Vegan Mofo Day 7 - Derbyshire Oatcake with Chai Spiced Apples and Birdhouse Peak District Tea
The prompt for Day 7 is to blog about a food from your county, state or home town. Although I am not originally from here I have lived in the Peak District for over two years now and hope to be here for many years to come. The town I live in is part of the county of Derbyshire and as I am also doing a breakfast theme I thought I'd blog today about Derbyshire oatcakes.
Not to be confused with the hard oatcake biscuits that you eat with cheese, the Derbyshire oatcake is a kind of yeasted pancake. I have to confess that I haven't made these as my local health food shop Peak of Health sells them ready made in packs of three. I simply wrapped my oatcake it foil and warmed it in a hot oven for ten minutes.
I felt that the tea based syrup with the apples called for a beverage of tea rather than coffee to accompany the breakfast. I recently received a box of Peak District teas for reviewing from Birdhouse Tea Company. I will be sharing more about the rest of the range after Mofo which contains green, herbal and black tea blends. For this breakfast I fancied a black tea and selected the Duchess Georgiana named after the Duchess of Devonshire who was a celebrated beauty, socialite and infamous lover of Charles Grey, the 2nd Earl Grey!
How beautiful does this blend look? It also smells fantastic. Alongside the black tea there is grapefruit and rose, mallow and marigold petals. I love the punchiness that grapefruit can give to a tea blend. It really is something special. The mallow gives it a lovely rounded softness that compliments the citrus flavours well. I have to admit that I usually add soya milk to black tea but not when I get a blend like this. It tastes better drunk without. If you are interested in interesting, quality loose leaf teas then definitely check out Birdhouse Tea Company. There's ranges for other areas of the country as well as the Peak District and teas grouped into collections such as Wellbeing and Sweet Shop. I have my eye on the Black Jack and Strawberry Laces teas!