Dumbos’ Tea Party

In food on 04/14/2009 at 12:50 pm

Are you and your friends dressing up in Revolutionary period garb and having a tea party tomorrow in honor of Anti-Tax Day? Are you drinking tea without any tea-type snacks for you and your friends to munch on? Crustless cucumber sandwiches are so 18th century British empire. Have no fear, jeju is here to save the day with three lovely hors d’oeuvres.

Instead of just waving around tea bags as a metaphor for the ‘suppression of the masses,’ or sending them off to your favorite elected official, put those tea bags to work for you. Any flavor will do. Show those tea-bagging sons of guns who’s boss!

Wiki method: “Tea eggs are simply hard-boiled eggs that have been further stewed in a salted tea liquid. Other flavorings such as soy sauce and Chinese five-spice powder are often added as well. The eggs are actually boiled twice. After the first boiling, when the insides are hardened, the shell of each egg is lightly cracked. The eggs are then boiled for much longer duration in the black tea mixture for a second time, which allows the flavor of the tea to penetrate deep into the egg. The dark colour of the tea also stains through the cracks of the eggs creating a pattern on the peeled eggs that resembles the crazing of some ceramic glaze surfaces.”

take that teabaggers!

Another lovely treat is the stuffed tofu pocket. The tofu pocket is available in Asian marts in a canned or plastic package forms. We find the latter variety has a better taste, usually fresher and less sickly sweet. We served it at our last party and it was a hit with guests of all political leanings. We prefer the traditional sushi rice filling, sprinkled with furikake, but sky’s the limit. Add chopped veggies, fish cake, tea-steeped rice, bits of whatever Spam you can imagine. Make sure you cool the rice enough to fill the pockets by hand, after you’ve folded enough vinegar and sushi into the rice to taste.

Wiki speaks: “Inari-zushi, A pouch of fried tofu filled with usually just sushi rice. It is named after the Shinto god Inari, who is believed to have a fondness for fried tofu. The pouch is normally fashioned as deep-fried tofu (油揚げ, abura age). Regional variations include pouches are made of a thin omelette (帛紗寿司, fukusa-zushi or 茶巾寿司, chakin-zushi) or dried gourd shavings (干瓢, kanpyō). It should not be confused with inari maki, which is a roll filled with flavored fried tofu. A very large version, sweeter than normal and often containing bits of carrot, is popular in Hawaii, where it is called cone sushi.”

inari pow!

Lastly, but not leastly, here is a treat you can make in honor of tea-bagging itself, a fine American tradition: Montana Tendergroin. Annual Testicle Festival promoter Ron Lincoln uses only “USDA approved bull testicles, also known as Rocky Mountain Oysters. “I skin them when they’re just thawing because the membrane peels like an orange,” he once told a reporter. He then marinates them in beer, breads them four times, and deep fries them. The end result looks like a big, flat cookie or breaded tenderloin.” I heard it tastes like chicken.

Remember folks, real men drink tea without milk or sugar, and “Don’t Stimulate: Liberate” on T.E.A Day!

montana's finest

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