Tea & Book Pairing: Tumika’s Tea Blend

I’m revamping this blog to post allergy-friendly recipes and tea and book review pairings. Here’s the first pairing, based on a book I read at the beginning of this autumn’s reading binge.


tumika's tea blend

I received a free review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Some books heal by skirting the edges of pain, but this book dives right into it, bringing us healing through facing the truth. When a Man Loves a Woman by Tumika Cain answers the question a lot of us have from the outside looking in on situations of domestic violence. Many of the reviewers have already provided insights, but I would like to offer the feeling it inspired for me in the form of a tea recipe.

This tea, and this book, taste like catharsis.

When a Man Loves a Woman Tea
*makes one pot*
3 heaping tablespoons Harney & Sons Decaffinated Earl Grey tea leaves (or 3 teabags)
1/2 teaspoon ground organic cardamom
Steep in boiling water for 5 minutes. Serve with brown sugar cubes and maybe a little half and half.

The bite of cardamom echoes the sophisticated characters, and it gives a bite to the beautiful life that Alicia lives despite the troubles she endures. The blend of the two reminds us like the book that change does not happen alone.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a fictional account that brings them to the heart of both pain and healing.

Amazon Shopping List: When a Man Loves a Woman paperback, Harney & Sons Decaffinated Earl Grey teabags, Organic cardamom.

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Something for Tea This Week

For our Orthodox wedding tea party in July, I asked my caterer to make dates stuffed with chèvre and pistachios. She added a drizzle of local honey to make this resplendent treat:

They were wonderful. Photo credit: Pelikan Portraits, 2014.
They were wonderful. Photo credit: Pelikan Portraits, 2014.

This weekend, I wanted to make a special tea treat for my in-laws while they were in town. We didn’t have pistachios in the house, but roasted unsalted almonds worked splendidly for our home version.

They aren't as pretty as the catered ones, because I made these under the influence of my four children.  :-)
They aren’t as pretty as the catered ones, because I made these under the influence of my four children. 🙂

If you want a change from biscuits this week, why not give stuffed dates a try? Here’s the home version of the recipe. It makes about 18 stuffed dates.


4oz. log of goat cheese (chèvre)

1/2 lb. fresh medjool dates

About 20 roasted, unsalted almonds (may used spiced or salted if you’d like)

Split the dates with a small knife and remove the pits. With a spreader or shallow spoon, add about 1 teaspoon of chèvre to each split date. Add one almond (or pistachio) to the cheese section of each date and squeeze dates closed a little. Serve immediately or freeze for up to a month. If refrigerated in a sealed container, they taste best when eaten within a couple of days; after that the cheese dries out.

These tea treats are deceptively filling. They make a wonderful addition to autumn tea tables. We have been enjoying them with Taylors of Harrogate Assam. Which tea do you prefer with stuffed dates?