Monthly Archives: May 2018

Wildlife Conservation in India’s Tea Gardens

Wildlife Conservation in India’s Tea Gardens

I really like this article. What a smart way to solve or minimize a problem.  The article talks about the problem that the natural habitat of elephants (leopards and binturong too) are diminished because of human encroachment. What a great way to help endangered species and help the farms with a greater price for their tea. Hopefully, it continues to be successful and grows.

Tea party gifts for special occasions

A restaurant in my area asked to have some small yet special gifts for mothers on Mother’s Day.  They asked for two colors and we agreed two shades of purple would be best. It was such a sweet gesture of theirs and reminds me when I gave out tulips for Mother’s Day.

About a week ago the idea struck me that I have a few of the bags left and they are kinda cool looking.  They might be nice small gifts for different events. Because I use to do a lot of bridal and baby showers at my old tea house that was my first thought, well besides Mother’s Day gifts.  Mother’s Day is almost a year away, but these could be something small to say I care about someone or party favors for different occasions. They can be ordered here or here. They will be made to order and can include any $5 or $6 tea that is in stock. The tea will be loose leaf. I have variables of 1 serving, 2 serving, and 3 serving, but can do more. The colors I have right now are a lavender and dark purple.

Please contact me for special orders with different colors, larger amounts (6 or more), more expensive teas, larger sizes of tea (i.e. 1/2 ounce) or a custom order you may want. These special orders may take more time, so as much advance notice as possible is appreciated and will make the likelihood of it happening greater.  If I can do it I will. I really want to help to make the occasion special.

5 Black Tea Properties, Things You Do not Know

5 Black Tea Properties, Things You Do not Know

An interesting article about the health properties of black tea. Most people know that green tea is healthy, but all tea has health properties.  Here are 5 properties of black tea:

  1. Toothache
  2. Having a better heart
  3. What is an antioxidant?
  4. Forecasting cancer
  5. Safe readings

You can read the article to understand why the five properties are important to know.

Scheme Succour For NE Small Tea Growers

Scheme Succour For NE Small Tea Growers

This article gives you an inside look into the tea industry of India. It seems the government of India wants to encourage small tea farmers to grow organic loose leaf tea and to treat the workers well in the process in non-traditional, but still quality growing areas. They want to provide a long-term view of growing tea not just a quick make a profit view. Seems like a smart way to develop a healthy economy for the areas affected.

The Miracle of Matcha Tea

The Miracle of Matcha Tea

Another great article that the Specialty Tea Institute has sent its certified tea specialists. This one was written by a global company that does emphasize China. Interesting that they showcase matcha, even though matcha type tea started in China around the 6th century, people today really think of Japan for matcha tea. Japan also has the best matcha tea.

Some of the health benefits are anti-aging, eliminating toxins, cancer prevention, weight loss, increasing energy and stamina, calming effect, improving immune functioning, promoting gastric health, lowering cholesterol and blood sugar, and preventing gum disease and osteoporosis. The article goes into detail about each health benefit.

A few my favorite things for mothers

I do not have my place anymore and got a little sad because I still get requests to book my old place for meetings, bridal/baby showers/etc….  The top portion was absolutely gorgeous and as soon as anyone saw it they were instantly smitten. I had to reject another request today. I miss giving out tulips to mothers and having kids and dads spoiling mothers at my place.  Valentine’s Day and Mother’s day almost always were busy and reservations were recommended. Some Mother’s Day teas and tisanes pictured, but actually, any tea would work if the mother liked it. Rose Niligiri top, Lemon Rose Green bottom left, and Lavender Green Rooibos bottom right.

Six Rs for a low-waste, low-impact life

Six Rs for a low-waste, low-impact life

I really like this article that was posted Sunday about reducing waste. One of the suggestions is to drink loose leaf tea. Loose leaf tea produces a small carbon imprint once it is here because you can always compost the used tea leaves after steeping them. I try to minimize my waste of products and try to buy products that use minimal packaging.

1. Refuse

2. Reduce

3. Reuse

4. Repair

5. Recycle

6. Rot

Beet Greens, Roasted Pepper & Feta Quiche

Beet Greens, Roasted Pepper & Feta Quiche is a recipe I created at my teahouse about 6 years ago. I am half Polish and am used to eating boiled beet greens.  I also know that feta cheese goes well with beets, so why not beet greens.  If you prefer goat cheese to feta cheese use that instead.  I have used goat cheese many times in this recipe instead of feta and it tastes delicious. The photo and the recipe were used for a Journal-Sentinel article about quiches. They asked for the recipe and I gladly obliged.
Makes 6 servings
8 large eggs
2 cups heavy whipping cream or whole milk
¼ teaspoon salt or to taste
¼ teaspoon black pepper or to taste
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups chopped beet greens, tightly packed, blanched and squeezed dry (see note)
½ to ¾ cup crumbled feta cheese
½ cup chopped roasted red peppers
1 (9-inch) deep-dish pie shell or homemade crust
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, whisk eggs and cream.
3. Add salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
4. Stir in beet greens, feta, and roasted red peppers.
5. Pour mixture into piecrust and bake in preheated oven for an hour, or until golden brown and set.
6. Let sit at least 10 minutes before slicing.
7. Serve hot or at room temperature.
Note: If beet greens are unavailable, fresh spinach or Swiss chard can be substituted.

Foods to add to your diet to keep sunburns at bay

Foods to add to your diet to keep sunburns at bay

I love being outside in the summertime, ok also in Spring and Fall too. Most of the foods I gladly consume already. More green tea it is. The Specialty Tea Institute sends out a weekly email of top stories on tea. I am glad to have learned so much from this organization.  They saved me from the pitfalls of just looking it up on the internet I have seen from other people. I think this article is timely and made me look for a tea infused sunscreen lotion. I liked this recipe but will try loose leaf tea instead of the bagged tea.