Michelle S. CarlosJohannesburg, Gauteng, ZA
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Recipes By Michelle S. Carlos
Here’s another quick guide to preparing matcha even in the comfort of your home. All you need is a bowl or a large mug, a whisk and of course, a good quality matcha. Preparing matcha or usucha in the more formal tea ceremony is only a part of it. Sado is an elaborate ritual full of symbolism. It will take years to master the ritual.
Here’s a quick guide on how to do Gongfu cha with Chinese black tea like Lapsang Souchong, one of the more easily found Chinese black tea in the market. Such tea as well as oolongs and Puehr can handle boiled water but 95 degrees centigrade is preferred. Let the water boil and let stand for a minute. Other types of tea require proper temperature and water vs. tea ratio. Green tea needs 80-85 degrees C, while white tea needs cooler water. Using hot water will shock the leaves and release tannins that make the tea bitter.
Other than that, the procedure for Gongfu cha is basically the same.
Rooibos, meaning red bush, is an herbal health drink which is highly regarded in South Africa where the plant is solely grown. Rich in antioxidants and believed to relieve stomach problems, this tisane is also completely caffeine free, so it can be enjoyed anytime of the day. Rooibos is served with or without milk but this easy latte recipe is quite popular in local cafes as well.
Drinking tea is a tradition as much as a favorite past time in Morocco. It is customary to offer mint tea to every guest as a sign of their hospitality. Mint tea is not only refreshing but also good for the body as it is known to relieve stomach problems as well as heartburn in addition to green tea, which is high in antioxidants that lower the risk of cancer.