Archive for July, 2011

  • Other Uses For The Ceylon Bodum Iced Tea Maker

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    You don’t have to use the Ceylon Bodum Iced Tea Maker just for tea. It’s great for making other drinks such as spa waters, juice infusions and Sangria.

    SPA WATER

    Ceylon Iced Tea Pitcher

    A spa water is filtered water or mineral water that is infused with fresh fruits, herbs and/or flowers. Creating deliciously refreshing, healthful filtered water is easy and inexpensive when you use the Bodum Iced Tea Maker.

    To make classic spa waters, fill the infuser basket with your choice of fruits, herbs and flowers, fill the pitcher with filtered water and refrigerate 2 to 6 hours before serving.

    One of my favorite recipes for great looking skin is Classic Cucumber Water.

    Classic Cucumber Water

    1 small cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced

    1 lemon thinly sliced

    3 sprigs each of mint and rosemary

    filtered water

    Place thin slices of cucumber and lemon and slightly crushed mint and rosemary sprigs to the infuser basket. Pour 2 cups of boiling water into the pitcher and wait 5 minutes to start the brewing process, fill the pitcher with cold water and refrigerate for 2 hours.

    JUICE INFUSIONS

    For Sunday brunches, make fruit juices special by adding infusions of fruits, spices and herbs. Just place whole spices, chunks of fresh fruit and / or herbs into the filter and fill the Ceylon pitcher with your favorite juice. Chill several hours and enjoy your flavor sensation.

    Try this Bloody Mary recipe at your next brunch.

    Mock Bloody Mary

    1 lemon and lime thinly sliced

    3 sprigs of dill

    1/8 cup celery leaves

    1 large can of spicy tomato juice

    celery sticks for garnish

    Place lemon and lime slices, dill sprigs and celery leaves in the infuser. Pour spicy tomato juice into the Bodum Pitcher and refrigerate for 2 hours. To serve: fill tall glasses with ice, pour in tomato juice and garnish with a celery stick.

    SANGRIA

    Sangria is a fruit filled wine drink that is thought to have originated in Spain. This refreshing and easy to make drink is typically made with red wine and seasonal fruit, and there is no “wrong” way to make Sangria. Just add your favorite fruit to your favorite wine and enjoy.

    To make delicious Sangria, fill the infuser basket with your choice of small chunks of fresh seasonal fruits. Fill the Ceylon Iced Tea Pitcher with your favorite wine and refrigerate over night.

    Here’s a recipe that goes perfect with backyard barbecues.

    Basic Sangria

    1 bottle of red wine

    1 lemon, lime and orange cut into thin slices

    2 Tbsp of sugar

    2 oz of brandy (optional)

    2 cups of club soda

    Place the lemon, lime, and orange slices in the infuser. Mix together the bottle of wine, sugar, and brandy and pour into the Bodum pitcher. Refrigerate over night. When ready to server add the club soda.

    For a great Sangria that goes well with chicken or fish

    White Sangria

    1 bottle of white wine

    1 lemon, lime, and orange sliced thin

    1 handful strawberries or raspberries

    2 oz of gin

    2 Tbsp sugar

    2 cups of a citrus soda

    Place the berries, lemon, lime and orange slices in the infuser basket. Mix together the bottle of wine, gin, and sugar and pour into the Bodum pitcher. Refrigerate over night. When ready to serve add the citrus soda.

  • Tea In The Garden

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    The title of this blog might be a bit misleading. I’m not talking garden parties or afternoon tea; I’m talking gardening with tea and tea leaves.

    Tea is high in nitrogen and contains minerals like magnesium, potassium, zinc and even fluoride that are needed for healthy plants.

    Tea leaves make a great organic fertilizer. When added to soil, they add bulk and acidity and help absorb and hold moisture. The recommended tea leaves for fertilizer are black, green, oolong, and Rooibos (also known as redbush).

    True teas from the Camellia Sinensis plant are highly acidic and are the most beneficial for acid-loving plants. Try sprinkling your used black, oolong, green and/or white tea leaves around the base of azaleas, rhododendrons, ferns, hollies and roses. Vegetables plants that benefit from tea leaves include tomato, pepper, and eggplant.

    Got leftover tea? Add it to your watering can and use it to water your indoor and outdoor potted plants. This will add nutrients and, in the case of green tea, may even discourage insects.

    Another added benefit of adding tea leaves to your soil is the possibility of warding off slugs and snails. Some studies have shown that as little as a 1 to 2 percent solution of caffeine can kill these pests.

    This sounds great, but does it really work?

    I scared my husband a bit when I surrounded his tomato and pepper plants with a generous amount of used tea leaves. After a few waterings, he had deep green, healthy plants that almost doubled in height. It was amazing. Even the little runt of a tomato plant greened-up and started growing. So after the vegetable garden, I moved on to the roses which are now blooming like crazy. When we potted up some flowers, I added tea leaves to the potting soil. So far, I have nice healthy plants that seem to be withstanding the heat.

    Just remember that too much of a good thing can kill you plants. It’s recommended that you only add tea leaves or water your plants with tea no more than every two weeks.

    Happy Gardening!