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Healthy One-Bowl Banana and Blueberry Mini-Muffins

I’m forever looking for a healthy, fast breakfast option. something that I can either make in a minute or two in the morning, or something I can make ahead and grab on my way out the door. Muffins work best for me, but often they aren’t as healthy as I’d like. Splurging on a big, sugary muffin every now and then is one thing, but for my weekday breakfast, that just doesn’t work. So, I’ve made these mini-muffins, so that I can grab a couple on my way out the door. You could easily make larger ones from this recipe, if that works better for you.  The BEST part of the recipe it that all you need is ONE bowl and a muffin tin – quick and easy preparation and clean-up. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large overripe banana
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of cardamom (or nutmeg, if you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup blueberries

Instructions:

  • Preheat over to 350°F and line a mini-muffin pan with four liners (or grease), I used my reusable silicone liners that I LOVE
  • In a medium bowl, mash banana. Add sugar, egg white, and oil. Stir until just combined (mixture will still be lumpy).
  • Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cardamom. Stir until just combined, then gently fold in blueberries.
  • Divide mixture between 12 mini-muffin cups, filling each about 3/4 of the way full. Bake for about 20 minutes, the tops of the muffins begin to turn golden. Test with toothpick, it should come out clean.
  • Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. Store in the refrigerator.

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Winter visit to Harney & Sons, New York

Whenever we visit NYC, Katie and I love to visit Harney & Sons. The experience is something that we both look forward to every time. This year we visited on a chilly winter day. The perfect type of day to find yourself is a bright and beautiful tea shop. Harney & Sons is such an inviting place, its smells divine and everything is pretty. The walls of tea will never cease to impress me. I just love looking at all the tea varieties stacked up next to one another, all the way up the wall.

Our tea guide was amazing. He knew his stuff about tea and had some deep and hilarious quips for us. He found the perfect teas for each of us: an espresso of tea for Katie and left of weird tea for me. I loved them both, Katie loved hers and agreed that mine was, in fact, weird.

You will see some reviews of these two teas pop up soon.

We didn’t have time to sit for tea and snacks this time around so we ordered some tea to go from the cafe in the back and browsed all of the lovely tea-things while we waited for them to be steeped. Then we were off, with our Harney tea in hand, for more NYC adventures: tacos, shopping, Santacon, Bryant Park and the most delicious Italian tapas in Brooklyn.

Until next time, thanks for the experience Harney & Sons!

Tea & Macarons 

 Katie says:

Abby & I sampled the fine tea & macarons at Portland Patisserie. I liked that this chai wasn’t overly syrupy — like it often can be! I would, however, have liked to have tried it a bit stronger. Nevertheless this had a nice taste and was perfect to accompany these beautiful macarons! I don’t always instagram my dessert, but in this case it was to pretty to not post!

Abby says:

Holy macaron! So beautiful and colorful. Just the right pick-me-up on a cold winter day! The coffee flavored one was my fav. It had just right amount of coffee bitterness to balance the sweet. Loved how well the brittle crumbly outside matched the filling. My thoughts on the chai latte were mixed. The overall impression was that it was too weak. I needed more chai flavor, less milk. But it was blended well and was nice and frothy ! I would certainly try another one, but I think I would ask for just a bit less milk.

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

Review: Finest Kind Tea Mixers & Modifiers *Giveaway*

UPDATE: The giveaway has now ended. A winner will be notified shortly. Thank you!

 
Finest Kind Tea Finest Kind Tea Mixers & Modifiers Giveaway! Just comment for a chance to win. (see below)

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Remember, each entry must be left in a separate comment. A winning comment will be chosen at random. The winner has 48 hours to reply and claim their prize before a new winner is selected. Only U.S. residents can win but others are welcome to comment. Note this post is set to auto publish at noon on 4/19. The comments will be closed and a winner will be chosen at 9PM EST Tuesday 4/28

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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.

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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.

TeBella Tea Company

TeBella Tea Co

On a recent trip to Tampa, FL I stopped at a terrific tea shop, TeBella Tea Company in Davis Islands. The main street that TeBella sits on is just the cutest thing. There are shops, bars and restaurants all of which are well maintained to give you a unique neighborhood feeling as you take it all in. We also stopped at Yeoman’s Road Pub for a pint, but that’s a story for another day. Now… more about the tea!

TeBella Tea Co

Look at all that tea! A dream come true. There were tons of beautiful teas to choose from and the staff was friendly and knowledgeable about the teas they had to offer. They were also very patient and let me see and smell many, MANY teas before I settled on my favorites. Thank you friendly tea folks!

Tea

One of the teas that I took home with me is their White Coconut Dulce (pictured above). A beautiful tea with bright white coconut shavings mixed it.  It smelled and looked amazing.  Hopefully you will find a review of it posted here soon. Spoiler alert: it was delicious.

Chocolates

They also had the gorgeous chocolate made by locally by William Dean Chocolates.  For some of these chocolates TeBella tea is used. Almost too lovely to eat, but not quite.

Chocolates

After drooling over the tea and chocolate offerings we finally made our selections. Opting for hot and iced teas. BTW, Tampa has wonky weather in February. Then we made out way into the pouring rain and quickly flooding streets, off to our next adventure in Tampa. Cheers!

Tea Cold and Hot

Green Tea Shortbread Cookies

… just in time for Mother’s Day!  Remember folks, it’s coming up THIS Sunday.  I’m sure you have planned something super great for the wonderful moms in your life, but how about adding one more little thing?  These unique and delicious shortbread cookies:

Cooked Cookies

The recipe comes from Martha Stewart (of course) and can be found here.  While making these cookies we did not video ourselves, but you can check out a video of Martha and chef Ellen Greaves making them.  I assure you that in our kitchen we looked equally as gracefully and tidy as these talented bakers look.  Promise.

Tea two

First you will need tea!  Green tea powder to be exact.  This powered is easy to work with and makes these cookies a super cute great color!  Obviously, I didn’t have this at home (when do I ever have all the ingredients for a recipe? Never, that’s when.) So, I improvised.  I used Good Earth’s Super Green tea.  This does have some matcha (a type of green tea powder) in it, so I get points there.  It also has citrus, so I should get points for creativity there too!

GTSB Batter

Then you mix together all the other stuff you need.  Yum!

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Then you do a bunch of other stuff, like chill the dough, cut the dough and roll it out.  All found in Martha’s recipe.  She is much better at describing this sort of thing.  THEN! Then you cut them into your (or your mother’s) favorite shapes.  I like cats, so I made them all cats! Too cute! Then you bake them, let them cool and eat them.  Or package them up and give them to you ever deserving mother. Happy Mother’s Day!

Apple Cake

This isn’t a post about tea.  So sorry.  It is however, a post about delicious apple cake! Hooray!  In fact, it goes well with a nice cup of tea, but I will get into that later.   Now, more about cake…

This recipe is adapted from the Czechoslovak Cookbook and calls for some rather unusual ingredients like single-acting baking powder and instantized flour.  Hum, probably because the book was published in 1965.  After thinking it over a second it was decided that the staples from our pantry would be just fine.  And I must give credit where credit is due … my husband, Chris baked this cake, I just ate it!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter

3/4 cup sugar

4 eggs, separated

4-5 tablespoons milk

3 tablespoon cornstarch

1 1/2 cups instantized flour

2 teaspoons single-acting backing powder

7 large apples, pared and sliced thin

Cinnamon sugar (3 tablespoons sugar mixed with 1/2 tsp. cinnamon)

3 tablespoons melted

Directions:

Cream butter, sugar and egg yolks well.  Add milk mixed with cornstarch; blend well.  Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites.  Sift flour with baking powder; fold in. Spread batter on a greased and lightly floured 4-sided baking sheet (used 9×13 baking dish).  Cover with apples; sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and melted butter.  Bake in a preheated 325 degree over for 20-30 minutes.  (Using 9×13 allow 40 minutes for baking)

This is cake is light and delicious and would pair wonderfully with a tasty fall tea such at Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Sunset or a strong chai tea with plenty of spice like Atlantic Spice Company Chai.  However, today I enjoyed my cake with a cup of Keurig Hot Apple Cider from Green Mountain Naturals … stay tuned for the review!

Adventures in Baking: Lemon-Earl Grey Squares

My husband loves to bake and is kind enough to tackle any recipe I throw at him.  So when we got our latest issue of Cooking Light in the mail I wasted no time in asking him to whip up this tasty looking summer treat for me.  I mean, it has tea in it, how could he refuse.  In this recipe he used Twinings Earl Grey loose tea, even though it called for tea bags.

These little beauties are similar to traditional lemon squares, but with the added element of Earl Grey tea to pump up the sophistication and flavor!  These squares are no one-trick ponies – they’re sweet and lemony, but also have a savory side thanks to the tea.  They are so good.  I ate two before I even realized I had finished one, they are just THAT good.

If you are looking to impress at the cookout this weekend, or the bridal shower, or the grad party, or the whatever check out the recipe here and try it out for yourself.  Total time is about 2 hours, but actual hands-on time is only 25 minutes. Easy. Did I mention I didn’t bake these and my husband did all the work? 🙂

Just look at those big flecks of tea!  This summer, remember that tea isn’t just served hot or even in a cup.  There are so many different ways to enjoy tea when the weather warms up!  Do you have a favorite tea-in-food recipe?  If you share it with us, we might make it and then we will give you props for sharing!