Day 9: Genmaicha

Good morning readers!

It is a SNOWY one out there today, with Ottawa expected to get 15-25cm tomorrow. When we do winter, we go all out. Today Stacey had to rush off to work uber early, so I sauntered into the kitchen with the tea kettle nice and warm, which was a perfect temperature for today’s tea….

Tea: Genmaicha

Description: Some people call Genmaicha popcorn tea because it contains whole roasted grains of brown rice, some of which have popped. Others call it the Rice Krispie of green teas. Either way, genmaicha was originally drunk by poor Japanese who used the rice as a filler because they couldn’t afford enough tea leaves. It soon became all the rage. Today, everyone is addicted to its sweet, toasted rice flavour.

Ingredients: Steamed green tea from Japan, roasted and popped rice.

Instructions: 1.25 tsp, 3-4 min, 85°C.

Stacey and I have reviewed this puppy last year, and yet again, the steeping instructions have drastically changed! An extra quarter of a teaspoon, an extra minute and 11 degrees hotter than last year. How strange!

After thoroughly enjoying our teas on their own during the day, Stacey and I discussed our feelings while making a tasty gnocci dinner together.

Brooke: Ugh, I really do love this one. I was so hesitant when I smelled the popcorn, I mean rice, but when you steep a tea for so few minutes, the tastes stay like small hints in the back of your mind and you get to really mellow out.
Stacey: Yes, it’s so toasty. Is that the right word? I’m using it. It’s very earthy and lovely.
Brooke: We use lovely too much!
Stacey: Fine, not lovely, it’s just that after I finished my morning work there was still some left in my thermos and it made me very happy.
Brooke: Ah, much more descriptive! I said it last year and I’ll say it again- this is an every day tea. It’s delicious.
Stacey: Oh yeah, you have this anywhere, Brooke! Writing your thesis, collecting data, going for a walk. Anywhere! 
Brooke:
 I think it would make a good staple for us. The popped rice may turn some people off, so if a guest asked for green I say we hide it from them and then give them the finished product and they’ll never know. Unless they’re our friend Desiree, because she may think there’s popcorn.

Tea Vibes:

The voice-type feature on Stacey’s phone has basically figured me out, and my tea vibe seemed well translated as I spoke:

Brooke: Despite its movie-like flavours, because of the popcorn, aids mellow tones. Brings you to a state of calmness that I would like to achieve daily. 9 and 10. (When I saw how well things were translated, I boasted:) I talked to wellman.

Stacey’s was NOT as well translated and got WAY off topic:

Stacey: I am a really good change up from regular green tea. Add crazy flavours, yeah! It’s warm. Inviting. You wanna have sex at 9 and 10? I do not speak welsh. (Stacey: Well that doesn’t paint the best picture of me does it. *Sigh*)

Who would have thought a tea blog could ever be this fun? We hope you’re enjoying it as much as we are making it! We’ll see you right back here tomorrow for another tasty blend.

Until next tea,

Brooke and Stace

Making dinner, drinking tea, and playing video games together since ’07.

 

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Day 6: Genmaicha

Hello readers!

If we’re going to keep up with each day’s post, we have to improvise. Today’s post comes from two separate locations: our downtown apartment and CHEO. Stacey and I take a break from our work to put on our kettles, pour our teas, and chat about the flavours over google hang outs. Hey, whatever works, amirite?

Tea: Genmaicha

Genmaicha from DAVIDsTEA

Description: Watch Out, It’s Addictive

Some people call Genmaicha popcorn tea because it contains whole roasted grains of brown rice, some of which have popped. Others call it the Rice Krispie of green teas. Either way, genmaicha was originally drunk by poor Japanese who used the rice as a filler because they couldn’t afford enough tea leaves. It soon became all the rage. Today, everyone is addicted to its sweet, toasted rice flavour. (MK Kosher)

Ingredients: Japanese-style green tea, roasted rice.

Tea Instructions: 1 tsp, 74°C, 2-3 min

Brooke: Stacey, are you ready??
Stacey: Hey, just waiting for my water to cool off.
Brooke: I think there’s a piece of popcorn in mine… Does rice pop like corn?
Stacey: How long was I supposed to infuse this for? I haven’t set a timer…
Brooke: 2-3 minutes, very short time.
Stacey: Aw crap.

Brooke: Mmmm… I like it. I think I like it better than the other green we had last year- it’s a bit heavier. Ooh this could be an every day tea. Mmm!
Stacey: Mine’s too hot still. Nooo, I hope I didn’t screw this up. I want an everyday tea!!

Brooke: You know, I think this green tea would make Nourish Tea proud, even though there’s rice in it.
Stacey: Yeah, based on the ingredients–only two! that’s got to be a record for Davids tea.
Brooke: No stevia or artificial flavouring, yay!
Stacey: I like it! Perfect mid-afternoon pick me up. Doesn’t make me crave sushi immediately after sipping it.
Brooke: That’s right! The other one just had us thinking about maki rolls but this has me working harder to study endocrinology!
Stacey: This tea is nice- I just want to sit back and relax with it.
Brooke: Mhmm but it’s motivating me, too. A little sip and right back to learning about pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide!

Tea vibes:

Stacey:  This a nice woody and earthy tea that is pure and exactly what I wanted. It will put that spring in your step without the gimmick. If you’re a fan of green teas, you’ve got to give this one a try. 4/5

Brooke: I’d say this tea is really nice and mellow. The rice gives it a fullness that otherwise would be missing from a totally ‘pure’ green, so it fills you up nicely. Great tea to keep you going and to give you reason to believe in yourself (what?). 4/5

There we are, and look! Already a quarter done our 24 Days of Tea! Are you impressed? I know we are. Now get back to work!

Until next tea,

Brooke and Stacey


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