Matcha Scones with Jam & Cream

Scones, Or Scons?

Matcha Scones

According to Webster’s Dictionary, scones are said to have originated in Scotland in the 1500’s. In fact the Oxford English Dictionary suggests that the word originally came into use in 1513. There are two differing pronunciations for the word – “scon” (rhymes with “gone) and “scone” (ryhmes with “phone”). In British English the two variations are used according to both regional and class associations, but in general terms, the first version is associated with the northern parts of England, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The second version is associated with southern parts of England, America (US English) and Irish natives.

Scones are a standard addition to the traditional Devonshire Tea and are generally served with jam and cream. A little sweetener is sometimes added and this can also be in the form of currants, sultanas, raisins or dates. Scones can also be served as a savoury treat, with either cheese or potato added.

Easy Matcha Scone Recipe

For our scones, we decided to shake it up a little and take a less traditional approach by adding some QTea Matcha Green Tea Powder. The irony is that Matcha is absolutely packed with health benefits and is known as a superfood, but we chose to serve our scones with more than modest lashings of strawberry jam and cream.. Oh well.. we did also add some fresh strawberries for additional goodness..!

To read more about the health benefits of Matcha click here

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Which Cinnamon Are You Eating…

…And Is All Cinnamon Good For You?
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True Sri Lankan Cinnamon Verum

NO, not all cinnamon is good for you!

It’s come to our attention recently that there is a common misconception surrounding the use of the spice Cinnamon, and a large number of consumers aren’t aware of the different varieties.

Sri Lankan Cinnamon Verum vs Cinnamon Cassia

Most of the cinnamon found in our foods and purchased from supermarkets is known as Cinnamon Cassia (Cinnamomum Cassia). It is by far the most commonly used cinnamon. This is not “true” cinnamon, but a noticably cheaper imitation and not from the same plant as Cinnamon Verum.

Sri Lankan Cinnamon Verum (Cinnamomum zeylanicum / Cinnamomum Verum) is often referred to as “True Cinnamon”. It tastes more mild and subtle, and a little sweeter than cassia.

There is a naturally occurring flavour substance in cinnamon called coumarin. The levels of coumarin in cassia are naturally occurring in far greater levels than the levels found in cinnamon verum.

Is This A Big Deal?

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COOKING WITH TEA – Corned Silverside with Tulsi

THINK TEA IS JUST FOR DRINKING?

As the popularity of tea as a beverage has inceased, so has the concept of using tea and tisanes as ingredients when cooking. We’ve been using some culinary creativity in the kitchen recently and have come up with a few delicious recipes using our QT range of tea. Here is our first – it’s definitely a winner!

SLOW COOKED CORNED SILVERSIDE WITH TULSI

Technically we haven’t used a “tea” in this recipe, we’ve used our Tulsi Detox herbal blend, which is known as a tisane (a herbal infusion or beverage to be brewed and consumed as a tea, most often with health benefits)

Tulsi (or Holy Basil) is an Indian herb known as “The Elixer of Life”. It’s traditionally been cultivated as a Sacred Plant and has been used for thousands of years for it’s healing/Ayurvedic properties. Tulsi is known as an adaptogen, balancing different processes within the body, and aiding stress and depression.

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Slow Cooked Corned Silverside with QT Tea Co Tulsi Detox Herbal Blend

Exact measurements for this recipe aren’t necessary, it’s easy, so just go with the flow, no need to be a master chef!

We experimented with a couple of tablespoons of our Tulsi Detox herbal blend & corned silverside in the slow cooker. Add a chopped onion, carrots & celery, brown sugar, a good splash of verjuice, a few bay leaves & sprigs of thyme, slices of lemon, and two cups of water.

Slow cook on low for 8 hours and voila!

DELICIOUS! AND SO EASY!

Cooking with tea opens up a whole new world of culinary possibilities and as this recipe shows, it doesn’t need to be difficult or time consuming to be yummy!

ENJOY!

Tea Pairing Tips

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HAVE YOU HEARD OF TEA PAIRING?                                                                                                                                   

A growing number of restaurants around the world now not only have a Sommelier (Wine Waiter) but also a Tea Pairing Waiter, with a full selection of tea on their menu to accompany any meal. More and more restaurants/chefs are recognising the benefits of pairing tea with food.

We’ve prepared the infographics above to show how easy it can be, by pairing some of our delicious tea with various food suggestions to help inspire your creativity in the kitchen – the possiblities are endless..!

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