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Is Milk Oolong Flavored Artificially With Milk?

Is Milk Oolong Flavored Artificially With Milk?

" Answer by Lisa Lin: They both exist: – Natural milk oolong is called jinxuan oolong, and is from Alishan Mountains in Taiwan. However, most people find the original milk taste not strong enough.– Other oolong teas with artificially added milk flavor can be made […]

Green tea now associated with lower stroke risk

Green tea now associated with lower stroke risk

Yoshihiro Kokubo, the lead author of a new study that followed over 80,000 Japanese adults for an average period of 13 years and found that  those who drank increasing daily amounts of green tea, and caffeinated coffee,  had an increasingly lowered risk of stroke.Those who drank two to three six-ounce […]

White Tea

White Tea

You’ve heard about it in those snapple commercials and seen the boxes of it in grocery stores – but what is white tea? It comes from the same plant, the Camilla Sinensis tea bush, but white tea is instead made from immature leaves plucked from the bush before the buds are fully opened and gets the name from the silver fuzz still on the tea leaves when picked. When it dries, the leaves are white – hence the name.

White tea is a pale tea with a sweet, silky flavor. People tend to note that white tea lacks the “grassy” aftertaste that can be associated with green tea. In addition, studies indicate that white tea is better for you. Because the  tea leaves are so close to their natural state , means that it  contains more polyphenols, the powerful antioxidant that fights and kills cancer-causing cells, more than any other type of tea. Even further, A 2004 study at Pace University found  that white tea can help your body’s immune system fight off viruses and dangerous infection-causing bacteria. The same study also found that  it is fluoride-rich , whichhelps prevent the growth of dental plaque, the chief cause of tooth decay.

So, maybe try a lighter tea and take advantage of it’s heavyweight antioxidants. With white tea, you can help your immune system, prevent cancer, and those pearly whites.

Black Tea Can Prevent Diabetes

Black Tea Can Prevent Diabetes

It has been found that people who drink black tea are less likely to develop type II diabetes. A new analysis of data from 50 countries found that the nations who drank the most black tea also suffered the lowest levels of the metabolic syndrome.Even further, […]

Tea Time In Norway

Tea Time In Norway

In Norway there was a good degree racial tension between the native population of Norway and the immigrant Muslim community, due both to lack of interaction between the two and harsh media coverage. The anti-racism organization decided to alleviate the problem with something as simple […]

A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose Flower Tea

A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose Flower Tea

With spring in the air, it’s hard not to have flowers on the mind. As spring slowly begins to peek out so do pink and yellow flower buds where you forgot they were – in bushes, in the grass, in the once barren trees. As they bloom in nature, let some brew in your cup of tea. And what better flower than a rose? With poem after poem written about it, with artists painting it in soft reds and pinks, and with it even being sung in musicals

“Oh! I once heard a poem that goes:
“A rose is a rose is a rose”
Well I don’t agree,
Take it from me,
There’s one rose sweeter than any that grows!
That’s my Rosie,
I’m so glad she chose me;
Life is one sweet beautiful song to me”
– Bye Bye Birdie

It’s hard to not have roses on the mind. You can make your life “Rose – y” with Rose Flower Tea. It is not only beautiful but full of health benefits.  Rose teas have high levels of vitamin C ,which helps the body fight off colds, the flu,and viruses. It also contains the ability to clear the toxic waste from the bladder and kidneys and in doing this it reduces the risk of urinary tract infections. Drinking rose tea can also prevent blockages that can be caused by kidney stones. Rose tea also contains rich nutrients and organic acids with help to prevent digestive problems and helps reduce the risk of dysentery, diarrhea, gastroenteritis and constipation.

A rose is a rose is way more than a rose with this tea. Usher in the spring by drinking some of it and flush out that winter sickness with it. You can view the world through those rose tinted glasses and the world will be beautiful – at least for a while.

Tea Tasting

Tea Tasting

Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a tea taster? People train for years to develop their palettes enough to be professional tea tasters, but you can have general knowledge enough to taste tea with the best of them, if not just […]

Tea Infusers: Or How I Learned To Dump The Teabag And Love Loose Tea

Tea Infusers: Or How I Learned To Dump The Teabag And Love Loose Tea

Movie references aside, I think we can all admit to ourselves that loose leaf tea is better. There is something about the taste – there is something richer and more beautiful about the tea. It tastes real. More real than that grocery store variety black […]

Tea Muffins – Poppy Seed And Lemon

Tea Muffins – Poppy Seed And Lemon

Want something to sweet to go with your tea? These poppy seed and lemon muffins, with a tea as an ingredient, could go great with that cup of tea.

To make this you will need:

2 tbsps poppy seeds
Zest of 1 lemon, plus a squeeze of lemon juice
1 tsp golden syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
200g (7oz) caster sugar
280g (10oz) plain flour
2 tsps baking powder
Pinch of salt
2 eggs
70g (2½oz) butter
200ml (7fl oz) milk
4 breakfast tea bags

With all this, lets make some muffins:

First, you should preheat the oven to 350° and while it warms up you can get started.  Heat the milk to simmering point on the stove then add the tea bags to infuse for 5 minutes, then fish out the tea bags and return the milk to the heat, adding the butter, lemon zest, syrup and vanilla, stirring to combine. You should then allow this to cool for 10 minutes. Then sift together the flour and baking powder then add the sugar, salt and poppy seeds. In another bowl, beat together the eggs and add a squeeze of lemon juice. Add the milk and butter mixture and whisk  it together. Pour this on to the dry ingredients and mix to combine. Avoid over working this mixture or the muffins will not rise. Finally, the oven should be pre-heated by now,  fill a muffin tray with the batter and bake for 25 minutes. When nicely golden brown, remove it from the oven and cool on a wire rack. You can then have your lovely muffins.

With this, you can have your tea and eat it too.  Imagine what other things you can implement tea into. It doesn’t have to be green tea or black tea – with the wild world of tea out there imagine the literal tea cakes and other tea entrees. So I hope this is a starting point. Tea isn’t just for brewing. It is a drink that makes you focus and want to create – so let it do its job, not just on your poetry or that new work of art – try it in the kitchen… even if it is only with these muffins.

Tea Time In Cafe Mortel

Tea Time In Cafe Mortel

Death is a funny subject. We all know it happens – it’s a part of life, or rather after life. People don’t really talk about it – it is not the sort of thing you talk over tea and cake about, but John Underwood is […]