Creative Twist On A Gin & Tonic – G’nT(ea)!

IT’S TEA COCKTAIL O’CLOCK

Gin and Tonic Tea Cocktail One Drink A Day

We’ve been so very fortunate this year to collaborate with Brisbane based Drink Stylist extraordinaire, “One Drink A Day” (Oh the joys of meeting new friends on social media!). We first “met” Heebs on Instagram and since then we’ve been absolutely amazed by his incredible drink creations. His artistry is simply mind blowing and we’ve been honoured to have him use some of our loose leaf tea blends in his cocktails. (We’re very tempted to try recreating some of his recipes but haven’t quite worked up the courage yet, fearing an epic fail..!)

One of the many reasons we love tea so much is it’s versatility. There are so many variations, flavours and uses that there is literally a tea or herbal tisane for every mood and every occasion. Enter Heebs. Who else would have thought to combine Jasmine Buddhas Tears into a cocktail? Or our Apple Cinnamon herbal blend for that matter.

Most recently, our Berry Delicious fruit blend featured in a delicious Gin ‘n Tonic recipe on One Drink  A Day’s blog and it worked a treat!

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NUS Latest Research Suggests Drinking Tea May Help Protect Against Dementia.

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Drinking tea is good for you, we all know that! The many health benefits have been widely documented over the years but latest research relates specifically to the impact drinking tea can have on dementia. The National University of Singapore released findings on 16th March 2017 regarding the regular consumption of tea as beneficial in protecting against this debilitating disease.

The study, led by Assistant Professor Feng Lei from the Department of Psychological Medicine at National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, found that not only was tea beneficial for keeping cognitive decline at bay, it was even more so for those with a genetic predisposition to the disease.

The longitudinal study involving 957 Chinese seniors aged 55 years or older has found that regular consumption of tea lowers the risk of cognitive decline in the elderly by 50 per cent, while APOE e4 gene carriers who are genetically at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease may experience a reduction in cognitive impairment risk by as much as 86 per cent.

These findings also suggest that all varieties of tea have this positive affect, as long as you brew from the leaves. This is great news! It means that whether you’re a black tea lover, a green tea or oolong lover, your brain function will benefit from each cup!

Find your favourite tea here.

Read the full report here.

 

Source:

  1. http://news.nus.edu.sg/press-releases/tea-protects-elderly-cognitive-decline

 

Tea Cocktails – The Best Of Both Worlds

Green Paradise Vodka Fizz —  Collaboration with Teatini

You all know how much we love tea.

We’ve baked using tea, made scones, smoothies and chia pudding using Japanese Matcha Green Tea, we’ve even experimented with slow cooked Silverside using our herbal ayurvedic blend, Tulsi Detox.

As creative as we’ve tried to be with our tea love, one thing we had never even considered making was….. TEA COCKTAILS! Why had we not thought of this??

One of the many benefits of engaging on social media is encountering lovely like-minded people who love sharing their gifts and talents. Imagine how excited we were when we met the delightful girls from Teatini on Instagram! These lovely sisters from Sydney hand craft cocktail creations to combine their two loves – tea and cocktails. By infusing loose leaf tea into their recipes they’ve managed to produce beautiful and unique cocktail ideas which are well worth a try! Their IG gallery truly is a sight to behold

We’ve been very excited to have Teatini use our Green Paradise green tea blend to create yet another cocktail to get the taste buds tingling. Here’s the recipe courtesy of the girls, why not give it a try?!

GREEN PARADISE VODKA FIZZ

The stunning Green Paradise Green Tea Blend blend by QTea Co is such a delicious green blend! This drop will definitely have you daydreaming of getaways to your very own island paradise. With ingredients of green tea, marigold petals, safflowers, jasmine flowers, hibiscus, with lychee and mango flavours, it is the perfect summer cooler in a vodka fizz style cocktail.

Ingredients:

45mL Green Paradise tea infused vodka

15mL Elderflower Liqueur

15mL fresh lemon juice

Soda water to top

Method:

Infuse 1 tsp Green Paradise/50mL vodka, 45 mins, fine strain (noting that you’ll loose 5mL vodka through the direct infusion process)

Stir tea-infused vodka with Elderflower Liqueur and lemon juice in a highball glass with ice, top with soda water.

 

Source: Green Paradise Vodka Fizz — Teatini

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

Our ingredients:

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Why You Should Be Drinking Tulsi “Tea”

QTea Detox TeaWhat Is Tulsi?

Tulsi, also know as Holy Basil, is an Indian herb cultivated by Hindus as a “Sacred plant”. It’s been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine for its diverse healing properties. In the Ayurvedic system of health, Tulsi is believed to prolong longevity and is regarded as an “elixir of life”. How beautiful is that?

Tulsi is a tonic, for the body, mind and spirit. It’s considered to be an adaptogen. This means that it can improve adrenal system health and help to balance different processes within the body.

What Are Adaptogens?

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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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This is my cup of tea — Living In The Shires

What a great review of QT Tea Co by Living in the Shires’ Susan Prior, editor, content producer & writer! It’s a great read!

To read the full article, follow the link below.

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I was a bit excited to find a tea importer right here in our midst, in the Shires. I jotted QT Tea Co.’s details down on my ever-expanding places-to-go, people-to-visit list of things to cover in Living in The Shires.

Source: This is my cup of tea — Living In The Shires

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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Palate Cleansing with TEA – Indulge Your Tastebuds!

Do you respect the food you spend time cooking, or paying for in a restaurant? It may surprise you to know that the drink you choose to consume with the food that you eat may not be doing your meal justice.

DID YOU KNOW?                                                                                                                                                                      

Tea cleanses and enhances your palate, clearing the taste buds.

I can recall as a child going out with my Mother to have Afternoon Tea with her friends. I was in awe of the three tiers of cakes the waitress would bring to the table on a platter. Afternoon Tea had been going on for centuries, the ritual of drinking tea with cakes and pastries, but did anyone ever wonder why?

I did..

Cakes and pastries leave a thick residual feeling in the mouth, but a sip of black tea after each bite cleanses the palate so that the next bite feels like the first bite all over again! Brilliant! Of course, today we have many more options available to us and we’re spoilt for choice, black tea such as English Breakfast, or fruity varieties, or white tea, an oolong, or a smooth green tea, all would be perfect palate cleansers .

RESPECT THE FOOD

Enjoy a wine with your evening meal? Dont we all!? Wine, along with most other beverages however, doesn’t actually serve to cleanse the palate, so next time you’re planning a special evening, why not try pairing your food with tea? It will take your taste buds on a whole new journey! And if you’re entertaining at home, it’s actually lots of fun to experiment and decide which tea you will use to compliment and enhance each course/dish.   

In our next blog we’ll bring you some easy tea pairing tips and infographics to help get you started!