Another Way to Have Green Tea

We LOVE green tea. An even more yummy and fun way to have it is to eat it. Now I’m sure there are a lot of recipes out there using green tea but we’ve discovered a really good Green Tea Ice Cream from Häagen-Dazs

Now we are very careful of what ice creams we eat because a lot of ice cream has unnecessary junk in it. The ingredients of this ice cream are cream, skim milk, sugar, egg yolks, and green tea. That’s it. The flavor isn’t overpowering. We like it with a little whipped cream on top.

Want to try to make your own? Here is an authentic green tea ice cream recipe. You will need an ice cream churn for this. This recipe does not contain eggs. It uses matcha green tea powder and not the kind of green tea you buy for making your green tea.

Tea Expert Taste Test

A few weeks ago, we brought a video from Epicurious of a coffee expert tasting and talking about coffee. This week the Victor crew found another video from Epicurious with a tea expert talking about the different teas as he tastes it.

He opens up tea bags and talks about the types of tea he sees, smells, and feels. He makes the tea and then slurps it in a particular way to aerate it and taste it better. He talks about the packaging – bag vs sachet, for instance.

He tries several different teas that come in different ways. He was even caught wrong in one of the tastings.

Making Tea

The Victor Crew found a video that shows “How You’ve Been Making Tea Wrong Your Entire Life” from the BBC.

The takeaways are:

Don’t use styrofoam cups – they hold onto the flavor
Don’t use hard water – it can cause scum on top of the tea; flavors react with the minerals
Steep the teabag for five minutes – it gives time for the caffeine and antioxidants to come out

You might want to rethink drinking those fancy coffee drinks.

@thefitnesschef_ on Instagram has an infographic showing some Starbucks drinks and the calories they contain. The drinks listed are based on the size called Grande with 2% milk and whipped cream for the frappuccinos. Your best bet is the plain Caffe Americano showing 0 calories (of course before anything is added.) The next lowest calorie count listed on the infographic isn’t even coffee…it’s Teavana® Shaken Iced Passion Tango™ Tea.

You don’t have to rely on just this infographic. If you need more information, you can go right to the Starbucks website and look at the nutrition listed for all their drinks. They have a separate nutrition listing for their food as well. When I look at some of the calorie counts for a single cookie – that’s more than some people have for whole meal.

It’s not a pleasant subject but you should be aware of the calories you are consuming.

Earl Grey Tea

We recently tried Earl Grey tea for the first time. We didn’t really know what it was so we found out a little more about it. Usually it is a black tea, although some companies may use green or oolong, that is flavored with oil of bergamot – a type of orange found in Italy and France. It is considered a blended tea because o f the flavoring added to it.

The original Earl Grey tea is said to have been made from a recipe presented by an envoy on his return from China according to the Twinings website. It was named after Earl Charles Grey, the second Earl Grey.

The Victor Crew