Teaware 101: the Cast-Iron Teapot, a lifelong companion

So far in our Teaware 101 series we’ve looked at the original style of teapots, the the Yixing teapot, which is excellent for the dedicated pu’er or oolong drinker. Today let’s take a look at another popular, and more versatile style of teapot: the cast-iron teapot.

When you love tea, your teapot becomes like a friend. Sadly, just as with friendships, teapots have their fragile qualities and at times you must part ways. However, a cast-iron teapot, with its durable material, can truly be a lifelong companion for you, and for generations to come.

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Teaware 101: Yixing Teapot, Perfect for Pu’er and Oolong

There is a huge variety of teaware available, and at Arogya we get many questions about which kind of teapot is best. Glass, cast-iron, unglazed clay, or porcelain? The truth is, it depends on which kind of tea you prefer to drink. There are certain teapots that work well with all teas, while other teapots truly enhance specific kinds of tea. One of my favorite teapots, the unglazed yixing teapot, is amazing for pu’er and oolong teas. It’s also the original teapot! In this, and the next couple blog posts, we will explore the different styles of teapots, which teas, and tea drinkers they work best for, and little history behind the development of the teapot, starting with the classic yixing teapot.

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Goddess of Tiny Blossoms

My deep appreciation for tea began when I was a child growing up in China. There tea has been an integral part of everyday life for centuries. My parents would drink tea throughout the day, taking pause to savor each cup. My father’s favorite tea has always been classic dragon well green tea, while my mother prefers jasmine green. Jasmine also holds a special place in my heart. I love its aroma and the story of how the flower’s blossoms are infused with green or white tea leaves many times to receive the most potent flavor yet without any other additives. Jasmine’s aroma opens one’s senses

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Creamy Masala Chai

I’ll never forget the first time I enjoyed a cup of classic masala chai tea. I was 20 years old and had just embarked on what would be the first of many trips to India in the decade that followed. It was about 5:00 in the morning and the overnight bus I was aboard from Delhi to the northern city of Dharamsala pulled over on the side of a road in a tiny town nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas.

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The Transition of Autumn

As the days darken and our shadows grow, this time of year calls on us to reconnect with the intuitive, receptive and yielding (yin) aspects of ourselves to balance out the more vigorous and vibrant energies (yang) that permeate in the summer. With its enchanting leaves and crisp winds, autumn serves as a guide for us to shift our attention inward and restore balance within ourselves to sustain our vitality as we prepare for the rooting, resting and quietude that the world of winter brings.

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A Healthier Twist on Apple Crisp

Just over a week before my son Silas was born, I ventured to my Aunt Martha’s farm in Katonah, New York to go apple picking with Wei and her daughter Rose.  It was one of the last balmy days of summer and we found ourselves dreaming of the crisp autumn days that have since arrived.

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Effortless & Wholesome Grains, Part 3: Quinoa

Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) has become famous in the last decade as a superfood, because of its high levels of protein and dense nutrition. One cup of cooked quinoa contains 8 grams of protein, more than any other grain. Technically its actually not a grain, but a tiny seed from South America, where it has been cultivated for thousands of years. To the Incas, quinoa was a sacred food they called it the “mother of all grains.”

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Essential Protein: Tofu Scramble Recipe

This simple tofu scramble recipe is one of our favorite (and fastest) ways to prepare a protein-rich vegetarian dish. I was first inspired to make this dish after tasting a similar preparation at Bloodroot, our local vegan and vegetarian restaurant in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport, Connecticut.

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Green Goodness Part 2: Healthy Stir-Fried Bok Choy

Bok choy is one of my favorite greens to stir fry. Not only do I love the taste of bok choy, but it’s also a very nostalgic food for me. Growing up in Shanghai, my family would buy the freshest bok choy at the daily farmer’s markets. My mother made bok choy almost every other day, and I never got tired of it. Now when I see bok choy at the farmer’s markets in Westport and Black Rock I get as many heads as I can. People always ask me what I do with all that bok choy, so here is my simple recipe for healthy stir-fried bok choy, inspired by my mother’s recipe.

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