Friday, August 15, 2008


Confession: I am a closet foodie. I love strolling through the "gourmet ghettos" around the Bay Area, I'm a fan of our local farmer's markets, and I'm a compulsive recipe hoarder and cookbook collector (which is really ironic, since I don't actually cook too often). Obviously, I'm not a food snob, as witnessed by my last few posts on chocolate (and Tina, Choco Flakes are chocolate covered corn flakes. Yes, "Mar" I will be doing treadmill time to burn it off!)

Last week, I found myself in Lupicia, a tea store based in Japan, that has an outlet here in San Francisco. They had a great summer tea called Sakurambo, which is a black tea blended with sour/sweet Japanese cherries. The tea itself is very light and refreshing; however for me, the kicker was the little jello shots they made with the tea. So of course, being a closet foodie, I had to buy the tea and go home to make jello shots!

I thought putting them in tea cups would be a nice touch.

Since I can't find the recipe on their website, I think it will be okay to share it here.

Sakurambo Tea Jelly Recipe (from a Lupicia recipe)

  • 4 tsp Sakurambo loose tea
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2.5 envelopes gelatin
  • 7 tbsp sugar (I used 6 and would probably reduce it further, but that's my taste)
  • 3.5 cups cold water
  1. Steep the tea in hot water for 3-5 minutes and strain.
  2. In a saucepan, combine gelatin with sugar and slowly stir in the cold water.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil and remove from heat.
  4. Combine gelatin mixture with tea and pour into molds.
  5. Chill in refrigerator for six hours and serve with honey syrup (2 tbsp honey, 4 tbsp water-I made it with tea instead of plain water)

Verdict: Once you get over the fact that you are eating tea jello, it's a fairly tasty, light summer dessert. I will probably try this again with some of the other teas lurking in my cabinets, as it seems to be a good way to move through the stash.

Now to get back to the knitting...

Edit: Hey Mar - You think this is "fine dining" wait until I tell you about the mac 'n cheese I made . . . in the rice cooker!


Anonymous said...

Ok you are hilarious! I love that you are so creative with your fine dining. Mar

emicat said...

Tea jello shots.. now that's something I've not tried before. It's missing a little booze like plum wine or something ;)