Tea Recipes & Ideas
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Weekend Meditation: At First Light
Sometimes the first few minutes of the day are the only quiet time I have. At first light, before the day has attained its energy and push, before agendas and lists and demands can form, before my mind has revved up with all its ideas and opinions and anxieties, I get out of bed, make a cup of tea and have myself a quiet sit.For most adults, our entire day is crammed with planning and strategizing and problem solving.
Aug 21, 2011
How Can I Make Bubble Tea (Boba) at Home?
Q: How can I make bubble tea at home?I love the large, black tapioca pearls, and I have never seen anything like that at my grocery store.Sent by LindseyEditor: Lindsey, it is extremely easy to make bubble tea (boba) at home. The pearls can be found in Asian markets — look at your local Asian grocery, or at a Japanese grocery. You can also find them at Amazon. Once you have them, here’s how to make the tea:• DIY Recipe: Boba (a.k.a.
May 24, 2011
Weekend Meditation: The Tea and Toast with Jam Cure
In a few weeks I’m going to move from my tiny studio apartment, with its overcrowded kitchen and teeny stove and refrigerator door that doesn’t quite close unless you push on it really hard. I’m excited to make this change and at the same time scared, two-sides-of-the-same-coin feelings that leave me a little unbalanced as I flip-flop between them.This morning, like almost every morning, I got out of bed and stumbled three steps into the kitchen (I said tiny, right?
May 1, 2011
Product Review: Aveda Comforting Tea
One place I wouldn’t expect to find my new favorite tea is my hair salon. But that’s what happened last time I stopped in for a trim. And as it turns out, it’s no supermarket variety tea blend.Aveda salons and stores always have tea brewing. At first taste, I was surprised at the light flavor and sweet aftertaste. However, when I asked what the shop sweetened their tea with they told me it was a natural taste from the herbal blend and that the tea was unsweetened.
Mar 21, 2011
How to Whisk a Bowl of Matcha Green Tea
Matcha, a powdered form of green tea found mostly in Japan, is usually associated with intricate tea ceremonies where the tea is whisked and served in a special tatami-floored teahouse. It’s a beautiful tradition but it has also kept many people from enjoying this delicious, creamy, slightly bitter/sweet beverage. It is possible to enjoy a bowl of matcha in your own kitchen using just a few key ingredients and utensils and a little less formality.
Feb 23, 2011
How to Brew Loose Leaf Green Tea
Perhaps even more so than with black tea, there’s a world of difference between loose leaf green tea and the stuff that comes in a tea bag. While it’s brewing technique a little fussier than dropping a tea bag into some hot water, the subtle, yet complex, flavor profile of a quality green tea is well worth seeking out. Read on for my method.While black tea and green tea have some obvious things in common, they need to be brewed in significantly different ways.
Feb 16, 2011
How to Make a Proper Pot of Afternoon Tea
Brewing up a pot of good quality loose leaf tea is a kitchen ritual that has saved my sanity more than once. There’s something about taking the time and care to do it right that soothes my soul and encourages contentment. Read on for my rather detailed step-by-step method for brewing a proper pot of black tea. But later in the day, I’m ready for a more refined experience and brewing up some good quality loose leaf tea is often just the treat I’m looking for.
Feb 11, 2011
Try This: Eight Treasure Tea
I discovered Eight Treasure Tea in Chinatown a few years ago. I was wandering around and found a little tea shop/cafe where you can order any one of their hundreds of teas and enjoy a cup brewed for you. There was one tea propped up on the shelf behind the counter, and the name sounded intriguing; Eight Treasure Tea – so I ordered it. It was sweet and light all at the same time, not too strong or too deep, but a lovely, fragrant flavor. I was hooked.
Mar 23, 2010
Favorite Product: PG Tips Tea
It started with an innocent impulse buy several years ago in a cheese shop in San Francisco. A square cardboard box with a lady in an orange sari on the cover and the intriguing promise of unique, triangular tea bags within. Now it’s an everyday ritual almost impossible to skip: wake up, boil water, PG tips, milk, back under the covers with a steaming cuppa and 15 minutes of slow sipping and emerging into the day.
Oct 19, 2009
Hot Drink for Summer Evenings: Lemon Verbena Tisane
Even summer evenings can be breezy and cool, and some nights we want a warm drink that is still refreshing. The perfect choice is an herbal tisane, especially one made with lemony summer herbs: lemon balm, or lemon verbena.We’ve talked about tisanes before; a tisane (tih-zahn) is the proper name for an infusion of herbs and spices.
Jun 15, 2009
Wine Alternative: White Jasmine Sparkling Tea San Francisco
It’s the holidays, a time for special parties, feasts and fetes, and lots of good cheer. For some, it’s helpful to have a non-alcoholic bottle on hand that still captures the feeling of celebration. Or maybe you’re hosting a dinner party and you want to offer a distinctive pairing with the cheese course, something that balances perfectly with your ForsterkaseThen you’ll want to check out Golden Star’s White Jasmine Sparkling Tea.
Dec 10, 2008
Recipe: Authentic Chai
In Devesh and Tara’s Spice Pantry kitchen tour, Devesh shared two recipes: one for an Indian breakfast called Poha, or flattened rice, and another for authentic Chai – that strongly spiced, milky tea we love.The Chai was so different from what I’ve come to know as the slightly cloying, heavily spiced Chai from local teashops that I couldn’t believe it was the same thing. It was truly wonderful.
Apr 2, 2008