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Teeny tiny bubble tea |

Do you poppy?! This poppy seed drink, Aguonpienis, is normally consumed with eleven other courses on Christmas Eve in Lithuania, but all those seeds make it a meal in itself!

Prep time: 3 hours

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Makes: 2 small glasses


1 cup poppy seeds

1 .5 cups boiling water (plus extra for soaking)

1 tbsp honey

Dash of vanilla extract

1. Soak it all in

Place your cup of poppy seeds in a bowl and pour boiling water over the top until the seeds are covered. Place it gently to the side and let it be, even in times of trouble, for a few hours.

Once the seeds have been soaking for a few hours, drain them out through a fine sieve. Pretend you are a millionaire with a large amount of caviar, or you are in Tenerife on a black sand beach: other lockdown fantasies are acceptable.

2. No use crying over spilt milk

Place your seeds into a new bowl and Donner and Blitzen them up until they go a paler colour and release some juices.

Add the 1.5cups of boiling water and give it a stir to release the poppy milk. Add the vanilla and honey to taste.

Decant into glasses and go for a walk in a dink and sink wonderland

Food for Thought

Lizzy says: "Don’t be fooled by the adorable title of ‘teeny tiny bubble tea’ this was a train wreck of a drink. I thought the end result would be something akin to a smooth, milky almond milk, but instead it was like a festivity of nightmarish wateriness with some bitter seeds added to the bargain. Perhaps this was because of a lacklustre blending technique, using our peg legs, which, although cute, are emphatically not efficient with seeds the size of a bird’s neck… as such I would highly recommend using a blender that can crush seeds as efficiently as Simon Cowell crushes dreams. Also, definitely try and find a milk bag to drain it through otherwise make sure you have a toothpick handy and prepare yourself for picking poppy seeds out of your teeth for months to come. 1/10 "

Kate says: "This was an odd one, I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it. It just was. In some recipes you keep the poppy seeds (which we did - heads up, not a good drink for first dates, poppy seeds get stuck everywhere) while in others you separate them, which I think I'd do if I were to make it again. This is also served in Lithuania with poppyseed biscuits which I think would add some more sweetness and would compliment the drink well. Although I could’ve added more honey, the woody taste of the seeds is overpowering of whatever sweetness is within. 4/10 I don’t think I’d be rushing to make it again "

2.5/10 Gasps


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