These tej tasting ጠጅ ቅምሻ [Ethiopian style honey mead] events brings back happy memories of my childhood. I come from a generation of fantastic home-brewers. I am here to share generations of Ethiopian style honey mead - tej with different robust flavors with step-by-step photos. What's different here is that I approached it with modern fermentation equipments and technics, which makes home-brewing more fun.
My mom, my aunties and some other ladies had used to come together for tej taste. It was always before a wedding parties. So I have followed suit and did it not exactly the same way but similar.
The beauty of home-brewing has unleashed my creativity in exploring into different tej flavoring nuance to make something that give such joy to myself and to my guests as well.
I set out to tej testing sessions with different groups of family and friends. The first one was all ladies and we had to taste not one, but four different flavored tej plus the regular unflavored tej. We also had to use a few more small glasses to taste each flavored tej that we have lost count. We had a blast and guess what? The berries and flower flavored tej - የእንጆሪና የአበባ ጠጅ was hands down winner with the ladies.
It’s my humble assumption that most of the time we put food into our entry port – the mouth, like 3 times a day – 24/7 not because out body needs it, but for pleasure. Multiple researchs suggested that eating your favorite foods make your brain release endorphins to elevate your mood giving way to pleasure. In lieu of eating just because, we need to think in line with “Less is More” mentality meaning we need to start mindful dining experience. One way of doing that is by pairing your dish with the right beverage.