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Jam Season

Apricot and Cardamon Jam Ingredients 450g apricots 2-4 tablespoons of water 450g caster sugar 1 tablespoon of lemon juice 7 cardamon pods, crushed, I prefer these to be quite large so that when and if you bite into it, there is a whoosh of fragrance Method Add the water to the apricots and Half the…

Cold Brewed Tea

Green Tea – Cold Brewed Easy to make and good to go for the day. Ingredients 1 litre of filtered water, boiled and cooled 15 g of green tea/6 green tea bags Method In a jar that fits into your fridge, place the green leaves/tea bags and pour the cooled water in. Place in the…

Speciality Tea – Part 3 – Fermenting and Drying Tea Leaves

Fermenting Tea Not just when making wine, whisky or even bread.  The process of fermenting in tea is similar but without the addition of any additional bacteria or yeast.  All of the microorganisms that are needed are present in the juices of the tea leaves. When the leaves are rolled (as we saw in the…

Speciality Tea – Part 2

Wilting/Drying and Rolling Tea Leaves Drying Tea Leaves Freshness is key. Once plucked the tea leaves are ferried to the factory as quickly as possible.  Small tea farms and tea grown in back gardens are sold to larger tea estates.  These estates will manage collection of the tea leaves at a scheduled time to be…

Hard Water in Tea

Do you have icicles on your kitchen and bathroom taps? These are icicles of calcium on your taps or do you have pronounced white water marks even when the water dries?  Then you most likely have hard water. This is where your tap water contains dissolved calcium and magnesium.  These are almost always at safe…

Speciality Tea

Growing and Plucking Ceylon Tea Do it extraordinarily well.  Sri Lanka/Ceylon is renowned for its black tea.  But with a market that’s flooded from all four corners of the world with good black tea, the tea estates in Sri Lanka have finely honed the art of producing fantastic speciality teas. Growing Tea Tea is grown…

Worry-free Packaging

I would carefully un-wrap the colourful shiny foil from chocolates when I was a child.  Gently ease and stretch it out and save it in my books. Then use it to decorate homemade cards, to embellish plain wrapping paper and add extra sparkle to decorations.  Didn’t think of that as reusing and recycling what would…

I Gave Up Coffee and How Tea Has Increased My Productivity

This may come as a surprise but I used to drink up to 6 cups of coffee a day!! My cappuccinos, lattes and flat whites had at least 2 shots of expresso in it.  My first cup was after my morning workout, then another one midmorning and by mid-afternoon I needed another!  This lead to…

How to Learn About Tea Without Being a Tea Master

For a nation of tea lovers, I am really shocked that most of us only drink one type and almost always the same brand!! Tea comes from only 2 plants – camellia sinensis and camellia assamica and it’s the processing of these that gives you a wide choice of black, white, green, yellow, etc. Within…

5 of the World’s Sexiest Teas

What’s the sexiest organ in your body?  The brain! The list below is to only to help… Nuts – Pistachios in a tea blend.  These particular nuts are known for their nutritious properties and are particularly rich in protein, fiber and healthy fats qualities.  Studies have not firmly concluded that it does not have any…

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