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    Tea Note Speaker - December 2011 Issue

    Editors Note
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    Christmas Tea Party Idea

    Why not host a Christmas afternoon tea party this holiday season? It is a great way to create your own family Christmas traditions.

    Or maybe you are looking for stress free Christmas party ideas? Look no further. Hosting a tea for the holidays can be stress free and fun.

    Everyone is busy at this time of year, and having a holiday themed afternoon tea is a great way to get friends together, relax and enjoy an afternoon of sharing.at a Christmas Afternoon Tea Party.

    Your guests will love the intrigue, the mystery and the anticipation of who dunnit� Read the full article here

    Lemongrass

    Lemongrass ( Cymbopogon citratus) is a perennial grass that can be grown either in the garden or as an indoor (or outdoor) potted plant. It thrives in warm weather (it does not do well in extremely cold climates), grows from two to four feet tall, and � when used as a background for other plants � can add a tropical touch to the garden.

    Lemon grass seldom bears seeds and is almost always propagated from a section of root. The plant thrives in a sunny spot, rich soil and plenty of water.
    Just as its name implies, lemon grass easily brews up into a delightful, lemony-flavored tea.

    Cut several long blades of foliage from the plant, wash them, and chop them into inch-long pieces with a pair of scissors. Then cover the bits of grass with water, bring the liquid to a boil, and steep for 10 to fifteen minutes.

    The resulting liquid is very fragrant, rich lemon gold in color, very refreshing! Sweeten the hot drink with honey, or chill the tea and serve it cold.
    Learn more here�lemongrass-tea


    Some Recipes

    I have another tea recipe to share with you from a good friend of mine. She insists that this is her �tea� to good health during the winter months.

    For colds & flu
    1 oz. blackberry leaves
    1 oz. of elder flowers
    1 oz. of linden flowers
    1 oz. of peppermint leaves
    Prepare this tea and drink daily as a preventive measure during the cold and flu season. If you do get sick, add honey to the tea, drink it very hot and lie in bed; covered, to sweat.

    I have also included a quick and easy treatst for afternoon tea that will make you look like you spent all day preparing .

    Cocoa Petit Pastry Puffs
    Ingredients:
    � of a 17.3 oz. Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry sheet (equivalent to 1 sheet)
    3 teaspoons sugar
    1 cup heavy cream
    1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    Edible decoratives (if desired)
    Thaw the pastry sheet at room temperature for 40 minutes. Preheat the oven to 400�. Unfold the pastry on a lightly floured surface and roll into a 14 x 9-inch rectangle. Cut the pastry into 30 rounds with a cookie cutter. Place two inches apart on a baking sheet. Brush with water and sprinkle with about half the sugar. Bake for 10 minutes or until they�re golden brown. Beat the cream, cocoa, and remaining sugar in a medium bowl with a mixer until stiff peaks form. Split the pastry sheet into two halves; spread about two tablespoons of the chocolate mixture on the 30 bottom layers. Replace the top layers. Decorate if desired.

    This recipe is very good with most teas. However, one especially good match is Darjeeling tea.

    Scones

    Rich Scones
    1 cup self rising flour
    � tsp salt
    � cup butter
    3 T caster sugar
    � cup raisins or currants
    1 large egg
    � cup milk
    Preheat oven to 425 F degrees. Grease a baking sheet. Mix flour, salt, sugar and raisins. Blend in butter. Add egg and milk, reserving a small amount for brushing tops. Mix together and place on a floured surface. The dough will be soft and spongy. Handle carefully for best results. Roll dough out to about � inch thickness and cut into shapes that go with your themed party. Or you can cut into 2 � inch rounds. Re roll trimmings until all dough is used. Brush the tops with the extra egg and milk and sprinkle caster sugar. For an extra added surprise, you can sprinkle on edible glitter or colored sugar. Makes 8 scones.

    Green Tea Cookies

    These cookies are a matcha-infused shortbread style, a traditional butter cookie touched with green color and this popular Japanese flavor.

    1 lb Unsalted butter, softened
    5 oz Powdered sugar,
    1 lb 4 oz All purpose flour,
    1 oz Green tea (matcha) powder,
    1 oz Salt
    1 teaspoon cookie cutter

    Sift flour, salt and green tea powder together. Set aside. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. We recommend using an electric mixer at speed two (or medium speed) for 8-10 minutes. Add flour mixture, by keeping mixture speed low. Do not overmix; it should take only about 1 minute.

    Scrape down the dough, take it out of the mixer and flatten it. Wrap tightly, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Roll out dough to a 1/4" thickness. Cut out with cookie cutter.

    Butter a cookie sheet. Lay the cookies out on the sheet and chill for 30 minutes. After the cookies have been chilled, bake at 325 degree for 15 minutes.

    These are a great compliment to matcha tea.


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