Tutorial Thursday Theanines

Do you find yourself at times just needing to find your own relaxing state? The are theanines in tea that gives you the “ZEN” experience. The anines are an amino acid only found in tea. When you feel the need to step back and relax reach for a cup of tea which you will find is a calming drink.

Scientific Resources https://examine.com/supplements/theanine/

Tutorial Thursday Tea and Health

Tea is an ancient beverage steeped in history and romance and  loved by many. In fact, tea is the most commonly consumed beverage in the world after water.

Tea contains hundreds, if not thousands, of bioactive compounds, including amino acids, caffeine, lignins, proteins, xanthines and flavonoids. Tea flavonoids and the related polyphenols account for more than one-third of the weight of tea leaves; the health benefits of tea are most often attributed to tea  flavonoids.

Recent research has explored the potential health attributes of tea through human  clinical trials, population-based studies, and in vitro laboratory research.

Check out this awesome document about Tea and Health.  http://www.teausa.com/14742/tea-health

Winner Wednesday Tealightful

After much thoughtful consideration and due diligence I recently have made an exciting change to join Tealightful. Tealightful, Inc. is the original, born in America in-home tea tasting company. Join me if you “Love Your Leaf”. It is wonderful to share that the simple act of sipping tea can lift you up, help you feel energized and breathe a little easier. Tealightful creates tea blends that inspire you to live in the moment and be your best self! Check out Tealightful at http://www.tealightfultea.net/pamkorte

Fabulous Friday Peachy Blue Cheese Scones

Yield: 14 scones • Preparation: 20 minutes • Bake: 23 minutes

  Ingredients
  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. ¼ cup sugar
  3. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  4. ½ teaspoon salt
  5. ¼ cup cold salted butter, cut into pieces
  6. 1 cup diced fresh peaches
  7. ½ cup blue cheese crumbles
  8. ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons cold heavy whipping cream
  9. ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  10. Garnish: turbinado sugar
  11. 1 recipe Beehive Honey-Butter Pats (recipe follows)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt, whisking well. Using a pastry blender, cut butter into flour mixture until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add peaches and blue cheese, stirring to combine. Set aside.
  4. In a liquid-measuring cup, combine cream and vanilla extract, stirring to blend. Add to flour mixture, stirring until mixture comes together. (Mixture will be crumbly, but juice from peaches will moisten the dough.) Working gently, bring mixture together with hands until a dough forms.
  5. Using a levered 3-tablespoon scoop, drop scones onto prepared baking sheet.
  6. Garnish tops of scones with a sprinkle of turbinado sugar, if desired.
  7. Bake until edges of scones are golden brown and a wooden pick inserted in the centers comes out clean, 23 minutes.
  8. Serve with Beehive Honey-Butter Pats, if desired.

Winner Wednesday

June Is National Iced Tea Month

What could be more refreshing on a hot summer day than an icy-cold glass of tea? That’s why June was chosen as the official month to celebrate America’s longtime love affair with the beverage. Our country’s passion for cold tea, something our British friends don’t understand, can be traced back nearly two centuries.

One of the most reported iced-tea stories came from the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair when Richard Blechynden, director of the East India pavilion, became frustrated as he tried to offer samples of hot tea under the simmering Missouri sun. In an attempt to boost consumption, he circulated and chilled the tea through a series of lead pipes immersed in ice. The resulting cool, refreshing beverage was a hit with fairgoers, and the iced drink became popular throughout the United States.

Be sure to always call it iced tea rather than ice tea. Tea with ice in it is an iced beverage. In the South, the word iced is often eliminated, and in many diners and restaurants, it is simply known as “sweet tea.”

Because 19th-century general stores stocked mostly green tea from China or Japan, many early recipes called for green tea. But, after World War II, when green tea was scarce, black tea from India became the basis for this popular brew.

Team Tuesday Tea Blending

Tips For Tea Blending!

 

  • To begin, choose 2 teas or combinations that sound good to you.
  • Begin by putting 1/2 tsp of each in a filter per cup (8 oz) of hot water.
  • Steep for 5-7 minutes and taste.
  • Adjust the amount of each tea, using more or less of each to create the flavor profile you enjoy most.
  • When blending three or more teas, blend 1/2 tsp of each and then use 1 tsp of the blend per cup (8 oz) of hot water.

Marvelous Monday

One of the reasons that many Americans who claim they don’t like tea have come to this conclusion is because they’ve been brought up on tea made from tea bags. Tea bags are often made from what is referred to as “tea dust”: smaller pieces of tea leaves the brew quickly but lack the complexity and flavor that a full leaf tea offers. Tea bags also allow more of the tannins to escape into a cup of tea, which results in a bitter flavor.

 

What’s your favorite kind of loose leaf tea? Please share  in the comments!