At the beginning of every year, reading food labels and watching carb intake is of utmost importance (or so say the mirrors in the fitting rooms). URGH…!!!
Truth be told, I think year round, for ourselves and our children we need to be cognitive of hidden sugars in our foods. One of the ways that you can control sugar intake is to make your own food from scratch.
As I indicated in my last blog post, I like simple… Making food for your family doesn’t have to be tedious, it can be fun and easy.
I decided to try my hand at making iced tea… Something that your older kids can easily master. Thinking ahead to leisurely Sunday get togethers with friends, you could really go to town with making your jug of iced tea look appealing with the likes of edible flower ice blocks, fresh berries, complimentary fruit, mint and even frozen grapes (which act as little ice blocks without diluting your drink).
For these recipes I used flavoured green teas, light and crisp. Even with a strong English heritage, I do not delight as my Mom and her sisters do in tea taking ceremonies, I only drink coffee!! So green tea for me is a great alternative to a stronger black tea.
A tip I can give you is not to steep your tea bags or aromatics for longer than 5 minutes. I found that it left a bit of a bitter after taste.
With regards to sweetening the tea, that’s all a bit of personal taste and lifestyle. I tried to avoid adding any additional sugar for sweetness but if you would like to, add your sugar to the boiling water and stir until it dissolves, prior to steeping your tea bags.
Pomegranate Apple Mint Tea :
5 x mint green tea bags
360ml pomegranate juice
360ml apple juice
squirt or two of vanilla extract
: place tea bags into a heat proof bowl / jug
: pour over boiling water and allow to steep for 5 minutes. Strain and place tea into the fridge to chill
: once chilled, add the two juices, honey & vanilla extract and stir till combined.
: serve over ice
Apple Jasmine Tea :
5 x jasmine green tea bags
750ml boiling water
2 x anise stars
2 x cloves
1 x cinnamon stick
1/3 vanilla pod
mint and apple slices for garnish
: place tea bags and whole spice in a heat proof jug / bowl
: pour over boiling water and allow to steep for 5 minutes
: strain and place in fridge to chill
: once cool, add ½ the quantity of apple juice to tea.
: serve over ice with sliced apple and fresh mint
Both iced teas are best served chilled and over ice.
Simple. Fresh. Homemade. Easy.
“Cheers” to lazy summer days around the pool and chillin’ with family and friends.
Photos: F.J from Eye poetry photography
Jill is a part time business owner, full time day dreamer… with a love for all things bright and beautiful, delighting in South African design, art and manufacture… a passion for real good food and baking the odd cupcake every now and then… cookbook devourer and food magazine junkie… “oh cats, I just love cats and of course baby Jax… xoxo”