have been able to vary my routines between several DVDs and various games such as Dance Central and Your Shape.

As I raise a cup of tea as a toast for 2011, I remember the words of a great tea friend and would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Healthy and Happy New Year.

MayKingTea goes to Australia

My husband has been given an amazing opportunity to work in Australia for at least two years, and so I spent the last 6 weeks preparing for MayKingTea to move to Australia.  On a personal front, it’s been a testing time deciding what to pack and what to throw away, facing such dilemmas, such as whether to hang onto those Britpop band t-shirts that I am unlikely to fit into again.  Then there was the day when my hubbie suggested I had far too many shoes (yes ladies, I didn’t understand what he meant either) and so I did compromise by throwing away a few pairs that I have to be honest, had probably seen better days.  The best days were the numerous trips to the local charity shop and giving out books and foodstuffs to friends and family and other bits and bobs.  Isn’t it amazing how one can accumulate so much stuff after living in London for 10 years?!?

I think the worst thing I had to throw away was my personal tea collection.  Australia has very strict laws about foodstuffs and after several unsuccessful telephone calls and unclear websites, we found out a couple of days before the shipping company was due to come and pack up our things, that tea was actually permissable (apart from the flowering teas – which I gave to the removal men’s WAGs), by which point I had already decided to throw away some of the teas.  However I did give a lot of my tea away much to the delight of some of my friends and family :o)

As we only had six weeks to prepare for the move, it seemed unlikely that I would find someone to take over the market stalls that I had been running at Whitecross Street Market and Pattern Market on Kingsland Road, however there will be an opportunity for customers to purchase the tea in several locations in London in the near future.  In the meantime, the following outlets have teas from MayKingTea on their beverages menu which you might wish to try:

1. Espressimo Café originally started out as an independent coffee shop. Now serving tea from MayKingTea on a Sunday to accompany their wonderful breakfast menu, Nina and her team have a variety of teas from China, Sri Lanka and Italy to tickle your taste buds.

2. Violet Cakes originally started out as a market stall selling cup cakes in the ever popular Broadway Market. Now Claire has a shop  on Wilton Way and is proving popular with their Facebook Fans and customers.  Violet Cakes has a large variety of teas from MayKingTea including mint tea from her garden. 

I’d like to thank all of my customers for supporting me in the last six months.  For those of you based in the UK, you will still be able to purchase my teas online but if there are any teas that are not currently listed on my website do drop me a Tea-mail ( as I may be able to find the right tea for you.

For those of you who’d like daily updates on the developments of MayKingTea and how I’m getting on in Australia, you may wish to follow me on Twitter.