Prime Time for Our Cup of Tea

 

 

Always Prime Time for a Cup of Tea, but this is Different!

Amazon has announced a 48 Hour Sale  where savings will be plentiful. It commences on the 15th July, at  0.01 am, PT time, (Pacific Time) ,and will last for 48 hours. To save on purchases ,  a customer must have a Prime Membership with Amazon.

A Prime Membership costs around 120.00 US per year.

If you have never had a Membership before, you can try before you buy! The only way to go!

  A  30 day  free  trial period,  so if you decide no,  don’t want or need it,  you can cancel, no charge!

But I guess, in the meantime, well,   you definitely need to try, so why not use the free trial period, to buy  what you may have been looking for and  at a reduced cost,  during this 48 hour Prime Time Amazon sale!

Lets see what I can find relating to this super duper Prime Time  Sale for the lovers of Tea and all the delightful, beautiful  paraphernalia,  I can find associated with our Cup of Tea!

Oh dear!  Prime Time Sale done and dusted but….

What’s that song;” 🎶🎶🎶 well it’s all over now…..🎶🎶🎶 “ but still worth considering, lots of savings, everyday!

Here is the Link to your 30 day FREE trial!

 

 

The best  and most popular of benefits of  the Prime Membership  as an ongoing membership, is Free  Delivery and   Free Amazon streaming services.

I live in Australia and the price of a Prime Membership for; Australian Amazon, is;

6.99,  per month,  or  59.00  dollars per year.

Mmm.. a lot cheaper, but at this stage a very much smaller window into the Australian retail market  and of course a lot less merchandise available to the Australian market,  compared to America.

Signing up for Prime means you’ll have free access to Amazon’s streaming services, including Prime Video, Prime Music and Twitch.   Members also get free access to Prime Reading and Prime Photos for all their ebook and storage needs.

I just love books and I search the internet to find books, perhaps about  tea,  about recipes, about  art, about places,  or just to find  a fantastic enthralling read,  be it, a love story, a  gripping murder mystery, a book about gardens , about decorating, about  creating, books that I love to pick up,  look at,  enjoy,  feel the glossy paper beneath my fingers,  the  beautiful images,  the  wonderful illustrations, the colours, the flowers,  the  opulence of the presentation ,  goodness, well, it has no end.

The  pleasure of a good read.

 


Well, there  it is ;  the pleasure,  the excitement,  the joy I feel when my books arrive and  I know, yes , I am paying  a small amount monthly,  to get free shipping, but hey, my books can weigh a ton!!    Postage  quite  possibly, can be and if not more,  the cost of the book again!

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Wow and look at these, just delights to the eye!!

But I get it delivered to my home for just the  cost of the purchase price and I always look for a bargain, while searching for the  most splendid book/books, that I just had  to / have to, have!

I have just purchased through Amazon some more glorious books.   Besides my love of tea, I love cooking and art,  especially Claude Monet, here is what I have purchased and mmm… can’t wait….but I will!

What I love is that with a Prime membership,  I have  just saved,  $33.00 on shipping!

I pay monthly, can cancel at any time if desired!  That is another beautiful hard cover book or many soft cover books!  Wonderful!

My purchases:  I have bought four of these wonderful books, Julia Childs, David Lebovitz , and of course Monet, so much delight to find and love and create! Also amazing wall art of Claude Monet’s garden. Found and just had to add here!



The love of a great book

Well,   onto looking for all those wonderful products to buy, the teas, the china, the books, the candles, the chandeliers!

Perhaps,   just worth a look at  that 30 day trial before you buy!

Experiencing and Loving.   To the Pleasure of Tea!

 

Michele

 

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Herbal Teas………………….Ginger Tea.

Ginger 

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1896 colour plate

Kohler’s Medicinal Plants

(Wikipedia)

I have often had ginger tea, but  usually infused with lemon, really delicious, a fresh tangent, warming  taste, pleasant on the mouth and soothing to the senses.

From personal experience;    just by the by:

Some  of my friends suggested, when they saw me perhaps struggling with a sore throat and an irritated cough,  or feeling a little bilious, that I should chew a little ginger!

Also working with the elderly, I had this lovely lady,  who started each day,  requesting a glass of warm water and she carried with her in a little plastic bag,  maybe three slices, of thinly sliced ginger, which she would eat with her warm water, while sitting on the side of her bed!  Why?  Well to kick start her digestive system  and prevent constipation!    Wonderful!     Really she was having a cup of ginger tea, wasn’t she!?

Ginger is a flowering plant, a herbaceous perennial,  white and pink flowering buds,  changing to yellow on opening. It is and has been,  widely used as a spice and  originated in South East Asia.   It was  to be  one of the first spices to be carried across the world  during the spice trades .

                                                           Fresh ginger rhizome

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a flowering plant whose rhizome, ginger root or ginger, is widely used as a spice and a folk medicine. (From Wikipedia).

Well, what foods and beverages don’t enjoy the  added flavour of the ginger root?

All across the world it is used in virtually every culinary event,  the  gathering, the cooking,  the  eating,   the drinking experience.

From all things, savoury,  from light,  to hearty, to delightfully sweet, this added spice is  enjoyed and loved around the world.

My favourite food with ginger, has to be,  gingerbread loaf,  with dates and added spices,  perhaps made richer with, honey, or  molasses,  or golden syrup,   baked and then sliced warm  spreading each slice with butter!  Yum!

Such an expressive term don’t you think, it says so much!!!      YUM!!

Well,  we can enjoy our ginger root in so many ways,  shall we look at ginger in our Cup of Tea!

According  to Victoria Zaks, in her wonderful book ; ‘20,000 Secrets of Tea,’

Ginger is:

Ginger is the Hot Root.

She states ginger is the hot root, when taken  as a tea it will warm you from head to toe.

“Ginger warms and comforts the body, increases blood flow to cleanse toxins and promote healing.” (pg.131, 20,000 Secrets of Tea).

No wonder my lovely 90 year old client started her day with her sliced ginger and warm water!

And my friends only wished me well, because Ginger is also excellent as a mild expectorant, so, beneficial for cold conditions;  colds, chills, congestion.

Great for nausea and motion sickness;      so, soothing the stomach.

Heart Health:       lowers cholesterol and stabilises  blood pressure,

“….helps to prevent clotting, and reduces the risk of heart attacks  and strokes.”         (Pg131,    ‘20,000 Secrets of Tea’).

Well another amazing herb, that creates another amazing tea!

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The herbs  of these  most  beautiful plants , with the warmth of the hot water,  releases the amazing  health benefits  special to each plant.

Some  have similar benefits, some unique, only to that particular plant, flower, seed, root.

All for us to sip and enjoy,  knowing  not just the  Pleasure Tea gives us, but the healing and health benefits as well!

 

 

To the Pleasure and Wonder of Our Cup of Tea!

Michele

References:

Wikipedia

‘20,000 Secrets  of Tea ‘,   Victoria Zaks

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A Cup of Tea and Weight Loss

A cup of Delicious Tea

 

A cup of Tea and Weight Loss.

Is it possible to find that cup of tea, that brand of tea, that special flavour of tea,  that will allow us to lose that stubborn weight, that instead of using our will power:

“Just by drinking this brew, your excess weight will just disappear! “

Heard that? Yes of course!   Mmm…… that magic elixir.

I seem to have always carried just that little and  sometimes during my life,  a lot of extra pounds, that I dislike intensely, but really  over the last few years, I feel I have become complacent with where I  find myself in my world, the treadmill of;  work, rest and managing the ups and downs that sometimes just seem too much and too tough.

My world:   Where  I know I should be fitter and healthier, so I can attain and keep a healthy longevity!

Teas can Help

Truly?   The weight loss tea brew?  There is not one special tea to take to gain that desired weight loss, but there are many teas that can help.

To gain anything in life, we need a plan, a well  thought out plan stating what we would like to achieve, our goals and how we are going to get there .

It is never too late to make a change, however small, or large, if you wish it to be, baby steps and heaps of pats on the back, most important!

Positives overcome Negatives!

The Catalyst.

I  visited my Doctor, awhile ago,  I had a really horrible virus, where I was continually shivering, aching, sweating and the only thing that helped was  paracetamol and anti inflammatories,  alternately.  I also took antibiotics, prescribed but advised they wouldn’t help due to the fact it was a virus, but hey, I took them anyway, because I felt so unwell.   I had a  full blood test done, (some thing I had been avoiding for years)! plus a kidney scan!   And  well there you are,    mmm…    cholesterol; a little high and the signs of a fatty liver.

Yikes!….

She wants me to come back for another one!     Double Yikes!….

Mmmm……that sand pit is beckoning!!

Do you hide your head in the sand?   Well I do, especially  when  it’s hidden from my view!  Can’t see it,  so it isn’t there,  perhaps just a  little niggling doubt that maybe and I don’t want to know,  stupid?   Yes!   Think about it tomorrow, do something tomorrow, yes sounds like me!

So time to re evaluate?  Most  Definitely!

The Plan.

My Plan initially is very simple, each night after a light tea perhaps two hours after I have eaten, I shall go to bed with a lovely cup of hot Chamomile tea. On waking each morning , (of course my beautiful big  cup of chamomile has also helped me to sleep soundly! ),  and  prior to eating breakfast,  I shall enjoy a lovely hot mug of Black tea, perhaps English Breakfast, Assam Tea, Irish Breakfast Tea,  Yorkshire Tea, a strong tea, which I love, hot and milky, as I contemplate, what I shall have for my breakfast!   To me always a strong black but….

Perhaps, a preferred cup of  herbal tea, lemon, ginger, peppermint may do the trick as we contemplate……..

 


The Benefit of starting the day with Fluids: 

 Is, that  not only will it hydrate you, it will fill you and  not make you SO  hungry, that a possible bad sugary choice is made due to the need to alleviate  the  feelings of emptiness !

Water is fine, but add to that water the tea of your choice, what about that delightful  cup of  hot tea?   So much more enticing and of course  with the wonderful health benefits found in tea, a great start to the day!

Chamomile Tea,   will aid my sleep and my  Black  tea,  first thing in the morning, will revive me.  Doing these two  things will  energise my mind and body so I can think clearly about my intentions for the day regarding my well being.

Weight Issues can be  exacerbated  and usually are by;

One::     A sluggish digestive system.

Two:    Poor circulation.

which can  result  in fluid retention.

Teas:    are full of nutrients, vitamins and minerals, many teas especially herbaceous teas, eg. Dandelion tea acts a natural diuretic, others aid digestion, ease gas, settle stomach cramping, soothe nerves.

Teas that may aid Weight  Loss.

Dandelion Tea………..  A Cleanser  and Natural Diuretic with potassium and vitamins, working gently within your body to eliminate waste and balance your fluids.

Rosemary Tea………Aids  the digestion of fats, helps enhance circulation and so acts as a preventative to cholesterol.

Parsley Tea………….. super cleanser for the liver,  glands and gallbladder.

Papaya Tea…………..Or called Paw Paw from the melon tree, it contains enzymes aiding healthy digestion. My Dad grew paws paws in the backyard and the fruit is yummy, just to have it sliced and a piece for breakfast, or lunch, or tea!   And why not IN my tea!

Chinese  Oolong Tea……..Helps  to reduce cholesterol.

There are many more,  so many more wonderful teas,  healing and nutritious and enjoyable!
Below is a link to a book by Victoria Zaks, which I have  read and shared my knowledge of her book with you. it is an amazing book, not expensive and gives so much  information, about the enjoyment of and health benefits of,  our  glorious cup of tea!

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Teas that may replace the Desire  for a Sugar  Fix.

Reach for the teas, naturally sweet,  natural energy, so replacing the desire to reach for a sugary drink, enjoy a naturally sweet tea full of  herbal nutrients and healing properties.    Have these on hand when the need to consume  something sweet  is palpable.

Well a start on my journey and hopefully yours,  to look at what I /we are consuming and the effects it can  have  on our well being and the need to grow in knowledge:

What comes from nature, pure and unadulterated, can make my being, a lot better!

For my teas, at this stage, my herbal teas,  for example, my peppermint and my chamomile, I have been buying the ‘Pure Chamomile’ or the ‘Pure Peppermint’, so getting  ‘plain’ tea,  just that herb on its own, so I feel that I am getting the best shot of  the nutritious benefits, for my needs, in that instance, whether to help me to sleep or to invigorate me just to survive that day at work!

Also to me, the need to fill those moments between meals,  when the need to eat, to satisfy  that craving, tea can soothe that need,  whether as a sweetener or just to give me that calmness.  It can help me on my journey, to  not just possibly shed some pounds/ kilos, , but to offer and give relief to my mind and body.

Hot Today?  Need something Refreshing and Cooling?

Try an Iced Tea:  

 perhaps Raspberry and Pomegranate or  Lemon and Mint.

 

Recipe:

Steep  4/5/6,  (depending on your taste). teabags in hot water, then  fill  a beautiful clear glass jug with water and add  the beautiful tea to your jug when cooled.

Have you got lots of ice block containers?

Prior to  making your jug of tea, freeze pieces of fruit, perhaps  small pieces of strawberries,  mint leaves, raspberries, lemon, orange, into ice block containers cover with water and freeze.

Add to your jug, or straight into some lovely tall glasses and top with the cooled tea, not only does it look inviting, as the ice further cools your drink and as it  melts,  it releases the fruit,  to add  further, fuller,  flavours to your drink!  Yum!



Stash Teas look wonderful  and the write up  is exceptional, unfortunately from what  I have read only available in the USA at this stage, so I have included some more  choices!

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A drink to break the fast after sleeping.  A nice brew, of whatever you particularly like, be it;   black tea,  green tea, peppermint, rosemary, sage, hibiscus, whatever you enjoy to break that fast after sleeping.

Then enjoy a good breakfast, fruit, fibre, protein,  mmm… well an exceptionally good start  to an exceptionally good  day!!    yay!!!

Well  must be good!    We have set the Scene!    So what else can we achieve today!

 

To the Pleasure of Tea and Well Being!

Michele

 

References:

‘20,000 Secrets of Tea’,  Author Victoria Zaks

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The Boston Tea Party and the Birth of Liberty Teas

 

The Boston Tea Party:  

   A Pivotal  Moment in  America’s History and the Continued  Fascination  and Love of  this Wonderful Beverage, Tea.

To me,  the Boston Tea Party, conjures up visions of Boston  Harbour  turning into a sea of;

Black Gold’,   a most precious commodity,  a sought after beverage,  a treasure of the East!

The  Procurers,  The  Importers,  The East India Company,   with hopes of  vast wealth  from the sale of the tea,  see it  disappearing and muddying the waters, the water becoming polluted and black,  an ocean,  a harbour,  of tea!

Well , my imagination may be a little overboard in regard to loose tea being thrown,  overboard!    Mmm.. play on words here,  for  I believe the tea was packed in chests, one which survives and is on show at the ‘Boston Tea  Party Ships and Museum’,  in Boston.   Of  course these  chests all broke down in the water eventually, but not like my dramatic vision of the water running in black gold!

 

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Source: W.D. Cooper. Boston Tea Party in The History of North America. London: E. Newberry, 1789. Engraving. Plate opposite p. 58. Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress (40)          (From Wikipedia )

So, Why did this Happen?

Shall we start with the date of this really quite an amazing event in the history of the colonisation of America.

Taxation without Representation!   Was the call.

It was the first organised act of rebellion against British rule, an act that directly led to the start of the American Revolution on the 19th April, 1775,     an act of defiance in the face of tyranny.

On the  sixteenth of December, 1773, Boston Harbour. Massachusetts:

Three British ships were docked, full of chests of tea. According to history, 342 chests!    The ships;  the Dartmouth, the Eleanor and the Beaver.  Each ship carried roughly a little over,  100 chests,  92,000 pounds of tea, in total!

How big were these chests and how much tea did they contain?

My calculation:   92,000 pounds,   divided by 342  chests  = 269 pounds per chest, that’s quite a lot per chest!

The British had imposed a huge tax on the tea which needed to be paid  within a certain period of time once the ships had docked in Boston Harbour and the tea would be unloaded onto the wharf. This tax was huge, equating to over a million  dollars today!

The tea came from China and from what I have read it was called; Bohea, the name given at that time to black tea, but I believe some green tea was packed as well. A group of people, calling themselves,  The Sons of Liberty,  led  by Samuel Adams, and from what  I have read ,  disguised  as Mohawk Indians, boarded the three ships.

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I haven’t read all these glorious books except the first one, I have just received this book,  it’s beautiful, full of wonderful  informative, dialogue and interspersed with beautiful, interesting, historic, pictures, drawings and paintings. A quality book with pages thick and glossy, a fabulous read, informative and educational.

 


The Sons of Liberty.

They were, to me, ethical people, they  had integrity,  driven  and focussed,  great loyalists to this new country, America and  again from what I have read, intent only  on damaging, destroying the tea, nothing else was damaged and no loss of life, an amazing feat really and definitely focussed on making their point. Why to me ethical, showing integrity?

Well from what I have read, there was to be no personal gain, re grabbing the tea for themselves, etc. but from their perception,  they were making a stand, it was  meant to  be for the greater good of their country!

So, with a definite lack of,  Bohea tea,   the inventful, resourceful, American ladies, looked to their gardens, their vegetable patches, their orchards,  the wild flowers growing in the fields, to discover, to try and create their own teas!

Liberty Teas!

Mmm.. well what teas did these ladies produce, I believe there was much to learn from the locally grown herbs used by the  Indians.

Chamomile, Raspberry and Wild American Sage are mentioned in the book; ‘20,000 Secrets of Tea’,   Author; V Zaks.

Virtually anything growing in their gardens were considered , blueberries, apples,  lemons, strawberries, roses, raspberries, peppermint,  lavender and rosemary, the leaves and/or the flowers and fruit, were steeped fresh or dried to be used as  required.

Let’s look at Sage, the herb of Wisdom  and Longevity.

A native of the Mediterranean,  an aromatic plant with  soft,  greyish,  green leaves, with spires of purple flowers in the warmer months. The American Sage is prized and imported  by China where the root is used to strengthen the heart and so improving circulation.


As I research the wonderful world of herbal teas, I find that many of the herbs universally, give similar benefits for our minds and bodies. Really just as our teas from the Camellia Sinensis plant  restore and revive us.

Full of antioxidants, healing powers, preventative powers, relaxing powers, restoring powers.

And so importantly, they just taste amazing.  the best and easiest way to get nutrients, antioxidants, anti inflammatories, into our bodies, settle that upset digestive tract, boost our feelings of wellness and alertness, the list  goes on and on.

Kakuzō Okakura, ‘The Book of Tea’,  stated tea was a medicine before a beverage  and we, all who enjoy our teas reap the benefits, the pleasure  of sipping our cup of tea and the knowledge of the goodness it is giving us, physically,  mindfully and spiritually.

 

To the Pleasure of Tea and  Its Amazing History !

 

Michele

References:

‘The Book of Tea’  Author:  Kakuzō Okakura

Wikipedia.

‘20,000 Secrets of Tea’ Author: Victoria Zak

bostonteapartyship.com

Please visit this amazing website and  visit physically as well, I am not telling any American anything new,  I realise this.  I would personally love to visit,  to see this place in Boston,  Massachusetts  myself!  This is purely sharing what I have learned, I am not an Affiliate of this Museum.

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Herbal Teas———————-Chamomile Tea

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                                                           Chamaemelum      nobile.        ( Wikipedia)

I actually love  a cup of Chamomile Tea, especially if I have been tossing and turning, trying desperately to get to sleep and sleep  alludes me. Then I will frequently get up, pop on that kettle and make a hot cup of chamomile tea, pop  back into bed and enjoy.   I then find I can settle and drop off to sleep.

Heaven!

Is it the warmth of the hot water or the benefit of the tea, or,  as I believe,  both, impacting on my physical and mental being and so relaxing me,  my mind and body and then  sleep!

The need to sleep is so fundamental to our lives,  to our mental stability, to our coping ability,  to our feelings of wellness.  Our bodies and minds, our whole beings,  need to renew and reenergise  and I feel this happens at night  while we sleep  and sometimes, hopefully,  many times,  the wonderful, soothing hot drink  of a cup of chamomile tea may just give us  and our bodies, that edge.

The Chamomile Plant.

Like all herbaceous plants  the Chamomile plant is low growing,  a perennial, with daisy like flowers, it’s flowering time in the Northern Hemisphere is June, July and is found in fields and gardens and in cultivated areas as well. The flowers have  a sweet crisp fruity smell, a little like apple.

The Benefits of  a cup of Chamomile Tea.

Mmmm…well I already know that  this wonderful  steeped brew of chamomile tea gives mind, body and spirit  the  feeling of  a restored well being after the blessing it gives with  a good nights sleep,  but it has other  benefits as well.

Chamomile  relieves  muscle  aches and pains  and relieves menstrual cramping, arthritis pain and strains.

Chamomile relaxes  smooth  tissue muscles in the the body it relieves abdominal pain, bloating and gas, beneficial for those suffering with irritable bowel syndrome and indigestion.

Chamomile  relieves bladder inflammation  and helps to fight bladder infections.

Chamomile relieves nausea.

The Chamomile Tea that we drink is made from the dried flowers of the chamomile  plant.

Most of my information here has come from this amazing book;

‘ 20,000 Secrets of Tea ‘ by Victoria Zak.

It is an excellent  book, to me really a Go to Book,  about Tea and Teas. As  I read this book I have in hand my highlighter,  by highlighting  I can immediately find information quickly, when I wish to  review, revisit, remember  the added benefits, not just the enjoyment of the taste and aroma, but the extra benefits that I am receiving

Here is another link to purchase

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I noted from Wikipedia that  in the wonderful world of Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter, (1902). Peter was packed off to bed after being chased by Mr MacGregor,  with a spoonful of Chamomile tea!

Of course I  scurried off to my bookcase to find my set of Beatrix Potter books!

Many years ago I purchased this collection and there it has sat as I wait quietly for perhaps a  grandchild!, very quietly!

Snapshot of dear Peter Rabbit’s Mum making the Chamomile Tea!   Obviously to restore the dear little fellow after being chased,  with the  definite possibility of becoming  Mr MacGregor’s   tea!

Well , who wouldn’t need the restorative  cup of  chamomile tea after that!

 

The Tale ofPeter Rabbit
Beatrix Potter (page 28)

 

To the Pleasure and  Benefits of Tea!

 

Michele

Wikipedia

Victoria Zak’s  ‘20,000 Secrets of Tea.

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Herbal Teas——————-Peppermint Tea

                                           

                            1887 illustration from Köhlers;Medicinal Plants
                                                             (Wikipedia).

 

Peppermint tea is one of my favourite teas,  drinking it hot,  steeped in a cup, sipping the lovely mint taste and breathing in the aroma  of menthol,  mmm…

Also I love it as a important component of my iced tea, when  on a hot day, mint and lemon are essential ingredients for my refreshing  glass of iced tea.

Besides the wonderful restoring  taste and aroma  it has Health Benefits as well!

Peppermint ………Mentha piperita

Indigenous to Europe and the Middle East and now cultivated around the world, the peppermint plant likes sunlight, warm, moist and rich soils. It is part of the family of plants called herbaceous, shortened of course  to herbs. A herbaceous  plant is typically low growing with green stems not woody and includes perennials, annuals and biennials.

Peppermint tea can be made from the fresh leaves of the plant or the dried leaves, although take care where you pick your fresh leaves in case they have been sprayed with any chemicals, Best to grow your own if you can!

The Benefits of  Peppermint  Tea.

A cup of tea is the easiest way to soothe the mind and the body and also  the quickest way to enter the bloodstream with the wonderful health benefits it can give.

The pure enjoyment of drinking this lovely brew, is definitely the first.

Like all  teas,  Peppermint  is natural, no additives, no preservatives, perfect!

The menthol in Peppermint  aids congestion, clearing the airways and stimulates the sense of alertness.

Suffering with Bronchitis, Laryngitis;  in a bowl of hot water steep a peppermint tea bag  and use  as an inhalant to ease the throat and clear the airways.

Nervous  tension or stress;   try a cup of Peppermint  tea.

Suffering stomach upset, nausea;   the menthol in Peppermint with it’s anaesthetic quality  calms the nerve endings in the stomach.

It also acts as a tonic and cleanser of the digestive system in the body.

When I need a pick up, perhaps at the start of a working shift and would rather be anywhere else, a cup of  hot peppermint tea refreshes me, warms me, especially in winter. In summer I like to take a bottle of brewed peppermint tea with me,  cooled, so I can just sip it as needed during my shift, to freshen my mouth and breath  and enjoy that lovely taste of mint.

Peppermint Oil.

Just to add here;

Well,  I love to have in my house, peppermint oil and lavender oil, peppermint oil especially as it is a natural pesticide and I sprinkle it regularly around the house to keep it free from insects and yes it works, wonderful!   Peppermint oil is the third most popular oil in the world after orange oil and lemon oil. I love the fragrance in my home of these beautiful oils.

For the love and health of drinking our cup of Tea!

Michele

References:

Wikipedia

Victoria Zak and her book: 20,000 Secrets of Tea

(a great read)!

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The Health Benefits of my cup of Tea

                                    The Health Benefits of Tea

                       ‘Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage.’

………………………….The Book of Tea.      By Kakuzō Okakura………………………………

I have been drinking tea for as long as I can remember, never thinking about the why,  but just enjoying the tea!  The warmth it gave me, the comfort I received from it,  the pleasure it gave me and my family and friends of just  being together, enjoying together,  a brew of tea and the company of each other.

Well, now we have such amazing teas and always have had, but perhaps unknown to us, now the enjoyment and the benefits of the brewing of our tea, the different types of tea, the process of  creating these teas and  really  we can now reach out across the world  through this amazing medium, the Internet!,  to explore, experience and enjoy the tastes and  benefits of this absolutely wonderful drink, our cup of TEA!!

Shall we look at:

                                                            White Tea

White Tea comes from the shrub/tree of all our teas, Camellia sinensis.

It is one of the worlds least processed Teas and that makes it so special, the more organic and least processed, straight from nature.

It is called White Tea  because of the bud and the whiteness of the new leaves picked  from the top of our Camellia sinensis  plant, the  youngest type of leaves, perhaps eight days old,   Of course anything cut or plucked from any plant, the withering process begins and this is so with the delicate buds and white leaves from the top of our  tea bush/plant,  they  are then simply dehydrated and are the least processed, not rolled, not oxidised.

It is harvested in China’s Fujian Province, but also in Nepal, Taiwan, Gaile,( Sri Lanka), and Northeast India.

Twinings Teas state that;  White Tea have the most antioxidants of all our Teas.

‘ Really regardless of what is in our tea, it’s really how we feel emotionally, physically and mentally as we choose, brew and drink our tea.

In  –  That  –  Special  –  Moment!

How  did I feel prior to sipping my cup of tea,   just  the need to sit and relax with my cuppa and that feeling of the :   …… aahhh…..!’   the exhaling, the feelings of relief and calmness and stillness,  that emerges and grows inside, satisfying and releasing.’

I have researched and come across a website and have taken some excerpts from this site:

Why and what aids us to have our,…… aahhh…..!  moment!

Chemical compounds found in tea are:

”… polphenols, amino acids, enzymes, pigments, carbohydrates, methylxanthines, minerals and many volatile flavor and aroma compounds. These components are responsible for producing teas with desirable appearance, aroma, and taste”

“Tea leaves contain many amino acids, the most abundant of which is theanine. Theanine, specifically L-Theanine, is responsible for promoting alpha brain wave activity and a feeling of relaxation. L-Theanine in concert with caffeine can induce a state of “mindful alertness” in the tea drinker. Amino acids make up an average of 6% of the extract solids in steeped tea.”

(teaepicure.com) Tony Gebely   (On the 26/5/2019).

Amino acids and Polphenols and  White Tea.

As above, tea  leaves contain amino acids,, the top most leaves of the Camellia Sinensis  plant receives   more  sunlight,  and the combination of sunlight with the amino acids, increases the strength of the Polphenols, so the buds and the top most leaves picked, with minimal processing , become our delicious,  ‘white tea. ‘

The flavour of the white  tea is  lighter and pale yellow in colour, a golden clear liquid, with a smooth, slightly sweet, mellow flavour.

The tea leaf has such a wonderful variety of chemical compounds, I am not a chemist or a scientist  and the number of compounds amaze me and delight me.  I have mentioned polphenols  in my paragraph above and from Wikipedia, I have found some simply explained information which I feel  is easy to understand.

These Wonderful Polphenols

Polphenols  are natural plant compounds found in tea, and are believed to provide potential health benefits. the polphenols in tea include catechins, tannins, flavonoids and  theaflavins.

Polphenols are types of antioxidants found in foods and beverages and are known to provide a host of health benefits. The word antioxidants just makes our ears prick up and our desire and need  to know more.

Foods we are told that are rich in antioxidants follow the richness and brightness of their colours, red,  green, orange and we can also drink these antioxidants in our tea. We are told that consuming them helps remove free radicals and decrease cell damage. Well we all know what free radicals can  accomplish  if left to travel around our bodies, unchecked,  we can end up with chronic diseases.

Let’s  drink More Tea!

                                                       Does White Tea contain Caffeine?

Yes it does. It possibly has more caffeine than  other teas, although I believe black tea has been found to have similar amounts. It is the purest of teas and the least processed.  Overall, a cup of tea, approx.  190 mls,  contains 15 to 20mgs  of caffeine.

Also remember,  that a lot depends on how  hot the water is  you brew your cuppa  in and how long your tea has been steeped,  (this  can vary and depends on which tea you are drinking),  affecting   the amount of caffeine released into your brew from the leaves.   I had an Aunt who insisted that you just added to her  cup of hot water,  a quick  dip of the tea bag and then out!   What enjoyment she got from this, I have no  idea, but  that was how she preferred her tea!    Well I could get picky here,  I have a brother-in-law, and on the whole he makes a good cuppa, but occasionally, I get a cup that tastes like , something similar to dish water!   Well good manners prevents me from saying anything, but goodness, do I want to jump up and start that wonderful brewing  process again, from the beginning!

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What we enjoy is such a double bonus, maybe triple, when we actually realise it is so good for  us.

My thoughts and well obviously I love my tea!!



To the Pleasure of Tea!

Michele

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Referrences;

Wikipedia

Twinings Tea Company

http://www. teaepicure.com

 

A Splendid Celebratory Cake

 

                        A Splendid, Celebration Cake for your High Tea.

The table is set, your fine china, glistening in gold and translucency, shimmering in the reflected lighting of your candles and chandeliers!

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Let’s find a Cake to take Centre Stage, with gasps of delight from your guests as they see and taste this yummy show  stopper!

I have two in mind, one I have just discovered recently and the other from a recipe book I have recently purchased, after my wonderful high tea cooking evening!

I don’t know what always draws me to sponge and fresh cream and berries, but I  have just always loved  the combined flavours and taste.

The sweetness and texture of the sponge, the coolness and richness of the freshly whipped cream and the taste and bite of fresh berries, adding a little sweetness and a little tartness!  

Yum! 

I hope you do as well.

Have you heard of;   Berry Chantilly Cake?

Well I have, but only recently, this cake is famous all across America, but especially famous in Louisiana. New Orleans.  The Creator of this sumptuous cake is a lady  named, Chaya Conrad, from Bywater Cafe. Now she creates different varieties of this cake, chocolate, lemon, passion fruit and coconut!

And, most importantly, she loves to share her recipe and delights in people  baking, decorating and eating her  fabulous creation!

 

Here is her video, putting together this scrumptious, rich, delicious cake, definitely a show stopper!

Too high do you think, well this glorious cake has three layers of sponge with three layers of fruit and  three delicious cream cheese and marscapone and cream filling!  Two layers  would be lovely as well and then possibly make two cakes!      Mmmm….

My second cake,  also to me looks like a definite show stopper,  is from the  Patisserie Chef,   Eric Lanlard and his book;

‘ Eric Lanlard ‘s, Afternoon Tea’ 

First book off the rank in my Amazon selections, mainly because I bought it and love it!

I have added more  of his books, because he is an amazing  patisserie Chef.  On  the  cover of this wonderful book, is this gorgeous cake,  don’t you think, another gasp moment!    Recipe  within!   Have a look !


The cake looks a little like a beautiful hat from the 50’s/60’s  don’t you think?(Those beautiful elegant models with the classic  coats and jackets,  stilettos and gorgeous wide brimmed floral hats!  ).

Well ,  it is  called the,  ‘strawberry ombré cake’.   Ombré meaning subtle changing of colour,  light to dark or visa versa.

The cake  has the lovely lightness of sponge filled with layers of cream and strawberry preserves and a cream cheese frosting, with these beautiful piped swirls of roses.    Mmmm lovely.

The book is a delight, with many wonderful and most importantly,  not difficult recipes. All recipes mentioned in his afternoon tea menus are in the book,  plus so much more.

What  I really love is,  at the beginning of the book,  Eric has dedicated two pages to creating;  Afternoon Tea Menus and has chosen a Tea to enhance the pleasure and enjoyment of each Menu. 

For example:

Mother’s Day, is  next weekend here in Australia, so:

Mother’s Day Menu is;

Brie and Red Onion marmalade Gruyere eclairs

Classic  buttermilk scones

Light Italian fruit cake

Strawberry ombré  cake

‘and serve with a sweet and fruity red berry herbal tea or hibiscus infusion’


Mmmm.. wonderful and there are six menus that he has created,

the other five;

Alfresco Summer Picnic

Autumn Comfort

Sweet Valentine

Arabian Dream

Celebration

All accompanied by his choices of teas to enhance the pleasure and enjoyment of your Afternoon Tea!

 

To the Pleasure of Tea!

Oops, just had to add these selections, wow, just wow!,


Michele


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Hosting your own High Tea

 

                                                                           HIGH TEA

 

Visual sights that delight the eye, while sipping our Tea

 

Hosting your own Special High Tea!

It can be a very grand affair, or a beautiful garden affair, a High Tea can be whatever you wish yours to be, let your imagination and your creativity  carry you away!

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These  are ornate and  so beautifully  vintage and so especially English, adding  more elegance to your already  special High Tea,  amidst the beautiful flowers and  yummy  displays of delectable delights.




Perhaps a botanical  theme, cups full of butterflies amongst the flowers adorning your tables!     And more !


Of course delicious teas are paramount, but so are the wonderful delectable morsels you have baked also paramount, with a couple of show stoppers included!

 

The delights of a Cooking Class!

I have a very special Niece and this  last Christmas she gifted her Mum, my  Sister,  a gift,  a wonderful gift of two tickets to a ;

A High Tea Cooking Class!

Mmmm… fantastic,  well  Sisters together ventured  forth!!

It was a three hour cooking class about hosting a High Tea and the fabulous recipes that can be made and eaten and enjoyed at your own very special,  High Tea!

We were  greeted with a flute of champagne on arrival,   ten participants altogether and then we  sallied forth  into the deeper depths of the chefs kitchen!

Bit of the dramatics here!

We were invited to sit around on rather high chairs behind those amazing steel preparation benches. Tea was offered, I chose Lemon and Ginger, my sister English Breakfast. Yum!

The Menu for our High Tea,

  with recipes included for us to take home,  began with, well of course, cucumber sandwiches , these were made in front of us, commencing with lovely soft fresh white bread, one side lightly buttered, the other  mayonnaise, with the added touch of dill,  cucumbers sliced with a mandolin and laid on one side of the bread, slices joined, crusts cut off and then sliced into three,  length ways.

Presented to us on Silver trays, delightful.   Most important to have delicious freshly baked  sliced bread.  Brown bread would also be yummy and rye, I love a slice of rye bread. A combination of a variety of breads with different fillings, presented on a long plate, just looks wonderful and so inviting to eat!

You know from my other posts I have talked about  picnics, a picnic for us, under a shady tree and the picnics and enjoyment of tea,  with  the characters in our childhood books.

Well our sweet chef told us a great tip.  If you are travelling to a great picnic spot out doors and taking your cucumber sandwiches with you, wrap them well, which of course we do!   But to keep them from drying out, just lightly spray your plastic wrap inside before you place your sandwiches on it, with a little water!  Great tip!   Don’t be heavy handed! A slight mist should do the trick!

Savoury Tarts!    And Jam  Tarts!

She followed the cucumber sandwiches with the most yummy jam tarts, quite small, a mouthful, but delicious, the pastry very rich  (with butter) and just wonderful. This she followed with  savoury tarts,  one of which was a blind bake the other three same pastry but pre baked and all with different fillings.

Caramellised onion was used as a great base  for some and  then different fillings on top. Pumpkin, goats cheese, pan fried capsicum, asparagus, mushrooms, olives, a great assortment.

I came away knowing that a good home made pastry is definitely the only way to go. To me the pastry absolutely made the tarts so delicious!

Then onto  cream puffs  and single serve pavlovas, both delicious,  cream puffs filled with creme  patisserie  or chocolate ganache, both thick and creamy, with the chocolate ganache tasting like a soft  chocolate mousse!

On top of each piped mound of choux pastry, our chef places a very thin layer, cut to whatever shape you like,  on top, this is sugar biscuit dough. It is added to give a different texture, crunch,  to the puff,  some with and some without.

Pavlovas , little mounds, soft and yummy, insides like marshmallows, topped with cream and passion fruit curd and slices of peach, strawberry and kiwi fruit.

Mmm… strawberries  and raspberries and cream and sponge cake  absolute decadence!,    Mmmm….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well we rolled out of our High Tea cooking class, totally sated with so much delicious  mouth watering bites.

Home to bed, definitely inspired to cook and create and indulge and share around a table with lots of cups of tea!


To the Pleasure of Tea and the enjoyment of  creating your very own High Tea!



Michele

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Maintaining the Old and Creating the New

 

Maintaining the Old and Creating the New, the traditions of drinking our Tea!

Through  out the Centuries, starting with,  Princess Catherine of Braganza, arriving on the shores of England to marry her King,  we have enjoyed the pleasure of sharing cups of tea  and delicious  breads  and savouries and cakes and sweets  and more Tea!

A beautiful, relaxing, fun and  sometimes  a formal  gathering, where there is always tea and always delightful yummy things!

To eat!     Well,  of course!

The title of these wonderful interludes of drinking tea together,  talking,  chatting and  partaking  of  delicious,  delightful,  small delicacies is frequently called:

Afternoon Tea or High Tea.

Well, What is the Difference?

Interesting;  afternoon tea, was served, perhaps in front of a fire on a low table, perhaps a coffee table, while a high tea was served later, but on a high table!

How strange, was it all to do with the height of the table!?

Well , no not just that, we need to look back to the 1840’s, when Anna Maria Russell,  Seventh  Duchess of Bedford, finding herself a little peckish each afternoon around four o’clock and dinner seemed a long way off,  considering in those long ago days  it was served, around eight to nine o’clock in the evening, began ordering tea and bread to tide her over.


Anna Maria Russell, Seventh Duchess of Bedford

(source Wikipedia)

Soon it was being enjoyed by many of her friends and aristocracy  and became a regular, daily  pass time, especially when Queen Victoria, began enjoying this afternoon tea  interlude as well.

Queen Victoria. Coronation portrait by George Hayter

Coronation:   28th of June, 1838.            ( source Wikipedia)

So gatherings would happen all over Britain and other countries mainly I guess members of the Commonwealth countries. Where gatherings,  mainly women would get together and enjoy;  sandwiches, cakes, (yummy fruit cake!), pastries,  scones, clotted cream and tea!   And yes perhaps gathered around low tables, comfortable arm chairs and yes, lovely,  in front of a wonderful warming fire!

But the world was full of the hardworking men, who would come home from their  day, hungry and tired and would sit down to their tea,  at a table, (a higher table)!  perhaps in the kitchen or dining room  and here they would have more substantial fare, perhaps more savoury,  with some meat, eggs, potatoes and this would be served around six / seven o’clock and so called high tea!  And possibly to confuse us more, sometimes  supper!

Our traditions grew and were enjoyed over the centuries!

So what do we expect these days when we are invited to tea?

Afternoon Tea:   to me,  is just a chance to catch up with a few friends at one of our houses and enjoy, cakes  and sandwiches and lots of tea!  We can enjoy our tea sitting at the table in the dining room or sitting in the garden, or with our legs tucked under us, blanket on our laps, sitting on our couches!

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High Tea:   has taken on a more celebratory role/occasion,  these days, with the opportunity to dress in gorgeous clothes, heels and hat or fascinator.   To arrive to enjoy a visual feast,  full of flowers and fine china and glorious  dainty delights and our beautiful tea!  Our High Tea is no longer relegated to early evening, but can be enjoyed at any time of the day now, morning or afternoon and late afternoon

Mmm.. delightful!

A High Tea Theme:   can celebrate so much,  a birthday,  a wedding ,  a garden party, a baby shower, a christening,  it is absolutely the best theme one could use because it  can become  so full of opulence and grandeur. A celebration of life and living and enjoyment!

A delight  to all your Senses!

 

To the Pleasure of Tea!

Michele

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