A lunch with tea

A lunch with tea - student project

Dear Nadia,

First of all, thank you for this really interesting class! 

Here's my project, I have tried a whole lunch, accompanied by three different teas.

First course a salad with pickled cabbage, carrots and beetroot. I matched it with a Sencha green tea and for me it tasted really good, it was like putting some green vegetable in my salad, because of the really "green", vegetal flavour of this  tea. 

A lunch with tea - image 1 - student project

Main course was vareniki, a kind of russian dumplings filled with potatoes, carrots and onions. I put some crème fraiche on top. The taste of this is really bold, so I decided to go with another bold tea flavour I love, Yunnan black tea. I love its honey notes and for my it highlighted the softness of the potateos and carrots.

A lunch with tea - image 2 - student project

For dessert I preapared a Easter pie, very similar to a lightly sweet bread. At first I wanted to match it with a Rooibos (even though is not really a tea) aromatizes with orange zest. I then changed my mind and went for an Oolong tea. I am not completely sure about this pairing, on one side I found the Oolong a little to bitter to go with this not particularly sweet pie, on the other I liked pretty much the peach flavour the oolong left in my mouth and nose.

A lunch with tea - image 3 - student project

Anyhow, it was just pure fun to think and try these combinations!