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The Way of The Tea

Each culture has its own ceremony, history, values, or religion. Blending tea is simply a way for you to tune in to you and your surroundings. Enjoy calming herbs and spices as they have noticeable effects on in-the-moment distress and anxious feelings. Inner peace leads us to wellbeing, mindfulness and harmony.

I invite you to CONNECT with the warmth and the flavor of tea by setting an intention. What are you thinking about at this moment? How can you introduce it to the blend?

Take time to taste, touch, and feel the tea. By tuning in to you, you will perpetuate well-being, mindfulness, and harmony. It is also called the “Way of the Tea.” Choose a tea that resonates with you. Taste it and record your thoughts. Each person has different tastes, and so remember there is no right or wrong.

The mind can capture the essence of the aromatic experience. Tea connects your senses to memories, and thoughts that manifest happiness.

Blueberry Crosta|Biscuit

Blueberry Crosta|Biscuit

There’s nothing like juicy- sweet blueberries. Any time of the day! My family has a secret! My great-grandma Betty made the most delicious tea cakes ever! But, no one wrote down the recipe! So, I made my own version, made with blueberries instead! The tea cake is a secret, so here is a delicious alternative.

Ingredients:

Basic dough: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting, 3 tablespoons of sugar, 11/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 3 tables of cold unsalted butter, 1/4 cup of chilled buttermilk, and 1/4 cup of chilled heavy cream. Fruit Filling: 3 cups fruit of your choice, sugar to taste, 1/2 teaspoon of cornstarch or not, add your favorite zest, add your favorite juice, and a pinch of salt.

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  2. Combine the fruit and sugar in a bowl and let it sit for at room temperature for 20 minutes. Transfer mixture to saucepan and stir occasionally. Let fruit bubble over medium heat. Cornstarch is optional, but if you wish to add it then, mix it with 1 teaspoon of cold water before you add it to the fruit. Stir the mixture till it thickens, about a minute or 2. Remove from the heat and add in, zests, juices and a pinch of salt.
  3. Flour the surface with flour, roll the dough to the desired size. Transfer the dough to a baking sheet. Fill the center with fruit fill or the filling of your choice. As you apply the fruit, think about the border size you want to create. Then, fold the border over the fruit, leaving the center exposed. Be as created as you want here. There are no mistakes. Garnish with sugar or any desired topping.
  4. Bake until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly, about 20 – 30 minutes. The let cool or not!
  5. Serve cool or hot!

Enjoy

Basil Cashew Pasta

Basil & Cashew Pasta

The recipe called for nutritional yeast. Instead, I added a mix of non-plant based ingredients to give flavor. I added 1/3 cup of parmesan cheese to give an otherwise bland dish flavor.

Lemons give the dish a bit of tartness, so I suggest adding less juice if you don’t like acidity. Add a bit of water or vegetable stock to the dish. Flavor is everything. Taste as you go.

Cheers!

Ingredients

  • 3 portions of pasta or brown rice pasta
  • 100g cashews
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and roughly chopped
  • Juice of 1 ½ lemon
  • 25g fresh basil
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • Pinch of sea salt

Preparation:

  1. Place 50g of the cashews into a food processor and pulse for a few seconds. Toast them in a frying pan until they are golden brown.  
  2. Add all the rest of the ingredients except the pasta in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Add water as needed.
  3. Toss your pasta with blended ingredients and sprinkle with the toasted cashews.

I did not use nutritional yeast in this recipe as it has an after taste to me. You may notice nontraditional ingredients in my recipes. Instead, I may add a mix of non-plant based ingredients to give flavor. Instead of nutritional yeast, I added about 1/3 cup of parmesan cheese to give an otherwise bland dish flavor.

Lemons give the dish a bit of tartness, so I suggest adding fewer fruits if you don’t like acidity. Instead, add a bit of water or even vegetable stock to the dish. The flavor is everything. Experiment and taste as you go.

Cheers!

 

 

Sweet Potato Almond Cornbread

Sweet Potato Almond Cornbread

Ingredients:

Cornmeal, sweet potatoes, baking powder, eggs, 1 tsp vanilla extract, almond meal, almond milk, nutmeg, honey, and cinnamon

Preparation:

  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Measure ingredients to taste. Make it your own.
  • Mix all wet ingredients first. Then, stir in wet ingredients with dry.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 35-40 minutes.
  • Garnish with your favorite flower or herb.

Enjoy

Banana GrapeNuts Custard

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GrapeNuts Banana Custard!

Ingredients:

GrapeNuts Cereal, 1 banana, 3 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 2 tbsp butter, 2 cups almond milk, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, honey, almond milk, and cinnamon

Preparation:

  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Beat the almond milk, honey, salt, mashed bananas, eggs, and vanilla together in a bowl; pour into a saucepan. On low heat, stir the mixture for 3 minutes, being careful not to curdle the eggs. Pour batter into ramekins, and gently set the ramekins into a larger baking dish. Pour enough hot water into the baking dish to reach at least 1 inch up the side of the ramekins with the custard.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Sprinkle the nutmeg over the custards and serve.

Enjoy

GrapeNuts Hot Berry Cereal

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Here’s The Tea! GrapeNuts is HOT!

Ingredients:

GrapeNuts Cereal, honey, almond milk, mixed berries, and cinnamon

Preparation:

  • Add 1/2  cup of GrapeNut’s cereal to a micro safe bowl.
  • Add 1 cup almond milk to the cereal and microwave for 2 minutes.
  • Add cinnamon to taste.
  • Add honey to tastes.
  • Top with mixed berries.

GrapeNuts cereal tastes so delicious hot!  Add your favorite toppings to make it extra special.

Enjoy!

Inside Out | Cabbage Shrimp Stir Fry

Inside Out

Ingredients:

Shrimps, red cabbage, sesame seed oil, riced cauliflower, peas, ginger, brown rice, scallions, and soy sauce.

Preparation:

  • Add sesame oil to taste, and let the oil heat to medium temperature.
  • Add riced cauliflower, ginger, scallions, and red cabbage. Stir fry mixture for 2 minutes.
  •  Remove stir fry from the pan, and place it in a bowl.
  • Stir fry shrimp for 3 minutes or till done.
  • Steam 1/2 cup of brown rice, carrots, and peas in a steamer
  • Combine stir-fried vegetables and shrimp.
  • Plate steamed rice, peas, and carrots. Then, top with stir fry and shrimp.

Enjoy!

Tofu Shrimp Stir Fry


Ingredients:

Shrimps, sesame seed oil, bok choy, scallions, and soy sauce.

Preparation:

  • Add sesame oil to taste, and let the oil heat to medium temperature.
  • Add bok choy, ginger, scallions, and stir fry mixture for 2 minutes.
  • Then, add shrimp and stir fry till cooked, approximately 2 minutes.
  • Bring 3 cups of water to a low boil and reduce heat. Add cubed tofu to the water and stir gently for 2 minutes. Remove tofu and pat dry. Add 2 tablespoons of corn starch to a small bowl. Next, add cubed tofu and soy sauce. Toss the mixture until the tofu is coated well.
  • Then, stir fry tofu till brown on all sides.
  • Add tofu to stir fry.
  • Steam 1/2 cup of rice.
  • Plate

Enjoy!

Lemon Salmon

Lemon Salmon With Parmesan Noodles

Ingredients:

Salmon olive oil, broccoli, lemon, tea rub, pasta, cream, parmesan, and butter.

Preparation:

  • Add olive oil to taste, and let the oil heat to medium temperature.
  • Coat salmon with tea rub. Place salmon in pan and sear each side for about 3 minutes or until cooked.
  • Steam a cup of broccoli to taste.
  • Cook pasta according to directions on the box. Once done, put the pasta into a pan—set temperature on low heat. Add 1/4 cup cream, 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, and favorite seasonings to taste. Then, stir till combined.
  • Squeeze lemon juice on salmon to taste.
  • Plate pasta and broccoli.
  • Top with salmon.
  • Garnish with lemon.

Enjoy!

Shrimp Udon

Udon!

Shrimp Udon

Ingredients:

Shrimp, ginger, vegetable stock, scallions, mushrooms, bok choy, sesame seed oil, and udon noodle.

Preparation:

  • Prepare Udon according to package directions.
  • Stir fry bok choy, scallions, ginger, and mushrooms on high heat in the pan for 2-3 minutes. Then, add shrimps and stir fry for another 2 minutes.
  • Add vegetable stock to stir fry and let simmer till done
  • Cook pasta according to directions on the box. Once done, put the pasta into in bowl—then spoon soup over noodles.
  • Garnish with green scallions and sprouts.

Enjoy!