Tea Infused Cooking- Holidays and Beyond

“Tea sommeliers are the hot new thing in food pairing.” –Ina Yang, NPR

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Tea is awesome with food!

Go figure! Those British Tea Times started 170 or so years ago had the right idea, some tea and food made a great pairing for an afternoon of chat and friendship. Flash forward to 2016, and tea is a daily tribute to ourselves. We drink it to get moving in the morning and to calm ourselves for bed.

At Happy Lucky’s we naturally want you to embrace tea in every way your heart desires. Because we believe it’s the perfect way to Nourish Your Happy. Of course we also love sharing some of our ideas and tips for you to take home and start traditions with your own families!

Tea and Cheese

We recommend trying cheeses and teas as a lovely sampler plate to begin your holiday meals.

—India Khongea Golden Tipped Assam is a wonderful mix of malty and spices that compliment hard sharp cheese much like a scotch or whisky or rich Chianti. Suggestion: Parmigiano-Reggiano (check out the Welsh Rabbit for more cheese ideas)

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Cooking & Baking with Tea

—Dry Rubs

—Marinade

  • Sweet Tea Chicken

—Grind

—Infusion Liquids

—Tea Seed Oil

  • Roasted Veggies

—Coloring

  • Marbled Boiled Eggs

—Eat the leaves

  • Spent Leaves in Rice/Veggies

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Jasmine Fruit Salad

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Steep together:

-1 tbsp Jasmine Pearls

-1/2 cup 170° water

-1 tbsp honey

Toss jasmine syrup with:

-1 pint blueberries

-4 chopped apples

Refrigerate together for at least 20 minutes

Smoked Butternut Squash Soup

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In a pot, sauté:

-1 -2 tbsp coconut oil

-1 diced onion

-2 tsp salt

-1 tsp sugar

-1 tsp cinnamon

-1/2 tsp nutmeg

Add to pot:

-1 butternut squash, chopped evenly

-4 cups broth

Infuse in broth for 5 minutes:

2 tbsp Lapsang Souchong

Once squash is cooked & tea leaves are removed, blend the mixture until smooth and enjoy!

Shakti Chai Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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Simmer for 20 minutes:

-1 & 1/4cups butter (about 1/4 c. is lost in the infusion process)

-1/4 cups Shakti Chai

Whisk together:

-2 cups flour

-1 tsp baking soda

-1 tsp baking powder

-1 tsp salt

Cream together:

-1 cup Shakti Chai butter

-3/4 cup sugar

-3/4 cup brown sugar

-2 large eggs

-2 tsp vanilla

Combine & Stir in:

-2 cups regular oats

-1 cup raisins

Bake at 350˚ for 11-13 minutes.

Yields 36 cookies

Tea cocktails & Beverage Fusions

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—Cold brew tea into liquor

—Tea infused juice

—Tea smoothies

Green Earl Grey Gin & Tonic

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Cold brew for 4-12 hours:

  • 2 tbsp of Green Earl Grey per fifth of gin (longer = stronger )

Strain out tea & mix:

  • 1 -2 oz Green Earl Grey gin
  • 5 oz tonic
  • 1 slice lime
  • Ice

Banana Matcha Smoothie

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Blend together:

  • 3 tsp ceremonial matcha
  • 20 oz ice
  • About 16 oz milk (fill to the level of the ice)
  • 1 banana

TEAriffic Thanksgiving Inspiration

ENJOY!

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