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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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Flavoured Marble Eggs
As always, here I am experimenting with tea and I have recently been looking into ideas with eggs; since Easter is right around the corner. I came around an old Chinese method of making marbled eggs, so I thought-why not? - I’ll make my own!
I took a simple recipe and made it even shorter and ultimately easier to make. All I needed was:
First thing I did was make sure I hard boiled my eggs, so in a small pot I brought my water to a boil and let my eggs dance around over medium heat for 10 minutes.
After a hard boil, I removed the eggs and let them cool for a couple minutes just enough so I could hold them without burning my fingers (placing them in cold water also works).
At the same time, after removing the eggs after the hard boil I placed the tea bags, star anise, cracked pepper and brown sugar to the water.
While the tea is steeping, I gently tapped each individual egg with the edge of a spoon to create a cracked egg effect all over but also making sure the shell did not chip or peel off. Once all eggs where complete, I returned them to my pot with the new tea mixture.
I allowed these eggs to simmer on the lowest setting for 90 minutes (More intense flavours happen with longer simmer times)
Once you decide to remove the eggs, you can either store them for a couple days in the fridge or peel them immediately but be VERY careful and gentle when taking the shell off.
And there you go! A simple step by step to create a flavoured egg with beautiful dark marble stains! Of course you can always make variations of the ingredients.. I bet this marbled egg would taste lovely with a Tea Blendz cream earl grey and some vanilla syrup!!