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Marketing Intern Cole Margen returns to the kitchen and shares a surprising new tea recipe.
Recently, I’ve been more and more interested in the potential for tea in actual food–especially desserts! I can’t think of a better way to explore the complex flavors found in tea than by including them in my edible creations. And last weekend I had a delicious success with green tea steamed buns!
Green tea buns, or “mushi pan” as they are known in Japanese, are super easy to make, tasty, and reasonably healthy, considering they are steamed instead of fried or baked. They go great as a dessert or a light afternoon snack during tea time. The buns use matcha green tea to really bring color and a unique tea flavor to the dish. Matcha as a drink is slightly vegetal, and buttery, which makes it a perfect addition to the buns.
Here’s the recipe I like best. It uses honey and yogurt to bring added moisture to the buns. These buns are best enjoyed on their own, or with a cup of tea. They are a great summertime dessert to make for family and friends and are also easy to prepare. One batch of buns takes about a total of 20 minutes from start to finish. Enjoy, fellow tea enthusiasts and until next time be well and drink more tea.
Technically it’s not summer yet, but look around. The sun is out and you’re already spending more time outdoors, just soaking it in. But all that good weather can be thirsty work. That’s why we at Mighty Leaf are unveiling an amazing new drink recipe that brings the antioxidant power of green tea to the thirst-quenching goodness of a summertime favorite. Learn to make Matcha Lemonade by watching our newest video!
Time’s running out to make final preparations for your legendary Memorial Day BBQ. You’ve got grass-fed steaks and veggie burgers galore; your famous potato salad is in the works; and the biggest watermelon your arms could carry is stashed in the cupboard. There’s only one crucial element missing: unforgettable beverages for the adult crowd. Don’t worry. Mighty Leaf’s got you covered. Check out these amazing tea cocktails guaranteed to make your cookout a hit.
Things are still in high gear out in Chicago where the Mighty Leaf Tea’m is hard at work wowing customers and brewing up a good time at the National Restaurant Association show. Tea is making a big impression with the crowd this year as a beverage for all seasons and menus. Showcasing that versatility is one of the most exciting booths we’ve ever had. Here it is before the crowds arrive for the day.
There are as many ways to enjoy tea as there are tea lovers. Some prefer classics such as chamomile and a bit of honey. Others crave tea lattes with ingredients like steamed almond milk and agave nectar. But what about black tea mixed with liberal amounts of butter and salt? Marketing Intern Cole Margen explains the surprising allure of Tibetan Butter Tea.
The Drink In The Season Holiday Recipe Contest was a hit this year with multiple qualified contestants submitting their creations. The Mighty Leaf team was quite impressed by the variety, and ingenuity of many of the drinks that we saw amongst the finalists in particular. Who would’ve known that Mighty Leaf Tea could be used in such creative, and enticing recipes?
Ever wanted to try a little jalapeno in your green tea? Wondered whether an Earl Grey egg nog could be the most popular drink at your holiday party? (The answer’s yes.) Take up a cocktail shaker and experience them yourself! The ten astonishing and delicious finalists from our Drink in the Season Holiday Recipe are now available on our Facebook page and there’s $1,000 in tea on the line!
In November we began accepting original drink recipes on Facebook from the flavor mavens in the Mighty Leaf community. A giant wave of creativity swept in, leaving us with literally dozens of outstanding concoctions. It took our dedicated team two delicious weeks to sift through them all, and this week we posted the ten best.
But now it’s time for the our tea-drinking fans and friends to decide which recipe deserves the highest honors; which champion of the chai or maestro of the mocktail should bring home the title of Grand Prize Winner. So hurry over to our voting page where you can learn to make all ten drinks and then vote on your favorites. Every Facebook user get one vote per day until voting closes at midnight Pacific Time on December 18, 2012.
So drink early and vote often!
Chef Vinita Jacinto is back with another astonishing tea recipe for the Mighty Leaf community to enjoy. Already she’s brought together the surprisingly complementary flavors of Organic Earl Grey and rice pudding and the unforgettable combination of Organic African Nectar and quinoa! If you haven’t tried out those recipes, you are doing your taste buds a disservice. Put them on the menu for dinner tonight! But now Chef Jacinto has outdone herself. Today she brings green beans to tea time and creates a standout side dish your dinner guests will go home talking about.
Two weeks ago, Chef Vinita Jacinto began to open up our minds to the flavor possibilities of tea recipes. Her first dish, Earl Grey Rice Pudding, got a lot of attention and rightly so. It was simple to make and tremendously flavorful. This week she’s offering up another simple, compelling fall dish: African Nectar Quinoa.
At Mighty Leaf, one of our favorite things is when an inspired chef incorporates the natural flavors of tea into a wonderful new dish. That sort of creativity expands our understanding of tea and its many tastes and aromas. And it gives us something exciting to add to our culinary repertoire–if only we can figure out how to make it!
That’s why we’re thrilled to announce a partnership with Chef Vinita Jacinto! Together we’ll publish a series of stunning tea-based recipes right here on our blog. Every two weeks, Chef Jacinto will share a new way to take one of your favorite Mighty Leaf teas and turn it into a new mealtime treat.
Here’s Chef Jacinto’s introduction to our first scrumptious recipe: