I’m going to be very Twenty Fifteen here and post a listicle. It won’t be utilitarian like “50 life hacks everyone needs to know”, nor numbing like “21 Magical Harry Potter Kitchen Items You Need Right Now.” I’m simply going to share some relatively easy, surprisingly good options that exist when one isn’t feeling cookies or biscuits.
There are certainly no limits when it comes to tea. The british celebrate it with an array of snacks including cucumber sandwiches and jam biscuits. Others enjoy it with fresh made bread and yogurt. But we live in America. The race for life leaves little time to prepare a high-tea spread let alone homemade naan in a wood-fire oven.
Consuming 2-3 cups of tea per day, with and without milk, I’ve come to collect a few easy favorites that go well with tea:
1/ French fries
Sweets aren’t all that make tea time swell. A small bowl of crispy french fries, even some potato chips, can taste great with a cup of sweetened tea or chai.
(Tip: specifically try thick, crinkly french fries with earl grey tea)
“Who eats chocolate with chai?” my mom asks. My brother and I do. Of course there’s some technique involved. It could be a hershey kiss if that’s what you fancy, but chocolate with a little more substance works better. Half a Bounty bar, some variety of dark chocolate, one of the many Cadbury creations—it’s worth it to try a few kinds to see what you like.
And then how is it done? Also up to you. Taking a bite of chocolate, letting it sit and then drinking a sip of tea over it is great. This works especially well with dark chocolate. Dipping the chocolate in the tea for a second and taking a bite is good too. The chocolate will be slightly melted as you have it then. Or you can simply alternate bites of chocolate and sips of tea.
3/ Apples with peanut butter
It’s a healthy one! Pick your favorite kind of apple and slice half of it (or full, but it gets to be a lot especially if you’re having milk tea). Take out a few spoons of peanut butter and dip the slices into it.
(Tip: if you don’t mind ‘chunky’ peanut butter, it’s a lot easier getting it onto the apple than the smooth variety)
4/ Rich chocolate cake
The benefit to this one is that you can easily omit the tea in your sugar because the richness of the cake and/or frosting will compensate for the lack of sugar in your tea. Also, cakes taste great with tea!
5/ Cake rusk
This one’s from the heritage. If you happen to be near an Indian or Pakistani grocery store, there’s something called Cake Rusks in the cookies, baked goods section. Simply put they’re a hard, biscotti like creation made by baking strips of cake until they’re firm and golden.
What’s the big deal? Well, once you dip a cake rusk in your tea, it absorbs some of the liquid, making the dipped part spongy like a cake. If it’s a good cake rusk, it will also give your tea a very slight but nice flavor.
There are several brands and I’ve had some very good and some very bad ones, but unfortunately haven’t collected brand names yet. I will update this post as soon as I do that. If you live in Chicago however, the cake rusks sold by Tahoora are probably the best I’ve had.
(Tip: Cake rusks are a lot better in milk tea)