Tea for Today: Volume 5, Issue 1
Tea in the News
TEA…the new chicken soup!
January is "Hot Tea Month"
So take a friend or associate out for a cuppa. Try a new blend, such as a Rooibos or a Chai tea and relax and enjoy all the health benefits of drinking the second most consumed beverage in the world next to water.
Green Tea Poached Pears
Tea infuses food with depth of flavor and enhanced character. Tea can impact unique flavor to dishes without added fat, calories, sodium or cholesterol.
12 pears (Asian or Bartlett)
3 c. granulated sugar
6 c. freshly brewed green tea
one 6" piece fresh ginger root (peeled & sliced into coins)
the peel from 3 lemons
1 bunch fresh mint
3 c. non-fat plain yogurt (well-drained)
1-1/2 c. buttermilk
3 T maple syrup
2 c. Natural pistachio nuts (shelled & chopped)
12 mint leaves
To poach pears, place sugar, green tea, ginger, lemon peel and mint into saucepan, large enough to hold pears in single layer. Peel and core pears. Over medium heat, bring poaching liquid to just under boil, until sugar is fully dissolved. Reduce heat so mixture is simmering and add pears. Cook 15-20 minutes (pears should still be somewhat firm). Remove pears and allow to cool. Reduce poaching liquid to a coating consistency. Remove, cover and chill. Whisk together yogurt, buttermilk and maple syrup. Add nuts and chill.
To serve: Pour equal amounts of reduced poaching liquid into chilled serving goblets. Place pears into goblets and add pistachio sauce. Garnish with chopped pistachios and fresh mint. Serve immediately. Yield - 12 servings
A "Spot" of Tea
Tradition and ceremony are a satisfactory and necessary part of the human condition, and nothing matches the application of ceremony better than the preparation and service of tea. If you are accustomed to getting a hot beverage on the run, why not try the alternative of a "slow food" approach to serving and drinking tea. Prepare a pot of tea that will brew leisurely and can be savored by drinking multiple cups. Brew loose tea in pot that incorporates a sieve and cover the pot with a "tea cozy" to keep the remainder of the tea hot. Serve tea cookies or sandwiches and have a tea break or a tea party. As with the original afternoon tea time, begun by Anna, the Duchess of Bedford, taking time for a tea break revives the spirit and keeps the appetite in check prior to the dinner meal. So, take some time to enjoy!
A message from the Chairman
White tea is gaining in popularity among consumers for its delicate taste and abundantly high level of antioxidants.
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