I’m back!



So last night, as we finished off our dinner, my wonderful wife, De, states that one year for Christmas, I should compile a book of my recipes to give as gifts. I scoffed and asked her who would want copies of my weird recipes and she began naming people. I still think she’s nuts, but I was also looking for a way to preserve my tried and true recipes with notes about what I did differently, so I wandered back to this blog. I decided to make it public and share it on facebook and google+ in case any of you crazy people really do want my recipes, but overall this is primarily to record what I’ve made and how we’ve liked it. Other posts may pop up now and then, but I’m going to try to be laid back about it and not make myself stick to a schedule, which is what killed this blog the first time around.

A note: Most of my recipes are not my own, I just find a recipe similar to what I’m looking for and then tweak it a little. I have a whole list of food issues, so it’s rare for me to find a recipe I can use verbatim. For instance, I can’t have dairy. Let me rephrase that. I shouldn’t have dairy, but cheese is the love of my life. Not to mention that “real” cheese is cheaper than the vegan stuff I prefer to use in my cooking.

We are also on a tight, tight budget so we can afford to go see my family for Christmas, YAY. So you’ll see a lot of financial corners being cut as well. I’ve become one of those crunchy granola lesbians. I make my own dishwasher soap and laundry soap and kombucha and I firmly believe in the healing powers of homoeopathic remedies over pills. I am off all of my medication and I feel better than ever, but that’s another post for another day.

A little about me, since things have changed since I started this blog. I have been married for five years now to the best wife a gal could ask for. Seriously, De is amazing and supportive and wonderful. We have three cats, Bella, Pekoe, and Earlie…Pekoe is orange and Earlie is grey and I seriously love tea, y’all. We also have a little red foot tortoise named Da Hong Pao (another type of tea), but we just call her Pao. She’s nuts.

I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or CFS for short. I’m working on getting an official diagnosis, but doctors either can’t figure out what’s wrong with me or they want to stuff me with a bunch of pills to see which ones take. After my last set of meds screwed me up worse than the disease, I’m taking a break for now and trying out more natural remedies, like the kombucha and apple cider vinegar for my heartburn, instead of Prevacid. But what CFS essentially means is that some days I’m able to get out of bed and go about my normal routine just fine, but other days I literally cannot get out of bed. We live near the Toronto Zoo and while I love the Zoo with all my heart, we have to plan carefully because after a day at the Zoo, I have to spend the next 2-3 days in bed, recovering. I am absurdly lucky in that my wife is able to support both of us so I don’t have to work and can take care of myself at home and conserve my energy for the things that truly matter.

So that’s a little bit about me and this blog and my life. It’s not just about tea any more.


An introduction of sorts


This is a bit intimidating. Big blank page.

Well, as Maria said, “let’s start at the beginning, a very good place to start…”

We’ll start with the name of my blog, aisling of tea. It’s a play on words in a few ways. You see, my wife majored in Celtic studies at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. As long as we’ve been together, she’s called me her “aisling”, which is Irish for dream. Sweet, right? So when I sign up for a username now, I tend to reach for aislingofDe, as she has recently begun to go by the name “De”. But since tea and my love of it spurred on this blog, I opted for aisling of tea instead. See what I did there?

Okay, it’s not that clever, but I like it. Brings in elements of my relationship with my wife and it also means I’m dreaming of tea, which I always am…well, I like it, and that’s what matters, right?

On to what brought this blog about. A few months ago, a friend and I started a blog titled “Cooking Simplicitea“. We are all about the tea puns here. We posted recipes and had a good time, but it kinda fizzled and died after a while. Too many cooks in the kitchen, one might say. Last week, however, I had two different people ask me if I had a blog. One directed me towards teatra.de, and while I like that site a lot, I prefer wordpress because my blog isn’t just about tea. Well, it won’t be, at least, and if down the road I want to take my blog in a different direction, I would feel more free to do so with wordpress than with a site specifically about tea.

Anyway, I am frequently on Steepster and when I review each tea, I usually have a story to tell along with it. I feel bad, because most of my “reviews” are more me babbling and telling a story than an actual review of the tea, which is entertaining but not really helpful to the person who just wants to know if the tea really does taste like black currants. So decided to make a place of my own for my tea stories and such.

My wife has always believed I would be able to write an interesting blog about being a housewife in the modern world, so that helped me make my decision.

So here it is. Sometimes it will be a blog about certain teas, other times it will be a recipe for my latest creation with tea. It might be a blog about Bella and Pekoe, our cats, and yes, Pekoe is orange. Bella’s full name is Rosabella, never to be confused with that Twilight mess. I also do a lot of low-sodium cooking, so those recipes might appear here and there as well. It’s very simply a blog about me and my life.

Who am I? I’m married to the most wonderful woman in the world, I am the mama to two crazy little cats. I am a landlord for some awesome tenants. I am a happy hooker, by which I mean I crochet, not that other thing. I collect teapots, cards, elephants, and penguins. I don’t keep a spotless house, but I try to keep a clean one. For the last two years I’ve been a housewife unable to work due to immigration paperwork, but now I’m just unemployed, which isn’t nearly as nice. I’m an American living in Canada, a Southern girl in heart but a Yankee girl by birth.

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So….welcome to my little corner of the internet! I’ll be moving my recipes over from Cooking Simplicitea, so I apologize in advance!