A perennial plant of the ginger family, turmeric is fast rising as the next food trend around the world. After ghee, homemade yoghurt and coconut oil, it is the latest health food to originate from India (We are getting to the point where we may well call ourselves trend-setters!) Continue Reading
“Monday comes slowly I feel a bit out of touch…”
And so begins the track by Parekh & Singh, presumably echoing how most of us feel!
This Kolkata based dream pop duo is made up of multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Nischay Parekh and percussionist/producer Jivraj Singh . They recently went international and signed with the mammoth U.K. indie label Peace Frog Records, and this track ‘ I love you baby, I love doll’ is their shiny new release!!
Sweet, soothing, spicy, and a little bit exotic… that sums up this beautiful ingredient in a few words.
Cinnamon is a fragrant spice, which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. Once dried, it curls into quills that are used to add a warm, distinctive flavor and aroma to a variety of dishes, be it savory or sweet, and of course, tea!
A versatile and much loved ingredient, cinnamon is widely used in mixed spices in dishes originating from Asia, Middle East and North Africa.
There was a time in my life when tea was just a beverage, and chocolate was, well, chocolate. I liked them both, independently and together, at just about any time of the day.
But the idea of tea and chocolate pairing—consciously matching a tea with a specific chocolate in an attempt to light the fuse for a flavor explosion beyond the firepower of each individual component—well that was a different world altogether. Continue Reading
Ah! For a cup of tea. A good refreshing cup of tea. Tea comes in different shades, flavors and tastes. A morning cuppa, mid-morning sip, afternoon cup, evening fresh brew and if possible a nightly brew too. What is this potion, which has stolen the heart of millions of drinkers?
We, at The Tea Shelf have always been quite intrigued by the benefits & possibilities that each of the varieties of tea has. Once a coffee drinking client had scoffed at our brew selection and had questioned – what good does tea do to anyone. It had made us go into a bit of research, which had yielded some facts that were truly amazing. Continue Reading
It seems like only yesterday that I was helping all my stuffed animals settle down on chairs around the pretty pink table, before I went and invited my mother to share a cup of tea and indulge in the delicious English muffins. It is needless to say that these monthly tea parties of mine were a huge hit as I ranted on about little nothings in my pretentious posh accent with artificial pearls around my neck as my Mum sat patiently across me, listening with a soft smile on her lips.
Ever since I was a little chubby girl, I remember that every time a guest came to our house, they were offered tea. This is a common practice in most Indian households, which no one questions. However, if we were to go back in time, and not offer that small gesture of hospitality, I wonder if the chats would have been that spicy and the times so memorable. The guest, dare I say, would feel rather unwelcome in our humble abode.
As one sits by the window, on a rather chilly afternoon watching as the rain splashes on the gravel, I could not imagine them sitting there without a cup of tea in hand. The afternoon would feel lonely, depressing and plain out cold without that lil old cup of tea to warm them up.
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.
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