After 12 days of repeat teas I get to the final tea...
#25 Christmas Day Bonanza
Tea Style: Rooibos.
Flavours: cinnamon, rooibos, hibiscus, ginger, coconut, lychee.
In which I post a reference, mostly for myself, on how to update my chosen media server...
I'm not going to cover how to install Plex on FreeNAS as it is very easy using the plugins system explained in the docs.
Upgrading, however, is a different issue. While the plugin does get updates that will preserve your data they are often quite behind the release schedule of the Plex team. Also I have had issues with some of my Plex plugins (like Trakt.tv) after using this upgrade method. In the past I have tried a hodgepodge of different methods to acheive it but now the most reliable method is using the PMS Updater script.
In which I get some download tracking for my podcasts...
If you listen to podcasts you won't be surprised to hear adverts for Squarespace's hosting platform. It's also what this website and my associated podcasts run on. The inbuilt analytics are pretty decent but when it comes to RSS feeds for podcasts they suffer from all the limitations that tracking RSS has.
Podtrac is a service that aims to fix this. Unfortunately it used to be a massive faff to get it working with Squarespace. Fortunately following the latest update to the platform it is now really easy.
In which I post a scrambled eggs experiment at Mike's behest...
For many years I have been making a variation on Gordon Ramsay's scrambled eggs.
In which I review the year that was...
It's been a pretty exciting year for me. I've started two podcasts, changed jobs and started reviewing food and drink for Luxury London. Less travel in my new job means that I've been able to spend more of my spare time on my side projects. All in all that's lead to:
And I'm hoping there will be many more in 2018.
In which I update an old recipe...
I usually make a Christmas Cake around this time of year to take to work. As I now have vegan colleagues I decided to look into making it safe for them to eat. Luckily this is quite easy to achieve with a stodgy cake like this one.
In which I talk about my approaching final year and try a warming tea...
So in a few days I should be officially into my fourth and final year of my PhD. That means I'm hopefully one year away from wearing these crazy robes...
Here's another birthday present I've taken ages to review.
"Infuse for at least 5 minutes in freshly boiled water.
As with many herbal teas it needs a long brewing time and can't really stew. Just remove the bag when it suits your taste :)
A mahogany like brown. A bit reminiscent of the box colour.
I was a little bunged up when I reviewed this and the aroma is not very strong. You can smell hints of fennel and cardamom though.
A nice lightly spiced brew. It's quite wintry and warming but not as strong as a Christmas brew would be. Lovely :)
I've been drinking this tea while watching the new series of Doctor Who :D Also Spartacus: Blood and Sand which is an excellent series reminiscent of Rome.
A calming spicy tea for the evening. Excellent to wind down before bed :)
While out in Deansgate the other day I decided to be a little daring in my choice of tea. I went for the interestingly named Rooibos tea which until recently I knew nothing about (except that my friend Aisha was a fan of it).
For those who don't know Rooibos (or Redbush) tea is made from a bush found in Africa and is naturally caffeine free. Since it is not made from true tea leaves it counts as a herbal tea. It is still full of anti-oxidants though!
"Use freshly drawn water. Use water at a rolling boil. Steep for 3 to 5 minutes (or to your taste) to release all of the flavour. Delicious with or without milk."
I brewed this tea for about 4 minutes but I didn't keep diligent track of the time since I was enjoying myself in a restaurant. I enjoyed this herbal tea with milk partly because if you can have milk in tea I normally do and partly because I left the waiter standing there for so long while I made my decision that it would have been rude not to.
A rich red-brown colour that compares to most everyday teas.
The aroma is nothing special, smelling very much like an ordinary tea.
This was the most interesting part as I had absolutely no idea what to expect because herbal teas have such a wide range of flavours. Rooibos tea, it turns out, tastes very similar to normal tea. In fact had I not known it was different I would likely have thought nothing of it and assumed it was simply normal tea.
Since this is clearly marketed as caffeine free alternative and is a lot nicer than many decaf teas I can definitely see the appeal.
Cake & Conversation
I tried this tea with a slice of carrot cake (Café Rouge is yet another place which does a 'cake & coffee' deal) and a delightful conversation.
Very similar to your standard teas but without the caffeine. A pleasant surprise!
See you all next week for the second Twinings sample!