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Today's tea choice is East Frisian, a mixture of Darjeeling, Ceylon and Assam. It's Harney, and basically is German Breakfast Blend. Basically, it's more mild than Irish Breakfast--less astringent and less malty, but more complex also. 1 Tbsp/4:30/orchid pot. One of the teapots I have is painted with orchids, it's in the 4-5c volume range. No orchids were harmed.

Tiramisu is gone. Was good! Wanted espresso rather than coffee on the cookies. Leftover pastry cream mixes well with some fruits and some fruit sorbets. Frozen Pudding Pops are do-able as a quiescent frozen item.

Also we did cornstarch-in-water tests. For 10? oz, 3-4 tsp takes water into the thick stage, and 7 is gloppy and so solid it breaks apart. Cornstarch+bouillon is a terrible gravy omg. Just awful.


Better Gravy

1/4 c butter
-->fry with this 1/2-to-3/2 cups aromatic veggies fine dice
1/3 c flour
-->golden roux

+2-3 c water, milk, or stock to desired thickness
+bouillon goo or powder (I have Better Than Bouillon goo) to desired flavor
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