We wanted to try a new recipe involving tea and happened to stumble across Chinese Tea Eggs online! What a find! They are simply hard boiled eggs, cooked in a mixture of black tea and spices, which give them an awesome flavor. The shells are partially cracked once the eggs are cooked to give them that beautiful tie-dye like pattern. Tea eggs are a very common street food in China. They can be eaten hot or cold for a snack or you could even chop them up and add them to fried rice, or any meal for that matter! They’re also great snacks on hiking or camping trips. There are several variations out there but here’s what we used to flavor our eggs:
- 2 x Art of Tea Organic Breakfast Teabags
- 3 x Art of Tea Ammo (or you can use 3 star anise & 1 cinnamon stick)
- ¼ cup of Soy Sauce
- 6-12 Eggs (or as many as will fit in the pot!)
- Put the eggs in a pot and fill with water until they are covered
- Bring the water to a boil, then lower the heat and allow to simmer for 2 minutes
- Carefully remove the eggs from the pot (They will be hot!)
- Using the edge of a fork or spoon, tap the egg all around to lightly crack the shell’s surface
- Carefully put the eggs back into the pot of hot water
- Add the teabags, ammo and soy sauce
- Simmer for 2 hours, adding more water when the level gets low
- Remove the eggs from the pot and remove the cracked shells to reveal a beautiful tea egg!
Recipe by Katie Kirby
This crowd pleaser has a lovely subtle matcha flavor and of course, a great green color. It comes together quickly and is really delicious.
- 1/2 cup butter at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2-3 drops of vanilla extract
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons matcha
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Preheat your oven to 325F
- Get your loaf pan ready by lining it with parchment paper, or grease it with butter then dust it evenly with flour – this works like a charm and nothing gets stuck to the pan
- Cream the butter and sugar together
- Add the milk, eggs and vanilla extract and beat until well combined
- In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients – flour, matcha, baking powder and salt
- Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet mixture and blend until smooth.
- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for about 45 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven and allow to sit for about 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Keeps well in an airtight container for about 3 days
Recipe by Katie Kirby
Many people in today’s society (especially in Los Angeles) make a conscious effort to purchase organic produce and groceries. However, some may overlook the importance of buying organic tea as well. Organic tea is not only easier to find than you might think, it has a variety of benefits as well.
Tea is considered organic if a third party certification company, such as CCOF or QAI, certifies it. This means that all the ingredients used, and the entire process the tea goes through is approved: from the growing, to the blending, to the packaging. During the growing process, organic tea leaves are not treated with any chemical pesticides (however, minimal, all natural pesticides may be used). The caffeine and antioxidants produced by the tea leaves serve as a natural pest prevention. By eliminating the use of harmful chemicals on the tea leaves, organic tea also keeps the surrounding environment and habitat cleaner and more sustainable.
Once the organic tea leaves are harvested, they are taken through a separate and rigorous process and cleaning procedure to ensure no cross contamination with non-organic tea. When you purchase organic tea, it has been treated with utmost care to follow the highest quality of organic standards.
Creating a great quality tea that is also organic takes lots of time, testing, and cultivation of relationships with the tea farmers and suppliers. Finding a quality tea partner takes time and many cuppings, which according to our founder, Steve, is all part of the fun. Knowledge of harvest times and seasonal ingredients is also ideal to ensure maximum freshness. Here at Art of Tea headquarters, hundreds of organic teas are taste tested regularly. This guarantees that we provide the highest quality, best tasting organic tea.
Looking to try some of our organic tea? Our founder Steve recommends the following six to try:
- Silver Needle
- Jasmine Pearl
- Earl Grey Creme
- Classic Black
- French Lemon Ginger
- White Goji Blossom
Whether you enjoy loose leaf tea at home or on the go, there is a filter for you. Check out several of the options here at Art of Tea to find the one that best suits your brewing habits!
• Art of Tea Filter Bags: Art of Tea’s signature biodegradable tea filter bags are the perfect solution for having your favorite loose leaf tea on the go. Just scoop in your desired amount of tea, cinch the drawstring tight, place the filter bag into your cup and add hot water. These 100 count bags are housed in a conveniently-sized, 100% recycled paper box, making them super easy to carry, wherever your travels may take you.
• Art of Tea Stainless-Steel Tumbler: Now you can sip your favorite Art of Tea loose-leaf fusion on the go with this elegantly branded double walled, stainless steel travel tumbler! Complete with a spill-resistant twist lid and removable fine-mesh filter, this light-weight tumbler allows for steeping even the finest tea leaves and botanicals effortlessly. Holds approximately 16oz.
• Hario Tea Brewing Set: The Tea Dripper Largo features a large, borosilicate glass vessel that is both strong and lightweight. This makes it possible to showcase the brewing process while tea leaves slowly unfurl and infuse into a beautiful cup. Once the process completes, tea can easily be dispensed into a pitcher or teacup (not included) with the press of a button.
The V60 Drip Station is a perfect companion to hold the Largo on the V60 Drip Scale. The clear acrylic stand is easy to use and incorporates a drip tray for easy clean up.
The V60 Drip Scale assures that the proper serving of tea can be conveniently measured and also includes accurate brew times.
• Brewing Basket with Stainless-Steel Mesh: This beautifully designed brewing basket has a stainless-steel mesh and a heat-tolerant frame. It has ample room for the tea leaves to fully expand during steeping and comes with a permanent filter for brewing in your favorite cup or small teapot. The lid doubles as a handy drip-off tray for the brewing basket.
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