Friday, July 24, 2015

Fathers Day Tea



Having a Father's Day tea with me dad!!!!  2015
 
2012 Garden Tea- a Hartzler SURPRISE
 
 2015 Auction, so much fun spending time with my dad!

 
 
 



 

Noon Chai...it's pink!

 
 
Okay, I can not WAIT to make this! I have never heard of it until today (7/21/2015)   Seems fairly simple....
 
 
 
Noon Chai (also called Kashmiri tea, pink tea, Gulabi chai and Sheer Chai) is a traditional tea beverage from Kashmir. It is a part of Kashmiri culture to drink this beverage 2−3 times a day with traditional Kashmiri breads and pastries like lavasa, sheermaal, kandir tchot, bakarkhani and kulcha.
 
Noon chai is traditionally made from special tea leaves, milk, salt, pistachios, almonds, cardamom, and cinnamon and cooked in a samavar.  A pinch of baking soda is added to help give it more of a pronounced pink color. A recent variant preparation of this tea also includes sugar but it is not traditionally consumed in Kashmir. Noon Chai is also served in many parts of Pakistan at special occasions, weddings, and during the winter months when it is sold at many kiosks.
 
 
 
 
I did some looking on line for Kashmiri Chai Tea- it runs about $13.00 for 3.5 oz..    I found on Amazon, Teabox-2014 Kashmiri Kahwa Chai Tea - 100 grams / 3.5 oz- $12.58
 
 
Ingredients
32 ounces of milk
32 ounces cold water
12oz of cold water

1/4 tsp salt
2 heaping tbsp Kashmiri Chai or Green Tea
1/2 tsp baking soda
cinnamon stick (about 2 inches long)
6 green cardamom pods
4 tbsp sugar (or to taste)

finely chopped pistachios and/or almonds for garnishing

This recipe will yield 4-5 cups of Pink Chai
 
Over hi heat, pour cold water into pot. Add in Kashmiri chai, salt, baking soda, cinnamon stick and cardamom pods. Allow it to come to a boil, then lower to medium heat and cover. Allow to cook for 30 minutes, but check on it every 10 minutes, to make sure the water hasn't all evaporated.
 
After 30 minutes, add in 12oz of cold water. Stir vigorously for 5 minutes.
 
Add in milk and sugar. Allow to come to a boil, then partially cover. Lower heat and allow to cook for 10 minutes., with the cover half on. You'll notice that the color is becoming a nice shade of pink!
 
Sieve the Chai, and once chai is poured into cups, sprinkle chopped almonds and/or pistachios on top. Its ready to drink! Yum!
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Quince iced chai and scone


 
I was in Kidron the other day and I stopped at my favorite place- QUINCE!  I picked up some scones and an Iced Chai Tea.
 

 
 
Not sure which Chai they used- but there are all kinds to pick from.
 
 
I also am a big fan of Hartzler Dairy!!!  www.hartzlerfamilydairy.com
 
Hartzler’s dairy cows graze freely in pasture and consume healthy, green grass during warm weather months. Milk from grass-fed cows has a higher content of vitamins and Omega-3s,as well as higher levels of conjugated linoleic acid, which have been found to have cancer-fighting properties. In addition, Hartzler milk is not homogenized, leaving milkfat globules intact to carry important nutrients like Vitamins A & D to the body.


http://www.quincebakeryandcafe.com/

 
OH!!!  Soooo good!  If you are ever in Kidron, Ohio- you need to stop in to Quince.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

ALVITA NETTLE TEA.....Stinging Nettle


 
 
 
I first learned about Stinging Nettle when I was in France and I stepped in it! 
It was awful, I thought I had 100 bee stings on my feet.  The people I was with said in about 30 minutes that the stinging would be gone and it was.  I was also told that they made a tea with the Nettle.  I was in a store the other day and I saw that it did exist!  Not sure after my experience with the stinging on my feet if I wanted to try the tea.....
 
 
 
From the website:
Nettle (Urtica dioica) is more commonly known as "stinging nettle" due to the fine hairs on the leaves and stems that are painful to the touch. Despite its prickly demeanor, nettle has staked its claim in herbal tradition as both a culinary and beneficial herb, with the aerial parts of the plant being traditionally used to support joint health.*
Alvita Nettle Tea is made with premium-quality, organic nettle leaves, and has a refreshing, grassy flavor.

Preparation

Place one tea bag in a cup and add 8 oz of boiling water. Cover and steep for 10 minutes. Gently squeeze tea bag and remove.

Directions for use:

We recommend 3 cups daily.
  • Add sweetener if desired
  • Naturally caffeine free
WARNING: If you are pregnant or nursing, taking any medication or have any medical condition, consult a health care professional before use. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.
Certified Organic by QAI. Certified Gluten-Free by NSF. Certified Kosher by Star-K.

Tea ring


 

 
My sister got me this ring on etsy, I love it!
 
 

Monday, July 20, 2015

STASH Ginger Peach Green Tea

One of the few guys at work who drinks hot tea, shared with me a bag of tea.  I am not a huge green tea fan....HOWEVER- I really liked this green ginger peach tea.  It was not overly "green" tasting.  Remember when you make green tea you DO NOT WANT TO MAKE THE WATER TOO HOT and YOU DON'T WANT TO OVER STEEP!  It makes a difference, I promise it does!
 
 

 
A delicious blend of green tea, juicy peach and sharp ginger, with Matcha.
 
  • Ingredients: ginger root, green tea, natural peach flavor, matcha
  • Steeping Instructions: 1-3 minutes at 170-190 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Caffeinated: Yes

  • Yes, the fan at work is blowing my hair all over the place!!!