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The art of teacakes & Chinese tea in four seasons
2008-09-05 13:40:00
2008-09-05 14:40:00
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Rosa Hsu
台中市
Left:Colorful teacakes& calligraphy—a meditation style in spring.Upper right:Water lilies match the light color teacakes in summer.Lower right: Use chrysanthemum, maples, and dark color food in fall.
Rosa Hsu
台中市
From TTNews Reporter Rong Hong

People who are accustomed drinking tea always eat some snacks in tea time. To increase the interests in tea drinking, the host always prepare some delicate teacakes.

It is said the Chinese tea drinking started in Wei Chin Southern-Northern Dynasty. At that time, the hosts treated their guests to luxurious feast in tea time. Until Eastern Chin, Lu Na and Huan Wun who felt the teacakes were too sumptuous advocated using dried fruit or fresh fruit in tea time. This simple fashion then gained praises from all circles.

Nowadays, there is a variety of teacakes. We invited Mei-feng, one of the members in Tzu Chi to promote tea ceremony, to share her experiences to us. She represented that the sweet snacks always have high priority when preparing the teacakes. If preparing teacakes for two or three people, the snacks could be chosen based on personal interest.

The weak tea is mild and suitable for going with the sweeter snacks. You can choose cakes or dried fruit to neutralize the base in the stomach. The ripe tea is tough enough to match heavy flavored snacks such as delicacies made from peanuts or sesame. However, because the ripe tea has honey flavor, do not choose strong sweet snacks. People easily get bored if both the tea and snacks are too sweet. Choosing simple teacakes is the principle.

The teacakes are always served after 1st infusion and before 2nd infusion. In a formal tea feast, a handful of delicate and small teacakes will be chosen. To avoid spoiling the decent tea feast, people seldom choose the watermelon seeds, peanuts, and other snacks with shells. Prepare one helping of teacakes for each person when the feast takes longer. It is particular about the plate decoration of teacakes. The use of colors needs to be appropriate and consistent to the theme. It is better to pick the natural leaves and flowers as decorations. The decoration needs to be good to hear or see. So, the teacakes play an important role in the tea feast.

Mei-feng specially demonstrated the plate decoration. She decided the materials and colors according to the season. In spring, the teacakes have various colors and kinds; in summer, choose the light color materials; in fall, the dark color food and some maple leaves will harmonize; in winter, pick the warm food such as fried Machi or rice products.

四季茶食之美
【大台灣旅遊網TTNews記者洪榕/報導】
大部分飲茶的人總是習慣配茶點,好像自有茶以來就與茶食分不開,因此茶主人再泡茶時,為了增加喝茶的樂趣,通常都會準備一些精緻的茶點來搭配茶飲,所以泡上一壺茶,再搭配可口的茶食,可是生活上至高的享受。

  追溯一下茶食的歷史,據說始於魏晉南北朝,當時都是以豪華的茶宴來款待客人,一直到了東晉,吳興太守陸納和桓溫,他們有感於茶宴的風氣太過於奢華,於是就大力提倡以乾果或鮮果,來做為茶果宴待客,也受到各階層的好評。

  之後茶食演變至今,種類與作法也愈來愈多元化,至於茶食的準備,我們邀請慈濟志工美鳳師姐來跟我們分享,美鳳師姐是慈濟推廣茶禮的種子部隊,因此對於茶席與茶食的準備相當有經驗,師姐說:一般來說茶食的準備,通常會以甜食為優先考慮,如是三兩好友的茶席,就可依個人喜好加以選擇。

  若是以茶性來搭配的話,清香的茶較溫和,熟香的茶較陽剛,清香的茶可搭配甜度高一點的茶食,可選擇含乳脂類成份的糕餅或乾果類,可綜合胃裏的茶鹼,熟香的茶就可搭配口味較重的茶食,有些人會選擇花生或芝麻所做的點心,但甜度不要太高,因熟香類的茶口感都是屬蜜香,如茶食太甜容易產生「腻」的感覺,所以較不適合,總之不管如何搭配,茶食應該盡量以簡約樸實為原則。

茶食大多都是在第一巡茶完畢後,第二巡茶開始前,端上茶席讓客人享用,美鳳師姐跟我們分享:正式茶會的茶食,大多是小巧精緻容易入口,且宜少不宜多,盡量避免使用瓜子、花生有殼之類的食材,因為會破壞雅致的茶席畫面,如果茶席較長茶食就準備以每人一份為原則,茶食的擺盤講究顏色搭配,注重整體視覺的美感,盤飾盡量會用自然的綠葉、花朵來襯托,整體如藝術品般的茶食,讓人賞心悅目垂涎三尺,一個成功茶會,茶食可是扮演著重要的腳色之一。茶食對整個茶會可是有加分的效果。


對於茶食擺盤的部分,美鳳師姐特地為我們現場示範一下,她用四季的特性來決定茶食的材料與顏色的配置,春天百花齊放茶食的顏色鮮豔多樣,夏天就挑選較清爽的淺色系食材,秋天季節在轉換則會用較深色的食物再搭配楓葉增加視覺效果與整體美感,冬天使用看起來較溫暖的食物,例烤麻糬或米食之類,在師姐的巧手之下,茶食的擺盤充分的展現出春分、夏至、秋收、冬藏的四季之美,讓大家驚艷不已。

【圖片說明】
圖一:春天茶食的顏色鮮豔,但配上書法字畫卻也能展現出禪風的意境。
圖二:茶與荷花相互輝映,彰顯出夏天清爽的淺色系茶食。
圖三:秋天使用較深色的食物,再黃菊搭配楓葉,增加視覺效果與整體美感。
2008-09-05 13:40:00
2008-09-05 14:40:00
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