This is a sample I found last night as I was making supper. We were having Japanese eggplant and red sweet pepper (from our garden) with carrot and onion tossed with Asian noodles and a lightly creamy sauce made with beef broth, soy sauce, and mayo. Since the meal had an Asian vibe even though it wasn’t strictly Asian, I thought I would pair it with a green tea rather than serving the sweet hibiscus tea already iced in the fridge.

Wow. This was amazing with the meal. When a green tea has some astringency or briskness, you can eat a fairly heavy or flavorful food and still REALLY taste the tea. This one came across as super sweet vegetal. Think of ultra sweet sugar snap peas. It also put me in mind of some raw corn on the cob that an old farmer at the state farmer’s market would entice people to try. It was so sweet, some people preferred it uncooked. THAT was what this tea reminded me of.

Once the food was gone, I kept sipping. Now the briskness is apparent, but not unpleasant. The flavor has a real mouth-filling richness.

I told my husband that my affection for this tea has tied it with my love for HuangShan Mao Feng. Alas, it is no longer available. Good thing I just got a big pouch of HuangShan in the mail….

Kawaii433

The Japanese eggplant-noodle dish sounds heavenly, Ashmanra <3. The tea does too! :D

ashmanra

Thanks, Kawaii433! It is both quick to make and tasty to eat, which makes it a frequent meal here using whatever veggies we have on hand, especially good if the garden is still producing. We are coming to the end of the season but we had a decent haul this year!

gmathis

You had me until you said mayo :)

ashmanra

Only a dollop for the creaminess! You can substitute sour cream!

mrmopar

Yeah we are closing up the garden as well. Love the fresh stuff we get from it. Ever tried Ponzu?

ashmanra

Thanks to you, I have a bottle or two on hand! You recommended it a year or two ago and I bought some. It is good!

mrmopar

We love it. We found a lime version of it too.

ashmanra

That’s the one in the fridge right now!

derk

Oh my gosh, that sounds so good. I’ll trust your use of mayo, haha. We had our biggest harvest yet yesterday, right before the equinox. The summer garden here doesn’t quit until November and by then we should be getting all the leafy greens and peas.

ashmanra

Ha ha! Instead of mayo, you could thicken your sauce with a little flour or cornstarch! I tried it because CoreLife Eatery has a chicken ranch salad and it got me to thinking that an herbed mayo would be good with vegetables…and from there to adding a bit to my veggies and noodles. Also, I have a weakness for yumyum sauce and started putting it on a lot of things. Rachel Riley says that in Russia they put mayo on pretty much everything they eat, and I think that also helped get me curious about herbed mayo with lots of dishes.

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Kawaii433

The Japanese eggplant-noodle dish sounds heavenly, Ashmanra <3. The tea does too! :D

ashmanra

Thanks, Kawaii433! It is both quick to make and tasty to eat, which makes it a frequent meal here using whatever veggies we have on hand, especially good if the garden is still producing. We are coming to the end of the season but we had a decent haul this year!

gmathis

You had me until you said mayo :)

ashmanra

Only a dollop for the creaminess! You can substitute sour cream!

mrmopar

Yeah we are closing up the garden as well. Love the fresh stuff we get from it. Ever tried Ponzu?

ashmanra

Thanks to you, I have a bottle or two on hand! You recommended it a year or two ago and I bought some. It is good!

mrmopar

We love it. We found a lime version of it too.

ashmanra

That’s the one in the fridge right now!

derk

Oh my gosh, that sounds so good. I’ll trust your use of mayo, haha. We had our biggest harvest yet yesterday, right before the equinox. The summer garden here doesn’t quit until November and by then we should be getting all the leafy greens and peas.

ashmanra

Ha ha! Instead of mayo, you could thicken your sauce with a little flour or cornstarch! I tried it because CoreLife Eatery has a chicken ranch salad and it got me to thinking that an herbed mayo would be good with vegetables…and from there to adding a bit to my veggies and noodles. Also, I have a weakness for yumyum sauce and started putting it on a lot of things. Rachel Riley says that in Russia they put mayo on pretty much everything they eat, and I think that also helped get me curious about herbed mayo with lots of dishes.

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I am a music teacher, tutor, and former homeschool mom (25 years!) who started drinking loose leaf tea about ten years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens and oolongs.

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