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lava tea and cooking oil

I have two new food treasures: One, from mnfaure (thank you my dear!), is Thé des songes, tea of dreams, which is fragrant and ethereal like dreams, but the look of it--black, with bursts of red and gold--is like the surface of a lava lake, so I think of it as lava tea.

lava tea (tea of dreams)

And the other, red as blood, red as hot lava, is this bottle of palm oil!

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And with this bottle of palm oil, I'm going to make *even more* of Flo Madubike's recipes. I'm going to start with this one, for fried beans.


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gwynnega
Aug. 25th, 2014 08:34 pm (UTC)
That tea looks almost too beautiful to brew!
asakiyume
Aug. 25th, 2014 10:43 pm (UTC)
It does, doesn't it? But I love tasting things, and so I did brew some, and it's lovely ♥
queenoftheskies
Aug. 25th, 2014 08:46 pm (UTC)
Yummy!

Have you tried the tea yet? I'm curious as to the flavor.
asakiyume
Aug. 25th, 2014 10:44 pm (UTC)
I have! It's very floral, with a hint of almost strawberry in it--which makes sense, as it has, in addition to blossoms, bits of dried fruit in it. Mmmmmm. Very god.
(no subject) - mnfaure - Aug. 26th, 2014 03:16 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - asakiyume - Aug. 26th, 2014 03:19 pm (UTC) - Expand
sovay
Aug. 25th, 2014 08:56 pm (UTC)
Thé des songes, tea of dreams, which is fragrant and ethereal like dreams, but the look of it--black, with bursts of red and gold--is like the surface of a lava lake, so I think of it as lava tea.

Poem, or story, please.
asakiyume
Aug. 25th, 2014 10:45 pm (UTC)
Mmmm, yes--a poem maybe.
(no subject) - sovay - Aug. 25th, 2014 11:27 pm (UTC) - Expand
rachelmanija
Aug. 26th, 2014 12:27 am (UTC)
I wish I could try the tea. It looks like something a dragon would drink.
asakiyume
Aug. 26th, 2014 01:44 am (UTC)
It's base is oolong!! WHICH IS WRITTEN WITH THE CHARACTER FOR DRAGON.



(that second character is dragon)

how did you know you are a genius.

(And how about you tour this neck of the woods for Stranger? Then I will treat you to some, for sure)
(no subject) - rachelmanija - Aug. 26th, 2014 01:45 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - asakiyume - Aug. 26th, 2014 01:49 am (UTC) - Expand
amaebi
Aug. 26th, 2014 12:37 am (UTC)
I may be being amnesiac. Have you made acarajes?
asakiyume
Aug. 26th, 2014 01:45 am (UTC)
I have indeed!! I find it very therapeutic rubbing the beans together to get their skins off.
(no subject) - amaebi - Aug. 26th, 2014 02:17 am (UTC) - Expand
sartorias
Aug. 26th, 2014 03:58 am (UTC)
Oooh, magical foods!
asakiyume
Aug. 26th, 2014 11:49 am (UTC)
Indeed indeed!
cucumberseed
Aug. 26th, 2014 04:33 am (UTC)
I think I have had tea like that. The kind I had contained yerba matte and rooibos, which seems a little... odd, but it was pretty and chocolatey (or chickory-y).
asakiyume
Aug. 26th, 2014 11:52 am (UTC)
That sounds very nice! I like straight tea flavors, all sorts, but I do like these ones that have other flavors as well, it turns out, and I love the look with the petals and peels and things. ann_leckie's Propriety tea was so pretty, with cornflower blossoms in it.
osprey_archer
Aug. 26th, 2014 05:44 am (UTC)
Tea of dreams! What a lovely name for a tea.
asakiyume
Aug. 26th, 2014 11:54 am (UTC)
Seems like one might need to drink it sailing on one of the lunar seas (or actually, lakes: there's a Lake of Dreams).
(no subject) - osprey_archer - Aug. 26th, 2014 06:01 pm (UTC) - Expand
cmcmck
Aug. 26th, 2014 07:30 am (UTC)
I'd need to be well aware of the source of a palm oil before I'd buy it. I avoid any processed food which lists it as an ingredient.

Edited at 2014-08-26 07:30 am (UTC)
asakiyume
Aug. 26th, 2014 12:00 pm (UTC)
That's true, palm plantations are responsible for huge environmental devastation and displacement of indigenous populations.

This bottle of palm oil isn't guaranteed sustainable or anything else, but it's from Ghana, which at least means it's not from Indonesia, which is where I've heard of the worst abuses.

In this case, I feel the benefit from being able to share food with people far away outweighs the possible harm caused by my purchase of one bottle of palm oil.
khiemtran
Aug. 26th, 2014 09:44 am (UTC)
That tea does look enticing... And I love the way the characters for "Oolong" can be read as "black dragon". I'd never actually noticed that before.
asakiyume
Aug. 26th, 2014 12:01 pm (UTC)
烏can be read as "black"? I only know it as "crow"--which makes it even better, for my purposes!
(no subject) - mnfaure - Aug. 26th, 2014 03:18 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - asakiyume - Aug. 26th, 2014 03:19 pm (UTC) - Expand
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xjenavivex
Aug. 26th, 2014 02:57 pm (UTC)
Sounds divine. They both do actually.
asakiyume
Aug. 26th, 2014 03:20 pm (UTC)
The tea certainly is! And I'm testing out the palm oil tonight.
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