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Queensland Tea Meetup launch

Hello, and welcome to the first post about my Queensland Tea Meetup.  I created the meetup group as I wanted to showcase the wonderful tea-rooms, cafés, boutiques and restaurants around Queensland that have just a strong a passion for good tea as I do.  I wasn’t disappointed because three days into creating the meetup, I had over twenty members who had joined and expressed a desire to meet with like-minded tea enthusiasts to sip and talk tea.  Tea-tastic!

For the launch, I created an event at The Hawthorne Pantry and shared a cup with 7 tea lovers.  It was fabulous.  One of my articles was recently published in the Australian Tea Guide and so we started there, sharing our experiences of Tea Cultures from around the world.  One of the meetup members (whom I affectionately refer to as Tea Lovers) shared her story of how she was invited to a Japanese Tea Ceremony here in Brisbane and shared the link to her blog which is an intimate description with accompanying pictures of how the Japanese Tea Ceremony was performed.  Lots of nodding of heads occurred when I talked about masala chai and the Indian tea culture and of course, no tea talk would be complete without talking about the differences between High Tea and Afternoon Tea.

Another Tea Lover did a show and tell with the wonderful jasmine pearls he brought with him and so we talked about the differing qualities of jasmine teas found in restaurants, Chinese supermarkets and online boutiques.  There were lots of great questions and discussions to come out of the meetup such as why is white tea so-called, we went around the group to ask what each other’s favourite tea was, whether we drank tea with or without milk.  It was a really interesting mix of Tea Lovers from one coffee lover, to seasoned tea drinkers who brought their own personal collection of teas to show us.

My husband pointed out the irony of the Queensland Tea Meetup launch where we were sipping a Ashitaba Herbal Info :o) but tea or herbal, loose leaf or tea bag, it was a great first meetup and I thoroughly enjoyed sipping tea with others and hope that others enjoyed the experience too.


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?

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.

Top Tips for an Impressive Summer Party

London’s personal chef service, Chef’s Compliments, has teamed up with tea specialist MayKingTea, to give you some inspiration for a fun and fabulous garden party this summer:

Top BBQ tips from Chef’s Compliments

  1. Be adventurous! Steer away from the usual sausages and burgers and try fish, vegetables and cuts of meat on the Barbie. Be creative and use strong springs of rosemary as skewers for chicken pieces, or banana leaves as a plate!
  2. Don’t waste the heat from the BBQ when you’ve cooked your food on the grill. Boil some water in a pan over the grill and use it to cook some noodles or fresh pasta.
  3. Use a frying pan on the grill to cook flaky fish or soft fruits, such as bananas or mango slices.
  4. Give your vegetarians a treat with some chargrilled aubergine or pak choi. Simple, quick and tasty; just make sure you cook them in a separate area on the grill, away from any meat.
  5. For the perfect steak, only flip it once and give it plenty of time to rest once it’s cooked. You’ll get sharp chargrill criss-cross lines and it will be juicy throughout!

 For a masterclass in BBQ cooking, contact Chef’s Compliments through their website

 Top tea drinks as recommended by MayKingTea

1)    Cold tea    Good quality cold teas not only rehydrates as well as water does, but it can also protect against heart disease and some cancers, so why not give it a try?

  • Place 3 tsp of good quality tea such as (Jasmine Dragon Pearls) into a jug to make 1 Litre.
  • Add freshly drawn cold water, ideally using a water filtration system (such as Brita).
  • Place into the fridge overnight.  Serve and enjoy the next day.

2)    Iced tea    Whilst black tea is popular for iced tea, fruit or herbal teas can also be used.

  • Place 4 or 5 teabags (or 4 or 5 teaspoons of loose leaf tea) into a jug
  • Pour boiled water over the tea and infuse for 5-10 minutes
  • Strain the tea if you used loose leaves, or remove the tea bags
  • Add sugar to taste. Some people prefer unsweetened; it depends on personal taste
  • Cool the tea. To do this, refrigerate it, or pour it over ice, or over iced water
  • Serve and enjoy.

MayKingTea Tip: Make the tea more interesting by placing mint during the infusion process and orange slices and more mint whilst serving.

3)    Long Island Tea

Long Island surprisingly doesn’t contain any tea although tastes very similar.

  • Mix the following ingredients together over ice in a glass.
    1 part vodka, 1 part rum, 1 part Tequila, 1 part gin, 1 part triple sec, 1 ½ parts sour mix, splash cola.
  • Pour into a shaker, pretend you’re in the film Cocktail and give it a good ol’ shake.
  • Pour back into the glass and garnish with a wedge of lemon.

4)    Bubble Tea

Bubble Tea originated from Taiwan and is a great drink for your children to try.  Your local Chinese Supermarket should have the ingredients.

  • Make 2-3 cups of tea (using a China black or Ceylon tea), sweeten with honey or sugar and place in the fridge to cool
  • Boil 6 parts water to 1 part tapioca pearls in a large pot for 25 minutes.  Stir regularly to prevent the pearls from sticking.
  • Turn the heat off and let the tapioca pearls cool for 25 minutes
  • Rinse the cooked tapioca pearls and drain off the water
  • Place 2 tsp of pearls into your serving glass
  • Add the following ingredients into a cocktail shaker:
    1 cup chilled tea, 1-2 tbsp crushed ice, 1 cup milk, (fresh fruit is optional)
  • Pretend you’re Tom Cruise and start shaking that cocktail shaker again.
  • Pour on top of the pearls and add more pearls on top
  • Place a straw in each drink before serving.

MayKingTea Tip: You’ll need thick straws for this drink which you can find in any Chinese supermarket.  Adults and children alike will love sucking the pearls up the straws.

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