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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.

    Health Benefits: Rooibos - who knew it was so awesome?

    1. Heart-Healthy Rooibos tea contains chrysoeriols, a flavonoid with high anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. This substance improves the blood circulation and also reduces bad LDL level. Consequently, reduces the risk of cardiovascular ailments.
    2. Soothe Tired Eyes Working for hours on the computer certainly puts a strain on your eyes. To refresh your sore eyes, simply wash them with lukewarm rooibos tea. Or else, soak a clean washcloth in the herbal decoction and wipe the eye area with it. Besides, placing a frozen tea bag on the eyes also give relief.
    3. Combats Free Radicals Rooibos tea is rich in antioxidants that protect cells from the harmful effects of free radicals. Thus, keep several critical diseases at bay. Besides, it promotes multiplication of healthy cells.
    4. Normalizes the Digestive System Rooibos tea acts as an antispasmodic agent that helps activate the potassium ions in the body. Thus, eases stomach cramps and abdominal pain. It relieves a person from diarrhea, vomiting and helps combats colitis. Have a cup of Rooibos tea 30 minutes before having your food to reap its benefits. It will prepare your digestive system well.
    5. Reduces Severity of Diabetic Complications Regular consumption of rooibos tea helps treat the after-effects of diabetes. This herbal decoction can suppress the oxidative stress that leads to the diabetic vascular complications. The presence of antioxidants in this shrub gives anti-diabetic effects on the body.
    6. Promotes FertilityThe antioxidant in this beverage stimulates the production of healthy sperms and improves sperm count. Besides, rooibos tea is also suggested for pregnant ladies, since it helps the body in absorbing iron (an essential mineral for would-be moms).
    7. De-stress Your Mind Rooibos tea relieves a person from hypertension. This caffeine- free beverage lowers the cortisol (stress hormone) levels in the body. So, drink a cup of this tea to de-stress yourself.
    8. Strong Bones and Healthy Teeth Rooibos tea is well off with manganese, calcium, and fluoride, which are highly required minerals for maintaining bones and teeth healthy. Manganese leads to stimulation of enzymes that increases the bone mass, while calcium strengthens the bones. On the other hand, fluoride protects your teeth from cavities.
    9. Prevents Respiratory Disorders A bronchodilator is a substance that helps dilate the bronchi and bronchioles in the respiratory tract and encourages improved airflow into the lungs. Rooibos tea is a bronchodilator by nature, regular consumption of which will keep respiratory disorders at bay.
    10. Anti-cancer The antioxidants in the rooibos are full of anti-mutagenic properties that safeguard the DNA and cells from any damage and inhibit the growth of cancerous cells.
    11. Post Workout Energy Beverage Being inflammatory in nature, rooibos eases post-exercise muscle pain. This herbal infusion has high nutrient value. The presence of various minerals like zinc, calcium, manganese, magnesium, etc. make Rooibos tea a very good supplement. After effects of rooibos tea are similar to that of coffee even without the caffeine content.
    12. Treats Insomnia Sip a cup of refreshing rooibos tea before you hit the bed to encourage peaceful sleep. You may also substitute over-the-counter drugs with this soothing herbal decoction. Also, it treats disturbed sleeping patterns, and headaches that may hamper sound sleep.
    13. Heal Liver Diseases  Rooibos tea stimulates the proper functioning of a liver. It helps revitalize the liver tissues and prevents fatty liver disease.
    14. Prevents Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Diseases Lipid per-oxidation is a process in which free radicals damages nerve tissues and brain cells. This process gradually leads to several diseases, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Rooibos tea, if consumed on a daily basis, can protect your body from such harmful effects.
    15. Boost Immunity The herbal infusion brewed from rooibos extract is packed with abundant minerals that boost up the immune system. Regular usage of this drink keeps several health problems at bay and regulates proper functioning of the body.
    16. Fights HIV Extracts of rooibos tea produce antigen-specific antibodies. These antibodies defend the body against HIV that hampers the immune system and causes life-threatening disease, like AIDS.
    17. Treats Gout This caffeine-free beverage limits the concentration of uric acid in the body. Consequently, helps alleviate the problem of gout to a major extent.
    18. Lustrous and Healthy Locks The rooibos tea is well off with numerous minerals, like zinc, copper, calcium and potassium that strengthen your hair and helps maintain beautiful strands. Consumption of rooibos tea on regular basis fastens the hair growth. Polyphenols present in it soften your hair and add shine to them. Besides, the anti-inflammatory properties do away the problem of dandruff.
    19. Repairs Tanned Skin The antioxidants present in Rooibos tea improve the blood circulation that leads to the formation of new cells; thus, repair tanned skin. Sip a cup of rooibos tea regularly for keeping your skin healthy.
    20. Anti-aging The rooibos tea is rich in an enzyme called super-oxide dismutase that promotes the generation of healthy cells. It inhibits the ageing process and keeps your skin younger. Also, this substance neutralizes the harmful effects of free radicals.
    21. Treats Skin Disorders The rooibos tea prevents frequent acne breakouts and also treats other skin ailments, like eczema. It consists of zinc and alpha hydroxyl acid, which helps eradicate ugly pimples.  Individuals, who experience any skin related problems, can either drink the rooibos concoction or apply the herbal paste on the affected skin surface. Both of these methods will significantly reduce acne and give you a flawless skin.

    Original Blog :

    www.homeremendyhacks.com/21-superb-health-and-beauty-benefits-of-rooibos-tea/

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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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    Easter Special - Natural Flavoured Marble Eggs

    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!!