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“Taking Tea” at the Ranch, a Texas Bed and Breakfast Experience!

December 16th, 2009 by Pamela Murski

 

Tea is the international symbol for friendship. Tea is all about connections, as are our cooking classes at the ranch. So, my friends, let’s connect, have a nice cup of tea and whip up some great food & fun.  Harvest herbs from our gardens to make your own cup of tea!    Enjoy one of our favorite “Chai Tea” recipes below and also some interesting Tea Trivia….All teas come from the camellia family. Whether you have a white, green, oolong, or black, it doesn’t mean it is a different kind of tea; it means the makers process the same leaves differently.

White teas have the least processing and the highest anti-oxidants. They are great for your skin (reducing fine lines and wrinkles). They also prevent strep and staph infections. They are great for your immune system.

Green teas are wok fired or steamed. They are wonderful for cognitive skills. They prevent the build up of plaque on the brain which contributes to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. They can help balance blood sugar. They reduce stress hormones in the blood. They can be helpful for sleep apnea. They stimulate the metabolism and can be helpful for weight loss. They lower your chance of stroke and help the cardio vascular system. They have been shown to be helpful in preventing tumor growth in some cancers like lung, stomach, esophageal, breast, colon, and prostate. They are great for your immune system.

Oolong teas get your liver to metabolize fat which will help with weight loss. They also get your body to produce T Cells which are your fighter cells. They are wonderful mood elevators. They cut the level of triglycerides in the blood after you have eaten too much.

Black teas are wonderful for your cardio vascular system. They lower blood pressure and cholesterol. They are great for asthmatics because they open the bronchials. They are a great source of manganese so they are good for bone density and osteoporosis. They also help balance blood sugar and reduce stress hormones. If you drink milk in your tea, the milk negates the health benefits.

Pu-erh teas balance the acid/alkaline on a cellular level. They eliminate cravings and help fluid balance in the hands and feet.

Rooibos teas are naturally caffeine free. They have double the anti oxidants of green tea, and they have vitamins and minerals tea does not have. They are very anti inflammatory.

Murski Homestead “Masala Chai” Tea

1 cinnamon stick 
 6 black peppercorns
6 whole cloves
3 cardomom pods
3 cups water
1 cup milk
2  (1/4 inch) thick slices fresh ginger root
5 tablespoons loose Darjeeling tea
5 tablespoons sugar
 

Crush spices with a mortar and pestle, then transfer to a medium saucepan and add water, milk and ginger.  Bring to a boil over medium high heat.  remove pan from heat, cover, and set aside to let steep for 5 minutes.  Add tea and sugar, cover, and let steep for 3 minutes more.  Strain through a fine mesh strainer into 4 heatproof glasses or teacups.  to serve.  Discard solids.

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