Although we all think of tea first and foremost as a delicious warm beverage, it is in fact a type of herb, just like basil, mint and rosemary. This means that it can be used to add flavor and dimension to dishes, just like any other herb. Any tea lover who has yet to try their hand at incorporating tea leaves into their cooking is missing out big time on what this versatile leaf has to offer. But never fear, we have compiled a list of easy ways to start cooking with tea leaves.
Chicken Noodle Soup – Green Tea
Chicken noodle soup has long been the go-to meal for those recovering from a cold or flu and the addition of green tea only serves to enhance the medicinal qualities of this comforting soup. All you need to do is replace the water you would usually use for the broth with brewed green tea. Then simply make the soup as you usually would and enjoy the new flavour dimension. The green tea cuts through the greasiness of the chicken and adds a subtle creamy, vegetal taste. Find the perfect green tea to enhance your next soup here. For a full recipe, try this one.
Porridge – Oolong Tea
Steep a teaspoon of dark oolong tea in two cups of heated milk for 15 minutes, then strain out the tea leaves and use the tea-flavoured milk to make your porridge as usual. Note: you can also replace the oolong tea with black tea, like this yummy recipe which uses Earl Grey Tea. Check out our range of Oolong teas here or choose one of our black teas here.
Cookies- Chai Tea
Did you ever wonder why dipping your cookies in tea is one of the most delicious things in the world? It’s not just because of the delicious crumbly, melt-in-your-mouth effect, it’s also because the flavour of the tea seriously enhances a simple cookie. Use a super easy butter cookie recipe and add ground up chai tea to the dough to make some uniquely delicious cookies with minimal effort. Alternatively, try this recipe for vanilla chai cookies. Grab some chai tea for your next batch of cookies here.
Smoked Chicken or Fish – Jasmine Tea
This is an ingenious Chinese cooking technique which gives meat a rich smoky flavor. Line a wok with 4 layers of foil, letting the edges hang over. Place a mixture of even parts jasmine tea and uncooked rice in the wok and add a dash of water. Heat the mixture until it starts to smoke, then place your meat on a wire rack inside the wok and cover the entire thing with a lid. Allow the meat to cook and then remove and enjoy your smoky, tea flavoured meal. For more detailed instructions, use this step by step guide Check out our range of Jasmine teas and Green teas here