Tag Archives: tea

Lavender Farm Day Trip

7 Oct


A few weeks ago for my Mother’s birthday the whole family decided to take her to a sweet little lavender farm about 2 hours from where we live. Visiting a lavender farm was something Mum had been wanting to do for a while now and I am so glad we made it happen. The look of pure joy on her face when we surprised her with the news of our little trip was priceless.

While there not only were we engrossed by the sheer beauty of place but the many ways you can use lavender. Here I was thinking it was just a flower used in bath salts and perfumes! Call me naive but I was actually surprised you could eat this strongly scented flower.  After being enlightened to the culinary possibilities of lavender I got researching and here are a few of my favourite non- traditional ways to use lavender that I am dying to try! (Click on the images to be directed to the original recipes.)

1. Lavender Lemonade
2. Lavender Fudge (Surprisingly Tasty!)
3. Lavender Tea
4.. Lavender infused Frosting/Icing

So there you have it 4 unique ways to use lavender in cooking. What’s your favourite? Becky, xo

Confetti Tea Mix

21 Sep


I love tea. One of my favourite things to do when it comes to tea is play around and make my own blends and concoctions. After mastering making my own loose leaf chai I decided to try something a bIt more creative and unusual and “Confetti Tea” was born.
To make this unusual blend simply combine 6 parts Rooibios tea leaves with 3 parts coconut, 2 parts vanilla sugar and 2 parts sprinkles. Mix until combined and infuse using your favourite plugger or tea pot. Serve with milk and cream, no need for extra sugar unless you are a sweet tooth. Enjoy!

Tea Infused Hot Chocolate

27 Jul


Ok these concoctions sound weird and I will give you that but please don’t knock them before you try them. Tea infused hot Chocolate actually tastes amazing. Here are 2 recipes I came up with.

Chocolate Peppermint Tea

1 cup Peppermint tea
2 tbp Chocolate Powder
1 cup Milk

What to do:
Brew some peppermint tea. You can use loose leaf varieties or a tea bags.
In a sauce pan on medium heat add the peppermint tea, the choc powder and milk.
Stir until combined.
Serves 2

Chocolate Vanilla Tea

Use the above recipe however; substitute the peppermint tea for vanilla. You can also use plain tea and add a few drops of vanilla essence or vanilla sugar.

Citrus Sun Tea

24 Jul


I had never heard of Sun Tea until I stumbled across a recipe on the A Beautiful Mess Blog and knew I had to give it a try. This is the recipe I came up with and if you haven’t tried sun tea before it’s something you need to do.


1 Pink Grapefruit cut into wedges
1 Lemon cut into wedges
1/4 cup Lemon Juice
3 Tablespoons Agave Syrup (Honey is fine too)
5 cups boiling water
5 black teabags
Large jar or jug with lid (Sterlised with boiling water)

What to do:
Place tea bags into jar or jug, pour over boiling water.
Stir well and add grapefruit, lemon, syrup and lemon juice
Seal the jar or jug and place in direct sunlight for at least 2 hours.
Strain, add some icecubes and enjoy.

Make your own Loose leaf Chai Tea Mix

24 Jul


I love chai tea, it has to be one of my favourite beverages of all time. I enjoy drinking chai all ways (Syrup Latte,with/without milk etc.) but seem to enjoy it even more when it’s freshly brewed from a loose leaf mix rather than from a teabag. Having said this loose leaf chai tea is pretty hard to come by where and live and when I do happen stumble across it, it’s insanely expensive. To solve this predicament I thought way not make my own? After a lot of trial and area and ratio mixing this is what i came up with. Ingredients are easy to find, it’s simple to make and perhaps best of all it’s far less expensive to make then it is to purchase.

What you need:

- 1 cup loose leaf black tea
- 4 cinnamon sticks, crushed
- 3 Tablespoons ground ginger
- 3 anise stares, crushed
- 2 Tablespoons of cardamom cods, crushed
- 2 Tablespoons ground nutmeg
- 1 Tablespoon of cloves

What to do:
Excluding the tea leaves, place all ingredients in a mortar and pestle and crush roughly.
Mix tea leaves into the spices.
Store mix in an airtight container or tin.

Enjoy, and feel free to alter any of the given quanities to suit your own personal tastes. I like to serve my chai with a heap of milk and a teaspoon of vanilla sugar.


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