Recovering from the Weekend with Pear Sencha

Have you noticed that Summer Weekends are not very relaxing? I sure have. Between the extra dirt the kids drag in the house, yard work and gardening I am exhausted by the end of the weekend. This weekend was no exception. I am recoving here at the tea shop sipping a big glass of Pear Sencha. This tea sometimes comes off as banana instead of pear on my taste buds. Strange I know but it is good no matter what fruit I think it tastes like today.



It's so Good to be Green - Recipe Contest

Matcha is an incredibly versatile green tea that has an unlimited number of uses. Matcha continues to be our best selling product and is being used in a multitude of ways. We want to know what you are doing with it all. Are you making healthy smoothies, decadent desserts or other creative dishes? You are invited to enter your favorite Matcha recipe in our “It’s so good to be Green” recipe contest.
Contest rules and entry procedures are available here.

Swamp Water

What is Swamp Water? It doesn’t sound like something you would want to drink does it. In fact it is a delicious creation of our ladies here at Culinary Teas. We have been trying to find new ways to get more green tea in our diets and this was a great creation. Just add a half teaspoon of matcha green tea powder to your next cup of green tea while you are brewing it and voila – Swamp Water. Sure it has a deep green haze and looks like something you got out of the pond out back but it will keep you awake and moving like nothing else that I have found (that isn’t full of caffeine and sugar). On days that I am fighting to stay awake this is my saving grace. The anti-oxidant packed matcha is great for boosting your metabolism and helps keep you moving. I only have one warning – don’t drink swamp later beyond early afternoon otherwise you could find it hard to sleep that night.

Today I am drinking our Blackberry Green Tea with a dollop of matcha added for that much needed Monday boost.



Spring and Matcha Recipes

Spring keeps teasing me with one day of warm weather and then two or three of cold. When I order my plants I always have them shipped at the end of May. This always seems extremely late at the time of the order but it never fails that the weather does not stabilize until then. Temperature swings are notorious her in Indiana. About a month a go we had a 60 degree temperature swing in a 24 hour period. I am pushing forward with spring even if the weather is unsure. Soon we will be introducing a new line of Green Tea Frappe mix that will have you enjoying them iced, in minutes. The girls here have been experimenting with matcha and creating all kinds of wonderful beverages and desserts. We have decided to run a Matcha Recipe Contest. Next week you will be able to submit your original recipes for matcha. There will be two categories beverage and other. The Winner in each category will receive a gift certificate and all submissions will receive a coupon code for discount on future orders. Next week we will outline the details and allow entries to begin.



Tea update

Just a little inventory update here. The Mulled Spice and Mulberry teas are finally back in stock! Also the bulk teabags of Passion Fruit and Earl Grey are back. Spring has finally kicked in here, my trees are finally throwing some shade. I'm looking forward to sitting outside and knitting tomorrow. Working on my second pair of socks. Everyone have a great weekend!