Tea and (carrot) cake

I do like a nice cup of tea, especially when the weather’s as cold, wet, windy and generally miserable as it has been this week.

Having said that, of course, I do also like downing great vats’ worth of the stuff, whatever the weather. So when Ali, from Tea Horse, offered me a taster box of different types, I jumped at the chance.

Tea Horse is a new company offering a subscription service, so customers get four different types every month. I was sent this lot, which I dived into straight away.

Until recently, it’s all been about builder’s for me so the black seconnd flush assam was the one I tried first but I’ve also got into green tea recently, so the keemun mao feng followed soon after. Both were really nice; tasting like the brands I normally buy but better, in a way I can’t really describe… not very helpful, I know, but yeah, they’re good. Tea but more so. According to the label, the keemun mao feng’s delicately hand-twisted leaves make it a bit different from normal mao feng… which is just what I was about to say 🙂

Expert that I am, I was also quite pleased with the way you get bags to brew them in:

I’d thought the white peony (dried in the Fujian spring sunshine) would be fruity but it wasn’t, just subtle and refreshing. Would it be really weird to say it tasted kind of…pink? Probably 🙂

I saved the monkey pickled oolong one till last, because the name is such genius. (It’s hand-picked by skilled tea artisans on Wuyi mountain, of course, and has complex honey and coconut flavours…)

It went perfectly with one of these:

Yep, those would be raw carrot cake truffles. You need them.

160g dates

30g oats

30g cashews

100-125g  carrot, very finely grated

1/2-1tsp lemon zest

1/2 tsp ground mixed spice

Blend dates, nuts, oats and spice together till finely ground. Squeeze as much moisture as you can out of the carrot, then add it and the zest and pulse again to combine. (If you only need a small amount of zest for something, you can freeze the rest, wrapped in kitchen paper, and it’ll stay fresh.)

Roll into balls and dive in. I took a couple of these to work for my colleague who’s also given up chocolate for Lent and is as keen on carrot cake as I am, and his verdict was that he was disappointed – because they’re only three (small) bites’ worth 🙂

They’re much more moist (sorry) than other things like this I’ve made, obviously because of the carrot, but that just makes them like mini cakelets… and they’re amazing. Seriously.

Favourite “tea-and” snack? Pickled oolong or second flush assam?!

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37 Responses to Tea and (carrot) cake

  1. Alexandra says:

    Wow that’s a lotta tea! How cool is that! And I have to say, I’m jealous of your Mr. Messy mug heehee 🙂

  2. Errign says:

    I like tea and cookies! Yum! Or scones!

  3. Mmmhmm yep you are right, I do need to make those! I would go with…tea and crumpets 🙂 I really just like the word crumpets haha

  4. Aw! I remember Mr. Messy!

  5. Maria says:

    Love the Mr Messy cup! 🙂
    Andy really likes Assam tea but he likes it strong- I prefer Darjeeling- a bit lighter 🙂 But most teas are fab in my book.
    At the moment I really fancy a scone with some tea, so that is what I will go for. But I like most things with tea 🙂

  6. That’s one great box of tea! I have been drinking a lot of peppermint tea throughout the winter but last night saw a Tangerine tea that I think I’ll have to try! I’m finding the cut-off for tea drinking is approaching as the weather is improving. I still drink hot coffee in summer but much less hot tea. Enjoy the weekend!

  7. Those teas sound fab! I’m really enjoying jasmine green tea at the moment with some raw matcha cookies on the side!

  8. Leigh says:

    Oh my days that tea service thing sounds amazing! When I have an income I’m definitely going to sign up to things like that (one day eh). Tea and biscuits is my favourite, preferably chocolate hob nobs. I do like tea and a nice slice of buttery toast as a snack too, yum.

    • It’s such a good idea and I don’t think it’s too expensive – about £11-£12 a month, I think… and yep, tea and biscuits… and for some reason, although I was never into Hobnobs before I was coeliac, I’ve been really craving them lately, especially the chocolate ones – there’s something about them!

  9. Weighting For 50 says:

    LOVE your “Mr. Messy” mug!!! And LOVE tea. I have chai with almond milk almost every morning, and I’ve recently discovered rooibos tea, which has become my mid afternoon treat. A friend of mine made gluten free lemon shortbread last week (she used spelt flour – the recipe is on my site) and they were amazing with tea. Hope you have a wonderful, relaxing tea filled weekend.

  10. I’ve gotten more into tea over the past year or so. Ralph and I enjoy having a cup in the afternoon since we’re both at home. I really enjoy it. I still make my coffee in the morning, but I’m thinking I’m going to see if tea in the morning will work as well for me.

  11. lindsay says:

    we have morning and afternoon tea every day now. It’s a bit of our kiwi living brought back to the states. I miss that! I would go for the oolong anyday!

  12. Those little truffles sound delish! And they’d kick the pants off or regular carrot cake, when it comes to nutrition!!! Yummm now I want some 🙂

    • Pants-kicking is definitely what they are! Delicious too and a lovely texture; I’d like to make enough to fill a cake tin and have proper slices because I bet that’d be out of this world 🙂

  13. I like tea with something rich like chocolate or cheese! 🙂

  14. Mmm – those truffles look so tasty! I love specialist teas and I’m always on the look-out for a new one. I love white tea at the moment.

  15. You definitely saved the best name for last 😀 Mmm, free tea, how awesome! And my favorite tea go-with is dark chocolate. Yum. Yum. Oh wait, is that cruel considering your current chocolate-free-ness? Okay, I’d take a date ball with my tea, too.

    • Anything free’s good in my book! But it was lovely to try these, which I never would have otherwise… and haha, thank you for the considerate-ness! I’ll send you a batch, they’re as good as chocolate *tries hard to convince self* 🙂

  16. love that mug.. some tea with those raw truffles.. perfect!

  17. pickled oolong?!!! that did make me laugh….and last flush….not a very pleasant name but hey, if the tea’s good!

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