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drank Vanilla Assam by Custom
1112 tasting notes

I just drank two cups of this tea as fast as I could make them! There is something about me and vanilla tea – I just can’t seem to get enough! I baked black bottom cupcakes (chocolate cupcake with the top third a sort of cheesecake, and mini chocolate chips to decorate), and brought some into work (the rest are for a Tupperware party I am going to tonight. Everyone that I mention it to says “They still HAVE Tupperware parties!?!?” and I am here to say, yes, they do, and my niece is having one. I think the “2010” part is that it’s being held in a bar (!).

Anyway! The combination of these cupcakes and the Vanilla Assam is great! The tea tastes really caramel-y (perhaps the mixing of the malty Assam and vanilla with the rich chocolate and cheesecake?) and very decadent. Tupperware parties at bars, blackbottom cupcakes and vanilla tea at 10am – what can I say – I am a wild, wild woman.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Those cupcakes sound SO GOOD! Maybe w/ Mayan Chocolate Chai frosting?

JacquelineM

I have to say, they are really, really good. I got into making cupcakes because once, for doing extra work, a department at our school bought us a dozen cupcakes from this really fancy bakery, and they were so great. I went in one day to get more, and they were so expensive I almost fainted! So I made it my mission to try and find recipes that were as good as these cupcakes that have mythical status in our office :) So far these are just as good as their blackbottom cupcakes and I have a great recipe for chocolate chocolate but I have not perfected the vanilla buttercream frosting! It always comes out too sweet! Maybe the addition of a tea infusion will give it the richness and complexity it lacks!! :)

Cofftea

Try it and report back!

sophistre

Want. D:

Doulton

I know that you used a good vanilla bean What kind of tea did you use? I, too, am a vanilla fan. Is Tupperware “sincere” or “kitsch” or “retro” or something else nowadays?

JacquelineM

I used Premium Steap Assam Khongea FTGFOP-1

http://www.premiumsteap.com/p-154-assam-khongea-ftgfop-1.aspx
and a Nielsen Massey vanilla bean!

I’m not sure about the current cultural significance of tupperware (I spent last night baking from scratch and listening to Rigoletto. I am out of the loop to say the least!), but I can say that I am in earnest! I am always trying to make things ahead and freeze them since I work full time and am also in school, plus I garden and like to freeze extra produce for the winter. My freezer is pretty much 100% tomato puree in August :) I haven’t learned to can yet!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I want your day, please.

~lauren.

I am in awe of your awesomeness. Seriously. You cook, you garden, you work, you school (oops, you try to make that into a verb! LOL!) and you party (tupperware)! Hope you had fun! :)

JacquelineM

Awwww shucks! Thank you ~lauren!

It was really fun! We played games and made salsa in the little tupperware hand run food processor and drank a little bit too much wine :)

~lauren.

Oh, I just got a great idea! Remember those little tupperware midget thingies (we used to use them for salad dressing) http://tinyurl.com/3pdog4, next time I go away for a weekend, I am taking some favorite loose tea with me in those! UGH, this weekend, went somewhere and had the MOST atrocious tea ever.

JacquelineM

I was thinking of getting them! I got a set of freezer containers, a cake decorator, and a lunch carrier and containers for my husband, and felt like I had already spent a fortune and stopped there :)

takgoti sent me some samples in these mini gladware containers and they would be good to travel with too!

http://www.amazon.com/Gladware-Containers-Lids-Mini-Round/dp/B0030HTZTM/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&s=hpc&qid=1269908501&sr=1-7

I also love the little tins the quiet life got from specialty bottle

http://www.specialtybottle.com/

I am washing and saving everything for reuse :)

~lauren.

I had a sister-in-law and a close friend that sold tupperware. You have a niece. It’s very hard to say ‘no’ because 1. tupperware items are cute and colorful and usable 2. they are your sister-in-law, your close friend or your niece who hands you a pretty catalog while looking at you, silently, pleadingly, hoping you will buy just one more thing …! LOL*SIGH. Thanks for the links, too.

Batrachoid

Vanilla Assam with vanilla sugar? Would That be too much? Maybe different kinds of vanila in each? Sounds amazing with or without matching decadent cupcakes.

JacquelineM

Batrachoid – vanilla sugar is a grand idea! It would be lovely in so many things. I’m all done my Vanilla Assam, and should really make more…

Batrachoid

it is! You make it just like you made your Assam. klI just made a big batch of vanilla sugar based in turbinado sugar with a Indonesia vanilla bean. The molasses tang and richness go great with the vanilla. PM next time you make a batch of Assam and I’ll send you some (we usually have some; sweet drinks here are usually honeyed).

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Cofftea

Those cupcakes sound SO GOOD! Maybe w/ Mayan Chocolate Chai frosting?

JacquelineM

I have to say, they are really, really good. I got into making cupcakes because once, for doing extra work, a department at our school bought us a dozen cupcakes from this really fancy bakery, and they were so great. I went in one day to get more, and they were so expensive I almost fainted! So I made it my mission to try and find recipes that were as good as these cupcakes that have mythical status in our office :) So far these are just as good as their blackbottom cupcakes and I have a great recipe for chocolate chocolate but I have not perfected the vanilla buttercream frosting! It always comes out too sweet! Maybe the addition of a tea infusion will give it the richness and complexity it lacks!! :)

Cofftea

Try it and report back!

sophistre

Want. D:

Doulton

I know that you used a good vanilla bean What kind of tea did you use? I, too, am a vanilla fan. Is Tupperware “sincere” or “kitsch” or “retro” or something else nowadays?

JacquelineM

I used Premium Steap Assam Khongea FTGFOP-1

http://www.premiumsteap.com/p-154-assam-khongea-ftgfop-1.aspx
and a Nielsen Massey vanilla bean!

I’m not sure about the current cultural significance of tupperware (I spent last night baking from scratch and listening to Rigoletto. I am out of the loop to say the least!), but I can say that I am in earnest! I am always trying to make things ahead and freeze them since I work full time and am also in school, plus I garden and like to freeze extra produce for the winter. My freezer is pretty much 100% tomato puree in August :) I haven’t learned to can yet!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I want your day, please.

~lauren.

I am in awe of your awesomeness. Seriously. You cook, you garden, you work, you school (oops, you try to make that into a verb! LOL!) and you party (tupperware)! Hope you had fun! :)

JacquelineM

Awwww shucks! Thank you ~lauren!

It was really fun! We played games and made salsa in the little tupperware hand run food processor and drank a little bit too much wine :)

~lauren.

Oh, I just got a great idea! Remember those little tupperware midget thingies (we used to use them for salad dressing) http://tinyurl.com/3pdog4, next time I go away for a weekend, I am taking some favorite loose tea with me in those! UGH, this weekend, went somewhere and had the MOST atrocious tea ever.

JacquelineM

I was thinking of getting them! I got a set of freezer containers, a cake decorator, and a lunch carrier and containers for my husband, and felt like I had already spent a fortune and stopped there :)

takgoti sent me some samples in these mini gladware containers and they would be good to travel with too!

http://www.amazon.com/Gladware-Containers-Lids-Mini-Round/dp/B0030HTZTM/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&s=hpc&qid=1269908501&sr=1-7

I also love the little tins the quiet life got from specialty bottle

http://www.specialtybottle.com/

I am washing and saving everything for reuse :)

~lauren.

I had a sister-in-law and a close friend that sold tupperware. You have a niece. It’s very hard to say ‘no’ because 1. tupperware items are cute and colorful and usable 2. they are your sister-in-law, your close friend or your niece who hands you a pretty catalog while looking at you, silently, pleadingly, hoping you will buy just one more thing …! LOL*SIGH. Thanks for the links, too.

Batrachoid

Vanilla Assam with vanilla sugar? Would That be too much? Maybe different kinds of vanila in each? Sounds amazing with or without matching decadent cupcakes.

JacquelineM

Batrachoid – vanilla sugar is a grand idea! It would be lovely in so many things. I’m all done my Vanilla Assam, and should really make more…

Batrachoid

it is! You make it just like you made your Assam. klI just made a big batch of vanilla sugar based in turbinado sugar with a Indonesia vanilla bean. The molasses tang and richness go great with the vanilla. PM next time you make a batch of Assam and I’ll send you some (we usually have some; sweet drinks here are usually honeyed).

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I love to cook, bake, read, paint, knit, do needlework, and garden. I need my coffee, but I LOVE my tea. I work at an Art School, and attend a large public university doing post-bac work (my BA is in English). I’m interested in the liminal spaces between art and craft, the academic and the practical, the individual and community, and the old and the new. I’m currently exploring these ideas through the disciplines of education, literature, history, and psychology.

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Chinese black teas
A good “milk and sugar” English style black
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Jasmine, Rose, Violet and other froofy, flowery teas!
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Flavored Rooibos
Herbal Tisanes

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