love turtles

Edgar’s Blog: Everybody loves Turtles.

Why does everyone love turtles?

 

This is a question I am often asked, so I decided to put some reasons on paper to share. Here goes. Some of the nouns used to describe my sort:

Patience, strength, stability, longevity, innocence, endurance and protection.

I can find myself in all of those things, they are me, it is true, it is so and also for the rest of my sort.  Oh and not forgetting the “naughtiness” 😉 that’s Edgar real time!

My shell gives me great protection, I can take it anywhere which allows me my carefree way to go and do what I want, when I want, with whom I want.  It is because of this carefree attitude and our longevity we are often thought to be one of the wisest souls amongst the animal kingdom. I can’t say too much about that but I can say that when you have been around as long as I have it takes a lot to ruffle my shell. Anyway why waste energy on things you can’t change just accept and move slowly but surely on.

 

We have few preditors, my shell helps me survive, my sort are survivors. Just look how long we have been around. I mean some fossils of my ancestors date back to 200 million years ago. How’s that for a family tree?

 

In China and Japan the turtle is a symbol for longevity. Some say this is due to our innocent energy which prolongs life. Others even say that my sort are a symbol for cosmic order; my shell symbolizes the heavens, my body the earth and my undershell the underworld. In many cultures the turtle is also recognised as the earth mother stoically and silently carrying the heavy burden of many on her thick back. Well I like to think of it this way: I am a turtle, I have connections to many cultures, I am friends with all and have no prejudice. All things deserve respect and honour. So where ever you are, whatever your culture, it would seem that you and me go a long, long way back. I have anthropological history on many continents.

Mu history and the history of tea is kind of why I started my own tea brand, I mean after water tea is the most consumed beverage in the world. Tea has been around for more 2000 years –  not a lot of products out there with that kind of success I am sure you will agree.

The old Chinese proverb says: use tea to make friends.

Edgar’s says: use tea and turtles to make friends :-)

 

So to celebrate turtles, to celebrate friends and to celebrate positive energy I will give the first 5 people to respond a free taster box. Let me know what you like about turtles? This taster box has nine different teas for 3 litres of tea. That’s at least 135 cups of tea to share with your friends. Share your tea pictures with me please: Tag friends of Tea with Edgar,

Cheers and enjoy your Tea With Edgar today!

Edgar

 

 

 

 

Panna cotta tea for dinner

Edgar’s Blog: Tea for dinner

Winner winner tea for dinner

So last week one of my mates planned a great evening and for 8 friends did some great cooking. I was asked to pair the dishes with some of my teas.  We ended up with a 5 course tasting session both sweet and savoury. A great evening was had by all without a drop of alcohol. Yes, that’s right and that meant no hangover… You should try it! In one of my previous blogs I promised you guys to share some culinary ideas with you so here are a couple of combinations from our evening.

A great start to any party: fine smoked salmon but this time with some of Edgar’s spiced lemon grass tea served hot in a small glass. A surprising combo and certainly a fantastic way to serve this traditional nibble.

Another great combination we discovered was my Sencha tea combined with a panna cotta and a compote of red berries.  The texture of the panna cotta with the soft delicate taste of the Sencha is truly wonderful as the pannacotta is slowly melted by the tea and just as you think you’re at the end of this combination the berries hit you and all three explode together in your mouth. This is truly a match made in heaven, try it for yourself and see. Below is the recipe for the panna cotta and berries.  If you don’t yet have my Sencha – Buy it here now!

 

Ingredients

For the panna cotta

  • 3 gelatine leaves
  • 250ml/9fl oz milk
  • 250ml/9fl oz double cream
  • 1 vanilla pod, split lengthways, seeds scraped out
  • 25g/1oz sugar

For the sauce 

  • Sugar according to your taste
  • 175 ml water
  • 400 gm red berries

For the tea

  • 1000 ml water
  • 3-4gm Edgar’s Sencha loose green tea
  • Small tea glasses to serve

Method

  1. For the panna cotta, soak the gelatine leaves in a little cold water until soft.
  2. Place the milk, cream, vanilla pod and seeds and sugar into a pan and bring to a simmer. Remove the vanilla pod and discard.
  3. Squeeze the water out of the gelatine leaves, then add to the pan and take off the heat. Stir until the gelatine has dissolved.
  4. Divide the mixture among four ramekins and leave to cool. Place into the fridge for at least an hour, until set.
  5. For the sauce, place the water into a pan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat, add the sugar and simmer until the sugar has dissolved.
  6. Take the pan off the heat and add half the fruit. Using a hand blender, blend the sauce until smooth.
  7. Pass the sauce through a sieve into a bowl and stir in the remaining fruit.
  8. To serve, turn each panna cotta out onto a serving plate. Spoon over the sauce and garnish with a sprig of mint. Dust with icing sugar.
  9. Make my green Sencha loose tea with water no hotter than 80 degrees centigrade and let it brew for at least 6 minutes before serving in a small glass with next to the panna cotta and berries. Try it and let me know what you think.

Do you have a combination with my tea for dinner that you want to share with me and my friends? Hook me up with your special recipe and I will share it with my friends! And if you share your delicious recipe I will get YOU some free tea to make it again when friends come over!

 

Cheers Edgar