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  • Holiday Traditions

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    The tree is up and the house is decorated for the Holidays. Christmas music is playing and smells of fresh baked cookies fill the house. As I bake I wonder what will happen to our family traditions. My son is dating a very nice girl, but she’s not into baking or interested in Christmas decorating.

    Mom always kicked off the Christmas Season on the 6th of December by celebrating St. Nicholas. As children, my brother and I would hang our stockings up the night before. In the morning the stockings would be brimming with chocolates, a candy cane, a pair of gloves, a dime and an orange. That was what my mother received as a child. She loved telling the story how she would roll her orange to make it juicy inside, then stick part of her candy cane in and sip the juice out. As we got older she continued giving everyone a small gift to celebrate the day.

    My in-laws put a lot of emphasis on the holiday foods. Their big feast occurs on Christmas Eve at the Wigilia supper. The table is filled with fish, homemade pierogi, sauerkraut soup and delectable sweets like Russian torte and apricot cookies. Before digging into the feast, everyone receives a piece of Christmas wafer called Oplatek. This wafer is often called the “bread of love” and, as a piece is broken off, you offer a good wish to each other for the coming new year.

    When I got married, I started our own traditions by blending in the ones from both families and adding our own. The tree is always decorated in time for St. Nicholas and we still exchange a small gift. M&M Champ cookies and a bottle of eggnog start off the holidays season. I learned how to make pierogi, sauerkraut soup and Russian torte (Gramma still provides her special apricot cookies) and we celebrate the traditional Wigilia supper. Christmas presents are opened Christmas Eve and the stockings are filled and opened on Christmas morning.

    The Holiday Season is exhausting with shopping, decorating, and cooking, but the memories that are made are priceless and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

    Here’s wishing all of you Happy Holidays and an amazing New Year!

  • 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.

  • Weather in China May Impact Tea Prices

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    China has experienced unusual adverse weather conditions this Spring. Some areas have seen the worst drought in 50 years, while others were affected by cold weather. Such a poor Spring will definitely impact some tea products from this region. The weather has delayed crops and has affected quality and quantity. To this extent, some teas will be available in extremely limited quantities or will not be available at all. This will lead to some tea prices rising as much as 10 to 15%. Some of the tea offerings at Evanor Teas may experience a significant price increase. Now is the time to stock up on your favorite teas.

     Remember that tea needs to be stored properly to retain its freshness. Store loose-leaf tea in airtight, opaque containers and never expose tea to heat, light or humidity. If stored properly, tea will maintain its freshness up to one year or more, depending upon the type of tea.

     Evanor Teas will continue to bring its customers the best quality teas at reasonable prices.

     Sources:

    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2010-03/27/content_9651260.htm

    http://www.asianewsnet.net/news.php?id=11013&sec=2

    http://www.worldteanews.com/index.php/20100421930/International/Severe-Weather-Effects-Tea-Production-in-China.html

  • Welcome!

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    Welcome to Evanor Teas’ blog. We’re still getting set up, so please be patient as we prepare some new content.