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Thursday, 5 January 2017

Loose leaf, rice milk, one sugar.

Written in collaboration with Rice Dream


"You don't like tea? What do you mean you don't like tea?" Came the question fired at me in a sharp, slightly alarmed tone from someone sitting, hands cupped firmly around their fourth cup of the day.
"Well, I don't like most tea." I offer as a placatory reply.
"It's the one thing in life I'm ridiculously choosy about..." I continue.

You see, sitting down with a cup of tea is something I only ever do with my mother. One of the true loves of my life. We've done it for years, I suppose, sitting in the kitchen over a plate of biscuits and getting lost in a deep conversation, but it has become more of a regular occurrence since we both decided to make the move to a dairy free lifestyle sometime last year.

Dairy free milk, we have both learned, relies on little bit of experimentation. Rice, almond, coconut, oat, cashew; the varieties are almost endless. Some I like in hot drinks, others only in oats, although this is admittedly a rare occurrence as I'm more of a toast and jam kind of person, and some I drink straight from the fridge before bed because I'm old now, so that's a thing that I do.

I think it's perfectly possible to find one that does it all, but there will always be one that works especially well for one particular thing. Rice milk in tea, well, in hot things in general really, is probably unbeatable. Tea, hot chocolate, oats, that really great dairy free cheese sauce that you only need to add milk to and heat up and you've got a sauce that tastes pretty bloody good with pasta and mushrooms in about ten minutes - oh my gosh I know what I'm having for dinner tonight! - you get the idea. And I'm not exactly sure why it's so good in hot things, but it doesn't overwhelm other flavours and so it just, well, it just is good.

Rice Dream are so confident in their product that they're currently running a try me for free campaign on 120,000 cartons so if you aren't completely satisfied, they'll give you your money back (just look out for the try me for free logo!).

Anyway, if you'll excuse me I've got a date with a bowl of cheesy pasta...

xo

23 comments:

  1. I get exactly the same eye roll when I say I don't drink English tea. YOU'RE IN THIS COUNTRY YOU HAVE TO. Baaaaah, no I don't. I'll drink my leaf tea here in the corner whilst you poo your pants from all the milk & sugar you've just shot up your heart.

    That's really interesting about certain milks going with just certain foods. I've never thought of that but now you're saying it.. I'll pick up one of these next time I go shopping, I always like trying new brands and new 'milks' xx

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    1. Haha! When I first started exploring dairy free milks I just sort of assumed one would work for everything, and they do, but sometimes you find the perfect match and it's magic. x

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  2. Despite this being a sponsored post, it doesn't come across as one and slows so nicely! I'm often shot with looks of disgust for not being a tea person (yep despite being from Yorkshire!) so I know exactly what sharp, slightly alarmed tone you are referring too.

    jess
    alrightblondie.com

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    1. Thanks, Jess! It can be difficult to incorporate sponsored content into my style, but this one seemed to flow quite naturally as I already love rice milk! The 'what do you mean you don't like tea?' question always amuses me! x

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  3. Ooh great tip! I'd given up on dairy free milk for tea after some unsavoury experiments but will have to give rice milk a go!! Xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

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    1. It can take a bit of experimentation finding the right milk for the job, but I hope that rice milk solves some of your dairy free milk problems! x

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  4. I'm not a big tea drinker - partly because I don't drink dairy milk so I never got into the habit. I find rice, soy and oat milk work best in coffee but definitely agree that it's a case of experimenting - thankfully the options are much better than when I was a child and a carton of strawberry flavoured soy milk was as good as it got! x

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    1. Oh gosh, I'm glad there is lots more choice now! x

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  5. I love tea, however don't use tea bag, prefer a tea infuser (or since Christmas, my glass teapot with a tea infuser inside it)! Prefer breakfast tea leaves never yet found a flavoured tea I like.
    Never tried Rice milk, recently tried Almond milk but didn't like it in tea very much but over all it tasted okay. I suppose.
    Katee xx

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    1. Yeah, I'm not the biggest fan of almond milk in hot drinks either. There are definitely better options!

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  6. I only drink dairy-free milk with my tea (my favorites are soy and almond). I get a little annoyed at people who say "you don't ___?" with incredulity. Respect the preferences of others, mate, amirite?

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  7. A few years ago I switched from cows milk to almond milk, but I've never tried rice milk before! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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  8. I've never tried rice milk but I have to admit I'd be slightly horrified if you told me you didn't like tea. My boyfriend doesn't drink tea or coffee at all which I just can't get my head round! 🙄

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    1. Haha I'm all about the hot chocolate tbh!

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  9. I'm just starting to get into loose leaf teas after trying a really nice rose tea at Betty's tearoom. This is good because it means I've barely been drinking any milk at all! I've only tried almond milk once but would definitely be happy to try some other types too :) xxx

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  10. I'm a lifelong vegetarian and also soya milk drinker but what I've never mastered is getting soya milk to stop curdling when I add it to hot coffee. Does rice milk do this too?

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    1. No, I find rice milk very rarely does this for me but soya does it all the time!

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  11. I don't like milk or tea/coffee so I'm the biggest issue when people offer a hot drink. I've considered trying again now I'm a little older with a non cows milk option so I'll be trying out rice milk on your recommendation, just hope I like tea. =^-^=

    Sam | Momentarily Dreaming

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  12. Hi Jennie :)

    This is my first time visiting your blog and I really like it. I think I have lots to read through this weekend!

    Rice milk in tea!? I've never tried this! I'm lactose intolerant so I don't drink normal milk in tea (and I can't stand soya milk in coffee..). Almond milk is my go-to and I love it in coffee, but I haven't been able to find anything I like in tea. I will give rice milk a try, thank you!

    Flora
    www.theeverchanginghome.com

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