My knowledge of wine could be more than the average person, for I know my basic pairings with food. I’m also not an aficionado when it comes to tea, but I know enough to start with loose-leaf tea leaves and the different steeping times. However, my knowledge of beer is flat. Last autumn, Jo of AGiftofTea.com — a true tea connoisseur — invited me to her Beer and Tea pairing event in Harlem. Although, my time management is a work in progress, I missed the demonstration. However, I was able to sample Organic Golden Monkey Black, Jasmine Green and Alishan Oolong teas while nibbling on beer flavored popcorn, spicy dried mango from Trader Joe’s (that’s now part of my grocery list) and dark chocolate.
There is another reason for being late: I waited for a Maple Cumin Bread to finish baking. The bread was previously made for a friend’s boxing party. While making it, I was on the phone and accidentally used cumin instead of cinnamon. I remember thinking, “the cinnamon is lighter in color and the smell is different…,” but my conversation continued uninterrupted. When it was pulled out the oven, it had a curious smell, but it turned into a good mistake. It just needed to be sweeter.
Which is why another version was made with a crunchy topping using Tonewood Maple Flakes. Enjoying the improved taste, I immediately knew to pair a slice with a smokey oolong tea. When the picture was posted to my social media sites, Jo responded to recommend Wood Dragon Oolong tea. It was a personal proud moment to know I was thinking like a tea connoisseur.
Improving my time management is a moving goal, because it requires honestly reassessing my thinking process and actions leading to being late. Within these tiny lessons, minor improvements are made, but like an addict, slipping into an old habit is easy. Within this lesson of missing a tea and beer pairing is: If I’ve started earlier or baked another day, perhaps my knowledge of beer would be better.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a new year, month or day, I’m always a work in progress. One day, I look forward to being more focus with my time management and arriving 15 minutes early for events. Meanwhile, my pantry is restocked with loose-leaf teas, and we brought in the New Year with Sparkling Wine and Chardonnay that paired well with a traditional, Southern New Year’s Dinner that was served on time.