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Lavender Sugar

Lavender Sugar

Isn’t the scent of lavender just wonderful. I love it so much! It is my favorite herb to grow in my garden because I just love the smell. I find it intoxicating, like I can’t get enough! It is also one of my favorite herbs because it fairs will in Maine’s short growing season and is tough enough to survive our long winters.

There are a million different uses for lavender from simple potpourri to lotions and soap – including TEA! With the harvest from this summer I’ve decided to try my hand at making lavender sugar to put in my tea and bake with too!

Lavender Sugar

Making lavender sugar is pretty simple. Just harvest some of the lavender stock from your plant and pull off the pretty purple flowers. Mix them into an air-tight container with sugar (I used one cup) and let that sit for a couple of weeks. Then sift out the wilted flowers and you’ll be left with the infused sugar!

Lavender Sugar

 

Lavender Sugar

Tea Cocktail: Almond Earl @ Sonny’s in Portland Maine

Sonny's Almond Earl

You all know how much Katie and I love tea and you may have heard us mention how much as also like cocktails – put the two together and we’re in adult-beverage heaven! I’ve got a new HOT cocktail recipe to share with all of our like-minded readers.

First, let me give credit where credit is due. I did not think this up on my own, but how I didn’t is beyond me. The other day I  went to brunch at Sonny’s in Portland, Maine.  Delicious brunch, BTW. Sonny’s is known for their amazing cocktails and during brunch service they have additional drinks available.  One of them is the Almond Earl, Earl Grey tea with Disaronno. It’s divine. A hot blend of black tea, citrus and almond. Perfect.

It is the easiest cocktail to make. Simply make a hot cuppa of your favorite Earl Grey tea and add a splash… or more of Disaronno, almond liqueur. Done. Enjoy!

Here are some Earl Grey teas that we think will work well:

David’s Tea – Cream of Earl Grey

Tea Forte – Earl Grey

Stash Tea – Organic Earl Grey Black and Green

And a decaf option too thought it’s not our favorite tea:

Spice and Tea Exchange Decaf Earl Grey

 

Apple Cider Reduction Sauce Recipe

Cider Sauce

Doesn’t that look delicious? Homemade apple crisp topped with vanilla ice cream and apple cider sauce. It’s pretty much fall in a bowl. The apple cider reduction sauce is definitely the star of the dish. Here is the super-easy recipe to make it…

Ingredients:

1/2 gallon apple cider

Directions:

  1. Pour cider into a large pot and bring to a boil. As soon as it starts to boil, bring it down to a simmer and let reduce. Let it reduce to desired thickness. Typically when the sauce has reduced enough to just coat a spoon when stirred it is done.  Stir occasionally.
  2. Remove from heat and pour into storage container such as a mason jar
  3. Let cool somewhat before serving

The sauce will reduce by more and two-thirds. Here is it cold, just added to the pot. Plan to let it simmer for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally. If you have a finicky stove like me to make sure the stays at a simmer the whole time.

Cider Sauce

Here it is almost done, just starting to coat the wooden spoon. This is after about 1.5 hours on the stove. Looking at the sides you can see how much it has reduced.

Cider Sauce

Finished product! It turns to a beautiful root-beer brown when finished.

Cider Sauce

This sauce makes a great homemade gift. Just tie a festive bow around the mason jar and add a gift tag and you’re done! It is easy to double or even triple this recipe if you want to make multiple jars of the sauce, just add more cider and add a lot more time.

Cider Sauce

Simple Matcha Parfait

Matcha parfait

Want a healthy breakfast and caffeine all int he same bite? Me too! Yogurt, fresh fruit and matcha make the prefect combination for a tasty breakfast parfait. The best is that this simple recipe can be thrown together for a quick weekday breakfast, or beautifully layered for a brunch. It is hard to tell from the photos, but the yogurt takes on a pretty mint green color when the matcha is mixed in.

Ingredients:

1/4 teaspoon Matcha (I used Kiss Me Organics)

1 Cup Yogurt (I used Vanilla Greek-style, but go with what you like)

1 Cup Fresh fruit (cut into small pieces), strawberries and pineapple are delicious, but again, go with what you like

Directions:

Quick version: See photo: Mix matcha with yogurt then top with fresh fruit. Eat.

For the fancy version: Double matcha and yogurt. Use a tall glass. Layer yogurt, match mixture and fruit, then repeat two more times.

This recipe is so easy and quick. For me those are two requirements for summertime food! Not only do you end up with the healthy breakfast, but you also get a kick of caffeine in the process. Win Win.

Matcha Parfait

If you decide to make this at home, let us know which fruit you decided to try.

Review: Finest Kind Tea Mixers & Modifiers *Giveaway*

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Our Review & Overall Rating: 1753 Green Tea, Hibiscus & a Touch of Honey
Overall rating:
Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 — this tea is easy to make!

 

Abby says:
Tea Type: Bottled 
Temperature: Over Ice
Served: Nothing added

Finest Kind Mixers & Modifiers makes fun, stylish and tasty mixers and modifiers using a tea base. Sounds good, right? Yep. The 1753 is my favorite of the blends we tried. I love it because it isn’t sweet at all. This allows the mixer to lend itself well to a variety of different drink styles. I sampled this one just over ice because I really wanted to be able to taste the blend and all it has to offer. I liked it a lot and found it flavorful, tart and easy to drink. The hibiscus keeps it interesting without being too flowery or tasting like perfume. It compliments the green tea nicely. The honey is very light, thankfully! I didn’t taste it in every sip, but it keeps the mix from being too tart. Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa! Steepability: 5 of 5 — this tea is easy to make!

Katie says:
Tea Type: Bottled
Temperature: Over ice
Served: as iced tea at first, added a touch of honey to sweeten more

I liked this tea, the hibiscus gives it a very unique taste. I did want it to be a bit sweeter so I added a touch of honey. The hibiscus flavor was nice, but I felt that it overpowered the green a bit. Like Abby I tried an iced tea version of this drink and found it very refreshing. I think this would make an excellent mixer with an herbal liquor like St. Gremain. Or, if you like cocktails, try it with this Elderflower tonic.

stgermain-bottle-ko

Since I am currently pregnant I didn’t test out the alcoholic cocktail recipe. If you do try it please let me know how it is!

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa.

Steepability: 5 of 5 — this tea is easy to make!

Finest Kind Tea

Our Review & Overall Rating: 1960 Black Tea, Lemon Juice, Cane Sugar
Overall Rating:
Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa.
Steepability: 5 of 5 — this tea is easy to make!

 

Abby says:
Tea Type: Bottled 
Temperature: Over Ice
Served: Nothing added

The 1960 blend from Finest Kind is the most similar to what you would expect to find in an “iced tea” mixer. Don’t worry, it’s much better than what you typically find, but it’s a blend of the traditional black tea, lemon and sugar. After following the directions of 1 part mixer to 7 parts ice water, I found it a little too sweet for me. To even it out I added a touch of fresh lemon juice and it was perfect for me. If you like sweet tea, you’ll love it as is. Again, I sampled it over iced to get the full flavor. it was a bit too sweet for me in that form, but I suspect that the extra sweetness would work well when using this as a mixer for a tasty cocktail! The black tea, lemon and sugar match each other pretty well and a smooth blend of all three. On a side note: I just LOVE the tiny glass bottles our tea samples arrived it and have been trying to think of good ways to repurpose the bottles since all of the tea is long gone. Then I remembered Katie’s post about tiny tea-party flowers and found my use – tiny wild flower vases! Love!

 

Taste: 3 of 5 leaves: A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 5 of 5 — this tea is easy to make!

 

Katie says:
Tea Type: Bottled
Temperature: Over Ice
Served: As directed, diluted with water over ice

I think this tea is fabulous! I tired it iced, loved it, and must acquire a big bottle ASAP. Since my sample bottle said it makes 2 servings I let my co-worker Justin try some and he also thought it was delicious, no modifications needed! I find the strength of the black tea to be perfect with just the right amount of lemon and sugar. This iced tea is perfectly yummy! Also, do note that Abby and I have very different tastes when it comes to the sweetness of tea. While this is a sweetened iced tea I did not find it to be overly sugary. It’s a New England version of sweetened tea. If southern sweet tea is your thing your thing then you’ll want to add a bit more sugar.

*Please note that we are just as critical of free teas as the ones we purchase. If we get a sample we don’t like we won’t include it on our blog.

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread Recipe

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

If you’re anything like me, you are planning already looking ahead to planting a spring garden, though there may still be three feet of snow covering it at the moment. I’m currently trying to use up the frozen zucchini in my fridge to make room for the bounty of my sure-to-be amazing (read: weeds growing in every square inch) garden. The best way to do that is a double batch of chocolate chip zucchini bread, one for me and one to share!

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Ingredients:

3 Cups – all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

3 large eggs

2 cups white sugar

1 Cups canola oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 Cups grated zucchini

3/4 Cups (generous) chocolate chips

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two 5-9in. bread-loaf pans with butter.

2. Sift flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda and spices.

3. In large bowl beat eggs until fluffy, while continuing to blend add sugar until combined. Stir in oil, vanilla, zucchini and chocolate chips. Stir in dry ingredients and pour into pans.

4. Bake for about 45 minutes. Let cool before serving.

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

This recipe makes two loafs of bread, so keep that in mind prior to whipping this up. It make a great gift, or surely your office mates will love it!

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Our Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread goes very well with tea. Obviously! We love pairing our recipes with tea. There are a few that we will think work well:

Marks and Spencer Everyday

Joseph Wesley Black Tea )6 Bai Lin Congfu

Tega Masala Chai Roobios

Steven Smith Teamaker Fez

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

 

Spiral Zucchini Noodles

Did anyone else get a Williams-Sonoma Spiralizer for Christmas? I did – and I’m really excited about it. Really. This first thing I made were zucchini noodles with and olive oil and garlic. Take a look at the recipe below.  Since then I have been interested in what else this contraption can be used for and I’ve found the answer. A lot of things! Apple chips, shoe-string fries (sweet or white potato), caramelized onions. So stayed-tuned – I’ll be posting more throughout the year about my experimentation with the spiralizer. Watch out CSA veggies, I’ve got three different spiral blades and I’m not afraid to use ’em! BTW, is it spring yet?

Anyway, let’s get back on track. Zucchini noodles. Delish!

Zuchinni

Ingriedients:

2 medium zucchini

1/4 cup olive oil

2 cloves fresh garlic, minced

2 pinches of salt, separated

1 pinch black pepper

1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper

grated Parmesan

3-4 chopped fresh basil leaves

Directions:

1. Prep the zucchini. The Spiralizer has good step by step directions for this in the cookbook. I’ll briefly describe it here as well. Once the Spiralizer is put together and stuck to the counter-top, attach a zucchini and spin the handle while pushing the veg toward the blades. This is a bit awkward at first, but you get used to it quickly. Repeat for the next zucchini. Then place your “noodles” in a colander and sprinkle with salt and set aside. This will help drain the excess water from the zucchini.

2. Heat a skillet on the stove-top using medium-high heat. Add Olive oil. Once the oil is hot, reduce heat to medium, add garlic, remaining salt, pepper and crushed red pepper. Saute for five minutes. Add zucchini “noodles” toss until coated and heated through. Do not cook the zucchini.

3. Serve topped with parmesan and basil

That’s it,  meal complete! Enjoy.

Zuchini noodles

 

Simple Butter Pie Crust Recipe

Works every time, trust me…

Another use for a tea mug :)

Another use for a tea mug 🙂

Ingredients:

2 Cups  – All purpose flour

1/8 – 1/4 teaspoons. – Salt

2/3 Cups – Cold butter, salted

4-5 Tablespoons – Cold water

 

Directions:

1. Combine flour and salt in a large bowl, then cut in the butter using either two knives or a pastry cutter

2. Mix  in water, one tablespoon at a time until the flour/butter mixture is just moistened.

3. Shape the dough into a ball and cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2+ hours. Hint: if you are planning to use this dough for both a top and bottom crust, now is the time to split it in half.  Make two balls, wrap and chill individually.

4. Roll out onto lightly floured surface

 

Post photos of your beautiful pie if you decided you use this recipe – we’d love to see them!

 

Pumpkin Cornmeal Cake

Pumpkin Cornmeal Cake

Who’s ready to jump on the pumpkin bandwagon again this fall? I am! I love the flavor of pumpkin, and the wonderful spices that go so well with it. I’m always looking for new pumpkin recipes this time of year. For this post I wanted to share this Pumpkin Cornmeal Cake recipe that I’ve had for a while. The best part about it is that you can really taste the pumpkin itself, not just the spices that go with it. Also, although it’s a cake it really isn’t too sweet.  It’s more like jazzed up cornbread for the fall!

The recipe was adapted from Fresh magazine, a Hannaford production. So for those of you in the New England area may have already seen this recipe there.

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
6 Tbsp. salted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cups pumpkin puree
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9in. square baking pan with cooking spray. In a bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.

2. Using an electric mixer on medium-high, cream butter and sugars. Beat in eggs. Add pumpkin, buttermilk, and vanilla. Mix until well blended. With mixer on low, add in flour mixture, mix until just blended. Scrape batter into 9in. square pan.

3. Bake until cake is golden and toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 40-45 minutes. Optional: dust with confectioners sugar.

Then eat it!  My favorite time to eat this cake is for breakfast with a chai or some strong black tea…

And what better to enjoy this cake with than a tasty chai latte that I didn’t have to make myself! Cheers.

Pumpkin Cornmeal Cake 2

Happy 3rd Birthday, Delecteable!

Black tea cake with lemon buttercream frosting

Today is our third birthday! Wow, that time has passed quickly.  Just think of all the tea we’ve tried and written about over the past three years. To celebrate, we’ve made a delicious black tea cake with lemon buttercream frosting! Happy birthday to us! To give credit where credit is due, we found the recipe for this awesome cake over at Freutcake! Follow the link to get the recipe for yourself and to see the beautiful photos of Leah’s version of this tasty cake. Or, just look at the sweet photos I took, though they aren’t nearly as cool.

Ingredients - cake

The ingredients! I was skeptical about how much tea flavor would come through in the cake, but the cake REALLY tastes like tea – I promise!  The frosting is bursting with lemon flavor as well.  As we all know tea and lemon are great friends, so this works so well!

Black tea cake with lemon buttercream frosting - batter

The batter was much thinner than I’m used to, but it turned out just fine. I tried the batter before it went in the oven, it tasted great!

Black tea cake with lemon buttercream frosting
The bottom of the first cake coming out of the pan – looks like a bear print! Fun!

Black tea cake with lemon buttercream frosting

Make sure the two cakes are COMPLETELY cooled before trimming and adding the frosting, otherwise the cake with  tear and the frosting will separate and melt – no fun 😦

Before we sign off to go enjoy our birthday cake, we just wanted to shout out a huge THANK YOU to all of our readers, supporters and tea companies who have kept us going all this time.  We love our blog and have so much fun adding to it, but it would be nearly as much fun with out all of you!

SLice