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5 tips to help you make the best possible coffee at home

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1.Keep your kettle and your coffee pot clean by washing the inside & outside with a mixture of water and white vinegar. Apparently there are more germs on your coffee pot than on the toilet door handle!!!

 

2. Store your coffee in an air-tight container, but don’t be tempted to put it in the fridge or the freezer – this will dry it out. Keep coffee away from air cons and heaters too. 

 

3. Grind your coffee and use it immediately. Coffee snobs will tell you that once ground, coffee goes stale within 5 minutes.

 

4. Use filtered water.

 

5. Unless you’re making iced coffee, don’t pour your coffee into a cold cup. While you prepare your coffee, pour some hot water into your coffee mug to keep it warm and toasty.

 

Recipe of the Week: Watermelon Gin

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With watermelons costing less than 10,000vnd per kilo at the moment, why not take advantage and knock up a jug of delicious Watermelon Gin? Here’s our recipe:

1 large watermelon, chilled

2 cups gin

ice

mint to garnish

Remove the rind and seeds from the water melon, cut into chunks and place in a blender. Pulse until smooth. Pour the mixture into a large jug, add the gin & ice. Garnish with a small triangle of watermelon & some fresh mint.

For a slushie effect, simply freeze the watermelon.

Embroidery Classes @ the Oriental Cafe

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Kate Lamteva is currently running a series of embroidery classes at the Eastern & Oriental Tea House & Coffee Parlour every Sunday from 7th July until 28th July. Novices, intermediates & experts are all welcome to join. Email Kate for details: kate.lamteva@gmail.com

Is drinking Hibiscus tea good for your health?

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You’ve probably read online some  vague comments like “studies prove a positive link between hibiscus consumption and reducing cholesterol”. The jury is still out on the claims that drinking hibiscus tea can lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation and even kill intestinal worms. There is some evidence to suggest the hibiscus is a mild laxative and in some parts of Africa, people drink hibiscus tea to lower their body temperature (living in Asia, we’re familiar with the idea that eating some fruits such as lychees can make us feel hotter).

What can be said with confidence is that hibiscus is caffeine-free and virtually calorie-free. It tastes especially delicious with strawberries, which are in season in Hanoi right now.

Book your next meeting with us

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With a choice of 4 private rooms, all with their own bathroom & air con, and free, fast wifi, why not hold your next meeting @ The Eastern & Oriental Tea House & Coffee Parlour? Email Ali: awaugh@hisvietnam.com or phone 0936 419 346

How to make Moroccan Mint Iced Tea

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Mint is nice & cheap at the market this month, so take advantage of it & brew your own iced tea:

Ingredients:

5 cups boiling water

1 tablespoon green tea

2 small bunches mint

1/3 cup sugar

Put tea and hot water in a pitcher and steep for 3 minutes, then discard the tea leaves. Add mint & sugar. Steep for another 4 minutes & strain. Refrigerate & serve with ice

How to make your own lime marmalade

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Limes are right in season now, and they’re super cheap. Here’s an excellent use for this flavorsome fruit:

Lime Marmalade

 

Ingredients:

1kg limes

6 cups water

7 cups white sugar

 

Method:

Cut off the very ends of the limes and slice them as thinly as possible. Then quarter them.

 

Put the limes and water in a pot on the stove and bring to a boil. Simmer for at least 1 hour.

 

Next, add the sugar and bring to a boil again, simmering for another 30 mins.

 

Skim the foam off the top of the marmalade and pour it into sterilized jars.

 

Summer serving suggestions:

 

Add 2 teaspoons of lime marmalade to a cup of boiling water, add a tea bag and some ices blocks and you have lime iced tea.

 

Add a dollop of lime marmalade to your morning yoghurt

Summer Lemon & Lime Iced tea

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Ingredients

  • 6 cups water
  • 2 tbsp black loose leaf tea
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 large lemon
  • 1 large lime + more for garnish
  • 1 can club soda (unflavoured sparkling water)
  • Ice cubes

Instructions

  1. In a medium pot, bring water to a boil. Turn off heat, add tea leaves, stir and let steep while cooling down completely or until lukewarm.
  2. Transfer tea to a large pitcher by laddling it through a mesh strainer, discard the tea leaves. Add maple syrup, squeeze lemon and lime juice, add the peels  to the pitcher, stir with a long wooden spoon and let tea sit for 10 minutes. Discard the citrus skins otherwise iced tea will be bitter tasting.
  3. Now you can store your iced tea covered with plastic wrap or lid in a fridge for quite a few days. Right before serving add ice and a can of club soda to a pitcher, stir and enjoy the best sparkling healthy iced tea (garnish with thin lime slices if desired). Tea tastes amazing without club soda too, adjust sweetness to taste.

Banana, Chocolate & Peanut Butter Breakfast Smoothie

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This recipe is gluten-free & perfect for anyone who is lactose intolerant. It’s also sugar-free:

  • 2 large overripe bananas , peeled, sliced and frozen*
  • 1 cup soy milk or almond milk (or more to thin as desired)
  • 3/4 cup ice
  • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth. Serve in a tall glass. For a sugar hit, sprinkle with grated chocolate or add a dollop of honey for a natural sweetener.

Source: https://www.cookingclassy.com