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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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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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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Vegetarian Asian Dumplings

This week’s recipe and wholesome, fun and simple cook-up is Vegetarian Asian Dumplings. Even though I love Asian cuisines, I’ve always found it tricky when dining out because meats are a main ingredient in a majority of traditional Asian dishes. My daughters and I, who are vegetarians have found we haven’t been able to enjoy the lovely weekend brunch of “dim sum” which if you’re unfamiliar, is a kind of Chinese tapas. Hot, freshly cooked, straight out of the kitchen in small portions for you to pick from, all served in small bamboo steamers from trolleys that come by your table. Traditionally it has always been part of a lovely celebration with family and friends get-togethers, especially for a weekend brunch. Most dumplings served at restaurants and Asian cafes contain fillings of pork, chicken or seafoods.

So one Christmas we decided to whip up our own versions of dumplings, vego style! I usually keep life simple by picking up asian dumpling/gyoza (Japanese dumplings) wrappers from the freezer sections at Asian supermarkets, instead of making them from scratch. They’re an ideal texture and comes in packs of 30 or 50. They turned out absolutely delicious, but apart from fulfilling our tastebuds and tummies, the making of the dumplings turned out to be an amazingly social and relaxing experience. We found ourselves chatting and laughing as we experimented with different folding techniques and caught up about our latest life stories. So I decided to start the tradition of making a serving of Asian dumplings to go with whatever we have for Christmas every year… and while in the fun of making them, also place our thoughts and intentions into the dumplings for the upcoming new year!

These dumplings may be served as finger foods, snacks, or as a main meal accompanying other dishes. You may add meat to the ingredients if that is preferred, or use a variety of other vegetables. Dumplings taste delicious dipped in a sweet ginger and garlic vinaigrette sauce.

Vegetarian Asian Dumplings

Ingredients

500g pre soaked raw cashews (soak overnight)
3 cloves garlic
1 medium onion
3-4 stalks shallots/spring onions
drizzles of black sesame oil
himalayan salt and black pepper
1 pkt of gyoza/asian dumpling wrappers (30-50 sheets)

Put all ingredients into a food processor and blend them to mix well, into a rough texture. Add sesame oil and salt and pepper and stir in well. Proceed to make dumplings, techniques are shown in the youtube video by clicking this link here or the image below.
When dumplings are done they are cooked in the frypan with a techniques that’s half panfried half steamed. Panfried to brown and soak in the flavour of hot sesame oil and then covered to steam cook with a little bit of water for 1-2 minutes. Watch the pan doesn’t dry up and burn.

  • Other vegetables that may be used: mushrooms, bamboo shoots, zucchini.
  • Other filling base that may be used: pre soaked chick peas

Dipping Sauce

1 clove garlic (finely chopped)
1 cm slice of ginger (finely chopped)
1 medium fresh chilli (finely chopped)
2 tbsn sesame oil
3 tbsn apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp raw honey

Combine all ingredients in a small sauce bowl and stir to mix well or in a small jar with lid and shake them up to mix well, then serve in sauce bowl.

Asian Dumplings go really well with a fresh brew of green tea. Green tea compliments any Asian dish as its lightness enhances the exotic tastes of eastern flavours. Our very own organic Oz Green Tea with Lemon Myrtle measures up to superior standard, if not even better than any Asian green tea variety, especially to go with this dish. So try it!
Then let me know in the comments box below how you went!

Now click on image below and join me in making some dumplings!

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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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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.

Click here or on the video image below and view me making the quiches, then try them yourself and let me know how you go! Also if you have any queries, suggestions, tips and ideas, jot them into the comments box below. If you love wholesome foods and teas and haven’t yet join our community of passionate tea lovers, pop your name and email in the box below and get your freebie and welcoming discount to try some teas, also to keep enjoying everything I share about aliveness and teas.

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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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The many ways to have your Tea

You know all about the most common and popular way of having your tea… a fresh hot brew in a teapot served into beautiful teacups. There’s such pleasure in finding and using your favourite and beautiful teawares. They add to the appreciation of life’s aesthetics and also subtly affects the flavour of your tea. Clay teawares for example have been known to be left unglazed and are favoured by tea connoisseurs as the clay absorbs the essence of the tea. A particular teapot is specially assigned for a particular tea so that flavours are exemplified and pure.

Of course, these days the various quaint and modern styled glass and porcelain teawares are popular favourites. Apart from the vessels to have your teas in, what are the many ways to have your tea ?

  1. As a hot brew on hot or cold days or nights
  2. As refreshing iced teas in warm and hot summers
  3. As a base for smoothies
  4. As another ingredient in alcoholic cocktails
  5. As an added ingredient in your favourite food recipes.

For No.1 you may check out my page on The Art of Drinking Tea or the video I made for you on How to brew a perfect pot of Tea click here or on pic below

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As for Points No.4 and 5 I will leave them for another blog post. In this post I’d like to share about iced teas and using tea brews as the base for smoothies.

Typically with both these two I tend to make a big pot or brew and bottle them then keep them chilled in the fridge. It makes for the serving easy whenever needed. Of course keep them fresh by using them within a day or two.

If you live in the southern hemisphere, like I do in Australia, then you’ll know how with summery days easing into these coming months, a cold icy tea or smoothie isn’t just refreshing but also replenishing and revitalising. So if you’ve got a couple of bottles chilled and ready in the fridge, all you have to do is pour them into a nice tall glass with some ice blocks. I love dropping in a slice of fresh lemon or lime or both too, to add to the fresh flavour. As well you may freeze certain fruits in advance like strawberries, grapes, berries or melons (cut into small squares) then drop the frozen fruits into the tea as well. They serve as fruity ice blocks plus also add a subtle fruity flavour to your tea. They also look awesome!

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Always note with iced teas, make the brew of tea double in strength by doubling the amount of leaves, as you will be diluting it when ice blocks are added. Make a couple of big jugs of iced teas to add onto the entertaining table as a healthy and fresh alternative to an alcoholic punch, for guests who prefer non-alcoholic beverage or who are driving. Tuwawi’s fruity blends of Relaxing Tropo and Luscious Berries are completely caffeine free, ideal and yummy for the kids, what’s more, they would just love having colourful frozen fruits floating about in their glass!

As a base for smoothies you may use them according to the properties of the teas, as needed. Or you may use them to add flavour and goodness as well. For example, one night this week when my daughter returned home very stressed from a full-on day, I whipped up a banana and mango smoothie in a base of chilled Sentimental blend, for its calming and soothing properties for the nervous system. We enjoyed the smoothie (which is only light as it isn’t a heavy milky base) as I cooked dinner, she started to relax and breathe deeper.

Banana-mango Smoothie in Sentimental Blend tea base

Banana-mango Smoothie in Sentimental Blend tea base

So if you haven’t tried any of these, it’s time to whip some up! Guaranteed to thrill the kids, and maybe the husband and partner too. To check out some other Smoothies click here.

If you’ve been following Tuwawi Tea’s Facebook posts, you’ll be fully aware of the current Giveaway competition run in collaboration with Becomingness. Check out Vanessa Vickery’s awesome review and write-up on Tuwawi Teas, also all the wholesome recipes on her website, which Tuwawi Tea complements beautifully as well. A reminder, don’t miss out if you wish to enter, closing date is in a couple of days, the 12th Dec. Click here to the post and scroll to bottom of the review post for details for entering, to win a gourmet gift pack (open to Australian residents only)

I’ll get another blog post out to you before the year ends, meanwhile if you’re still in need of beautiful teas for yourself or as a gift, get your orders in, there’s still time for Australia Post to get them to you before Christmas, if you’re in Australia.

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Fruit and Vegetable Smoothies

Beetroot Smoothie high in folate, iron, manganese, Vitamins A and C

I am a big fan of fruit and vegetable smoothies! These days it’s almost a fad with all health gurus raving about freshly blended smoothies or freshly pressed juices. Many have healed their own physical ailments or improved their general health and wellbeing by proactively taking responsibility to better their diets and lifestyles. Smoothies and juices have become part of the natural lifestyle of healthy and wholesome eating, as much as detoxification, an active lifestyle and the healing of emotional wounds and restructuring of empowering mindset becoming a conscious way of living.

When I was self-healing from my past mind and body imbalances, smoothies played a huge part, as they were easily digestible, packed with nutrients and minerals, plus were simply super delicious. I preferred smoothies to juices mainly because it was more like a meal than a drink and also enjoyed the textural quality of them.

Basically you can smoothie just about anything, the combination used can be very simple to quite elaborate. The picture of the beetroot smoothie at the top of this page is bright pink because it’s just a simple blend of whole beetroot in a base of coconut water, then with chia seeds stirred in just before drinking.

A few general tips for a perfectly nutritious and delicious smoothie:

Use a plain liquid as base eg. pure coconut water (high in energy), freshly squeezed lemon, orange or apple juice, or cooled tea. I often have a bottle of my Oz Green Tea with lemon myrtle and a Luscious Berries tea in the fridge. Oz Green tea is an excellent base for vegetables and Luscious Berries (caffeine free) for any fruit smoothie blends. They add an elegant flavour to your smoothies plus enrich them with antioxidants. If you prefer a thicker, creamier base, use coconut milk or almond milk. Avoid cow’s milk as dairy products are not really suitable for the human gut. If you run out completely of any of these bases, just normal spring/filtered water is fine too.

If blending stalky or chunky hardier vegetable pieces like carrots, celery, beetroot, etc. blend them up with a small amount of base liquid first, before stuffing in the rest of the fruit or leafy vegetables in with more liquid. This will avoid lumpy chunks in the smoothie when you drink it.

Generally I try not to blend more than three different kinds of vegetables or fruits, or any combination thereof. This ensures the taste and flavour stays fairly pure, and prevents the blend turning a muddy brown, which is fine too. You may add additional goodness like a high protein powder (for vegans), a raw free range egg (for non vegans), aloe vera gel (good antiinflammatory for the digestive system).

Always allow half the blender to be filled with ice blocks as a smoothie is most delicious when drunk icey cold. The ice makes up the other half of the liquid. To thicken a smoothie that you may find too watery, you may add a couple of dollops of plain yoghurt to a milky base smoothie or simply stir in a spoonful of chia seed to any kind of smoothie. Chia seeds has a gel like thickening effect, and packed with protein, fibre and antioxidants.

Fruit smoothies generally don’t need any sweetening as the fruits themselves are naturally sweet, however vegetables sometimes may be a little tart or tasteless, for e.g. kale in a green smoothie. This can be overcome by using a sweeter freshly squeezed fruit juice as the base, or even dropping in a banana to the blend. I blended half a dozen of kiwifruit in coconut water one night last week, and when I took a sip afterward, my face screwed right up. I had to blend it again with two overripe bananas and it tasted yummy!

Bananas are always handy to have, especially overripe ones. As a bonus I often get them specially discounted from my farmer at the market as people generally won’t buy spotty bananas. However, overripe bananas have been hailed to contain anti-cancer properties. Those dark spots on bananas apparently produce a cytokine called TNF (tumour necrosis factor) that counteracts inflammation and the formation of tumours. Plus bananas are high in potassium and Vitamin B6. Peel their skins off and keep them frozen in the freezer. Adding a couple of frozen bananas into your smoothies is ideal. They go well with almost anything.

Always try and use organic fruits and vegetables as you’ll be consuming them raw. If you can’t then make sure they are peeled or at least washed properly.

Herbs and spices are excellent addition for flavour but also nutrition. A handful of mint always uplifts any fruit or vegetable smoothie. Coriander is a great for the digestive system, also excellent for detoxifying, if you like its taste.

Well there you go, if you still haven’t tried smoothies, or it’s been awhile since you last made them, now is the time! It’s as easy as 1-2-3 no extensive chopping nor cleaning. Often it may be an easier and more delicious way to drink all the goodness of fruits and vegetables rather than sitting there with a mountain load of greens chomping away like a rabbit! Also, they are super excellent for detoxing when you feel like you’ve simply indulged in too much foods and/or alcohol.

Smoothies are best as a cold drink in the warmer seasons though they can be made into warm ones, using warm (not boiling hot) Tuwawi tea blends as a base. It makes the smoothie into a warm nutritious drink on a cool night.

For something different try…

img_20161029_194731Using Restoration Blend tea as a base with some beets, carrots and celery, add half a teaspoon of turmeric and stir in some raw honey to taste. It will warm you up and nourish your immune system in the cold winter nights.

Restoration Blend: Immune strengthening blend of organic Chai, Rooibos and Yerba mate

If you have an excellent smoothie blend of your own or any thoughts and tips, please share in the comments box below. Would love to hear it!

 

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Toasted Turkish Bread with Dukkah

This is a very simple dish that requires almost minimal cooking, except the toasting of some sliced pieces of Turkish bread. I love Turkish bread because they’re light and when toasted, the crusts become crunchy on the outside and the bread remains soft and light on the inside. Of course if you’re gluten intolerant, use gluten free breads.

Along with bread, you may also use vegetables like carrots, cucumber, capsicum, celery, and fruits like apples. Slice them up into long ways so they can be dipped into the dukkah as well.

dukkahWhat is dukkah? (pronounced dookah) It’s an Egyptian condiment consisting of a mixture of spices, herbs and nuts. It’s usually used as a dip, either as starters before a meal or as a light delicious snack. You may make your own healthy dukkah by crushing roasted nuts (eg. hazelnut, macadamia nuts, almonds) then combined with various spices and herbs like coriander and cumin seeds, sesame seeds, sea salt and black pepper. Or if you’re like me, and a little lazy, you may just purchase them readymade. If such, make sure you buy them from a gourmet deli or like myself, I get them from my Turkish lady at the market who makes and blends her own dukkah, they are as fresh as if I made them myself!

Toasted breads and vegetables are usually dipped first into a nice robust saucer of olive oil then into the dukkah, so it sticks and picks up the mixture. I also usually like to have a saucer of apple cider vinegar as well and dip into that and the olive oil, just to add a hint of tang to the flavour and taste.

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As it’s light and easy, Turkish bread and dukkah is an excellent dish to have out on a picnic lunch too. My dog Charlie salivates and waits eagerly for some crumbs and treats when I sit out in the beautiful sunshine with my dukkah meal and a lovely pot of refreshing Oz Green tea with Lemon Myrtle on a warm day. Or sometimes I may feel like the more robust Restoration Blend with it’s subtle chai of spices, nicely complementing this dish.

dukkah4Share your thoughts and ideas about this dish in the comments box below, would love to hear it, and if you haven’t tried it, do so. It’s amazingly simple yet so tasty!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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