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090816 – baby bubble tea
090816, 10:41 pm
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Bubble Tea

This was refreshing to drink on a hot, humid, August afternoon.  I am a BIG fan of bubble tea.  I usually have to shell out about $5.00 on a ‘small’ to get my fix.  I have always wanted to learn to make my own…

My mother in law happened to have small tapioca pearls on hand, so i gave it a try.  I ended up making enough for all 5 of us.  First i tried shaking the milk and tea with ice, then i tried a blended version.  I have had both in Asian cafe’s before, but usually like the frozen/ blended version better.  The key to success i learned while making it is to use MORE SUGAR.  The black tea was a really nice pick-me-up in the afternoon. If you are using large tapioca pearls, make sure you buy big straws to eat them with!

  • 7 bags of black tea
  • skim milk
  • small bottle sugar syrup (like the kind used in coffee drinks – i used raspberry)
  • 1 C tapioca pearls (traditionally the large kind, though small works too)
  • ice
  1. Make the tea (1 bag per 6 oz water), add 1 C sugar syrup while the tea is still hot, and refrigerate.
  2. bring 4 C water to boil, and add tapioca pearls. boil for 25 minutes, remove from heat, and let sit for 25 more minutes.
  3. When the tapioca is finished, rinse and drain (or strain small pearls) with cool water.  Put about 2 T in each glass.
  4. combine 1 C tea with 1 C milk and some ice cubes in a blender, and mix until frothy and frosty.
  5. Stir a couple teaspoons of tea into the glass with tapioca pearls to loosen them up, then pour in blended tea.  Serve with a straw.

090620 – stir fry + mojitos
090621, 8:46 pm
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stir fry!

With one month to go before we move out of DC, we are beginning our kitchen clean out effort.  We have had a bag of stir fry veggies in our freezer almost as long as we’ve been married.  Joe used his classic garlic sauce recipe and mixed it with a bag of stir fry veggies.  We served it with some brown rice and veggie spring rolls.  The brown rice was not quite enough to cut the spice of Joe’s garlic sauce, so it was a good thing that we had sweet mojitos to drink alongside dinner.  Oh yeah, and i made black bean bownies for desert!

MOJITO recipe:mojito

  • 2.25 oz spiced rum
  • 12 mint leaves
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 lime juiced
  • 3 oz soda or tonic water
  1. Use a spoon to muddle mint leaves with rum and sugar in a highball glass.  add lime juice, soda, and a couple ice cubes.  Enjoy!