Thank you everyone for all the kinds words, well wishes and prayers. David is doing well considering. He will not need surgery, just time to heal. He will be home anywhere between 2-6 weeks. He still can not use both hands, but the girls are really helping me a lot, thank you sweeties. My posting may be a bit erratic but I have LOTS to share, so bare with me xoxoxo
My mother was tell me about a book she had read Tea For You and was playing with making her own tea blends. I was fascinated with the idea. I took ideas from the book and came up with my own blend (of course, you know how I have to put my own print on everything I do). I loved the idea of a chocolate tea and thought a subtle back note of anise and vanilla would really highlight the chocolate and english breakfast tea.
I choose English breakfast tea because it is a strong tea but would not compete with the chocolate. What is really fun about this tea, is you grate some chocolate over the cup of tea. It is yummy and I think a bag of this tea, a microplane and some chocolate would make a creative gift. I am working on a second tea, if it is good I will post it xoxoxo
1 cup English Breakfast loose tea
4 TBL coco-nibs
1 TBL. anise seeds
1 vanilla bean, cut with scissors in little pieces
piece of dark chocolate (if you like milk better that is fine) for grating
In a coffee grinder or spice grinder or food processor put coco-nibs, anise seeds and cut up vanilla beans. Pule a few times to chop up. You do NOT want a powder, just large pieces. Mix with tea and keep in a container with a tight lid.
Make tea as usual, then grate a bit of chocolate over you cup of tea. Enjoy xoxox