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  • Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

     

    Long a classic of teas and subdued receptions, cucumber tea sandwiches have a history as rich as their flavor. If you're planning a quiet afternoon tea or simply want to try something a bit different next time you're asked to bring a dish, this cucumber sandwich recipe is simple to prepare and bring along.

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  • Everyone Should Drink Green Tea

    If you're not already a tea drinker - you should be. Tea is one of the oldest and most natural drinks on the globe, and many are discovering there is a lot more to a cup of tea than you might suppose. This is especially true of green tea, arguably the healthiest variety of the tea industry.

    WHY GREEN TEA?

    What makes green tea so special? Its many health benefits combined with a mild and delicious flavor have brought green tea almost instant fame over the last few years. As more is learned about the cancer preventative properties and other health aspects of the drink, green tea will continue to be among the world's healthiest beverages.

    GREEN TEA REDUCES CERTAIN CANCER RISKS

    There have been studies across the globe that have now provided firm evidence that green tea inhibits the growth of cancerous cells, effectively reducing your risk of certain types of cancer. Green tea has been shown to reduce the risk of esophageal cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer and cervical cancer. There are claims that green tea can prevent other forms of cancer as well.

    GREEN TEA REDUCES CHOLESTEROL

    Certain elements in green tea have been shown to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol, or the bad cholesterol, improving the overall cholesterol ratio. Many scientists now believe that the same natural ingredients found in green tea are responsible for the lower instances of heart disease among the French despite their smoking and diets rich in fats. The same is true of the Japanese. There is a very low instance of heart disease in Japan despite seventy-five percent of Japanese males smoking on a regular basis.

    GREEN TEA IMPROVES YOUR DIET, YOUR SKIN AND YOUR TEETH

    Green tea has been shown in various studies to improve calorie burning in a typical diet. It also is becoming a primary ingredient in many skin care products including creams and even deodorants. Drinking green tea improves your teeth as well by reducing and preventing decay. The same property that destroys plaque forming bacteria in your mouth can also prevent food poisoning.

    EGCG AND OTHER COMPONENTS

    Green tea is able to do all that it does because of only a handful of ingredients. Green tea has a great deal of catechin polyphenols which are tremendously beneficial to your overall health. In particular, green tea is rich in epigallocatechin gallate, otherwise known as EGCG. EGCG is an antioxidant with powerful results. EGCG is strong enough to battle cancerous cells while protecting healthy ones. It also prevents blood from clotting improperly which contributes to better heart conditions.

    GREEN TEA STANDS ALONE

    Interestingly, other popular teas such as black and oolong varieties are made from the leaves of the same tea plant as green tea. However, those varieties of tea don't have the same health properties as green tea. The difference is not the tea plant, but the way the tea leaves are processed. Green tea leaves are steamed rather than fermented. This keeps the EGCG from oxidizing, thus leaving the medicinal value intact. The best aspect of green tea, however, is not its overwhelming health benefits; it's the delicious flavor that brings you back for another cup - regardless of how healthy you think you're being.

    Revolution Green Teas

    Açaí Green Tea
    Orange Chocolate Green Tea
    Organic Earl Grey Green Tea
    Organic Green Tea
    Peach Mango Green Tea
    Tropical Green Tea

  • Bring Back Afternoon Tea

    Tea is more than a delicious beverage, or even a hot drink with many health benefits. In countries across the globe, tea has been deemed worthy of a complete stop in the day's activities just so you can sit back and enjoy a steaming cup. Afternoon tea has traditionally been served in almost every country descended from or heavily influenced by Europe.

    The rituals of afternoon tea were even enjoyed in the United States for centuries, although the practice is almost unheard of now. But should afternoon tea been wiped out with our waves of high productivity? Taking a leisurely break in the late afternoon for a cup of tea and snacks was long ago deemed unnecessary and wasteful of precious time. Perhaps now, however, we should reexamine the role of afternoon tea and consider reintroducing it to the everyday.

    THE DAILY DROOP

    In the late afternoon, particularly around three or four o'clock, you feel decidedly more tired and worn out than you do earlier in the day. This is the time your body needs a break. It's actually a sign that you should be napping at this time, but naps are definitely a luxury. There is tea time, however, which is conveniently organized around four o'clock as a great way to feed your metabolism, take a break, and rest up to regain the energy you need to power through another few hours of work.

    WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

    Many studies have shown that the way to lose weight is to eat less more often - not to skip meals. Eating small meals throughout the day gives your body a steady stream of energy and keeps your metabolism high. A solid snack accompanied by a cup of tea is just the thing to ward off severe hunger and fatigue that often undermine otherwise successful diets.

    ENERGY BOOST

    Tea has many benefits including antioxidants, but the most important ingredient when you're feeling weary toward the end of the work day is caffeine. There is just enough caffeine in tea to perk you back up when you start to feel sluggish. Hot tea, iced tea and ready-made tea drinks all have plenty of artificial energy when you need a bit of propping up.

    REVITALIZATION

    You may be too deep in your work to notice, but usually your best efforts come in the span of only an hour. You should be taking a break every hour or so from your work to revitalize and clear your mind. Then, when you're refreshed, head back to the desk. Taking a short break for tea can put the morning's drudgery behind you and clear the way to a brighter afternoon.

    SOCIALIZATION

    For those used to tea, it's very easy to see that tea time is fantastic for socialization. Many continue the practice simply because it's nice to sit with a pot of tea and catch up during the otherwise hectic day. Business lunches keeping you away from friends? Meet up at teatime and you can stay connected despite your intense schedule.

  • Throw a Tea Party

    Tea parties aren't just reserved for little girls and aristocrats. If a dinner party is too daunting, but you want to invite a group of friends over for a good time, why not invite them over for tea? Serving tea is customary in many countries around the world, but has long fallen out of practice in the United States and Canada due to time constraints and our busy lifestyles. Perhaps an afternoon tea party is just the thing to remind you of how enjoyable a more peaceful pace of life can be.

    TEA PARTY ARRANGEMENTS

    Set up your tea arrangements much like a buffet. Or you can arrange your items in the center of a larger table if you've invited a smaller number of guests. A tea party is usually a smaller affair with six to eight guests, possibly fewer for a more intimate affair, and conversation is the primary focus of the event. Tea and food items are available only to supplement socializing.

    Set your tea table with a full tea service including sugar, lemons and hot water. You'll also want to include artificial sweeteners and milk. The tea service should be placed near the head of the table where you will be serving, and the rest of the table should be laid with small foods such as tea sandwiches, tea cakes, fruit, scones and other simple items. You should likely avoid using full sized plates as your guests are not coming for a meal. Instead opt for smaller plates - perhaps those that match your tea set.

    The Tea Party Greet guests warmly and be sure to make introductions between guests who are not already acquainted. As the hostess, you must speak to all guests and invite them to the table when it is time to serve.

    Pour tea for each guest after asking how she prefers her cup. Add sugar, lemon and milk as desired and continue pouring until all guests are served. If you've opted for a buffet style set-up, you still pour tea for your guests, but you can do so as they arrive with less production and fanfare.

    While you are preparing cups of tea, invite your guests to sample the food items and be sure you're keeping conversations going. The polite hostess finds ways to draw all guests into a conversation and to keep that socializing running smoothly throughout the party.

    THE MODERN TEA PARTY

    While throwing a traditional tea party can be fun, you might also want to add some modern touches to the occasion by offering more than a single black tea to guests. You might offer a traditional as well as herbal tea and there is no reason tea parties shouldn't be coed. Invite friends of both genders and all backgrounds to share a pot of tea and conversation in the afternoon.

    Granted, most guests aren't able to come to a tea party on a Wednesday afternoon, but they might be free on a weekend. Find a schedule and set-up that fits your lifestyle and adapt the tea party to suit. After all, a tea party is a social occasion. It's all about having a good time.

  • The Sweet History of Iced Tea

    While tea has an impressive history stretching back 5,000 years, iced tea has a history stretching back only as far as the discovery of preserving ice. After all, what good was iced tea in the winter time?

    ICED TEA PUNCHES

    While popular lore has iced tea being discovered by accident in the early twentieth century, there are documents dating the use of iced tea in the seventeenth century. In 1795, South Carolina was the only colony in America producing tea plants. It was also the only colony (later state) to produce the plant commercially. The plant arrived in the late 1700s thanks to French explorer and botanist, Andre Michaux. Michaux brought many showy plants to South Carolina during this time to satisfy the tastes of wealthy Charleston planters.

    Once the plant arrived, accounts of iced versions of tea began to appear almost immediately in cookbooks of the day. Both English and American cookbooks show tea being iced to use in cold green tea punches. Heavily spiked with alcohol, these punches were popular and made with green tea, not black as iced tea is made today. One popular version was called Regent's Punch, named after George IV, the English prince regent in the early nineteenth century.

    TRADITIONAL ICED TEA

    The first version of iced tea as we know it today, albeit made with green tea leaves, was printed in 1879. Housekeeping in Old Virginia published a recipe by Marion Cabell Tyree calling for green tea to be boiled then steeped throughout the day. Finally, "fill the goblets with ice, put two teaspoonfuls granulated sugar in each, and pour the tea over the ice and sugar." Ms. Tyree also called for lemon in her drink.

    In 1884, the head of the Boston Cooking School, Mrs. D. A. (Mary) Lincoln, printed her recipe for presweetened iced tea calling for cold tea to be poured over cracked ice, lemon and two sugar cubes. Mrs. Lincoln's recipe called for the black tea used today in iced tea as well as sugar proving sweet tea is not just a southern tradition.

    ICED TEA BECOMES COMMERCIALIZED

    Many other accounts of iced tea exist prior to 1904 when many historians mistakenly believe iced tea was invented. While it has been shown that the beverage had existed for a century prior to the World's Fair in St. Louis, Richard Blechynden is said to have realized that an iced version of his free hot tea would be more appealing on a summer day. It was, and with so many fair goers from around the country looking for cold drinks, the popularity of iced tea skyrocketed and the beverage became immediately well-known and eventually common throughout all of North America.

    ICED TEA TODAY

    Today, iced tea comes in many variations. It is served sweetened, primarily in the southern states, and served black in most others. In many area of the United States you'll get iced tea when you ask for "tea" any month of the year. Iced tea is now sold in bottles and is one of the most popular beverages in the world. It can be found in some variation on every continent. From spiked punch to healthy drink alternative, iced tea has traveled a great distance in its relatively short history.

  • The Art of Iced Tea

    Iced tea is more than just a drink - for many, it's an art form. The first ice tea was introduced to the masses on a hot day at the World's Fair quite by accident. In 1904, Richard Blechynden iced down his hot tea to sell it more effectively and a new craze was born. Of course, some households had been serving iced tea for decades previous to this, particularly in the Southern United States, but once iced tea was sampled by thousands in St. Louis, the beverage became an instant favorite.

    SIMPLE ICED TEA

    There are many ways to make iced tea, but the simplest is to mix commercially available powered tea into water, chill and drink. Those who pride themselves on their tea, however, would never dream of making the concoction in this way.

    Most make iced tea in much the same way as hot tea. Water is boiled and tea bags are steeped. Only in most cases, you make an entire pot of tea rather than just a cup. The tea is diluted and allowed to cool, or the h3 mixture is poured hot over ice to dilute and cool at the same time. Iced tea is served over ice and usually garnished with a lemon.

    SWEET TEA

    In the South and anywhere patrons enjoy presweetened drinks, sweet tea is often as available as unsweetened. Sweet tea is made hot, but then sugar is added to the hot mixture. When the tea is diluted and cooled, the sweet flavor, and often a few extra garnishes such as lemon, mint or raspberries make sweet tea a refreshing treat.

    Like many food items, there are a great number of recipes for sweet tea that are carefully guarded and copied by generations of families. Even some restaurants bring customers back time and time again thanks to their special sweet tea. In most cases, however, even if unsweetened tea is the only available choice, it is sweetened by the individual using sugar or artificial sweeteners.

    THE ART OF ICED TEA

    In some circles, iced tea is as prized as a secret family recipe. Recipes for iced tea date back to 1879, and the beverage was likely served for years prior to that. In the south, iced tea is called Southern table wine simply because it is served so often and considered such a sort of pride.

    If you come calling on a hot day, you're as likely to be offered a glass of iced tea as you are a soda. Given the chance, you should always opt for the tea. Not only is it more cool and refreshing, it is also an excellent source of antioxidants and natural flavors.

    There is nothing unnatural about iced tea until artificial sweeteners are added. Select any kind of tea, although black tea is most often used, and brew up a pitcher for yourself. You'll quickly discover that once you make the switch to iced tea, it's very hard to go back.

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  • The True Value of Tea

    HEALTHY TEA

    For thousands of years, tea has been used for any number of medicinal purposes. Even today, tea is used to improve and protect our health. Unfortunately, many who could benefit from the healthy boosting antioxidants and natural ingredients in a fine tea find that drinking a hot glass of tea, or even iced tea, doesn't fit their lifestyle or suit their taste. Fortunately, there are now more ways than ever to get the healthy benefits of tea without boiling kettles of water or dainty teacups.

    HEALTHY TEA - ON THE GO

    If there's anything we love in our modern society of haste, it's a powerful drink we can grab on the go. Long have soda can and bottled water been mainstay of those seeking a cold drink while in the car or on the bus, but in recent years, many more beverages have been offered in neatly prepackaged containers that are not only delicious, but good for you. Many are surprised to learn just how beneficial a can of tea or fruit juice concoction can be. Now with so many interesting flavors and combinations of ready-to-drink teas, drinks to take on the go have a greater variety than ever.

    THE NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF TEA

    Within teas, there are many different kinds, but almost all teas have nutritional and health values. Green teas are considered by many to be the healthiest, but all teas contain antioxidants. Antioxidants found in teas are called catechins, and catechins, like all antioxidants battle free radicals and repair damaged cells within the body. This promotes good health and may even prevent cancer.

    When the goodness of tea is combined with fruit, there are even more natural health benefits. The tea blends smoothly with the fruit components creating a drink which is mild yet flavorful, full of vitamins, minerals and those all important antioxidants. There are precious few beverages which can claim to refresh your thirst, boost your vitamin intake, give you energy and fight cancer in a single serving.

    Tea is an ancient beverage, yet one with very modern health benefits. It's likely the health benefits of tea are even more valuable now than they were a few centuries ago. After being consumed for more than four thousand years, tea has changed very little - until now. It's been served hot, it's been served cold. But now tea is being served in a style that suits the most frantic lifestyle - you can get it to go.

  • Drink yourself to a healthier new you with Revolution Tea

    Tea has great sources of health benefits! With the holiday season behind us, let's focus on a brighter, better & healthier version of you! Start your year with these Revolution Teas containing detoxifying ingredients:

    REVOLUTION TEA
    TEA-TOXIFYING INGREDIENTS
    HEALTH BENEFITS
    Golden Chamomile Herbal Tea
    Dandelion
    Aids in digestion, flushing the system of toxins and promotes a healthy sleep-cycle
    Honeybush Caramel Herbal Tea
    Rooibos
    Cleanses the skin, blood and liver
    Southern Mint Herbal Tea
    Mint
    Calms the stomach and reduces bloating
    Sweet Ginger Peach Black Tea
    Ginger
    Aids in managing glucose levels and helps promote healthy weight loss
    Blackberry Jasmine Oolong Tea
    Jasmine
    Contains powerful antioxidant properties to help calm nerves
    Pomegranate White Tea
    Pomegranate
    Natural diuretic that helps reduce inflammation in the body
    Organic Green Tea
    Green Tea
    Helps boost metabolism and prevent illness

    Now that you know which tea does what, here is your "drink yourself healthy" suggested daily tea menu to be used in conjunction to a healthy diet:

    TYPE OF TEA
    TIME OF DAY
    QUANTITY
    Pomegranate White & Blackberry Jasmine Oolong Tea
    Morning or before lunch
    2-3 cups max
    Honeybush Caramel & Sweet Ginger Peach Tea
    After lunch or before dinner
    1-3 cups max
    Organic Green Tea
    Any time before dinner
    3 cups max
    Golden Chamomile Herbal & Southern Mint Herbal Tea
    After dinner or before bed
    1 cup

    Cheers & Happy Tea Drinking!

  • Teas and Soirees History

    So long as there has been tea, there have been tea "events." Thousands of years ago, the Chinese monk Lu Yu gave form and structure to Chinese tea preparation and drinking. This was just the beginning of the formality of tea.

    Japanese Tea Ceremonies

    In Japan, tea was introduced around 800 AD. Buddhist Priest Yeisei brought the beverage to the country, and had seen the benefits of a tea ceremony on religious ceremonies and activities including meditation. Thanks to his influence, tea spread rapidly through monasteries and royalty. Soon, drinking tea was elevated to a true art form still used today.

    The Japanese Tea Ceremony is a formalized preparation and serving of tea. To perform the tea ceremony in Japan, one must have years of training to achieve the right level of grace, charm and manners. Over the years, the official hostesses of Japan, the geisha, became specialize in the tea ceremony. Tea houses opened as well to host the events.

    Tea Gardens

    As tea circumnavigated the globe, tea gardens opened in Europe. The Portuguese introduced tea to the Dutch, and through trade, the Dutch brought the tea to France, Holland and the Baltic countries. First a privilege only the wealthy could afford, tea eventually became a common drink in taverns served on garden tables. The tea garden was introduced.

    Afternoon Tea

    Tea made its way to England in the 1650s. It wasn't long after that the Duchess of Bedford, much enamored with tea, introduced the country to a third meal. Prior to tea time, only breakfast and dinner had been served. The Duchess invited friends over in the afternoons for tea time and a walk. The concept caught on quickly and soon many of the noblewomen had adopted tea time.

    Tea was served in a sterling tea service and poured in to fine porcelain from China. As tea became less expensive, tea time was adopted among all levels of society. Nobles enjoyed "low tea" which was tea served with delicacies while peasants and others enjoyed "high tea" which included a full meal along with tea. Tea gardens soon followed which were the first public area where mixing social classes was considered acceptable.

    Tea Rooms and Tea Dances

    During the Victorian era, tea was served in many of the finest establishments in both England and America. These tea rooms, often contained within fine hotels or other buildings, were frequented by ladies and their gentlemen as a means to visit acceptably during the afternoon.

    By 1910, dancing had become the craze in America, and rather than simply serving tea in the afternoons, tea dances were held in tea rooms and other locations so that young people could meet, converse, enjoy tea and, of course, dance! Today, there are many fine tea rooms offering tea services although dances are not common. Tea time is still very much observed in both North America and the UK, although it is observed more universally in the UK. Tea parties and afternoon teas are still held for special occasions such as baby or wedding showers, birthday parties and other feminine gathering.

  • Tales of Tea

    Tea, a beverage that is currently ranked second in consumption around the globe, has many interesting antidotes in its 5,000 year history. From its discovery to its current production, tea is a drink that spans the globe and sparks intrigue among the curious.

    The Discovery of Tea

    Tea is said to have been discovered some 5,000 years ago. While there is documentation and evidence to support these claims, there are many different variations on how the concoction actually came into existence.

    One version has Shien Non Shei, a typical Chinese man, out walking when he accidentally tastes the leaves of the camellia sinensism or tea plant. Intrigued by the taste, he wondered if the leaves might also have medicinal value. The juices of the plant intrigued him to the point that he boiled the plant in water to release the juices and thus created tea.

    Another tale has Shen Nung, a Chinese Emperor, drinking a hot cup of water one day speculating about the state of affairs. A blossom from the camellia sinensism fell into his cup and flavored his drink with the unmistakable taste of tea. The rest, as they say, is history.

    The Medicinal Value of Tea

    Green tea, which was the only kind available for thousands of years, was used as a medicine in China, Japan, India and Thailand to help control bleeding, help wounds heal, regulate body temperature, regulate blood sugars and improving digestion. Today, green tea is used by many for similar treatments although some purported treatment methods are still speculative - such as losing ten pounds in a matter of weeks simply by drinking green tea.

    Thousands of years ago, the wealthy and eventually the poor began drinking green tea to promote digestion and soothing the nervous system. After years of indulging, many in the Western world are just discovering that the ancient people were right, although not every claim has been shown to be correct by regulating bodies such as the FDA as yet.

    The Introduction of Fermented Teas

    While green tea, or tea leaves left essentially alone, was the standard for thousands of years, oolong and then black tea were introduced in the seventeenth century. Oolong is a slightly fermented version of green tea using the same tea leaves and black tea, which is also called red tea, is a fully fermented version.

    While it's unlikely to ever be proven, it is rumored that oolong and black tea were introduced as a means to drink tea without suffering from the weight loss induced by green tea. While green tea is sought after for weight loss today, three hundred years ago, many of the Chinese needed to store fat on their bodies to protect them from lean times. Drinking a tea frequently that reduced body fat was counterproductive, so many were alleged to have switched to oolong, as the fermented varieties of tea do not promote the weight loss that green tea does. Oolong is still the most popular tea in China.

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