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Indulge in Life

Musings from the co-founder of Tielka.

The Book

Rebecca Domorev - Friday, September 09, 2016

I have this grandiose plan to write a book. I even have a title for it. It sounds fabulous in my mind and of course, it won't take long to throw together and everyone will want to buy and read it and the world will be a better place for having this little piece of sunshine in their day. After all, isn't that how all grandiose plans start? With an over-the-top portion of confidence, excitement, exuberance mixed with a touch of absolutely essential naivety? And then reality sets in and only a tiny percentage actually make their way into existence. I once read something that everything created is actually created twice. First there is the idea, then there is the process of making the idea become reality. I do wonder if this plan will actually make its way into reality.

Last night I actually attempted to start making this plan a reality. I set my alarm to remind myself to start writing at 8:30pm and made sure I had the goods to make it happen. Alexei bought me this clever keyboard which I can connect via blue tooth to my phone or tablet, so I'm meant to be able to write anywhere. Writing doesn't always flow in front of my computer in a warehouse filled with mountains of tea (I'm not complaining), tins, boxes, sealed concrete floors and stainless steel benchtops. The logic is that having different surroundings will inspire creative thought. I'm not entirely convinced, but I'm still willing to give it a good crack. The only problem was when my alarm sounded at 8:30pm last night I was in complete la la land having a lovely hot shower pondering the musical tinkering of an ice-cream van in sleepy Agnes Water on a Thursday night. It was no ice-cream van. It was my phone telling me to get my butt into gear and start writing. It actually stopped tinkering after who-knows-how-long and naturally I forgot about writing altogether.

So today I write about not writing. And not starting my grandiose plan. And about trying again this evening over a cup of my unexpectedly new favourite Licorice Basket Herbal Infusion (Fairtrade and organic, naturally). I actually created this tea because Alexei is a die-hard licorice fan, not because it was something I was particularly hankering for. I expected the new Limonada Rosa to steal the show in my kitchen, and while I do quite like this blend on occasion, the Licorice Basket tends to trump the evening choosing. There. Licorice Basket paired with 8:30pm, a clever keyboard and device to make it all happen.

Indulge in life.

Joy III

Rebecca Domorev - Thursday, August 11, 2016

 

I've been writing a few things on what make me happy at the moment. Well here are a few more:

My Keep Calm and Carry On Magnetic Calendar - The Whole Month of August, 2016

Keep calm and carry on calendar

I have this vintage style letterbox-red metal all-purpose any-year calendar that hangs on the wall just above my kettle and Hario Tea Dripper in the kitchen. It's a nifty little device. Every day you move two dark magnetic strips along one spot to coincide with the correct weekday and date of the month. Once a month, you get to move all three, but this is another story of great excitement meant for another day.

As the days of the week start (on this calendar) on a Monday and the date starts with the number one, the day and date almost NEVER line up neatly. And oh the frustration when a month starts on a Tuesday! For the whole month, the date magnet lags just one step behind, almost there and sadly never quite catching up.

But not August 2016! That's right - every day this month, the two little magnetic strips under the day and date line up perfectly. Monday was the 1st, Tuesday was the 2nd, Wednesday the 3rd, Thursday the 4th - you get the idea. On that first Monday, when I realised with great excitement the impending daily unbridled joy of uninterrupted perfectly lined up days and dates for the next 31 days, I called out to my somewhat perfectionist, occasionally OCD son to deliver the news. We high-fived, relishing the thought for a few moments and went on our happy way.

Early Morning Walks with Alison

Sunrise at Agnes Water main beach

I never thought I'd say this, but I like getting up early. Now before your head goes into a spin and you write me off as someone completely untrustworthy to write on the topic of anything-at-all, I'm not talking about that ghastly chasm of eternity that exists somewhere between hearing that first beep of the alarm, realising with great horror that you will have to part ways with the comfort of your cosy pillow and arriving in a foggy haze to the bathroom door. It's what comes after.

I've started morning walks with Alison and I LOVE IT. Three mornings a week, we're up at the crack of dawn, rushing to the beach to make it before the sun pops up, catching a few happy snaps to later post on Facebook (sometimes mulling over the curious thought that we are doing something quite frankly the majority of the population only imagines possible) and enjoying a leisurely stroll home.

But there's much more to it. The buzz lasts a couple of days and I still haven't figured it out. You see, I've tried morning exercise before, in fact I've tried exercise in general, but it has this way of leaving me in a state of painful depletion, of head-throbbing exhaustion while I pathetically try and convince myself that someday I will reap the benefits of hours of relentless pain. Not this time. I arrive home with a bounce in my step and I am ready to take on the world.

New Harvest Cupping

Tea cupping Tielka Fairtrade organic loose leaf Jade Mist green tea

Yesterday a little package of new harvest Fairtrade organic tea samples arrived in the mail. It's hard to believe it's that time of the year again. Now I hesitate to tell you how I am relishing in the blissful new harvest when you have to wait at least another month for it to arrive by sea, but nevertheless, here I am relishing in my cup. Actually I'm sitting on our back deck under a large black umbrella surrounded by hundreds of golden cane palm fronds, blue skies and sunshine, relishing in my cup, but I really don't want to receive hate mail, so let's stick to the brief. The new harvest Fairtrade organic tea samples are fabulous as always. I am not disappointed, but you'll have to wait to hear more on that.

Indulge in Life!

Rebecca Domorev

Joy II

Rebecca Domorev - Friday, August 05, 2016

 

I woke yesterday morning with an unusual dose of bounce, life and gusto. With great theatrics, I skipped into the kitchen flipped on the kettle, threw a bunch of Jade Mist Green Tea leaves into my brewing vessel, splashed water from a great height and waited my ritual three minutes for a morning dose of joy. With tea, music, headphones and a basket full of sunshine in hand, I ventured out to my little possy on the back deck and considered with great enthusiasm my next blog entry. Only now, realising what was a knowing, mischievous inner voice, a striking thought was thrown into my mind “now what on earth could spoil a day like today!”. Yes. Indeed.
 
And then the email arrived. And oh how it arrived. A ridonculously time-sensitive super-duper valuable document I had sent a couple of days earlier that had been marked as delivered with a smile, was nowhere to be found. I think my insides resembled a washing machine at that moment.
 
Ha. So much for my blog entry. So much for any form of productiveness whatsoever. My blog entry was shelved to the following day (that’s today!), my to-do list was seriously revised to remove any creativity-demanding / being-nice-to-people-skills related tasks and replaced with cutting up tea menus and packaging tea. Strangely, I don’t mind packaging tea on occasion. It’s brainless, monotonous and therapeutic.
 
I know myself well in these circumstances, the usual “the world is coming to an end!” takes over and it’s a downward spiral from there. But this time I decided to take a step back and actually let a little objectivity play a role; after all, I had done everything in my power to solve the problem, I was now playing the waiting game. I thought I might even do something crazy like let wisdom influence the moment. It’s an opportunity in disguise! Or a setback, a chance to stop, to consider my response and take a different path! And what if this moment was specifically orchestrated to prepare me to have the capacity to deal with bigger and more complicated difficulties? A new calm decisiveness started to direct my thoughts and I even managed to enjoy chats with a few clients.
 
I’m not saying these thoughts stopped my stomach from churning entirely, and certainly the relief when I received the email that the document had been found was indeed, great. But there was a little sense of inner pride when I realised I hadn’t responded too badly, that just because difficulties in the past had sometimes seen me spiral into anxious oblivion, it didn’t mean this would always be the way and perhaps I may even have the capacity to deal with greater things.
 
And there’s one thing I know for sure, that the road to greater things is always mottled with crisis - and joy if you’re ready.

 

 

Joy

Rebecca Domorev - Thursday, July 28, 2016


There are a few things I really like at the moment. Actually, I quite like them pretty much all the time. Here they are:

Not having to make dinner

Last night we went to my parent’s place for dinner. As in true grey nomad style, they’re staying up here in Agnes Water for the winter and recently they relocated from their tiny caravan to a spacious residence at the back of the local Baptist church. Mum was pleased to have some space for guests and I was stoked to be invited for dinner. Not just because I quite enjoy their company, even while sitting through a game of Rummy Gummy (I won last night, by the way), but because I didn’t have to make dinner. That’s right. It didn’t just make my evening that much more fabulous. My whole day yesterday was filled with little pockets of joy each time I remembered with great delight that I didn’t have to think about making dinner. It’s like that little space which opened up every couple of hours that usually requires dinner-thinking-then-making-energy got replaced with a big fat ray of sunshine. There’s not much that will beat that.

Bertie

Meet Bertie

I discovered Bertie a couple of months ago. One day when sitting in my back balcony over my usual morning cuppa and quiet time, I noticed a khaki-coloured cricket sitting on a palm frond near the back railing of our balcony. And then the next day he was there, and the day after and the day after that. In fact, for two weeks, I noticed he was there every single day without moving an inch. After two weeks had past, I put some energy into considering this little fella on my back palm frond and concluded he must be dead and his little spiky legs had fused themselves onto the frond. Not so. One day I actually got up and walked over to Bertie (as I later named him) and as I approached, he moved very slightly. He’s alive! I realised with a pinch of excitement. And ever since then, when I sit down with my cuppa, I glance over to Bertie’s frond and for some reason, seeing him still there warms my heart. It’s nice to drink a cuppa with a friend, especially a friend who’s quite happy to sit quietly without requiring anything of me while I drink tea in my little secret place.

Tea

It goes without saying, really. This morning after my fabulous evening of good company, not having to make dinner and winning a game of cards, I brewed another round of Persian Mint Chai and went out to check on Bertie. My new addition chai blend has turned out to be quite the dark horse. Only yesterday I discovered (after creating it last year and releasing it in May) that I like the second brew even better than the first. The brew becomes quite crisp and clean the second time around. The mint and cardamom still keep giving, which is a great quality to have – not unlike good ol’ Bertie and that feeling of not having to make dinner.

Tea Lists :: From The Beginnings of Tielka

Rebecca Domorev - Monday, July 25, 2016

Tielka Fairtrade Organic Tea ListTielka Fairtrade Organic Tea List

I remember very well the first time I fell in love with tea. So well, in fact, that I can still picture with remarkable accuracy the vivid burgundy walls of the little café in Kielce, Poland where my love affair with tea first began. Wesoła Kafka was the name of the little café, a name based on Polish word-play translating to both “happy little coffee” and “happy jackdaw”. For those drawing a blank, a jackdaw is a little black bird from the crow family and while that doesn’t sound particularly appealing in English, I am assured in Polish it’s quite an endearing name.

I digress. You see, it wasn’t just the quaint burgundy walls and tiny little nooks where one could hide with a cuppa and a book of Wesoła Kafka that captured me, it was an exhaustive tea list included in the pages of their menu. The descriptions told stories simply with a brief origin label and list of ingredients. Thinking back, had that tea list not been so thoughtfully presented, I could have been won over by the common latte or flat white, but I wasn’t. In that moment tea captured my attention and it still hasn’t let go.

Tielka Fairtrade Organic Tea ListTielka Fairtrade Organic Tea List

As a result, since Tielka began gracing cafes and retailers across Australia, providing tea menus (or tea lists as we now call them) to cafes and retailers has been such a central part of Tielka tea culture. It was never just about the tea itself, even though this alone is incredible. The taste lasts a few moments, but the story, the origins, the harvest, ingredients all enrich that moment and continue to live on, which is why this is so important to me. And with our new branding refresh and introduction of new tea varieties, I am so pleased to be able to start sending out new customised tea lists to stores and cafes where Tielka is being brewed.

Indulge in Life.

Rebecca Domorev

Tielka Fairtrade Organic Tea List

2016 Tea Collection is Here!

Rebecca Domorev - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

It's super exciting, we have six fancy new Fairtrade organic tea and herbal varieties, pretty tins, gorgeous little boxes all waiting to be enjoyed by you!

Happy Brewing!

Rebecca Domorev

Sugar-free Single Serve Iced Tea Recipe

Rebecca Domorev - Friday, March 18, 2016

Recently, I released a video on how to brew iced tea in bulk, which is fantastic for busy cafes with limited space on the go pumping out glass after glass of cold drinks.

My next thought was, why not create an easy way to brew any Tielka tea iced, as you go? Let’s not just limit this to black tea varieties, what about others?

I experimented a little brewing by the glass and found Tielka’s Rose Moscato Green Tea was quite a winner when served iced – and super easy to make.

Actually, every Tielka tea I’ve tried making iced has been quite pleasant and easy and while none of the teas are super sweet when prepared this way, I believe the days when people crave sugary cold drinks are now on borrowed time.

Nowadays when I go to a café and crave something cold to drink, I’d honestly rather have water than a soft drink, not because it’s free, but because I really couldn’t stomach all that sugar being poured down my throat. And really, when I’m out, I want something made in-house, it’s so much more special.

So here is a solution, brew Tielka teas iced too – it’s quick, easy, sugar-free and such a treat.

Enjoy!

Indulge in Life!

Rebecca Domorev 

Sugar-free Single Serve Iced Tea Recipe
Rose Moscato Iced Tea

Instructions

  1. Measure 4.5 grams of tea into a teapot or brewing device.

  2. Pour 100ml hot water (70°C) over tea leaves.

  3. Cover and brew for 3 minutes.

  4. Fill serving glass to the top with ice

  5. After tea has brewed for 3 minutes, pour brew over ice (a good part of the ice will melt).

  6. Top up with cold water and a little more ice and serve!

  7. Garnish with whatever tickles your fancy – mint, lime slices, basil, fruit.

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Lightly Boozy Mulled Christmas Tea

Rebecca Domorev - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

I created this recipe quite by chance just last week. After watching an educational clip on wine tasting with my husband, I had a sudden urge to splurge on a few bottles of wine to teach my taste buds a thing or two about wine and an unscheduled trip to Bundaberg facilitated what I shall call an educational stop-off at the local liquor store.

For those of you who don’t know, we live in the picturesque, but somewhat remote locale of Agnes Water, QLD and while the two local bottle shops aren’t too shabby, it’s not quite the same as what the big smoke has to offer, which is located a meagre 90 minute drive away.

After choosing a selection of curious looking bottles of vino for my basket, I couldn’t help pass the section on fortified wines to add a bottle of port. And what was my logic to add port, I hear you ask? It was only $7.50 and dropped the average bottle price in my basket enough to make me feel good about my entire purchase.

That evening, on brewing some of Tielka’s limited edition Mulled Christmas Black Tea with honey, I looked wistfully at my recent wine purchase, keen to try something new, and with my tea already in front of me, I felt justified to open the port and throw in half a shot. Of course it wasn’t enough, so another half shot followed.

It was nothing short of tea-wine bliss, I tell you. I was thrown back to my travels in Poland where we often enjoyed a glass of Grzaniec (that’s Polish for hot mulled wine) during the heart of winter, but sadly could never quite reproduce the same taste back home. Alexei insisted that I write down the recipe to share with the whole tea world, so here it is. 

For your enjoyment. Indulge in Life!

Lightly Boozy Mulled Christmas Tea

Makes 2 servings (250ml)

Ingredients


8 grams (4 level teaspoons) Mulled Christmas Black Tea
2 shots port
2 small teaspoons honey
400ml boiling water

Instructions

1. Brew Mulled Christmas Black Tea in boiling water for 3 minutes
2. Pour tea into two fancy cups
3. Add port and honey to each cup
4. Stir well
5. Enjoy!



Fresh Rosemary, Red Rose and Honey Infused Iced Tea

Rebecca Domorev - Tuesday, September 08, 2015

It still may be a little chilly in the southern states, but up here in sunny Queensland, we’re itching to indulge in the happiness that spring brings.  
I love experimenting with ingredients and unexpected combinations, so today I had the inspiration to mix fresh rosemary, red rose petals with a little honey and of course, our favourite China Breakfast Black Tea, to make some iced tea. 

The natural sweetness in this tea means you don’t need a lot of honey, but just a touch will round off the bright rosemary nuances and rose infusion.
I would be sitting here drinking it now, except my husband had a taste and managed to swipe the entire glass. Perhaps I’ll make some more after lunch and sip a little in my favourite spot under the umbrella. 
 
Enjoy!
Indulge in Life!
Rebecca Domorev

Fresh Rosemary, Red Rose and Honey Infused Iced Tea

(Makes 400ml / 2 servings)

Ingredients

2 tspns (4gm) China Breakfast Black Tea
½ sprig fresh rosemary, leaves removed and torn 
2 small tspns red rose petals 
1 tspn honey 
5 ice cubes 
150ml boiling water 
150ml chilled water

Instructions

1. Measure China Breakfast Black Tea, rosemary and red rose petals into brewing vessel (teapot / jug)
2. Pour 150ml boiling water over tea
3. Brew for 3-4 minutes 
4. Pour brew off into serving jug
5. Add honey and mix until dissolved 
6. Add ice cubes and chilled water
7. Serve and enjoy!


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Secret Place

Rebecca Domorev - Friday, August 28, 2015
Every morning after school drop off is my favourite time. I arrive home, make myself a cup of tea, go to our back balcony, sit under our umbrella, turn on my Spotify playlist and indulge in this life. I call it my secret place. It's my place of safety, where I can hide, where I have permission to allow my heart to feel and wait on that quiet voice that calms every storm.

After a rather tumultuous day yesterday, of a great high and low, this morning I sat again under the umbrella. The first half hour my mind was a flurry of activity, of frustration, of hurt. It clouded some of the best news I had received in quite some time. My plans to put things right, to fight back consumed my mind and I was ready to get into action. Then a little voice inside prompted me not to start work yet but make a cup of tea, sit and gently let things go.



I've been sitting here for almost two hours this morning, a little longer than normal, but that's ok. I'm now at peace and know that everything will work together for good. Those two hours are probably the most valuable time I will spend this day.

Indulge in Life.

Rebecca Domorev


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