Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
4 months ago
133 posts

Funny how grains can smell so wonderful when you toast them a bit.
My husband orders special organic corn tortillas. He toasts them very lightly in a skillet before he adds his filling for lunch. The aroma of those damn tortillas toasting drives me crazy. Oddly, they smell like some divine Japanese incense wafting through the house... unbelievably lovely smell. I try not to eat them because they don't fit in my eating plan very well. D'oh! 




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Michael W6
Michael W6
@michael-w6
4 months ago
52 posts

The grains are raw.  I roast them in a skillet till they get slightly darker and give off a pleasing nutty scent.

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
4 months ago
133 posts

Is the rice or barley already cooked when you pan toast it? Or raw grain?

I like toasting raw pine nuts (pignoli) lightly in a pan before adding them to pesto pasta or salads. It really brings out the wonderful aroma and flavor.




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Those irritated by grain of sand best avoid beach.
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updated by @strumelia: 01/21/22 08:20:15AM
Michael W6
Michael W6
@michael-w6
4 months ago
52 posts

I sometimes dry pan roast brown rice or barley and add it to green tea.

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
4 months ago
133 posts

I do love Gen-mai Cha as well.




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Those irritated by grain of sand best avoid beach.
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Michael W6
Michael W6
@michael-w6
4 months ago
52 posts

Where I forced, and it would take a dire circumstance, to choose a single tea I'd have Gen-mai cha or Kongoshimi for green and St. Issacs's Blend from Upton for a black tea. Of course Earl Grey is the choice of Captain Picard, this is a high credit.  

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
4 months ago
133 posts

Golden milk recipes can vary, but most involve both some hot milk and some turmeric... plus a few other spices like cinnamon, cardomom, pepper, etc...and perhaps a sweetener.
I eat some turmeric in one form or another every day, for its anti-inflammatory properties. It seems to work well and agrees with me.

Lapsang- i guess I am not as much into it these days, not sure why.

Dreams- I regularly have all kinds of wild adventurous vivid dreams.. a little more than I'd even like to have, so no 'dream tea' for me!  shake

If you could only drink one kind of tea, what would it be?
A hard choice, but I guess mine might be Kukicha.




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Those irritated by grain of sand best avoid beach.
-Strumelia proverb c.1990
Michael W6
Michael W6
@michael-w6
4 months ago
52 posts

No longer liking Lapsang? And yes it does have that hamish scent.   What is this, "golden milk"?  I have heard of it but have no idea what it is.  I also get a tea from Rose Mountain Herbs, a dream tea which does seem to have a dream enhancing effect.

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
4 months ago
133 posts

I used to love Lapsang Souchong tea. I would sometimes visit Chinatown in NYC and get teas, or order from a Japanese site online.

When my daughters were in middle school, sometimes when they got home from school they take a sniff in the kitchen and say "Mommy are you making that ham tea again?" (meaning the lapsang s. which kinda smells like smoked ham if you think about it) bigsmile




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Those irritated by grain of sand best avoid beach.
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Michael W6
Michael W6
@michael-w6
4 months ago
52 posts

I blend my own masala for chai and it often accompanies breakfast.  My main tea source is Upton in MA, though I have had some nice tea from Harney, too.  Rooibos I get at the grocers, usually Celestial Seasonings.  Oh, from Upton I recently got a ginger and beetroot, caffeine free, very tasty.

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
4 months ago
133 posts

There's a nice traditional spice chai tea powder I like, made by Blue Lotus. I make it with half hot milk, and I also add some turmeric and ground black pepper, so it's a bit like 'golden milk'. Really warms me up on cold evenings.

For every day I like either Tazo's lotus blossom green tea, or Harney's black Ceylon decaf.

One of my grown daughters is addicted to rooibos tea and drinks it at least twice a day for years now. I can dig it. Rooisbos reminds me of root beer or sassafras. 




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Those irritated by grain of sand best avoid beach.
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updated by @strumelia: 01/13/22 08:03:48AM
Michael W6
Michael W6
@michael-w6
4 months ago
52 posts

Do you have a favorite tea?  I had a very nice Lapsang Shougong today.