We share tea and talk tea at assisted living homes, private homes and community centers. We play Teago Bingo with prizes for winners. We are also doing mystery tea events.
Spend time being refreshed by God's Word with a cup of tea. Relax in a comfy chair that gets some afternoon sun. Reflect on the goodness of life.
Real joy comes not from ease or riches or
from the praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile. Wilfred T. Grenfell
Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. Ps 100:4
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
Blessings to you and your family. Have a TEA- rrrific day.
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Friday, April 27, 2012
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Whether you call it high tea, low tea or afternoon tea, afternoon tea is an occasion to socialize and relax in style with friends. Selecting a great tea for afternoon tea is just one of the many aspects of the occasion, but it's often largely overlooked by people putting on or attending afternoon teas. This list of top ten afternoon teas includes old and new favorites that are well suited to pairing with afternoon tea fare.
Earl Grey Tea
Earl Grey is the world's most famous flavored black tea. It gets its citrusy flavor from the essential oil of bergamot (an orange-like fruit). The natural sweetness of Earl Grey lends itself to pairing with many afternoon tea sweets, like scones, Madeline cakes, shortbread cookies and lavender cookies.
Assam black tea is grown in the mountainous region of Assam, India. It is known for its robust, malty and sometimes tannic (astringent) flavor.
Many people enjoy their Assam tea with a little milk and sugar. With milk and sugar, Assam teas are ideal for afternoon tea sweets. Without them, Assams can stand up to flavorful savory foods, like finger sandwiches, quiche and cheddar herb scones.
Ceylon Black Tea / Sri Lankan Black Tea
Ceylon teas include white, green, oolong and black varieties, but Ceylon black teas are the most popular choice for afternoon tea. Famous black teas from Sri Lanka (formerly known as "Ceylon") include:
Orange Pekoe, which does not taste like oranges, and is actually a tea grade made in India and Sri Lanka
Nuwara Eliya, which is floral and light
Uva, which is sweet, woodsy and good with milk
Dimbulla, which varies widely
They're all great with a range of afternoon tea foods.
Darjeeling Black Tea
Darjeelings are teas from Darjeeling, India. Darjeeling black teas are a classic pairing for afternoon tea foods.
You might have a choice between spring-plucked Darjeeling First Flush and summer-plucked Darjeeling Second Flush. Darjeeling First Flush is more floral and green in flavor, while Darjeeling Second Flush has a distinctive fruity flavor. Both work well with savory afternoon tea foods, and Second Flush is also great with chocolate, fruity desserts and pastries.
Chamomile is an herbal infusion with a floral, apple-like flavor. Many people select it for afternoon tea because it is naturally caffeine-free. It also pairs wonderfully with afternoon tea sweets, especially scones and fruity confections.
Chamomile is also a key ingredient in many tea blends, such as Chamomile Chai and David Rio's Caramel Chamomile.
Like chamomile, spearmint and peppermint are caffeine-free herbal infusions. Peppermint is more common in the U.S., but spearmint also has a loyal following thanks to its its sweeter, mellower flavor. Some herbal infusions combine mint with other herbs.
When considering whether or not to pair a mint infusion with your afternoon tea fare, ask yourself, "Would I ever use mint as an ingredient in this dish?" You'll likely find that both types of mint "tea" are great with a range of finger sandwiches, fruity sweets, chocolaty sweets and nuutral sweets (like vanilla pound cake or plain shortbread).
Smoked Black Teas: Russian Caravan / Lapsang Souchong
Lapsang Souchong and Russian Caravan are both popular smoked black teas. They have a strong, smoky flavor that's ideally paired with equally strong foods. I particularly recommend them with heavy sweets, smoked salmon finger sandwiches and flavorful quiches.
Specialty smoked black teas include Tarry Souchong, Smoked Earl Grey and Smoked Tanzanian Black Tea. These can be paired in a similar manner to Lapsang Souchong and Russian Caravan.
Rose Congou Tea
Rose Congou is a black tea blended with rose petals. The rose petals make it an inherently romantic, Victorian style of drink, so it's a great fit for afternoon tea. Try sweet, perfumey Rose Congou with scones, creamy sweets (like shortbread or strawberry shortcake) and savory-sweet finger
Gunpowder Green Tea
Green teas aren't nearly as popular as black teas during afternoon tea. However, Gunpowder Green Tea has a bold flavor that can stand up to select afternoon tea foods, like savory pastries, ham or chicken tea sandwiches, and dishes with mint. Be sure to brew Gunpowder Green with cooler water and a shorter brew time than you'd use for black teas.
Lavender Teas / Tisanes
Brewed on its own or as part of a tea blend, lavender is a common "tea" for afternoon tea. Popular lavender blends include Lavender Earl Grey and herbal melanges with ingredients like lavender, chamomile and mint. The sweet, perfumey flavor of a lavender infusion or lavender tea blend is ideal with uncomplicated afternoon tea foods, like scones and Devon cream, simple petits fours or shortbread cookies.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
4-6 thin slices raw ginger
1 1/2 - 2 cups water
juice from 1/2 lime, or to taste
1-2 tbsp honey or agave nectar, or to taste
Peel the ginger and slice thinly to maximize the surface area. This will help you make a very flavorful ginger tea.
Boil the ginger in water for at least 10 minutes. For a stronger and tangier tea, allow to boil for 20 minutes or more, and use more slices of ginger.
Remove from heat and add lime juice and honey (or agave nectar) to taste.
The secret to making a really flavorful ginger tea is to use plenty of ginger - more than you think you will need - and also to add a bit of lime juice and honey to your ginger tea. You will also probably want to add more honey than you think you will need as well.
Enjoy your hot ginger tea! A homemade ginger tea is excellent in soothing stomach aches and in aiding digestion.
A strong iced tea, made with fresh ginger. If you're looking for a change from the usual lemon iced tea, then you should give this bold ginger iced tea a try.
5 tea bags
1-inch piece of fresh ginger
Sugar, to taste
Slice ginger root into thin slices and crush. Heat 1 quart of water and let tea steep with the ginger. Let steep over low heat for at least 10 minutes. Strain out tea and ginger slices and add sugar. Let cool and serve
Honey Lemon Ginger Tea will cure what ails you. The heat and the ginger warms you right up, the steam and the lemon and the ginger help clear those sinuses, and the ginger and the honey soothe that scratchy throat.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
1 Tbsp. freshly grated ginger (no need to peel it)
1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 Tbsp. honey, plus more to taste
Put ginger in a tea pot or medium bowl. Pour 1 cup boiling water over it and let it steep for 3 minutes.
Meanwhile, put lemon juice and honey in a large mug. Strain ginger tea into mug.
Stir to dissolve honey, taste, and add more honey if you like.
Makes 1 mug Honey Lemon Ginger Tea.
Sunday, April 8, 2012
3 cups all purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups mashed bananas
Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter or spray a Bundt pan. Mix together dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon) until combined. Make a well in the center and add eggs, pineapple, oil, vanilla and bananas. Stir batter with a large spoon, mixing well. Some lumps will remain; do not overmix. Spoon the batter into the pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean (about 65-75 minutes). Cool on wire rack for 5 minutes before removing cake from pan.
Frosting: Frost with a vanilla frosting, or sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. A light glaze is also nice.
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Smile while you sip
Latest findings suggest that green tea kills bad breath thanks to its antioxidant content. Israeli scientists found that polyphenols, a type of antioxidant found in green tea, destroy compounds in the mouth that are responsible for bad breath, tooth decay and mouth cancer. Polyphenols called epigallocatechin 3 gallate (EGCG) possess properties that can abolish bad breath by modifying sulphur components responsible for halitosis. They can also fight harmful effects of smoking by reducing oral cavities, oxidative stress and inflammation caused by cigarettes. There is an increasing interest among the scientific community in green tea as a proponent of oral health.
Remember our Lord and Savior and the many gifts we receive from Him. He loves each one of us and pray that each one of us can share that with others along with a favorite cup of tea. I know that is my passion and waiting on the Lord that I may do more of that in the near future. Asking for your prayers on that. I want to reach those who don't truly know Him through tea and His love pouring from me.
God bless you and your family this Easter.
A strong iced tea, made with fresh ginger.
5 tea bags
1-inch piece of fresh ginger
Sugar, to taste
Slice ginger root into thin slices and crush. Heat 1 quart of water and let tea steep with the ginger. Let steep over low heat for at least 10 minutes. Strain out tea and ginger slices and add sugar. Let cool and serve over ice.
This Green Tea Sangria recipe from Afternoon Teas, Please is a non-alcoholic sangria made with iced green tea and fresh fruit. It won the About.com Monthly Tea Recipe Contest in August, 2010. Contest judge Chris Cason of Tavalon Tea described this tea as sweet and fruity, but light enough that you can easily drink a full pitcher without feeling like it's a meal.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Steep time: 12 hours
Total Time: 12 hours, 10 minutes
Yield: Approx. six cups
3 cups water
6 tsp. green tealeaves (Cason recommends a Chinese green tea from Fujian, China)
1 sliced Granny Smith apple
3 cups ice cubes
Several sliced citrus fruits, such as lemons, limes or oranges
Honey (to taste)
Bring the water to a boil and then allow it to cool for several minutes.
Steep the tea in a pot for the recommended amount of brewing time.
Line the bottom of an 8-cup pitcher with the apple slices.
Add the ice cubes and tea.
Top the mixture with sliced citrus fruit.
Cover the pitcher and refrigerate it overnight.
Add honey to taste.
Add more ice before serving if desired.
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Women who regularly drink tea are more likely to get pregnant than those who don't and those who prefer soft drinks. The study, conducted by scientists from Boston University on 3,600 women, focused on the link between caffeine intake and fertility. It found that women who drank two cups of tea per day were 27% more likely to become pregnant. Coffee drinkers did not experience the same effect, whereas those who drank two soft drinks per day seemed to witness the opposite effect: their chance of pregnancy fell by 20%. While this research seems promising, experts caution that further studies are needed to conclusively prove the link and establish which elements in tea are actually responsible for this.
Figures from Mintel, a market research firm, suggest that tea drinkers in the UK are shifting from traditional brews to healthier green tea. In fact, green tea sales have doubled in two years since 2009 to reach £22 million ($29m) in 2011, whereas consumption of "builder's tea", a mix of black tea, sugar and milk, is falling. Sales of English Breakfast tea bags fell by £7 million, or roughly 2%, to £463 million. Although black tea still remains the most popular variety by far, young people in particular are turning away from the traditional cuppa. Furthermore, young people are also the biggest users of loose leaf tea, with 12% of people aged between 25 and 34 making tea without the use of tea bags, compared to 10% of people aged 65 and over.
by Cynthia Fazekas
Tiny, beautiful crystals can add up to trouble!
Just last night, a national news show aired a segment about researchers and doctors announcing that sugar is toxic. The news of course, is not new to those of us in the tea industry. Many of us were drawn to tea because we were looking to avoid sugary beverages and found tea to have fabulous flavor and soothing effects. We got lucky early and discovered that a well-brewed cup of tea needs no enhancement and have benefited since.
As the general population (reluctantly) receives this message, tea sellers have a great opportunity. The easiest way to cut back on sugar for the average American is to cut out soda and juices. Replacing these with water is an option but we know that tea and tisanes are flavorful alternatives and no sugar is needed to have a great cup. Teach your customers to gradually lessen the amount of sugar they add to hot beverages and let their palates adjust incrementally. They must retrain their taste buds to not solely seek sweet and enjoy other sensations.
Help your customers reduce their sugar intake by offering correct brewing methods for teas and a variety to please any palate. The most forgiving are rooibos and honeybush as they don't get bitter even if steeped too long and at too high a temperature. Add that they are naturally caffeine-free and you have a sugarless beverage that even kids can enjoy. Green rooibos is particularly tasty when fruit flavored and makes a worry-free alternative to punch.
By gradually reducing sugar intake, we learn to really taste our food and will enjoy sugar more as the occasional indulgence it really should be.