Yerba Mate known as “Tea of the Gods”

A wonderful start to the year, packed with changes and new beginnings for many people I know, myself included. Many new seeds have been planted and this year marks the ploughing and labouring of all those sowed seeds to grow into blossoming new creations and visions.

This is year I will be bringing you a feature on a particular tea each month, and the aim, to also eventually increase the range of teas and blends. It’s hoped that the knowledge into the properties and benefits of different teas will help you continue to make your art of drinking tea, the noble herb, a part of your health and wellness pleasures.

This month the first tea on the rank is the amazing Yerba Mate “Tea of the Gods”. Yerba mate is a tea that has been known to offer the strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea, and the euphoria of chocolate“. An amazing all-rounder magical tea from South America packed with vitamins, minerals, polyphenols and amino acids, it contains less caffeine than coffee so doesn’t cause the jittery highs, but as a gentle stimulant in the fulfilment as an immuno stimulant and digestion tonic.

Packed with the usual antioxidants, it’s also been known to help with weight loss and depression or fatigue. However any therapeutic claims or effects of teas are only complementary to an already healthy lifestyle.

At Tuwawi Tea we’ve blended Yerba Mate into the Fortitude and Restoration Blend for added synergistic power. Fortitude Blend is excellent for times when you need to focus, to hold it together and expend all your energies into getting the deadline met, projects accomplished and exams pushed through. Restoration Blend is a popular favourite among tea lovers, as it restores and replenishes life’s normal wear and tear. Even more with added stresses of life’s curve balls.

Fortitude‘s blend of organic Black Mentha with Yerba Mate centres the breath as the anchor that holds through the storm, while the African Red Rooibos rich in polyphenols provide the therapeutic strength for the immune system to stay empowered through testing times.

Restoration‘s blend of organic Chai with all its warm and fiery spices, along with African Red Rooibos’ immune strengthening properties replenishes and refills the body, mind and spirit that’s drained and running on empty. Which is often us more than not.

Traditionally in native South America Yerba Mate is drunk through brewing it in a gourd, then mixed properly and carefully and drunk through a native straw called a bombilla. It’s benefits have been expounded and handed down since ancient times. Now in modern days, it’s widely enjoyed in the United States and many countries in the Middle East.

Drinking Yerba Mate just by itself in its pure tea form may be an acquired taste for some, but in a synergistic blend, its flavours and therapeutic properties are further tripled  and quadrupled in effects.

So if you haven’t explored this tea either by itself, or in a delicious blend, now is the time to introduce it to your tastebuds and enjoy its exhilarating effects.

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Disclaimer: Tuwawi Tea does not claim or guarantee curative effects of tea blends. Teas are powerful herbs but only a complement to your health as part of your overall healthy lifestyle.

 

Ever had a Tea Bath for Rejuvenation?

Have you ever had a tea bath for rejuvenation?!

Cleopatra was renowned for having milk baths…

Well, you may have a milk bath too if you wish, but I highly recommend a Tea bath! Tea leaves brewed into a bathful of antioxidants along with other therapeutic goodness of epsom salts and essential oils.
What better than a relaxing nice long soak in a hot bath on a cold winter night (for us it’s winter right now down under) or if it’s summer where you are, fill your bath up with cool water. Then lie back, breathe in the aromas of pure essential oils as they soak into your pores while you chill out and sip on a fresh cup of tea as well!

Mind you, this isn’t limited to just us women-folk, you men-folk fully deserve a rejuvenating bath as well. Or better still, if you’ve got an intimate loved one, soak together for a romantic night.
When was the last time you nurtured yourself?

I’ve had a pretty busy and hectic few months, from major upheavals in my personal life and in recent weeks, the throes of sorting, packing, running around, plus working as usual. Then some added new ventured activities like taiko drumming (Japanese art of taiko) and the return to some martial arts training again (to brush up my old muscle memory in this art) ended me up quite stiff and sore the last couple of days.

In the course of my sorting, I found a bath bomb that my son had gifted me last Christmas, and then a blueberry and acai facemask that my daughter had gifted me on my birthday. It’s the weekend, my muscles are exhausted, stiff and sore, it’s a cold winter night. Ha! perfect it’s calling out “Bath time!” I haven’t had a bath for ages, so I put the kettle on to brew some tea, and started to run the bath. Lit some tealight candles and placed them around the bath tub.

I plastered the facemask on my face, scattered into the bath a packet of epsom salt with sage and wintergreen leaves I’d picked up from Canada over a year ago, poured in another 30 drops of pure essential oil blend of cedarwood, frankincense and ylang ylang. Then I poured some tea from my teapot into a cup as my drink and the rest of the tea into the bath. Hopped into the bath and dropped in the fizzy bath bomb for the final fun. It was…  divinely amazing… to say the least!
(I used Elation Blend for this brew of tea)

Epsom salt is packed with magnesium which relaxes your muscles, also excellent for sore muscles. Plus while you’re lying there breathing, sipping your fresh tea in between, you can also do some self-massage. Rest one foot up on the other thigh and massage each foot. Then lift one leg up at a time and stroke your fingers down the backs of your legs firmly, rub them toward your hip to promote return of venous blood back to the heart.

Essential oils will soak beautifully through the pores to moisturise and nourish your skin. Pick any oils of your choice, and you can create a blend to suit your current state of mind and body. I picked Cedarwood because I love woody earthy essences plus Cedarwood and Frankincense are both excellent for promoting deep and calming breath. Frankincense also cleanses negativity and protects. Then a few drops (only a few because it’s a very powerful and strong oil) of Ylang Ylang (a tropical flower). Ylang Ylang is a sensual oil to help nourish and nurture the intimate part of self.

Soak for as long as you wish, scrub down your back with a gentle loofah or body brush, lie back on a bath pillow and close your eyes. When you’ve had enough, hop out and dab your skin gently with a soft towel, to allow the film of the lovely bath concoction to dry and soak into your skin.

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After my 40 minute soak, self-massage, and tea drinking, I hopped out of my bath, dried, dressed, pulled off my facemask and waltzed over to my yoga mat. There I spent another hour ironing out all my kinks from the week, months and day. When I finished, it felt a million dollars! All my aches and pains, twinges and stiffness were all gone. Restored! So now I’m typing this up as I sip on more tea, to share this wondrous feeling of wellbeing, before I slowly ease myself into bed and retire for the night.

I will miss having a bath when I move into my mobile home, but I shall dream and plan to, someday build myself a beautiful outdoor wooden solar bath tub, perhaps!

So if you haven’t tried a tea bath, or if like me, it’s been awhile and you truly need and deserve a bath, go try this tea bath for rejuvenation! Don’t forget the candles! They add to the ambience, turn the big lights off and relax in the glow of candlelight. If you like music, add that too. I prefer silence sometimes. Enjoy! and please share your experience in the comments section below. Or if you have any added tips and ideas, would love to hear them too.

Gentle reminder, the moving sale is still current. A 30% off for the whole of July. So browse the Tea Store now and type in the code MOVINGSALE! (in caps) at checkout, and if you’re in Australia, it’s also postage free.

Until next time, Happy Bathing and drinking tea!

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Are you emotionally intelligent?

If you’ve been connecting with me or following my posts and teas for awhile, you’ll know why I passionately created a range of tea blends specifically to complement your beautiful emotions. 

A natural result from all the healing work I do with my beautiful clients and also through my own personal life journey, I’ve come to find that 95% of our root anguish and blockages as a human being is emotional. None of us are exempted from being casualties in life. Life is laden with knocks, bruises and sometimes deep lacerated wounds. It is through healing and coming through storms that each cell and muscle of strength and wisdom grows and blossoms.

Are you emotionally intelligent?

Emotion is a word we give to describe sensations and feelings perceived through our minds and bodies. You’re fully aware of this as it’s the greatest gift as a human being, the ability to feel as all range of sensations and simultaneously perceive or describe it. Animals feel as sensations too but haven’t evolved the ability to simultaneously describe it. This may be an advantage or disadvantage, it depends.

Without description, the vicious cycle of mind-body loop is absent hence only primal instincts of survival and reproduction comes into play. All living beings will naturally gravitate toward what feels good and avoid what feels bad. Sensations are no different. When you feel heaviness and pain in the chest, head or stomach, clenching and tension in your muscles, nausea, constricted breath… you will naturally want to resist (fight) or run (flight).

So when you feel happy, excited, joyful, in love… your system floods with seratonins and endorphins,
you naturally welcome and indulge in those sensations.
When you feel sad, devastated, in grief…
it hurts in every single cell of your body, you naturally resist, deny or suppress.

So what’s emotional intelligence?

Emotional intelligence happens when you are aware, simple as that.
With and as awareness, changes happen, shifts occur, emotional energies release and move, wounds heal, brain rewires, beliefs fall. Space, lightness and new emerges…

Hence an emotionally intelligent awareness (you) flows as the sensations themselves, free of judgement of good or bad. However it may be sensed and perceived in the body, the sensations ride its course until it flows on, or dissipates into nothing. The energetic charge then diffuses. What do I mean by these words? Simply that emotions are pure energies, just like a raging thunder lightning storm. A storm does its thing then passes and gone.

During turbulent emotional states, it can be very unnerving and tumultuous. This may cause you to deny and resist by trying to escape for example with mind altering substances like alcohol, drugs or busy activities… just so you don’t have to feel that pain or face that fear. These may work for awhile, or even for years, as may happen with many of us in the suppression and denial of all our childhood emotional wounds.

However all energies are contained and housed in the body if they’re not processed through. Hence it brews and stews (yes, like teas and soups) and in some of us into a concoction of bitterness and hate. Deep seated anger or fears can lead to chronic dysfunctional behaviours like violence or anxiety, at the random activation of any of its related triggers. Then the all-hell-breaks-lose kind of outbursts are projected onto others who may or may not have anything to do with the cascades of pain and fears. Or it may lead to a total mental breakdown or worse, a fatal illness.

Psycho-energetic lingo aside, basically emotional intelligence is your awareness of the naturalness and beauty of being human. The feeling and processing through all your range of human emotional sensations as you are held in your own compassionate space. The mind will naturally label the sensations and automatically desire what it seems to like and avoid what it seems to not like. Nevertheless all sensations are allowed and honoured.

What I find works powerfully for me is to return to the breath. Breath is neutral, breath is life. By anchoring my awareness as breath alone, just the sounds and sensations of the breath, all other sensations takes its own course until it runs out of steam, however turbulent they may be. Interestingly enough, once it’s processed through, space and lightness results, and amazingly clarity and insight reveals. We don’t even have to try at all. It all happens by itself, almost effortlessly.

Okay so now let’s put the kettle on…
and whatever emotional state you are in currently, let’s just breathe…
as we sip on our favourite blend of tea aahhh…

SALE

Now’s the time to stock up your tea pantry, with my upcoming move into my mobile home, I have to thin down my stocks to fit in the van. So it’s an opportunity for you to cash in on the 30% storewide sale on all teas until the end of July. Head over to the store now!  Type in the code MOVINGSALE! (all caps)

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Ever tried Pottery?

A reconstructed post from an oldie 26/05/2016:

I’ve always loved working with my bare hands, anything from gardening with earth through my fingers to hand painting with acrylics. This probably played a huge part in flowing me into working as a deep tissue remedial therapist for the last 15 years, as I love manipulating muscles and soft tissues under my hands to release tension and relieve pains.

potterywheelThis year I started exploring into something I’ve been wanting to do for a very long time, Pottery. If you have done pottery or are an experienced potter yourself, you’ll know that it’s a skill and art that can take years to master… and perhaps a lifelong journey.

So without any expectations nor demands, I set out simply to enjoy myself and have fun, like all other things in life! I experienced challenges from frustrations when the blob of clay flew off the wheel on the first day, to the joys when a teacup was moulded out of the mound of soft clay. As any potter will tell you, the key is in centering the clay on the wheel, just like life, the quiescence that pervades regardless of how fast the wheel turns and whatever shape takes form.

So here I’ll like to share all the photos of my pottery which have aptly come to be called Crooked Creations partly because to date, my skill in getting the pottery piece symmetrical is still a challenging event! and partly because I actually do delight in creating non symmetrical, slightly or hugely imperfect pieces as it reflects the nature of us, the perfectly imperfect nature of our humanness.

I endeavour to give some of these pottery pieces away either as gifts to friends and family, or as giveaways here at Tuwawi, to you beautiful passionate tea drinkers. Each piece is an individual piece made with love as much as my pottery skills are not at professional level by any means. Who knows? while being a practical piece for now it may and could become a priceless possession when I become super skilled and well-known one day!

When working with pottery I usually get so engrossed I rarely stop for a drink or rest until a lump of clay is off the wheel or finished in its moulding. Then when I’ve sort of finished one or two pieces I love sitting back and sipping on a freshly made cup of Restoration Blend or Elation Blend before I feel energised again for another round.

What better than to brew and then drink your favourite blend of Tuwawi Tea out of your own handmade teapot and cups!!

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Kombucha Making

This is the last blogpost on using teas in healthy recipes for now (in the Wholesome Foods series for these last few months) and here I’d like to share the recipe on Kombucha Making.

You may or may not know of Kombucha, or perhaps are already long into the awesome art of brewing this home made fermented tea. If you’re new to it or have been hearing about it and can’t wait to get started, here’s some information and the recipe:

Kombucha is an ancient Chinese tonic and health elixir, a fermented tea that you can easily brew yourself at home. You’ll need to get yourself a starter culture called a Scoby (Symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). You may be able to purchase a Scoby from some health food stores, adopt it from a friend, or google search for local kombucha makers. My yoga studio often have notices on the board with fellow kombucha brewers offering free scobys. Most kombucha makers are happy to give away scobys for free as each batch of kombucha produces a baby scoby, and before you know it, they just multiply with more than you need!

Apart from tasting great, they’re fun to brew and super wholesome and healthy. Ever since my sobriety for nearly seven years now, I routinely enjoy my beautiful cups of kombucha teas as my evening relaxing pre-dinner drinks.

Kombucha is a probiotic tea that’s long been used and known for strengthening your immune system, maintaining and healing your digestive system, restoring life energy and tastes awesome!

Method:

1. Brew 2 litres of organic black tea (Tuwawi’s Old English Breakfast or any other blends. I personally love using Restoration Blend for its further immune strengthening and restorative properties) with filtered/natural spring water in teapots. 

2. Add ½ cup of raw organic sugar (or rice malt if you’re intolerant to sugar), stirring gently. Leave to cool to room temperature. Then pour into big storage jar/bottle.

3. Pop in the Scoby and cover the top with a muslin/cheese cloth and tie. Sit it in a cool dark part of the kitchen or in your pantry for 7-10 days to ferment.

4. After 7-10 days pour the tea out of the container into bottles, keep the mother Scoby and share away the baby Scoby if you wish. Or keep them both with a bit of residual tea, for making your next double batch. Or you may keep scobys in container and serve straight from there. When the tea gets low, make a new batch of tea and add straight into the brewing container to top up.

 5. If the brew tastes too strong, you may dilute it 50% with filtered water, ice blocks, soda water or pure fruit juice. You may also add slices of fruits or lemon or lime. However it will affect the original flavour of the tea. Kombucha tea has to be served cold, cool or at room temperature. Do not heat it up or you will destroy all the valuable probiotics.

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IMPORTANT:

Do not use metal utensils in any part of the kombucha making processes. Use a wooden spoon to stir, ceramic or glass teapots and glass containers etc.

If the Scoby gets mouldy (quite rare but does happen) discard the whole batch. Mould appears hairy and on the top surfaces of the Scoby. 

Not to be mistaken with some brown discolouration on the Scoby or stringy bits in the tea or Scoby. They’re not mould but the probiotic bacteria, the good stuff!

Kombucha making is complemented with added flavours, zest and restorative properties when brewed with Tuwawi Teablends. Any blend with a black tea base is suited i.e. Restoration Blend, Elation Blend, Passion Blend, Sentimental Blend, Fortitude Blend or just plain good ol Old English Breakfast. Browse each blend page and choose the flavours you like and properties that match your needs. My personal favourite is Restoration Blend for replenishing and strengthening.

Click here to watch the short video of the making

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Thank you for following my series of Wholesome Foods and Teas over the last months. Next blog series coming up in a couple of weeks I’d like to take you on a personal journey with me into a major life transformation of alternative and simple living, minimalization and adventures. My life is stepping into unbelievable unknowns with both mixed trepidation and excitement, and if you’ll like to share the journey with me, stay tuned!

Meanwhile put the kettle on, and have a cup of tea!

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Happy Mother’s Day! 2017

Happy Mother’s Day! 2017 another year…

To all you beautiful mums, mums-to-be, grandmums…

We may be a mother to our own biological children or we may be a mother to many many children who are not biologically from us… the unconditional love and role of a mother is the greatest gift. It’s the biggest heart opening, evolution and growth as a human being. It is also the most naturally demanding, giving and self-sacrificing love.

To continue to give, care and nurture without depletion as a mother (you are still human remember) always know when to pause, nurture and replenish your self first. The fuller you are, the more you have to give. Simple things like time-out, a bath, a sleep-in, a quiet cup of tea… does wonders. Sometimes you have to make an effort or even force yourself to allow some compassionate and restorative time for your self, no matter how impossible it may seem.

This Mother’s Day is a very emotional time for me. Having recently been through some traumatic relationship experiences (hence learnings and growth) which saw me quite fragile and shaken up (as we naturally do, it’s only human) now my youngest of three is moving out of home, ready to spread her wings into her own worldly adventures. My world is changing unbelievably.

As all mothers know, when your child (who has grown into a beautiful adult) leaves home, it’s like a piece of you goes. Yet It’s a happy sadness, deep happiness for the letting go of what never belonged to you in the first place, yet is a part of you. Happiness in celebration of the next phases of their lives. Yet sadness at the realisation of how brief and precious life and childhood breezes past in the scheme of time. Memories of their gurgles, laughter, sparkles of childhood innocence opening into adult butterfly wings of unlimited possibilities. Yet you continue and remain as still a big part of them and vice versa, just  both entering into new chapters of life.

What a gift… to be a mother… as a mother…the gift of being able to be a part of such a profound experience. One of the most ultimate aliveness as a human being!

So this Mother’s Day as you soak in the joys and beauty of motherhood, may you reflect and treasure…
as you sip on your cup of tea, coffee or wine….
the gift that you are to life!

A mother’s unconditional love is the soil and roots that shapes the beautiful human in your child. While we may not be perfect (as human as any other) as long as we love, that is all.

Restoration Blend, Elation Blend perfect for mums as it replenishes your mind, body and spirit.

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Raw Cacao Vegan Cheesecake

This is Week 3’s recipe for the 7-Week Wholesome Foods and Teas series, after some technical glitch wiped out my last three food blogs from my website and backup files! After this redo, I reckon I’m definitely sitting down to a fresh pot of Sentimental Blend with its beautiful Chamomile blossoms and African Honeybush in a base of Organic Assam Thunder.

One of my favourite raw desserts, Raw Cacao Vegan Cheesecake is a non dairy, non gluten, no sugar, no baking absolutely easy to make treat that will tantalise your tastebuds and is packed full of energy. Beats any commercial protein bars! I often have slices in the fridge and on a full day with clients’ appointments back-to-back and insufficient time to stop for a decent lunch break, a slice or two of these keep me on my toes packed with sustained energies. It’s light on your waistline and is guaranteed to impress the dinner guests. My son and his girlfriend who are not vegetarians nor vegans were unsure at first when I was going to serve out a “vegan cheesecake” for dessert but after their first mouthfuls, both nodded and went “Mmmmm… ”

It’s called a cheesecake because of it’s creamy texture but of course, because it’s vegan, cashews are used instead of cheese. Hence packed full of raw plant proteins. No cooking with heat also retains all its nutrients and life energy.

rawcheesecakeblog2Raw cacao, if you’re not familiar, is basically the purest 100% chocolate. Unlike commercial chocolate or cocoa it isn’t processed or added with sugar. Raw cacao powder (which is what we use in this recipe) is made by cold-pressing unroasted cocoa beans. It’s classified as a super food with one of the highest ratings of antioxidants and magnesium.

 

Raw Cacao Vegan Cheesecake

Ingredients

Filling Ingredients

3 x cups pre soaked raw cashews (overnight)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup raw honey
1 tspn vanilla essence
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
1/4 cup cacao nibs
12 pieces of cacao butter or 1 tbpn

Base Ingredients

1 x cup walnuts
1 x cup cashews
1 x cup pre soaked dates (soak for 30 mins)
1 tspn vanilla essence
1/2 cup shredded coconut

Directions

Filling

Place pre soaked cashews into a food processor with coconut oil, cacao butter, vanilla essence, half the amount of cacao nibs and raw honey. Blend until a creamy texture, then stir in the rest of the cacao nibs.
Spoon out the mixture into a bowl and refrigerate while you make the base.

Base

Place pre soaked pitted dates, walnuts, cashews, vanilla essence and shredded coconut into the food processor and blend well into a rough texture.
Grease a pie plate or pan and press the base mixture into it, pressing down tight and firm.
Dish filling mixture on top of the base and spread it out evenly. Put into freezer.
When it’s set, decorate the cake with fresh cut fruits.
Cut and serve with dollops of cream, yoghurt or coconut cream (vegan) or if cake was made in a square pan, cut into square slices.

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This dessert goes beautifully with a fresh brew of Sentimental Blend for relaxing at the end of a meal or Restoration Blend for further immune strengthening and a boost to your energies.

Click here or on the image below and watch the youtube video and whip it up yourself. Then let me know in the comments box below how you went, and if you enjoyed eating it. Would love to hear your thoughts and tips too.

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Quinoa Spinach Salad

This is Week 2’s recipe for the 7-Week Wholesome Foods and Tea series, a redo as the original post was pinged off the webspace mysteriously, after the recent switch of this website to a new server.

raw_quinoaThis Quinoa and Spinach Salad with all its other added wholesome ingredients like chickpeas and vegetables makes it one of my favourites. Tastes divine and SO easy to whip up! and of course packed full of goodness and nutrition.

If you’re not quite familiar with quinoa it’s a superfood of the grain world. It’s nature’s complete protein and
packed with nutrients like magnesium, iron, potassium and fibre. It’s a wheat-free complete protein that is almost a staple in a vegetarian or vegan diet. I’ve often been asked, “how do you cook Quinoa to perfection?” Generally I’ve always gone with the rule of 1 part quinoa to 2 parts water after it’s rinsed thoroughly. Then brought to boil and cooked covered for about 15minutes, until their white curly tails appear and they’re light and fluffy. Quinoa comes in either the white or red varieties.

This beautiful salad can be eaten on its own as a meal or as a side dish to a main meat dish (if you’re a meat eater) or another main vegetable dish.


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Quinoa and Spinach Salad

Ingredients

Baby/cherry tomatoes
1-2 red pepper/capsicum
1-2 stalks of fresh basil
generous lot of fresh spinach leaves
1 red onion
2 cloves of garlic
a handful of sliced sundried tomatoes
cooked organic chick peas
1 cup of cooked quinoa
100g creamy Danish Feta cheese

Slivers of fresh avocado for garnishing

Dressing

Olive oil
Kaffir lime oil (or any lime oil if available)
Mixed spices of grounded coriander, chilli, turmeric, fenugreek, cardamon and cumin
salt and pepper to taste

* all ingredients preferably organic

Directions

Chop fresh tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes and capsicum into small pieces or slices.
Chop onion, garlic and basil into fine pieces.
Mix everything together in a salad bowl. Add in cooked chickpeas and mix well with spices, olive oil, kaffir lime oil, salt and pepper.
Add cooked quinoa and generous loads of spinach leaves. Mix well with drizzled olive oil, lime oil, spices, salt and pepper.
Finally crumble feta cheese and mix well again adding spices, oils and salt to taste.
Serve and garnish with slices or slivers of avocado.

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This salad dish goes absolutely beautiful with a fresh brew of Sentimental Blend as you relax into your day or evening. Serve the tea hot if weather is chilly or cold and iced in a sweltering summer.

There are many variations of Quinoa salads, you can put together just about anything. Of course, if you’re vegan leave out the cheese. Try it, it’s so simple, no excessive effort at all, but overloaded with taste and nutrition.

Click here or on the image below and watch the Youtube video of me whipping this dish up for you!
Then leave a comment in the box below and share your thoughts, tips and ideas too. Would love to hear it!

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Vegetarian Baby Quiche

This is a redo of the first of the three wholesome foods and tea recipes that I’ve blogged in February-March recently. My website had changed it’s server to a new one this week, and after the event, I found three of my latest blogposts mysteriously disappeared! They were not even in my backup files whhhaaat??!! There’s technology for you! ha

This first recipe and cook-with-me is a healthy, quick and wholesome whip-up of baby quiches, ideal for breakfast with a fresh pot of Fortitude Blend to begin your day. Fortitude Blend will kickstart your energies and boost your immune system to take you through anything that comes your way and the quiches are packed with proteins and vegetables. Also brilliant as a light lunch with a serve of your favourite salads or slipped into your kids’ or hubby’s lunchboxes!

Vegetarian Baby Quiches is Week 1 of a 7-Week Wholesome Foods and Tea series. The key to all recipes in this series is simplicity, quick yet delicious and packed with nutrition. We all lead busy lives these days whether we’re young professionals fulfilling demanding jobs, young mums running around after the littlies all day or middle to elderly aged we have other creative activities to pursue. Instead of spending half a day in the kitchen, why compromise the goodness for our living bodies by grabbing takeaways (or take outs as you may say in your country) cooked with high laden processed and trans fats and low grade ingredients? So much wiser to chop up freshest organic vegetables and throw them all together in less than 10 minutes and voila, have a quick yet scrumptious home cooked meal or snack, to sit and relax into or grab on the run.

Vegetarian Baby Quiche (can add meats if you’re a meat eater)

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Ingredients

Assorted vegetables of Mizuno, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms
(You can used any variety of vegetables that you like e.g. baby spinach, red onions, carrots, sweet potatoes, etc.)

6 x large free range eggs

200ml carton of fresh cream

100g of crumbled Feta cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

  • all ingredients preferably organic

Directions

Preheat oven to 200’C and lightly oil patty pans with coconut oil. Chop all vegetables up to tiny pieces and distribute them into the patty pans. Crumble in feta cheese. In a mixing bowl, break the 6 eggs and beat them up. Add 100ml of cream, then check consistency. If too thick add another 100ml. Add salt and pepper, stir and scoop them into the patty pans to cover the vegetables.

Pop them into the oven and check after 20 minutes by touching the top of quiche. If springy but firm it’s cooked. Turn the oven off and bring them out to cool. When cooled gently remove them from the pans onto serving plates. Quiche goes yummy dipped in a blue cheese aioli or french mustard sauce, or simply plain as itself with some vegetable garnishings like sprouts and herbs.

A hot brew of Fortitude Blend will complement the flavours and nutrition of this dish. Or if the weather and season is hot and summery, serve beautifully with cold glasses of iced teas of the blend.
Remember for iced teas, brews can be made earlier or the day before and kept in the fridge to cool. Also make sure when brewing for iced teas, use more leaves to make a stronger brew, as they will be diluted with melting ice blocks.

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Happy New Year 2017!

It’s that time of the year again. The number is edging toward the end on that 2016 calendar and diary! Christmas festivities just over, you may have had some wonderful or not-so-wonderful experiences as family and friendship gatherings may have led to resurfacing of old wounds or beautiful memories, painful or loving.

Even though time is a concept, the earth orbits around the sun just like it does and always has, yet we’ve broken it up and separated it into another day, month and year. Nevertheless tis all good fun and most of all, an invitation to shed some burdens and lighten your load or spring clean totally and allow new beginnings to blossom! A quote came upon me two days ago which I love… “Let go or be dragged!” 

Not that there really is a letting go as such but when old sensations, beliefs and ideas emerge fully and release themselves whether you describe them as pains, wounds, hurt, trauma… they diffuse, crumble and yes may even vanish into a puff of smoke! Like soap bubbles popping… clarity emerges that life however it is and you however you are, and others however they are, is simply this passion play as life doing itself.

Just like the spring cleaning of your home, when old emotions, thoughts and beliefs that disempower or cripple… vaporises… all that’s left is space, peace and a bursting expanded heart. Your own love floods as simply this, this beautiful rawness and beauty as a human being, in all your wondrous fresh aliveness.

The new emerging space is now the fertile ground for so-called new beginnings! Without blockages, barriers and cloudiness the heart expands and creates infinitely. Which brings me to the sort of topic I wanted to touch on in this post New Year Resolutions!

I reckon as human beings, we’re divided into a few groups at this time of the year:

  1. those who totally believe in New Year Resolutions
  2. those who don’t believe in New Year Resolutions
  3. those who don’t know if they believe or not believe in New Year Resolutions
  4. those who are Que? what resolutions?!!

Which one are you?

I used to be no. 2 when was a “spiritual” sort because all my beliefs were based on trusting the universe and higher source into whatever. Then it changed into a no.1 for awhile and I loved it, with all the intense beliefs as Law of Attraction and Manifestation etc. Amazingly by the end of every so-called calendar year I would just about always find nearly all items on my New Year’s Resolutions list ticked off! Now I am actually a no.1 and no.4 simultaneously… why?

Well… seems to be that’s how it’s happened. I still like to write my aims, goals and intentions down on a piece of beautiful paper or on the back of my new diary, with deepest conviction. I also thrive on the sensations and beliefs of growing, learning and ever creating.

However, resolutions are more movable goalposts, ideas and intentions that are also simultaneously happening and ever emerging so basically not fixed… and totally open. The focus and attention is also not in the idea of future but simply is just this.. here. Simply because there is actually no-thing that’s fixed nor defined and everything is infinitely possible, fresh, unknown and wondrously doing itself, as a Me and You and Us! and life! For example, I have not listed down on my list since ten years ago… but this year love and falling in love came to me and happened. If I’d been too rigid about goals and expectations, I might have missed the boat altogether Ha!

So in other words I still like writing down so-called resolutions or intentions, mainly because I love writing anyways. However, what’s written, thought, felt and wished are all simultaneously flowing as a joyful knowing that all facets of my life dances itself as its own beautiful dance of wonder and awe… however the choreograph goes. Ultimately you are your beliefs. If you believe, anything goes. If you don’t believe, you don’t. 

Alice: This is impossible

The Mad Hatter: Only if you believe it is. 

So as we wrap up the year, whether you believe or not, however you believe, such is how you flow or not. There is no right nor wrong, better nor worse, you simply are your seeming choices and beliefs. These words of empowerment came to me this week. If it resonates for you too, take it and feed those spacious fertile grounds… and watch new seeds grow!

Life… You… isn’t a losing game
In actuality there is no winning nor losing
Only ideas and beliefs of such.

However in the ideas and beliefs of winning and losing…
There is no loser, ever, life
You either win or you learn
Winners are losers who continue to get up and keep going. 

I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your connection with me through my Tuwawi teas. Thank you for drinking my teas, reading my  blogs and chatting, smiling, laughing and crying with me… for sharing your humanness as mine. As we enter 2017 my deep sense is an exciting year of tremendous change… what about yours? As you sit and reflect the year gone and emerge as the newfound space and fertile grounds, I would like to share you the good old fashioned tradition of  Auld Lang Syne with its beautiful sentiments of let bygones be bygones… with a cuppa kindness, love and excellent tea! Click here or the image below for the video of the tune from my heart to yours for a Happy New Year 2017! NB: I’m an amateur muso!

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How about you? Would love to hear your words and thoughts too? Please share in the comments box below!

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