May. 29th, 2017

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The second got mini penne (added raw/dry), red bell pepper, and Zesty Italian sausage, which ended up being a mistake, because it was too chili-hot for me and so the entire casserole was eaten by not-me. Same jar of TJ sauce.

The third got half a pound of gemelli, soaked in cold water while the meat was cooking. Jar of sauce. 2 lb ground beef, cooked and scooped instead of formally drained. Can of olives, crushed. Mix all that together in the 9x13 pan. Added more water so there was liquid at the corners on the level with most of the ingredients, by which I mean, rinse the sauce jar and add that water to the casserole. When done, mix again to distribute the heat and put the crispier bits into the middle. This scooped six portions at 10 oz and a half portion at 4.6 oz and yes, I did that on the scale. The resulting noodles are cooked through, the sauce coats everything but does not drip.

Tea today

May. 29th, 2017 10:46 pm
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"We created Queen Catherine, a Harney & Sons signature blend of three Chinese black teas (Keemun, Panyang and Yunnan), in honor of Queen Catherine of Braganza, who introduced her love of tea to the British. We are privileged to have this tea featured in the Museum of Tea in Hangzhou, China. Harney & Sons is the only Western tea company who has received this honor."

Okay, so then Wikipedia says:

"Catherine of Braganza (Portuguese: Catarina de Bragança; 25 November 1638 – 31 December 1705) was Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland from 1662 to 1685, by marriage to King Charles II. She also served as regent of Portugal during the absence of her brother in 1701 and 1704-05, after her return to Portugal as widow. Catherine was born into the House of Braganza, the most senior noble house of Portugal, which became Portugal's royal house after Catherine's father, John, 8th Duke of Braganza, was proclaimed King John IV after deposing the House of Habsburg in 1640."

And as a TEA, what we have is a nicely balanced blend, strength-equivalent to English breakfast, but with the sweeter/mildly smoky/less tannic notes that make it Chinese. I would *absolutely* put boba in it, and be glad of the opportunity to do so.


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