Cooking with Tea

Both tea and coffee can be used not only as the basis for some of our favorite beverages but can also be used as ingredients in the food we eat! Here is one interesting recipe. Jasmine glazed pork or chicken.

1 C brewed Jasmine tea
1 tablespoon water
¼ C olive oil
¼ C sugar
2 cloves fresh garlic, pressed or chopped
1 teaspoon cornstarch
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Pepper to taste (salt optional)

In small saucepan heat the cup of Jasmine tea. Add sugar and boil until dissolved.
Add garlic and pepper. Simmer.

Put cornstarch in small bowl and mix with 1 tablespoon water to make a paste.
While stirring constantly add paste until glaze reaches desired consistency.
Remove from heat. Add olive oil. Let cool. Add balsamic vinegar. Marinate meat in tea glaze in a covered container.

Cooking with Coffee

Ever consider making a dry rub with finely ground coffee. Mix in your favorite spices, maybe some chili powder, some sugar, salt, and pepper. Simply sprinkle over the steaks and pat it in. Let rest at room temp for about half an hour. Either broil or grill the steak 4-6 minutes each side for medium-rare (or preferred doneness).

Here are some suggested amounts:
3 TB finely ground coffee
1 TB chili powder
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp each of salt and pepper

If you have a favorite ingredient, you can add it as well or substitute any of the above for your favorite (just leave in the coffee!)