Summer is settling in and the days are getting hot and humid. Nothing sounds better than a cool refreshing drink during these days. And nothing tastes better than a tall glass of iced tea. Iced tea made with loose-leaf tea is a gastronomic delight. The best technique for making iced tea is the “cold brew”. Read about the origin of iced teas. Here are some ways to make your favourite iced drink more fun. Continue Reading
Lemongrass is a herb which is part of the Cymbopogan Citratus family. It has a unique citrus flavour and is widely used in Asian cuisines. It is common in varieties of soups, teas and hot curries. It provides a fresh green vibrant colour to the cuisine and enriches it with its medicinal and anti-microbial properties. So, let’s have a look at the nutritional and health benefits of lemongrass. Continue Reading
Nothing soothes us like our favourite cuppa, but can we have too much of a good thing? Maria Fitzpatrick finds out
Why is it that the things we love most are bad for us? That is what we’ve been led to believe about tea. Nearly 80 per cent of the population drinks it regularly, yet we keep being told to cut down our caffeine intake. We’ve heard the scare stories. Earlier this year fertility experts claimed four caffeine drinks a day could cut pregnancy success rates by a quarter. So what are the myths? Here, we sort the hearsay from the hard facts.
Truth and myths about green tea – Green tea has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries, they were treated with everything – from headaches to depression. It is believed that green tea helps to lose weight, lower cholesterol, useful in the fight against cardiovascular disease and can even prevent cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. What is this true and what is just a myth? Continue Reading
For thousands of years ginger has been used for medicinal purposed. It has powerful anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties and it is used in many ways while cooking. Ginger, in fact, rightfully serves its reputation, as a wonder spice and is a perfect addition to a cup of tea.
In India, ginger is commonly used when making chai tea. It provides heat and helps cure cold, coughs & tummy aches. The perfect cup of chai is made with various spices (cinnamon, cardamom, cloves) and ginger might just be one of the favourites. Learn to make the perfect cup of chai.
Lemon juice is commonly added to tea. The juice of lemon not only enriches the flavour of the tea but also makes the experience fancier. But more importantly, adding lemon to your tea has many health benefits. The best way to make to add lemon to your brewed loose leaf tea. Lemon works wonderfully with both black tea and green tea. Continue Reading
It is amazing to see how the wine industry is so much more sophisticated in terms of educating and marketing their products. We have been consuming wine for just about as long as we have been consuming tea. Both beverages have a long and complex history that is deeply tied to the places where they are cultivated. While the wine world has its own issues to deal with, I think the one thing they are getting right is education. There are a few things that wine people do extraordinarily well which tea people are still just starting to catch on to. Continue Reading