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Tea isn’t just for drinking, it’s for eating too. If you’re a fan of food and tea, you’ve probably heard, tasted, or cooked food with tea on it. Tea can kick any plain ol’ food into a gourmet treat that will surely leave an impression on your family and dinner guests.


Want to try it yourself? Here are 5 things you can do with tea to make the food for your next dinner party more interesting:


1. Use darjeeling tea as part of the salad vinaigrette

This is a very simple recipe but it made all the difference in the salad Ani threw together.


2. Infuse tea with butter

Butter that is infused with tea. Need I say more? This super easy recipe is also one of my favorites because it makes butter (which I think is awesome for making everything taste great) just a little better. You can use it as a spread on your morning toast, use it for buttered vegetables, or use it for baking even!


3. Add jasmine tea to your chicken soup broth

More complex than the two above, this chicken soup is perfect for the sniffles! The jasmine tea will add flavor to the broth that is both aromatic and earthy.


4. Smoke your meat with tea

This is a generic smoking method you can use for a variety of meats… chicken, lamb, fish… Whatever suits your boat! Personally, I think it’s best to try with chicken first!


5. Use tea as part of a dry rub on meat

This pork roast recipe uses a half ounce of loose black tea as part of a rub on pork roast. Try serving this one at a dinner party, and I bet your guests will never know just what exactly is the secret ingredient that makes your roast oh-so-tasty!


This list is ordered by the complexity of the cooking methods. If you’re interested in cooking with tea but don’t want to waste good tea on experimentation, try the first one. Once you get more comfortable, move on to the next ones on the list until you’re comfortable enough to do the pork roast.


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Okay, let me get this straight:


There. I said it.

If you came here looking for a magic potion to weight loss woes, you’d be sorely disappointed. Honestly, you’d get a much better chance at finding a leprechaun riding a unicorn over a rainbow than obtaining a magical solution to losing weight. Anyone who promises to give you a drink that could burn or melt all your fat away is lying. Tea is not the end-all and be-all of weight loss.

Here’s the truth: tea can, in fact, help you lose weight, as long as you do the rest of the work. (You know, proper diet and exercise.)

Pu erh can then be used as a supplement to help you speed up weight loss and reach your goals. Pu erh has caffeine, and caffeine stimulates the nervous system. This gives you a burst of energy that helps promote calorie-burning. But this is true of other kinds of tea.

What makes pu erh the darling of weight loss enthusiasts is the fact that during the aging process of this tea, it develops naturally-occurring lovastatin — a chemical found in prescriptions to lower cholesterol.

Research says pu erh lowers triglycerides and LDL, or low density lipoprotein, also known as "bad" cholesterol. It has also shown it may contribute to raise levels of HDL, high density lipoprotein, or "good" cholesterol.

Some people say drinking pu erh makes them hungry, so I suggest not drinking it before having a meal. Drink it after a meal instead. Pu erh increases your metabolism, which means hunger pangs would be magnified if you drink it while you’re hungry. Needless to say, never take it on an empty stomach!

So if you need a drink to supplement your weight loss routine, try pu erh. If you want a something that melts all your fat away, go and search for that unicorn-riding, rainbow-jumping leprechaun instead!

(Speaking of leprechaun, we’re currently having a special St. Patrick’s Day sale for our newsletter subscribers. Why? Because everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s day! Subscribe now to get the special deal.)

PS: Want to give pu erh a try? Try our Bird's Nest Pu-ErhMany of our Bird's Nest Pu-erh fans tell us this is their 'on the go' tea. Try it for yourself to find out why they love it!





Loose leaf tea isn’t a very popular option among people because, well, tea bags are just a lot more convenient aren’t they? But for tea lovers like you and me, there’s no other choice out there but loose leaf. It’s fresher, it has higher quality, and it just tastes better. You get more of the tea’s antioxidants from this form too!

While it’s best enjoyed steaming hot, there are times when having it iced is just the better choice — like on lazy summer afternoons or to complement a spicy dish. At times like these, I get out my favorite dessert tea and get ready to prepare it iced.

Here’s a very simple, tried-and-tested recipe I use:
Serves 2

1. Place two teaspoons of your preferred loose leaf tea on a small, square, and clean, canvass fabric. I recommend the Lemon Meringue Pie and Lime in the Coconut.

2. Tie opposite ends of the fabric together so that it looks like a small pouch. Drop this pouch into the water.

3. Measure 3 glasses of water and boil it. Let it boil for a few seconds, and then scoop out the tea pouch. Sieve the loose leaves if necessary. (Don’t let it boil for too long to prevent it becoming bitter.)

4. Let the tea cool for a few minutes.

5. Sweeten with half a teaspoon of honey to taste.

6. Place the tea in the fridge.

7. Drop fresh mint leaves into the pitcher before serving cold.

Try it at home and let me know what you think! Make sure to pin, tweet, or share this recipe on Pinterest, Twitter, or Facebook so can keep it handy. 

*image via: Freepik and Pixabay



Blooming tea or flowering tea are absolutely fascinating. It’s a bundle of dried tea leaves wrapped around dried flowers. When steeped, it blooms into a beautiful bouquet at the bottom of your pot or cup. Watching it never ceases to amaze me. It’s like a time lapse of a bud growing into a full blown flower.

It remains unclear whether or not blooming or flowering tea is a modern invention or ancient one, but the consensus is that it originated from China (where else?). If it’s been around for more than hundreds of years, Marie Antoinette must’ve enjoyed it during one of her lavish parties. Here’s Sofia Coppola’s take on the scene.

These days, however, you don’t have to be royalty to try out this beautiful drink. In fact, you can try it in your own backyard if you like! Get a clear pot, vase, or a large glass. Invite your friends and family for high tea some time and get ready to be as enthralled as I was when I first saw one with my own eyes.

Will and Ani have mastered the art of flowering tea and have created their own bouquets as well. Lucky for us, they’re selling it on this shop too! They’re offering a variety of artisanal tea bouquets that are both beautiful to look at and wonderful to the palate. Try it for yourself and let us know what you think! Click here to order your own blooming tea now. (And yes, we have jasmine.)


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