Masala Chai originated in India. These days the beverage has gained worldwide popularity, becoming a feature in many coffee and tea houses. The Masala (or spice mixture) has many health benefits, as does the tea itself:
I remember when my mom, my sisters and I would have little tea parties complete with costumes, made up names, and tea sandwiches. My favorite were peanut butter and jelly tea sandwiches, although I do remember a certain cucumber sandwich that was also quite tasty.
So, if you are looking for the perfect tea sandwich (perhaps some lovely Ricotta-Orange Tea Sandwiches or Tomato-Cheddar Tea Sandwiches), head on over to Tea Time Recipes and Things; 40 tea sandwich recipes await!
Hibiscus tea is an herbal tea made as an infusion from crimson or deep magenta-colored calyces (sepals) of the roselle (Hibiscus) flower. It has a tart, cranberry-like flavor, and sugar is often added to sweeten the beverage. Calyces are known to contain high levels of antioxidants which help to protect our bodies against chronic diseases such as heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and cancer.
Studies have shown that drinking as little as two to three cups of hibiscus tea each day can lower your blood pressure levels, working as effectively as some anti-hypertensive prescription medications without the potential side effects. A cup of hibiscus tea is a simple, effective, and delicious way to increase your antioxidant intake.
How to make hibiscus tea;
1 cup Hibiscus petals
4 cups water
4 tsp sugar (adjust as per liking)
1 star anise (optional)
lemon slices for garnishing
Place water in a large saucepan
add petals, sugar and star anise
simmer for 12- 13 minutes until the water turns red
As I was taking a peak around Bri Emery‘s wonderful blog, Design Love Fest, I came across a recipe that stopped me in my tracks; Earl Grey Chocolate Chip Cookies! Now, in my opinion, Tea and cookies make the most lovable pair, so why not combine them? This recipe does just that, creating a cookie dough filled with earl grey tea, cardamom, nutmeg, butter, and bittersweet chocolate chips. Click here for the recipe!
Now, I have yet to try these cookies myself, but I highly doubt they would be anything less than scrumptious.
In 1904, at the St. Louis World’s Fair (also known as the Louisiana Purchase Exposition), Richard Blechynden, an enterprising English merchant, stood at his tea pavilion offering free hot tea to the many fairgoers. However, because of the sweltering heat, his tea samples remained untouched. Exhausted and desperate to showcase his product, Blechynden tried serving the tea in glasses filled with ice. The scheme was an instant success.
Because of this account, Richard Blechynden is often credited as the inventor of iced tea. Actually, it is more accurate to describe him as someone who popularized the drink, for, in reality, English and American variants of iced tea had been in existence since the early 1800s.
On September 20-21, 1890, the Missouri State Reunion of Ex-Confederate Veterans was held in Nevada, Missouri. Fifteen thousand veterans converged on the city of Nevada including several hundred from St. Louis. This event was held at the Artesian Park where an encampment was set up with rows upon rows of tents. The encampment was called Camp Jackson.
On the first day a huge meal was served, the magnitude of which was absolutely stunning. For example, there was over 11,000 pounds of beef, and 4,800 pounds of bread. The biggest surprise, however, is that the meal included iced tea – 880 gallons of it! Below is a clipping that appeared as part of a write-up about the Confederate reunion which appeared in the September 28, 1890 issue of the Nevada Noticer newspaper.
This article was published fourteen years before the World’s Fair. It also seems notable that the article is written in a style which infers that the newspaper assumed its readers knew what iced tea was. This leaves little doubt that iced tea was invented quite some time before the St. Louis World’s Fair.
I love iced tea. Although my family usually drinks it plain, a slice of lemon or some mint makes a lovely change.
To finish up this post, I have gathered a handful of delightful looking iced tea recipes.
Cambric tea is a “children’s tea” made primarily from sugar, hot water, heated milk or cream and perhaps a dash or two of strongly brewed tea. This weak tea generally serves as the beverage of choice in a child’s tea party, or becomes the introduction to stronger beverages such as regular tea or coffee. Cambric tea was my first experience with tea, which might be the reason why i like milk in black tea.
Cambric tea derives its name from a resemblance to cambric cloth, a very thin white fabric often used to make lightweight garments. It is believed that the French were the first to develop this tea, most likely as an alternative to the strong teas generally reserved for healthy adults. Cambric tea was deemed suitable for young children, invalids and the elderly, since it did not contain hardly any caffeine or other troubling ingredients.
The popularity of cambric tea during the 18th and 19th centuries was largely due to the availability of its basic ingredients. While adults often packed supplies of coffee and tea during their long treks towards the West, these beverages were considered too harsh for children. Fresh milk or cream, however, could be obtained from dairy cows on many farms, and sugar could be purchased in mercantile stores along the way. Therefore, cambric tea became a popular beverage among pioneer children such as Laura Ingalls Wilder.
There are a number of variations on the basic cambric tea recipe, although the basic ingredients generally remain constant. A small amount of sugar is placed in a cup, followed by either hot water or heated milk. This mixture is stirred until the sugar has dissolved, and the cup is filled to the top with either hot water or heated milk. If brewed tea is used at all, it is added at the last minute and stirred carefully. Heated cream can also be used as a richer substitute for the heated milk if desired.