For the love of tea, and an antioxidant sorbet.

Green Tea and Raspberry Sorbet

Tea is one of the oldest drinks in the world, and has traditions entrenched many cultures. We are so lucky to have a huge variety to choose from, but today I am just talking about green tea.

GREEN TEA leaves are blessed with catechins, the gatekeepers of wondrous amounts of antioxidants, as well as anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, and antibacterial properties.  That’s right, drink some green tea and reduce your risk of colon, skin, lung, prostate and breast cancer; and the likelihood of cardiovascular disease and neurodegenerative disease. And slow adverse effects of ageing while you’re at it! 

But why stop at drinking it as a tea. The Food Matters Project recipe for this week – Raspberry Cabernet Sorbet, inspired me to to make a green tea, raspberry and mint version. Cracker-packed full of antioxidants, this sorbet is a delicious little dairy-free treat. Wrong time of year for sorbet? Not on hot apple pie!

Green Tea and Raspberry Antioxidant Sorbet
Makes about 2 cups
1 tablespoon good quality green tea
10-15 mint leaves, roughly chopped
225g raspberries (frozen)
1/4 cup silken tofu (or coconut milk)
1-2 tablespoons maple syrup

Pour 1/2 cup boiling water onto the green tea and steep for 10 minutes.
Pop the raspberries, tofu and maple syrup into a food processor or blender and process until just combined (you will probably need to scrape down the sides).
Drizzle in 5 tablespoons of the strained, cooled green tea infusion and add the mint leaves and process just enough to combine. Don’t overprocess or it will turn into a raspberry liquid!

Serve straight away. You can freeze and serve later, but be sure to allow time for it to soften before serving (anywhere from 15 – 30 minutes or more depending on the temperature).

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And for something to get your circulation pumping, ignite your digestion, calm the spirit and warm the cockles of your hearts, how about a banging chai inspired tea. This recipe does have quite a few ingredients, but it is so worth it. And once you have all the ingredients, you will have an excuse to make it all the time! For everyone!
Perfect for cozy couch consumption, or can be served cold for something different. 

Super Fab Chai
Makes about 2 cups
1 cup water
2 bay leaves
1 cinnamon stick
4 cloves
2cm piece of fresh ginger, sliced
3 peppercorns
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1/4 tsp coriander seeds
1 star anise (optional)
2 tsp tea (black tea, rooibos, dandelion root)
1 cup of milk of your choice

Put all the spices along with the cup of water in a saucepan and simmer for 15 minutes.

Add the tea and the milk, and simmer for another 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and sweeten with honey to your liking.
I might go and make one now. x

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