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Summer Punch

On the first day of summer, Tea Blendz gave to me:
a super awesome punch recipe
I know you're going to host a BBQ at some point this summer, so why not impress your guests with a delicious cocktail they wont forget!
Ingredients:
  • 25g of Tea Blendz Loose Leaf Strawberry Delight Tea
  • 500mL Ginger Ale
  • 3 Diced Kiwi's
  • 5 Sliced Strawberries
  • Cubed Honeydew melon (half will be plenty)
  • Prosecco
  • Ice
Directions:
Prep:
Steep Tea Blendz Strawberry Delight Tea for 10 minutes in 1.5L of boiled water
(let cool & Chill)
  1. Pour chilled Tea into punch bowl and add fruits,let sit to allow the fruits to infuse into the tea.
  2. Add ice, top with Ginger Ale and stir
  3. Fill wine glasses or champagne flutes halfway to 3/4  with Tea punch, top with prosecco

ENJOY!

    Bringing to Life Tea's Unique Merits

    Alright... As per usual here we are taking Tea time to the next level.
    Since we already know sipping a cup of tea has super beneficial effects for our bodies, not many people are familiar with cooking and/or baking with tea.. just like how the actual act of combining tea with food dates as far back as tea itself.
    Historically the consumption of the fresh pungent leaves was an act to supplement diets- providing necessary vitamins, nutrients and polyphenols.
    In addition the theanine/caffeine was a stimulate. 

     

    "Not only are we eating something delicious
    but we are getting the full benefits of the tea as well,
    without actually drinking a cup" 

     

    This holiday season, we teamed up with an extraordinarily crafty friend of ours, Arno, from Arno's Fine French Pastry to help us create a delicious birthday vision
    &
     he made all our cake dreams come true!
    Bringing to life tea's unique merits, he used hot tea extraction, combined it with the ingredients and viola!
    An exquisite display for the eye-as well as the pallet we couldn't have asked for better results!

    Tenderize Meat with Tea

    Trying to learn a new way to tenderize & marinate meat?

     Tea Blendz tenderized meat

    Let us tell you how:

    1. Add 4 heaping tablespoons of black tea leaves, such as a Lapsang Souchong to bring about an "open fire-natural smoke" taste & aroma or try Organic Assam for a rich sweet malty honey like flavour, in a pot (1.5 litres) of WARM (not boiling) water and steep for about 5-8 minutes.
    2. Strain to remove the leaves (you can keep them & use them as garnish later if you so choose)
    3. Stir in 1/2 cup brown sugar until it dissolves. Set the tenderizing tea mixture liquid aside.
    4. Season meat (up to 1.5kg) with salt, pepper, onion, garlic and fresh rosemary then place it in oven ready pan, big enough to hold the meat and the tenderizing liquid.
    5. Pour the tea mixture over your seasoned meat, cover and cook in a preheated 325°F (165°C) oven until the meat is fork tender, about 90 minutes. 

    Tea Blendz picture of med_rare_beef

    Even the toughest cuts of meat will melt in your mouth after you marinate them.

    High Tea? Afternoon tea? Whats that!

    Long, long ago back in the 19th century a great tradition was started. Afternoon tea wasn’t a thing until Anna Maria, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, is said to be the first to introduce it in England, in 1840.

    Anna, The Duchess, would become hungry around four in the afternoon since evening meals were served fashionably late (around eight). Apparently, there were only two meals each day -- a mid-morning- brunch meal and the other was an increasingly late dinner… This left a long period of time between lunch and dinner to honestly get a little hangry. So the Duchess asked for: a tray of tea, bread, butter and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit and she began inviting friends to join her.

    This idea of afternoon tea gatherings spread across high society, became a favorite pastime leisure for ladies and eventually became a fashionable social event.  During the 1880's upper-class (who called it low tea) and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon/high tea which was most commonly served in the “drawing room” between 4-5.

    Tea parties were created for all sorts of different occasions….just for fun, girl time/high tea, gatherings, birthdays, house warming, weddings, bridal showers, baby showers & some hotels serve a classic vintage style high tea.

    Afternoon teas are an excellent way to entertain elegantly.

     

    Want to host a tea party? Great idea !

    Tea Blendz would love to help!

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    May 16, 2016

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    Tea Dye - Have You Ever?

    Tea has become something very special to me because its uses are almost endless. Not only is tea my go to beverage in replacement of coffee, juice, pop and enhances of course water but it can also be used in your cooking /baking, garden and yes even your wardrobe.

    *Please note I didn't use the undergarments as such in the details below, but rather substituted for a white t-shirt to demonstrate the effect of Tea Dye.*

    A friend of mine a few years back was getting married on a beach. She got this beautiful light creamy colored dress as opposed to your traditional white ensemble. She looked stunning. The day before her wedding we are ticking of everything we needed for the next morning, dress, shoes, and accessories and of course under garments. At the time we didn’t think much of it but on the beach in the sun and in that light creamy flowing dress all we could see is a white bra, white panties. Now a normal person would have just walked to the nearest store and bought something in a cream color and be done with it. Well, being hours away from the nearest store we didn’t have that option and at the time of the dress fitting with the store lighting we didn’t much notice the garments peeking out from under the dress. Thankfully my crafty and inventive grandmother suggested tea. Black tea to be more specific. We headed over to our cabins kitchen and fished out the many bags of earl grey tea each of us never forget to pack. Tea is served breakfast, lunch, and dinner in my family so there is always some nearby. Using about 4 tea bags in 1 litre of hot water we steeped the black tea and watched the water transform into what we used as fabric dye. We let the tea cool for a few minutes and placed the garments directly into the tea. After about 20 minutes we removed the clothing and viola light creamy colored garments. No rinsing of the clothing is required simply hang to dry and your good to go. This also works for any white blouses you may have which have yellowed around the under arm area over time, or you simply would like to change the look of some of your clothing. I have gotten the best results using light and airy materials to soak in black tea and the end product is truly unique.

    So the next time you need a fabric quick fix or want to bring a blouse back to life tea may just be all you need. If you want to see what i mean, just take a look below!

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    A simple do it yourself beauty project - DIY Tea Body Scrub

    A simple do it yourself beauty project 

    For a tea enthusiast, like myself, I am always trying to figure out a new way to incorporate tea into my everyday life. Of course, drinking tea is essential but where’s the fun if you can’t explore the options!
    As someone who exfoliates regularly, I thought; why not make a scrub that includes tea? I’ve seen the product out there for purchase, but why would I spend the money to buy it when I have all the necessities to make it right at home? And so I began..
    First, I needed the scrub base, something to help exfoliate when scrubbing, I used Epsom salts.  I also used a CTC (cut-tear-curl) type tea leaf, because I know this type of tea leaf will not change its consistency when exposed to moisture's such as steam, water or oils.
    For my CTC tea I used Irish Breakfast, Thankfully Tea Blendz has this available.
     
     
    Secondly I added some vanilla, because well…I simply like vanilla, besides it smells nice.
    The vanilla is optional please do not feel obligated to use it.
     
    Next I added a TBS of Tea Blendz Natural Raw Honey, olive oil and an essential-oil. 
     
     This portion is really up to what you like, I used Lavender essential-oil to help soothe out the warm tones the vanilla has set earlier.
    I am going for a relaxing scrub and lavender does the trick for me.
    As an added bonus, or should I say "extra pampering", maybe include some  Tea Blendz Lavender buds, after all, who doesn’t love the smell and lovely pastel color of Lavender!
     

    Last but not least, our final step – mixing!!

    Make sure to mix the above ingredients thoroughly to distribute the olive oil evenly and get a lovely unison texture. Here you have it – your very own home made
    Tea Body Scrub!!!

     

     
     
    Tip: Store extra in a spare mason jar and make sure to use within 2 weeks of making.