As those of you who have been following this blog have probably picked up, it is no longer active. The existing posts will stay up for reference, but I am no longer adding new content. Thanks for a fun two years! ~Tamara

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Tea & Pumpkin Pancakes

When I started this blog, I promised I would never do product reviews. (a) Food blogs should be about foods, not particular premade concoctions, and (b) I'm a shameless capitalist who doesn't feel like making money for someone else for free. However, I'm going to bend the rules today to review something not terribly diluted by manufacturers: tea.

I've been craving warm drinks at night, what with the 45° weather out there ("Fall? What fall? It's more efficient to jump straight into winter!" claims mother nature). But I can't drink my green teas if I want to sleep before 2am and I refuse to pay for "decaf," a.k.a. boiled, filtered, and otherwise mutilated. So on the last grocery shopping trip I stopped by the breakfast aisle to check out their herbals. Kroger is hardly a tea mogul, so the best options available were chamomile and peppermint. I decided to try the Twinings peppermint, since the only other brand on the shelves was cheap Bigalow. Bigalow and I don't have a happy history (warning: stay AWAY from the vanilla almond black).

When I cracked open my first bag, I was shocked by the powerful aroma. My first sip was incredible--like brushing my teeth with a single swish. The leaves were fresh and potent enough to provide two cups!

The next day I was excited to try another Twinings tea: Earl Grey. I love the Stash Earl Grey my boss never drank (and which mysteriously ended up in my mug every morning >.>) so I was really eager for this one. I whipped up some pumpkin pancakes by adding a 1/4 cup of puree and some cinnamon to a 1/3 cup of buckwheat mix, then adding enough soy milk to reach batter consistency. They turned out huge!

I'm used to pancakes 75% that size; it's amazing how much bulk vegetables have.

Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed by the Earl Grey. I think it had more bergamot added than the Americanized Stash, so it wasn't what I was expecting. However, I think I'll become accustomed to it over time. It is definitely more flavorful than your every-day black.


  1. I also love Twinning's esp. their apple,cinnamon,raisin tea...and you just gave me a great idea on what I could do with some sugar pumpkins I have.I'd love to guide our readers to your site if you won't mind.Just add your choice of foodista widget to this post and it's all set, Thanks!

  2. I like to keep the widgets toned down, but the Foodista site does have a great resource for cooking techniques. I've added it to the Cooking tab.


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