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One thing you will NEVER hear me say!

July 20, 2017

“Cup of tea? No, thanks…”

“No” to cup of tea? That’s almost a blasphemy if you ask me!
I don’t think, at least I cannot remember, ever refusing one.

To me, warm, steaming cup of freshly brewed tea is just like a warm hug, or liquid love right there in your cup…or mug…or a glass, depending on your preference.
Glass?! I hear you ask.
Yes, glass. That’s how I drink my tea. And the reason for it is simple; cup or mug is made out of thick ceramic which absorbs the warmth out of the liquid and leaves your lovely tea not so lovely anymore…and who likes drinking lukewarm tea? Not me!
Glass on the other hand is much, much thinner and therefore has way less capability to absorb the temperature from the tea.

My choice of tea above all others is a freshly brewed, strong English Breakfast or Russian Caravan with a drop of stevia and slice of lemon.

However, there is so much more to teas than just the black variety.
What about lovely green tea? Matcha is taking the world by storm lately.

Perhaps you are more of a herbal tea gal/guy? In this section peppermint and ginger is my favorite.

Warming tea with lemon, honey and ginger. Hot drink for a cold autumn day.

If you need some convincing to get you to try a cuppa, listen to this:

Tea is full of antioxidant polyphenols which help your cells to regenerate and repair.They also help slow down aging, tick from me!
Tea contains the amino acid L-theanine which can help your mind to relax and concentrate more fully on tasks.
Tea can help lower blood pressure – drinking only half a cup of green or oolong tea a day could reduce your risk of high blood pressure.
Tea can help keep your skin smooth and clear. The antioxidants in green tea may have an effect on acne, and in some cases have been shown to work as well as a 4% solution of the much more harsh benzoyl peroxide.
Tea can lower blood sugar as it contains catechin and polysaccharides which have been demonstrated to have a noticeable effect on lowering blood sugar.
Should I go on? I didn’t think so…

It got really cold in my end of the woods (temperature dropped to under 18 C through the night and the mornings) and that means two things:

1. We, Queenslanders are pulling the thick dooners, woolen jumpers and UGG boots out of the cupboards.

2. I will be preparing even more hot tea than usual.

Here are some recipes:

Matcha:

Hot green tea set on a wooden table in a coffeshop

1. Place 1/4 teaspoon of matcha into the bottom of a wide tea cup and break up the powder using a whisk.

2. Add a small dash of hot water (2 table spoons) & whisk thoroughly in a “W” motion for about 5 seconds until the matcha is well mixed.

3. Top up with more hot water, stir and enjoy.

Turmeric Latte:

Technically not a tea however, it’s delicious, it’s soothing, AND incredibly healthy to omit:

You will need:
2 cups of milk of your choice (unsweetened almond or oat milk works great)
1 teaspoon of turmeric
1 teaspoon of raw honey or coconut syrup
1 cinnamon stick or ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
3 cardamon pods
a small pinch of ground or fresh ginger
a small pinch of pepper

How to:

1. Add the almond milk to a small pot and heat on low temperature.
2. Add the turmeric, cinnamon stick, cardamon pods, honey or coconut syrup, pepper and stir frequently for about 2-3 minutes until the milk is warm, but not boiling.
4. Remove from heat and take out the cinnamon stick. Strain the milk either through a small colander.

You could froth the milk with a milk frother if you like, but that’s optional.

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