Finally finally, my friends, we bring to a close the segment on selecting a tea for YOU. Over the course of the past week, I have had two dear ladies approach me saying ‘nah I’m not a tea person’, and having no idea about this segment! I eagerly welcomed the opportunity to take this segment and transpose it along a real life setting, and found my efforts were quite successful.
This week, we will discuss ways to use your newfound favorite tea for other purposes.
Want a tasty, aromatic stock for your soups and dishes? Try using your tea to create a broth! If using tea bags, only use one bag per gallon of water, and if using loose leaf tea, try adding half a traditional serving for one cup per each gallon of stock water. Add in raw celery (or celery seed), pink Himalayan or Celtic sea salt, and a few garlic cloves. A tablespoon of coconut oil or olive oil will give a grand ‘stocky’ consistency, and will add that buttery-like heaviness.
This broth can be used to flavor stuffings, rice dishes, crouton bread, or even for a gravy base! Try marinating tofu or vegan meat alternatives in your tea broth. Even try adding more oil and using as a light salad spritzer.
I find tea- based broths to offer a more robust flavor, with a sweeter undertone.
This one sounds really weird, but it is actually a relaxing experience for your skin. Prepare one cup of tea. Do not sweeten (as with the above recipes as well). When cooled to just above room temp (or as cool as you can stand to the touch), dip strips of a cut up old T-shirt into the tea. Place strips across the face (do not burn yourself…let the tea cool enough to the point where you can stand it on your skin)! Relax, let stand for five minutes, or until the strips feel cold against your face. It helps for calming purposes to turn off overhead lights and burn candles or have mood-setting lamps on in the background, with nature or chant music playing.
Fruit Salad Marinade
Brew two cups of your favorite tea and use one of them for this delicious fruit salad marinade!
- brewed up of tea
- ½ cup honey
- fresh mint OR pineapple sage
- 3 tablespoons wine
- In a bowl, combine one cup of tea, honey, a few fresh mint or pineapple sage leaves (be sure to only choose one as they provide distinctly two different tastes), and a couple of tablespoons of wine.
- Stir rigorously until an even soupy glaze.
- Pour over cut fruit, stir in well.
- Let marinate in the fridge for at least 1 hour prior to serving.
Enjoy your tea journey!
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