November 22, 2013
November 21, 2013
Whether it is cranberry syrup over pancakes, cranberry sauce with that holiday dinner or cranberry muffins for a festive breakfast, don’t miss out on the many ways you can include this tasty and extremely healthy in your holiday menu.
Why not serve our chilled cranberry peach iced tea on turkey day! A smooth black tea, that bursts with flavors of sweet ripe peaches, paired with the enticing tartness of cranberries. It is a combination that is not only refreshing, but is a great complement to your Thanksgiving dinner.
November 18, 2013
Cloves not only taste good in holiday baking, they also have the highest anti-oxidant rankings of any spice.
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that one teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower blood sugar levels, possibly helping to control or prevent diabetes.
As an antiviral and antibacterial it helps keep those nasty germs and viruses at bay. A tea made with sage and a little honey is soothing to any sore throat. A study published in the journal Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior states that sage can also help boost your memory.
More often used as a culinary herb, thyme is also a wonderful healing herb. The anti-oxidants and anti-viral properties in thyme can alleviate respiratory ailments such as bronchitis. Try making a tea or use it as an inhalant to rid yourself of sinus problems.
November 8, 2013
During thepast decade, Chai drinks have taken the United States by storm, and there are many blends and recipes available on the market today.
Generally, if you order a Chai here, you will be indulged in a cup of spiced black tea, with or without milk – in India, however, you will simply get a cup of black tea because CHAI is the word for tea. The spiced version we have come to like here is technically a “MASALA CHAI” (Spiced Tea)
According to folklore, it was the chef to the royal king of India who first created this tea by scenting it with exotic spices like nutmeg, cloves and cardamom from his kitchen. The king, entranced by the unique and wonderful taste announced that this drink would from now on only be served in his court and he forbade the chef to divulge the ingredients to anyone.
Long after the king’s death, however, the recipe filtered down from the royal family to aristocracy and then to the masses, with each group adding and deleting spices to their taste, including cinnamon, pepper, fennel and more.
Today, the combination and amount of spices varies, but cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and black pepper are usually part of the traditional blend. Other recipes may include, ginger, cumin or coriander.
If you want to prepare Masala Chai from scratch, choose a good whole leaf black tea from India or Sri Lanka since these teas have the body to stand up to the spices you’ll add. Other ingredients include at least four spices (cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, clove, pepper, fennel, etc.), water and milk.
Place the tea and spices into cold filtered water, bring everything to a boil and simmer for 3-7 minutes. Strain the tea and add warm milk and sweetener to taste. For a richer Masala Chai, boil and simmer the spices directly in milk.
November 4, 2013
Numerous research studies have shown that elderberries are natures flu fighters. In more scientific speak, the studies have shown that certain constituents in the berries prevent flu viruses from entering respiratory cells. Elderberries are very powerful and are renowned for their ability to prevent upper respiratory infection as well as shorten the duration of a cold or flu.
While you can decoct the berries and drink the tea or make a tincture, it is much more fun and easy to prepare this tasty syrup:
Take 1/2 cup of dried elderberries and place them in 3 cups of cold water.
Bring everything to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 30 to 45 minutes.
Smash the berries and strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer and add 1 cup of honey.
Bottle the syrup and keep in the refrigerator. Use within 2-3 months
Elderberry syrup is the most popular cold and flu remedy in Europe and has shown to be effective against 8 different influenza viruses.
Try it yourself!
November 1, 2013
For me, it’s the day after Halloween, that marks the beginning of the holiday season. Only three weeks until Thanksgiving and definitely time to think about your wish list for Christmas.
Our next shipment of new and seasonal teas has just arrived and completes our holiday menu for this year.
With a cup of Holiday Delight, Sugar, Plum or Pumpkin Pie, you should feel inspired to begin the festive time of the year.
New on the menu this year are Rose Marzipan, a beautiful blend of Chinese black teas, scented with rose and flavored with toasted almonds.
Visit us for a taste of the holidays or order your favorite today!