Catnip Tea (for Cats)

Bored? Need a crazy cat to entertain you? Look no further!


Make this catnip tea and serve to your feline for an unforgettable experience.

Fill a tea bag or coffee filter full of catnip and secure it closed. Bring water to a boil

Grab a cup or container and put the bag full of catnip into it

Pour the water over top of the bag and steep for 5-15 minutes. (The more time you leave it in for the stronger the tea will be.)

Remove the bag

Place container into fridge until cool

Serve in your cats favorite dish

(If you want to add a bonus you can add some more nip on the surface of the tea)


Charlie approved!

Vegan Chai Concentrate Recipe

IMG_1949aLast week, in an effort to iron out some stomach woes, I gave up coffee, even the decaf variety. This meant switching to tea, because no hot drinks was not an option in January. I like tea, but was in the mood for something robust and filling, so I decided chai fit the bill.

The chai at Starbucks and readily available in concentrate form is good, but not vegan. The chai in teabags is decent, but not amazing. To make chai from scratch each time is admirable, but not realistic! Thus, I decided to make my own chai concentrate. I’m still adjusting the recipe, but this is what I have right now.

Note: I like my chai like I like my… um… tea -spicy and sweet. Adjust as needed.

Vegan Chai Concentrate
(makes 1 quart jar + a bit)

Ingredients

30 cardamom pods
10 cinnamon sticks
30 black peppercorns
20 cloves
5 star anise
2 medium pieces of fresh ginger, sliced
½ tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp. fennel
½ cup brown or raw sugar
5 cups water
15 black tea bags (regular or decaf)*

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Process

Place all ingredients except tea bags and cinnamon sticks in a pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and allow to cook for 15-20 minutes.

After 15-20 minutes, raise the heat again for a minute to bring the pot back to a boil. Add tea bags and cinnamon sticks and turn heat to low. Steep for 8-10 minutes.

Strain mixture into a canning jar or other glass container for storage (it will stain plastic). To drink, mix ½ and ½ with the milk of your choice and heat – or not if you want a cold drink.

I don’t know how long exactly it will last, because I drink it pretty fast, but at least 5 days.

* The type of black tea doesn’t matter, really, so just get something inexpensive.

 

 

Kiss Me Organics – Matcha Green Tea Review

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Kiss Me Organics recently contacted me to see if I wanted to review their organic matcha green tea. The tea is only available at Amazon right now, and I had seen it before there while browsing for matcha, but I hadn’t tried it. So, I readily agreed!

If you haven’t had matcha before, it can be a bit of a surprise. It’s a very “grassy” tasting tea, has a pretty hefty amount of caffeine punch, and is really green. Matcha is pretty much the only tea that I sweeten, because of the strong green flavor.

I generally like matcha best either as a hot latte drink or a frozen latte drink, and I found that this matcha was no exception. Those were my favorite ways to prepare it. I liked it a bit less as an iced latte, but mostly because I heated some water to dissolve the tea, and then when the ice and soy milk were added, it became too watery for me.

For each of the frozen matcha lattes (pictured above), I used two cups of soy milk, 1.5 slightly rounded teaspoons of matcha, ½ scoop of vegan protein powder, and a teaspoon of agave syrup. I blended all of that first until well mixed. Then I added a pinch of xanthum gum (for texture) and ice cubes and blended (using my well-loved Vitamix) to a nice texture. Super tasty.

Matcha powder isn’t inexpensive, and this is no exception. But, a little goes a long way, so this pouch will last through many cups of tea, in whatever form you like. It can also be used for baking. The recipe guide they send to first time customers has a lot of interesting recipes to try matcha in. I haven’t tried them yet, but there is time, however, because I’ll be buying it again.