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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

 

How to make Mango Iced tea – Indian style

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2 mangoes

3 black tea bags

4 cups water

¾ tablespoon lemon or lime juice

Sugar to taste

Mint leaves to garnish

Step1: Peel & chop the mangoes, and put them in a blender. Make a puree and refrigerate

Step 2: Bring the water to boil in a saucepan. Remover from the heat and add tea bags. Allow to steep for 7 minutes

Step 3: Cool the tea in the fridge

Step 4: Pour the tea, mango puree, lemon juice and sugar into a blender and blend until smooth

Step 4: Pour into a tall glass, garnish with mint leaves and a mango or lemon slice

 

Strawberry Iced Tea

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1 kg fresh strawberries

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup water

2 lemons

3 tablespoons fresh rosemary

Ice cubes

1 litre club soda

In a large saucepan combine fresh or frozen strawberries, brown sugar, and water. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves.

Using a vegetable peeler, remove strips of peel from lemons; juice the lemons (should have 1/2 cup). Add strips of lemon peel, lemon juice, and rosemary to mixture in saucepan. Bring mixture just to boiling, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Cover; cool to room temperature.

Press mixture through a fine mesh sieve; discard solids. To serve, fill glass with ice. To each glass add 1/2 cup Iced Tea and syrup to taste (about 1/2 cup). Garnish with fresh strawberries. Makes about eight servings.

Gin & Tonic with Cucumber & Mint

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Summer is almost here, and you can be prepared for the first day of unbearable heat simply by having a cucumber and a bunch of mint on hand. Here’s our recipe for the best-ever G&T, served up in seconds:

  • 6 thin slices cucumber
  • 6 fresh mint leaves
  • ¼ lime
  • 1½ ounces gin
  • 4 ounces tonic water

Fill a glass 1/2 full with ice. Squeeze the cucumber and mint leaves in a citrus press  and drizzle the juice over the ice. Throw  the squished cucumber and mint into the glass as well. Squeeze the lime over the glass and toss that in tool. Pour in the gin, then pour in the tonic, and give a quick stir. Serve it up.

 

Stirred, not shaken

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Is it kosher to stir your pot of tea during the brewing process to release the flavour? The answer is definitely yes. Ignore tea snobs who sneer at you for poking a chopstick into the teapot and giving the tea-leaves a good couple of twirls. Gentle agitation of the tea-leaves definitely helps to loosen the flavours and aromas and will definitely lead to a stronger, tastier tea. If you’re using an infuser basket, lift it up and down a few times to achieve a better brew.

 

5 Hacks to help you make the best iced tea on the planet

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  1. Use enough tea bags: You’ll need 2 tea bags for every 3 cups of iced tea. Any less and your tea will be tasteless. We recommend using strong tea as well – Darjeeling or Jasmine


     2. Don’t oversteep: If you prefer your tea stronger, use more tea bags rather than lengthening the steeping time. If you leave the tea bags to brew for too long, your iced tea will acquire a bitter taste.


    3. Add sugar to hot water: Dissolve sugar in boiling hot water first, then add it to your iced tea mix.

    4. Cool before refrigerating: Putting hot tea into a cold fridge will make your tea cloudy. Allow your tea to cool before you refrigerate.  

   5. Keep it real: Don’t use artificial lemon juice. Only use real fresh squeezed lemon juice from fresh lemons for the very best flavour.     

The story behind…. Matcha

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What makes matcha tea different from other Japanese green teas is that it is grown entirely in the shade, which gives the leaves a higher chlorophyll content than normal teas. After harvesting, the leaves are dried and then ground into a fine powder. Matcha powder is mixed with boiling water with a whisk to achieve a light, fluffy tea with a cloudy appearance and a sweet taste. The health benefits of matcha are amplified because when you drink this tea, you’re ingesting the whole tea leaf. It is rich in anti-oxidants and fibre, and contains a relaxant called L-theanine, making it a favorite with Buddhist monks, many of whom drink matcha to enhance meditation.