Michelle S. CarlosJohannesburg, Gauteng, ZA
Drawing extracts from my vivid thoughts and lucid dreams, I create vibrant watercolor paintings featuring natural to abstract themes.
Recipes By Michelle S. Carlos
Olive leaf tea: Recent studies proved that the leaves of olives contain olearopein, a potent antiviral and antibacterial constituent, which improves circulation and lowers blood sugar levels. When taken daily the tea can lower high blood pressure and increases natural immunity. It is known to energize and treats chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, cystitis, fevers, flu, disorientation, dizziness, and depression.
Meanwhile cold tea can be used as a wash to treat cuts, rashes, itchiness and sunburn.
Source: Margaret Roberts
For my Global Cuisine design challenge entry, I want to feature the Filipino culture of communal sharing at the table, with what is now happily called a "Boodle Fight" coined from the military style of eating as one. Laden with fresh banana leaves and foods varying from vegetable side dishes to seasonal fruits, grilled meats, a melange of seafoods, of course, our staple, white rice and in many occasions, a roasted suckling pig aka lechon, the bountiful table showcases how Filipinos love feasting with family and friends indoors and at best by the beach on a hot summer's day. We eat with our hands, please!
For the prim and posh and tea lovers alike, an afternoon tea party would be the best birthday bash. Throw an elegant affair British-style with beautiful linens, delicate china wares and shiny cuttleries. Then serve your guests with dainty finger foods, traditional scones, cream and jam and mini desserts. Select your favorite loose leaf tea and never forget milk and sugar on the table. Lastly, what is a birthday party without a layered cake?
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.