I’m having an affair, a love affair, with a 41 year old, vintage 1978! Decadent, exotic, sexy, good for my health, makes my heart go pitter-patter. If I share with you who it is with can you keep it a secret? SHHHHHHHH, it will be our secret.
My affair is with Pu-erh. He’s dark, handsome and just an hour with Pur-erh increases my metabolism.
Pu-erh is from Yunnan, China and is commonly known as ‘puer,’ ‘pu’er,’ ‘po lei’ and ‘bolay’. Ok, my secret is out, Pu-erh is tea and he was born in 1978.
He is aged naturally not artificially aged. Good aged pu-erh is semi-rare black tea.
Pu-erh originated in the Yunnan Province of China thousands of years ago. It was originally formed into blocks for ease and efficiency in transit, and it acquired its dark color and flavor due to natural fermentation that occurred in transit. Then it was aged.
It is known here for its health benefits. Pu-erh comes in many forms, bird’s nest (round) or blocks.
Some studies have shown that pu-erh may lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and increase metabolism. Pu-erh is occasionally touted as a ‘diet tea.
I bought my pu-erh from a purveyor in Mountain View, CA. He has over 200 offerings of pu-erh tea. Amazing shop. You can buy the entire nest or block. Mine came in the block form and was broken into chunks. It is super expensive so I only bought a little bit.
But a little goes a long way. Making pu-erh is simple. Break off a little bit of tea.
I scale 9 grams, and put it in a little pot. They recommend rinsing it quickly the first time, pouring the water off and then brewing for about 15 seconds and pouring into a little cup. Increase the length of steeping for each additional brew. I get at least 6 brews the first day. Leaves can be used over and over again until no more flavor is left.
Breakfast hash: roasted sweet potatoes,roasted poblano peppers, onions, chickpeas and chipotle in adobo sauce. No recipe,just cooked. 🙂 Zero weight watchers points, bonus! This with a side of cantaloupe and cup of Pu-erh tea. Healthy and super yummy.
Who needs toast, use sliced Japanese sweet potato for toast. Japanese sweet potatoes topped with “pulled pork”, guacamole, sriracha yogurt and pico. Side of roasted asparagus. Yums and healthy. Didn’t miss the toast.
This is another keeper, chickpea (2 cups), beets (3 grated beets), carrot (3 grated carrots), celery (2 ribs celery diced) salad with a maple syrup, fig balsamic, vegan garlic mayo and Dijon mustard (2 tbl maple syrup, balsamic, mayo and 1 tbl mustard) salt, pepper to taste dressing. So easy, makes 6 cups, 2 points per serving. Wow, tasty, good for lunch with “pulled pork” tostadas with purple sweet potatoes.
Beet green and moong dal with roasted butternut squash. and sriracha yogurt. Side of cucumber, pico de gallo and mango salsa. Flavor explosion in my mouth. 0 weight watchers points. All this goodness for zero points. Winner