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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:

 

Pu Erh Tea Aids in Weight Loss, Real or Not Real?

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Okay, let me get this straight:

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A MAGIC TEA THAT COULD INSTANTLY BURN, MELT, AND DISSOLVE THE AMOUNT OF FAT IN YOUR BODY.

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.

Rooibos Tea and Caffeine

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If you’re concerned about your caffeine intake but don’t want to quit it altogether, pu-erh is the tea for you. But, if you have issues about caffeine and want it out of your life forever, shop for rooibos tea instead. Why? NEWSFLASH: Rooibos is completely caffeine free. That’s right folks, if you want a completely sinless liquid vice, rooibos is the tea for you. Here's a quick crash course on everything you should know about rooibos-- 

Quality Teas that Improve Your Health

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Have you ever wondered why a lot of people love waking up to a nicely prepared tea in the mornings — during winters and even on a hot summer day?

 

We all know tea is a wonderful natural beverage with a ton of health benefits. But it’s just so awesome in the mornings because tea works like coffee. All teas have caffeine and thiamine, elements that improve alertness. Who wouldn’t want such a nutrition-packed morning pick-me-upper?

 

Tea Cuts Down Risks of Cardiovascular Diseases

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The last two blog posts have discussed the studies focusing on the health benefits of tea in the body. The findings from these ventures were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and for this blog post, we'll talk about how tea helps in cutting down risks of cardiovascular diseases.

black teaTea has long been believed to keep the heart healthy. In a recent study conducted by Dr. Claudio Ferri from the University of L'Aquila in Italy, it has been found that black tea helped trim down blood pressure in patients with hypertension.

There have been numerous studies backing up claims of the benefits of tea for health. And recently, additional research from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) has further supported that tea could benefit our health. In this recent study, the researchers have focused on the effects of tea on weight loss, cancer and cardiovascular risk, bone strength and attention and focus.

tea and weight lossFor now, we'll discuss how tea could help with weight loss.

Spice Up Your Dishes With Tea Rubs

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tea rubIt is always nice to have some cooking freedom - to experiment that is, and then end up with delicious meal to enjoy. For us tea lovers, it is great to know that there are actually plenty of ways to use tea to add twists on our favorite dish.

Over the last two articles, we've discussed how tea could work as a meat tenderizer and as a medium for smoking meat. In this blog post, we'll make a few tea-based rubs that will surely surprise our taste buds.

Basic Tea Rub:

This might be, perhaps the simplest way to make a tea rub. This best suits steak and pork chop, though it could be used for other dishes as well.

Tenderize Meat With Tea

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tenderize meat with teaIn the previous article, we've discussed how smoking meat with tea could bring our excellent and diverse flavors. To add up to the topic, we'll talk on getting tender meat cuts that simply melts in the mouth using of course, no other than tea - specifically black tea.

The best thing about this procedure is that it is easy to follow and is very doable. Just prepare your loose leaf black tea and we're all set to go.

Ingredients:

Smoking Meat with Tea

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Are you fond of smoking meat? Have you been experimenting with different wood to get that new twist in flavor? Well if you want to get great, exotic and really interesting taste, try using loose-leaf tea.

Smoking with tea is not really something new, but not all people know that this is a great alternative. This process of using tea has long been used in Chinese cuisine to get really delicate flavors. Now if this process is quite new to you, then here are some tea smoking prep and tips that you might want to use.

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Are you one of those people who've constantly been suffering mouth ulcers (canker sores)? Mouth ulcers are those white or sometimes yellow cuts that are found inside the mouth. These lesions often sit inside of the cheek, roof of the mouth, gums and on the tongue. Canker sores can occur sometimes in clusters and can take up to two weeks to heal if left unattended.

The root cause of canker sores are yet unknown, however; there is no denying that these small cuts cause extreme pain and discomfort. Fortunate enough for some, these mouth ulcers occur for only three to four times a year but for others who suffer complex canker sores, especially those who previously had them, mouth ulcers occur even more often.

Tips on Preparing Tea

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Tea, being one of the world's most favorite drinks, is loved by people because of its exquisite taste. While it is indeed true that tea offers the body countless health benefits, it is still the taste that established a solid following from generations to generations. With that being said, the quality of tea becomes of utmost importance. Not only because premium tea extracts the most healthy contents, but because it also brings out the finest taste.

It is therefore necessary to properly steep your tea in order to get the best brew possible. It would be a waste not to make the most out of your premium loose leaf tea.

Cure Boils With Tea

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For a while now, we have been discussing a lot about the beauty benefits of tea. So far, we could see that tea could help us in a number of ways, from head to skin - but mind you, we're not done yet.

But before we proceed on that particular topic, there are some noteworthy tips that you all should know.

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Coffee Leaf Tea - A Unique Brew

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Coffee leaf teaBoth tea and coffee have been the world's second most favorite drink after to water. Most tea and coffee enthusiasts can hardly choose which among these two drinks is better, but now to perhaps settle this dilemma, a coffee leaf tea has been discovered.

The researchers of this so-called "coffee leaf tea" - the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, London and the Joint Research Unit for Crop Diversity, Adaptation and Development in Montpellier made a rare tea out of coffee leaves and claims that this is healthier than both drinks.

Does Tea Really Cause Kidney Stones?

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tea and kidney stoneWith a wide number of health benefits and soothing effects, it's not a surprise that the world continues to enjoy tea from generations to generations. But as years go by, people began to speculate several health disadvantages that could potentially be associated by drinking tea. And one of these disadvantages is that it might cause kidney stones.

What is a kidney stone?

Is Aluminum in Tea Harmful?

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You might have heard of another supposed drawback of tea - that it causes aluminum toxicity. Like the issue on fluoride absorption, some people think that tea could be harmful to health as it absorbs in it quantities of aluminum. We already have discussed the matter with fluoride in the previous post, and will explain further why you shouldn't fret a lot on this aluminum issue- especially if you're a tea drinker.

fluoride in teaWith tea providing us a huge number of diverse health benefits, there are still those who remain skeptical as to how healthy tea is for their bodies. And given the widespread rumors as to the so-called drawbacks of tea, I find it important to tackle some of them and somehow show that tea is nothing less than a healthy drink.

We've already discussed the iron absorption effects of tea on food and drinks. Now we'll have to tackle the amount of fluoride in tea, which, some people thought to be alarming.

What is fluoride?

tea and iron deficiencyIt has been told that drinking tea may have iron-inhibiting effects in the body. And because of that, some people have been avoiding tea. But little do we know that the iron absorption effects of tea are minimal, because it only affects nonheme iron, and it's not necessary to stop consumption in the fear of being iron deficient.

Reduce the Risk of Diabetes with Black Tea

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Black tea against diabetesLatest research studies discovered that black tea benefits the body by potentially cutting down risks of type 2 diabetes and promote significantly lower levels of metabolic syndromes.

It has been known since the early past that drinking tea could give astounding health benefits to the body. And now, statistically analyzed data showed direct relation of type 2 diabetes with drinking black tea.


coffee and tea benefitsI am particularly keen on topics regarding coffee and tea. I am a fan of both, but my curiosity led me to do my own research. In the end, it actually helped me come up with a comprehensive generalization and of course a more favored drink. If you are as curious as I am, or just want to learn bits of information, please read on.

Lorrayne's Lemon Sweet Tea Pork Roast

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Our Southern friends have been cooking with tea for years. In the American South tea is ideal not only for drinking, but also for brining, making a simple glaze or, like my recipe below, used dry as part of a rub. This recipe can be used also be used on ribs, beef roasts, and poultry. If you are using ribs or poultry with skin still on, omit the vegetable oil.

Lorrayne's Lemon Sweet Tea Pork Roast

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½ ounce, or 6 bags, of black tea leaves

Coffee vs Tea - a Comparison Part I

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coffee vs teaBoth coffee and tea are among the most popular drinks in the world. For all other reasons,  these two have always been favored by people from different countries, different races. Science and research kept on telling us over and over the benefits of each but none could really point out which of the two is say, better.  This will be a series of short articles on comparing coffee vs tea, discussing their origins, composition, health benefits and other useful information that might help us determine which really is the one.

Cool and Delicious Apricot Chai Milkshake

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As I sit typing this blog post, it is 114 degrees Fahrenheit outside my front door. Needless to say, it is hot and, with most of the United States experiencing high temperatures as well, it may just be time to find a tea related remedy for this problem. I have a solution from in the form of an easy to make Apricot Chai Tea Milkshake recipe that only takes about 10 minutes to prepare.

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What you'll need:

Sinless Strawberry Palmer

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This is a delicious and unique ice tea that I made recently when I found my self with a lot of extra strawberries! If you prefer a little more "Sin", add a splash of rum.Sinless Strawberry Palmer Tea Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 c. Domino Light Stevia Blend. If you're using sugar, use a full cup, if you use honey, 3/4 cup. I don't recommend using pure Stevia for this drink.

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Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease

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Over a half million people die every year from heart disease. Although heart disease in some cases can be cured, the key to avoiding heart disease is prevention.

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are five key steps to preventing heart disease:

1) Do not use tobacco of any kind (luckily, smoking is no longer considered cool)

2) Try to exercise at least 30 minutes a day (a walk is one of those things that's only tough to get started, but you love it once your up and moving)

Tea Journey - Israeli Tea

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If you're a regular reader of this tea blog, the past month's posts have taken you to Spain, Hawaii, Britain, and my grandparents' dining room table. Next up: Israel.

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I spent several months living and traveling in Israel last year. and I came home hooked on Middle Eastern favorites like just-baked pita, falafel (deep-fried balls of mashed chickpeas, usually served
with hummus), and halvah (a melt-in-your-mouth sesame candy). But if there's one thing that can transport me to that foreign place in the blink of an eye, it's the tea that I drank almost daily: Rooibos with cinnamon and vanilla.

Pondering Polar Pekoe?

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Iced tea is too pure and natural a creation not to have been invented as soon as tea, ice, and hot weather crossed paths.” ~John Egerton

Most of us are familiar with at least some of the benefits of tea. It’s delicious; it’s high in antioxidants, and a great way to calm the mind and spirit. It’s soothing on a cold winter’s night, and as Richard Blechynden learned many years ago in Saint Louis, refreshing on a summer day.

Valentine's Day Tea

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If you're looking for a unique gift for Valentine's Day for a special person or even something to add some fun to your Valentine's Day date... We have a couple of romantic teas that are perfect for Valentines Day! Why go with the same old chocolates in a box routine when you can give chocolate tea!?

Do you take sugar?

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While sipping tea recently with a friend, I was impressed by her sugar dispenser, a little glass bauble which puts out exactly one teaspoon of sugar each time you invert it. I sheepishly admitted that I don't get out much, and I might even have uttered the word "newfangled." Then she told me the piece was actually old. Oops.

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High Tea

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High TeaWhat is High Tea exactly? Low Tea and High Tea are like small meals, almost like snacks, served with tea. Low tea, which gets its name from being served on a low table, like a garden table or coffee table, would be served somewhere between noon and 5 PM and hence sometimes goes by the name Afternoon Tea. High Tea is typically served around 5 - 6 PM and is a heartier snack, with meats, breads and of course tea. High Tea got it's name from being served on the dining table which was typically the tallest table in the house.

Darjeeling Tea Vinaigrette

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My husband, Will, and I planted our first vegetable garden at the tail end of spring. We were so excited to harvest a variety of tomatoes, pumpkin, okra, squash, cucumber and a plethora of greens and herbs by the beginning of fall.

Tea and Almond Recipe

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A while back I embarked on a journey to try every recipe printed in the fabulous book, Culinary Tea by Cynthia Gold and Lise Stern. My journey was interrupted by a gift from God…I became pregnant with my first child. As I could not reap the fruits of my labor, i.e., as I was now prohibited from consuming caffeine, I decided it was best to wait until now.

With my son sound asleep right next to me this 3rd month of his birth, I have shaken the dust off of my copy of Culinary Tea and am ready to dive back into trying all recipes.

Night Time Tea - Volume II

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sleepytime tea hobbiesHow is it that you enjoy your night time tea? Do you enjoy a cup of herbal in the quiet after the kids go to bed? Do you sip a cup during the nightly news? I take mine out to the front porch and sip my tea while I drink in the night. Listening to the night sounds of suburbia, Killdeers winging through the dark... Sometimes watching a bat fly in and out of the streetlight catchng insects.

Perfecting the Hot Toddy

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Brrr! It's getting cold here in NJ, and I have been retreating to my fall favorites to keep warm: fires, blankets, mulled cider, and hot toddies! I first experienced a hot toddy as a child when I was sick with a sore throat or when I came in freezing from playing out in the snow. My mom presented me with this, at the time, extremely potent concoction that was overwhelming to sip but definitely took the cold edge off. Since then, I've actually come to enjoy this hot tea recipe in the fall and winter because it warms you from the inside out, and so I have adapted my own versions to my particular tastes.

My Cup of Tea

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For a long time, I thought of myself as a promiscous sort of tea drinker. I'd drink whatever was put in front of me, as long as it was in a nice teacup. Since that's not considered a dangerous type of promiscuity, I never questioned it much.

I suppose the root of that behavior stems from afternoon tea at college. Tea is a tradition at Vassar that's as old as the school itself. Young ladies would arrive to afternoon tea at the parlor in pearls and white gloves to sip tea and engage in modest, sophisticated conversation. Rumor has it that if they didn't have both pearls and gloves, they'd be sent back to their dorm rooms to fetch them. I beleive, at the time, afternoon tea was mandatory, though I could be mistaken. (Ask Jane Fonda. She'd know.)

Golden Monkey Paw - Tea Review

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I love tea... all kinds of tea... but when it comes down to it... black tea is my favorite.

golden monkey pawCalifornia Tea House's Golden Monkey Paw black tea is a gorgeous whole leaf tea...

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Look at these lovely leaves! Being whole leaf, this tea is full of all those wonderful antioxidents and good things that black tea is known for.

Sun tea fun tea

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Ah, late summer. Back to school sales and labor day weekend plans. Everyone tries to fit in the warm weather activities they have somehow neglected over the past few months. But there is still time to squeeze in a few more barbecues, ball games, and iced cold beverages such as...sun tea! Yes, summer provides days with the most hours of sunlight and therefore the most opportunities to brew your favorite tea utilizing those UV rays.

Is it too soon? Dreaming of Mulled Cider

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Last week, as my paddle sliced the inky lake water of Northern Minnesota, my mind wandered like a radio on scan. The beautiful surrounding set my wanderlusting mind on roam. On this particular day up North, I could feel the chill in the air and see the stirring wind sending waves and white caps to greet our lightweight canoe. Naturally, I tuned my mind to visions of fall: orange and red dotting the trees, football games, Halloween!, plus the perfect cozy sweater and a hot mug of cider. I would’ve traded my paddle for any of them.

It’s the dog days of summer, but I’m already anticipating the new season, new beginnings and a new take on a classic drink. I believe it’s in order.

Cider on Fire—as I like to call it, however, Mulled Cider works too.

Bergawhat? Discover Bergamot Oil

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Earl Grey is in my top five teas. On some days, it even earns the number one spot. Part of what makes this tea variety a popular favorite is its distinct flavor and aroma. What is the source of this noticeable bite? A scan of the ingredients will reveal the culprit…bergamot oil. Oh, bergamot oil, of course! Wait, what's a bergamot and why is it oily? My acquired taste for this curious tea additive demanded that I find out. I'll skip the other obvious question surrounding this tea, which is why it’s called Earl Grey. In short, a British politico named Charles Grey liked the particular blend so much that it was named after him.bergamot oil

Black Tea Could Cure Your Post-Workout Aches!

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Anyone who knows me would describe me as a gym rat. Other than a good cup of tea, there's nothing I love more at the end of a long day of work than hitting the weight room floor.

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But all of my workouts leave me with one negative side effect: soreness.

I'm sure you are familiar with it: the day after hitting a new personal record in deadlifts or your first 10-mile run, you're sore. This soreness, known as Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) can persist for days and, in severe cases, can even interfere with day-to-day life.

Tea and Skin Care: What Variety Works Best?

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Women have used teas to improve their complexions for centuries and beauty consumers of today are no different. Studies have credited tea with a relieving such skin conditions as acne and rosacea, and helping to protect against ultraviolet rays which cause wrinkles and skin cancer. One study actually credits tea with rejuvenating the skin! 1 Currently, there is a vast array of products containing tea on the market ranging from cleansers to creams. Although the tea most commonly associated with skin care is green tea, researchers have found that white, rooibos, oolong and black all offer positive benefits to skin.
White, green, oolong and black tea come from the Camellia sinensis plant, the difference being the length of fermentation. Rooibus tea hails from the Asplathus linearis which native to South Africa . Regardless of the variety or plant of origin, each of these teas contain powerful antioxidents and have been found to be equally beneficial to skin health.2

Coffee used to be part of my morning ritual. For more than 20 years, I would wake each day, drag myself to the coffee maker and put it on to brew. Before rushing out the door, I'd mix it with a big splash of cream and a couple of spoonfuls of sugar and off I'd go to face the day. Sure, coffee gave me enough of a jolt that I could launch myself off to my job as a teacher, but the crash and jitters inevitably followed a few hours later. Soon after, I would find myself becoming impatient and cranky with my students and colleagues, and anyone else who had the misfortune to be around me. Not to mention, I'd feel lousy and tired for the rest of the day.

There had to be a better way.

The Caffeine Equation.

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Sometimes, I just need it. Caffeine.Without it, at times, I’m fearfully rendered a cranky monster or a walking zombie; it’s not a pretty picture

As an addict in the first phase (I will eagerly admit it)—I’ve put together a guide to tea’s best adrenalin suppliers to de-crank anyone. Caffeine-addicts unite! (I know, I’ve got to work on that slogan…)

Easy Thai Iced Tea Recipe

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I can remember the first time I had Thai iced tea. I was at a little mom and pop Thai place and was feeling like some tea. I went ahead and ordered a large iced tea figuring it would just be black tea with a bit of sweetener in it. When they brought it out, the first thing I thought was, easy Thai iced tea recipe"This is huge!" because they had served me an Octoberfest stein of tea. (For those unfamiliar with Octoberfest, they have very big mugs.) The second thing I noticed was that the tea had some sort of creme or milk in it because the tea was a light brown instead of the usual black. I decided I was paying for it, so I may as well give it a try, and it was amazing. I have gone back to that Thai place just because I wanted the Thai iced tea.

If you haven't tried Thai iced tea you're in luck. I have a recipe to share, and it's easy to make!

In tea central, what to buy?

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In the history of tea, it’s a long one. And as for its birthplace in Yunnan, China, I couldn’t think of a more idyllic one.

As I posted earlier, I recently visited tea’s historic roots, both physical and mythical, in Yunnan. A unique province, for sure, Yunnan is tea central for any tea buyer, casual drinker or coinsurers. And as for the traveler, it’s a prized gift-buying paradise—tea—something people back home will actually use.

Mexican Black Bean and Tea Soup

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Tea and Bean SoupIngredients: Serves 6

1 pound dried black beans, rinsed

12 cups water, divided

2 medium yellow onions, divided

8 garlic cloves, divided.......

Fruits in Tea Syrup Using Earl Grey Simple Syrup

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Ingredients: Serves 8

1/2 cup Earl Grey Simple Syrup or other tea infused simple syrTea Syrupup

6 cups mixed fresh fruit cut into cubes or rounds

Mint sprigs for garnish

Directions......

Salmon in Black Tea Coconut Sauce

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Here is my second attempt for a main course from the book Culinary Tea which introduces innovative styles of cooking with tea.

Ingredients: Serves 6

Curry Tea Spice

I decided I wanted to start with something that sounded a bit easy so I don't get discouraged too soon. I also wanted a combination that was not too heavy for dinner. A soup and salad seemed to fit the bill. Lapsang Tea Salad

Lapsang Souchong Tea and Parsnip Soup: Serves 4

Apricot Chai: Aphrodisiac Tea

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While I was eating a soft, ripe and juicy persimmon one morning, I understood why this fruit has been regarded as one of the various kinds of aphrodisiacs in history. It then occurred to me...why not an aphrodisiac in a cup? aphrodisiac tea

I was inspired to then research various fruits, spices, herbs and teas throughout history that have been recognized as having sensual qualities. The knowledge I gathered was fascinating, as I learned that lovers, poets, kings, mistresses and even doctors alike have been interested in this phenomena.

Curing Green Olives with Tea

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olive_harvestIn the center of our front yard hovers a multi-trunked matured olive tree. The olives began to drop in the early part of fall which gave me the impression that the tree only produced green olives. Being a Kalamata and a Colossal Black Olives advocate, it was much to my delightful surprise when I researched the matter and found out that black olives are borne from green ones.

Green Tea vs. Black Tea: Which is Better?

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When the camelia sinensis plant gave birth, she produced a similar yet very distinctive set of quadruplets: green, white, oolong and black. The siblings that shine the most are the oldest and the youngest...green and black. As the youngest, black tea has for many generations been the spoiled, all American favorite especially in southern households as it is welcomed with every meal, iced. Green tea, although it chose to go backpacking around the world and thus developed a finer sense of appreciation, has far lived in the shadow of its youngest sibling at home...

European Apricot Tea Recipe

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Cinnamon, cloves and apricot spice is a triangle defense invented for a cold winter's day, but can taste even better on a hot Summer day. Although this European style tea is great hot, it is all the more better chilled. The ice-and-spicy elements for this sun tea will take you for a stroll down the cobblestone streets and land you a seat at a patio of a European cafe on a hot summer day. apricot tea

Fresh Mint Tea Recipe - Sun Tea

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Mint is a refreshing ingredient to any drink on a melting hot day. In the category of superfoods, mint is a superstar. For centuries now, mint is known for multiple ailments: nausea, headache, acne, digestion, skincare, asthma, fresh breath and so on. It also grows bountifully in a garden patch all year long. Combine this verdant herb with black tea and you have yourself a summer power drink. mint tea recipe

Father's Day Tea Flight

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Just in time for Father's Day!

Say, "Thank you Dad!" with a tea flight made just for Dad. Skip the tie and scotch. This year give Dad a healthy, delicious gift of gourmet loose leaf tea. The Father's Day Tea Flight includes:

- Gunpowder green tea which helps prevent cancer, lowers cholesterol levels and promotes weight loss.

- Golden Monkey Paw black tea, one of Will's favorite black teas with a smooth malty taste. Black tea reduces stress and the signs of aging.