apple flavored london fog tea, fall recipe inspiration

Apple London fog

And a talk about the importance of being lazy

Ingredients

  • 1 Val Venosta Pinova apple, ripe
  • 1 ½ Tbsp Earl Grey Tea leaves
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp brandy
  • 3 star anice pods
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup milk
  • Seeds from 1/3 vanilla pod, or 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp honey, optional

Method

→ Peel, core and dice the apple.

 

→ Put the apple dices in a small saucepan. Add tea leaves, brandy, star anice and cinnamon. Cover with water and bring to boil over medium heat. Let it simmer for 5min.

 

→ Turn off the heat and let the tea steep for 5 more minutes, allowing the apple to release its sugar and the spices to release their flavor.

 

→ Meanwhile, heat the milk with the vanilla seeds and honey. Froth until foamy.

 

→ Strain the tea, add the frothed milk and enjoy the London fog in your favorite mug.

Creative talk

Rest is part of the process.

Our time off is part of the process. Since childhood, we have been thought laziness is something negative and now, as adults, we are constantly asked to be more efficient, faster, more present.

The industry expects us to be productive 24/7 and defines our work not by its quality but its frequency. The result is a sense of pressure that makes being productive even harder.

 

The truth is we periodically need a moment off the grid and deeply dive into rest and laziness.

Creativity comes in waves and boredom, as well as procrastination, are essential steps to explore new paths of free thought association – so that the creative cycle can start again afresh.

These moments are the key of a healthy work-life balance and they light up our creative minds.

 

Today is one of these days. I just need to sit down and do nothing. And sip on a cup of London fog.

 

— Ambra

 

→ If you still feel guilty about indulging in a lazy afternoon:

Bourton, L. (January 16, 2023). The lazy report. It’s nice that. Read it here.

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