လက်ဖက်သုတ်  / Laphet thote

a.k.a Burmese pickled tea leaf salad, Lahpet/Laphet thoke


Chopped cherry tomatoes, chopped Napa cabbage, shredded preserved ginger, fried garlic, dried shrimps, fried legumes (peanuts, butterfly peas, chick peas, hyacinth beans, and broad beans), toasted white sesame seeds, pickled tea leaves, and a sliced green bird’s eye chili were tossed together with fish sauce, sesame oil, a pinch of salt, and a squeeze of lime. This spicy and crunchy salad was then topped with another green bird’s eye chili along with additional lime wedges for accompaniment.

Can be served as is or with a side of rice.

Beverage:  Shan Valley’s ‘Valley Green' tea. Unsweetened.



غريبة / Ghoraiba


Delicate, crumbly, melt in your mouth butter cookies with a single almond placed on top.

(I chose to use unpeeled almonds, but traditionally these cookies would be topped with blanched almonds, pistachios, or pine nuts.)

Beverage:  Chilled tisane made from hibiscus flowers and pomegranate juice. Sweetened with a little honey and served with a heaping spoonful of pomegranate seeds.


These teas are from Adagio Teas and are a fandom blend created by Joanna Dominick. Artwork by hurrrg (hurrrg.tumblr.com) [1/2] [part 2]


These teas are from Adagio Teas and are a fandom blend created by Joanna Dominick. Artwork by hurrrg (hurrrg.tumblr.com) [2/2] [part 1]


I couldn’t resist getting the DRAMAtical Murder fandom sampler set when they popped up as a special limited weekend sampler at Adagio Teas.

Pictured above is the DRAMAtical Murder fandom sampler set + a Koujaku sampler tin.  Joanna Dominick created all seven of those fandom blends. Artwork by hurrrg.

The 3oz pouch of “(do not) give in" tea on the left is a DRAMAtical Murder fandom blend created by Ari Soren.


S’more Brownie


Small pieces of crushed graham crackers were baked into this rich, fudgy, chocolate brownie that has a top layer of chewy marshmallows and graham cracker crumbs. White marshmallow bits were sprinkled on top after the brownies were allowed to chill.


メラメラと、焼き尽くせ 隅から隅までその業火で
跡形も残らぬように 魂までも焼き尽くせ

メラメラと、焼き尽くせ 我の呼びかけに、答え今
愚かなる者どもを 紅蓮の炎で焼き尽くせ

m̞͎e̯̳̣̺͎̹r̭̬͎̼a̼̱mẹ̳r̘͙̮̰a̖̘ ͉ț̱o̬̬,͍ ̯̠̼̺̬̩y̬̼a͙̪k̞̝̤i͕̻̱ t̜̳̳͓s̘̰̻͚̠̱u̫k̘̹̘̩̬̰͔u͚̺͖s̼͚̭e̤̪̘ͅ
̝͎ͅs̠u̞m̰̖̠i̱͎̰̺̗͙ ̯k̭͈͓̜a̲̞r̝̩͖ḁ̱̭͉ ͔̼s̪̻̤̻ṷ͈̥̼̣ͅm̞̜̫͇͉i ̪̬̘̮̖ͅͅma̮̭̳͎̞̼de͖͎ ̤͙̱̟s̺ono͇͖̬̬̫̬̹ ͔g̱̻̣̹̬͈o̘͓̱̪̪u̯̱̼̬͚k͈̞̦͇̝a͎͚͓ ̰̖d̟͙͉̘̫͇̰e
͓̻̘̯̙̼a̞͓̪̬̯t̳̱̠̬͍̖oḳ̫̟̳̳a̲̳t͉̰͚̩͔̟͚a̫̪̰̫̙ ̼̦̙̪̗̝̤m̦͍͎̥͚o͔̠ ̠͎̰̝ͅno͇k̜̭̰o͓̬͖͕̫̜͍r͚̦̼̯̺̝̰a̜̦̖̯̣̗n̟u̼̥͓͉̝ ̤̺̗̭̻ͅy̻o̦̼͔̱̼̼u̜̣̬̝͍̺͉ ͍͕͈̻̖n̙͕̖̼̤̩i͕̗̥̦̙͇
̪̝̠̰̥̪t̲̭a̻̻͙m̺̞̪̳̝̖a̝s̻̲h̝i̩̪͓̩̜̦i̙͚͙̺͇̙̜ ̳̥̞̫͚͙m̹̣ad̫e͚͖ ̱̣͔͓̠͙̺mo͉͈̞͕̗ ̜̯̘y̫̻̩a̟̣ͅḳ̥͕i͚̪ ͖̯̭̗t̘̥̥̻͎͓͎s̗̝̙̞u̼͔̣͎͎̫k̟̟u̝̠ͅs̫͈̣e̯̥̬̦͚͙ͅ ͈̗̫͇̹̝
͙̙̲̲͇͍̗
̝͓̗̜͚͕͕m̼̪e͔͉̥͉r͎͙am̬̠e̪̬͚̲͓̟r͔a͙̼͓ͅ ̬̗̠̞̭͎t̪̩̩̗̞o̱,̮̟̟͙̩̩ͅ ̦̩y̜ak̙͉i ̯̫̜̤͖̪̭t̟̱̘͚̩̗ͅsuk̥̪̗͓̗̗ͅu̩s̰̪͉̱̥̮̗e̱̜̖
͔̮̼̤̲͍w̥̙a̝͓̳̺r͚̻e̗͚̩ ̲͔̫̖̫̪n̳͍̺͚̣o̳ ̩̪͙̞̗̬yo͙̠̱b͎̪̪̪͉̲i̙k̘͎̲͖̻̩ͅak̲͔̼̗̦̯e̙͔̘̩̬ ̱̝͉n̺ͅi,͓ ko̦̜t̥͓a̫̲ͅe̘̭͙ ̥i̟̜̘͉m̱͉̞̼͓͙͇a̪̼̫̬̟̘͈
͔̲o͚r̲͇̝̟ͅoka̻n̪̪̯̯̹̤a͖͉̬̣͖r̻̹̲͇̗u̟̥͓͉͖̥̙ ̦̼̳̗͕̥͖m̮o͔̳̥̠n͈͈͚͔̯o̱͈̫͕̹d̗̬̫ͅom̭̺͖̬͉̠o̲̪̯͈̱̯ ͙̖͉̪͙w͖̟o̘̝͇͚
̻͉͚̗̰͚̣g̘̗̱̜ͅu͙̦r͖̭͕͖e̱̻̻̰̠n͈͕̭͔͔ n̳̯o̬̠̻̪ ͈̙h͇͚̗o̥̩ṋ͕͎̺o͕̫̭͈̙͖o ̮̰̲̰̦̪d͓̪͖͇̹e̩ ̩̳̤̘y̬̭̗a͈ki̻͚͙͉̖ t̥̬̫̘s͚͉u̻͎̺k̯͙̗u̘̰̘̮s͉e̗̻͍̮̪͚̙

……

Who’s in the mood for a traditional campfire treat of s’mores and demon summoning?


Official mug released by MUSE木棉花 in Taiwan as a pre-order bonus for the Hetalia: Axis Powers Vol. 8 DVD.
Pre-order date: June 21st, 2010 - July 14th, 2010.
Release date: August 4th, 2010.


The total lunar eclipse on October 8th, 2014.


adagioteas:

Welcome to Midorijima! Whether you’re going to be playing Rhyme or Rib, it’s inevitable that your calm existence is soon going to come to an unpleasant end. So before that happens, grab some tea to take along for the ride - and hope that the first grouchy character you run into is actually tsundere and not a total jerk. This weekend’s sampler: DRAMAtical Murder. Just keep it away from your Allmate. 


Crumpet and cream scones


On the left side of the plate is a single homemade crumpet that’s been toasted and served with a pat of whipped butter. Next to the crumpet is a pair of homemade cream scones that have been split and spread with strawberry jam and a dollop of ‘mock clotted cream’.

[The combination of hot tea and warm scones served along with clotted cream and jam (traditionally strawberry) is known as cream tea and originated from England. The method of how the cream tea is prepared and presented depends on the region.]

Beverage:  Upton Tea’s ‘No.1 Tippy Orthodox GFOP Darjeeling' tea sweetened with sugar and a splash of milk.



冰皮月餅 【黑芝麻和白芝麻】  / Bing pi yue bing (hei zhima he bai zhima)

Snow Skin Mooncake (black sesame seeds and white sesame seeds)

a.k.a. Ice Skin Mooncake, Snowy Mooncake


A homemade, no-bake, snow skin mooncake filled with sesame seed paste and a coconut white chocolate truffle in the center.

To form the base of the truffle the ganache was chilled for a few hours, gently rolled in shredded coconut, then dipped in Ghirardelli’s eggnog flavored white chocolate. The gooey ganache itself is made from Ghirardelli white chocolate, coconut milk, vanilla extract, and coconut oil.

Beverage:  China Cha Dao’s ‘2011 Douji - Hong Da Dou' raw pu-erh. Unsweetened.



牛肉刀削面 / Niu rou dao xiao mian

Beef knife-shaved noodle soup


Corned beef brisket (traditionally beef brisket or beef shank is used to make this beef noodle soup, but I chose to use corned beef brisket) was cleaned, braised, seasoned, and then cooked in a slow cooker overnight making the meat tender to the point of falling apart. Ingredients such as rice wine, soy sauce, sliced ginger, crushed garlic cloves, star anise, black peppercorn, and chili paste were added to the broth and further cooked. The liquid was then strained and bok choy was added in.

For the noodles; all-purpose flour, rice flour, baking powder, a dash of salt, and water were combined and kneaded into a dough, then sliced into long strips directly into a pot of salted boiling water.

This lightly spicy bowl of soup was served with the homemade knife shaved noodles, slices of the corned beef brisket, and topped with freshly chopped scallions and cilantro.

Beverage: 天仁茗茶/TenRen’s Tea ‘Osmanthus Green Tea’. Unsweetened.


(July 4th, 2014) Red, White, and Blue Cake Pops


Red velvet cake crumbled and mixed together with cream cheese frosting, rolled into balls, dipped in Ghirardelli white chocolate, then covered in red, white, and blue sprinkles.