Tippy’s Tea-Infused Cranberry Sauce

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Thanksgiving is coming up fast, and Kat’s hosting this year! I’m so excited to be a part of the action. Kat has been studying her cookbooks, picking out each dish she wants to make for her friends. I’m going to be creating my favorite Thanksgiving tea cocktails, and I decided I wanted to do a tea-infused dish.

 Dearies, it took me awhile to come up with just the right dish. Did I want to do a vegetable? perhaps a starch side? After mulling it over a bit and discussing with my kitchen friends, I decided on a dish that’s iconic, and stands out on the plate. Something everyone has at Thanksgiving. Cranberry sauce! Kat likes to make her cranberry sauce with citrus, so that got me thinking. What tea would work in cranberry sauce? There are many options, but I wanted something to compliment the citrus. So, of course I chose Earl Grey! That lemony-flavored bergamot is the perfect way to enhance Kat’s cranberry sauce!

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Tippy’s Earl Grey Cranberry Sauce

 1 12-ounce bag fresh cranberries (can also use frozen)

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup orange juice

1/2 cup boiling water

2 earl grey tea bags

Zest of 1 orange

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Boil the 1/2 cup water in a medium-sized pot and pop in the teabags. Steep for 5 minutes, remove teabags and add in the cranberries, sugar, and orange juice. Cook over high heat until the cranberries start to pop open and the sugar dissolves, about 6-10 minutes. Stir and add in the orange zest. Cook for another few minutes and remove from heat. Allow to cool just enough so you can pour it into a bowl. Cover and leave in fridge for about 2 hours, until it’s fully cool. You can serve it cold or at room temperature.

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For the teabags we like to use Wegman’s Earl Grey. This is a perfectly balanced Earl Grey tea with just the right amount of citrusy bergamot flavor to compliment the earthy black tea. It is bright and refreshing. Kat keeps it around at all times. Perfect for an afternoon cup with a buttery shortbread biscuit, too! The Earl Grey brings a nice extra note of citrus to our homemade cranberry sauce.

Your guests are sure to love my cranberry sauce recipe! I hope it makes an appearance on your Thanksgiving table. Have an incredible Thanksgiving celebration, my lovely tea friends! If you create any tea-infused recipes, please do let me know! I’d love to hear about them.

Songs for Teatime!

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Part of Kat’s weekend tea ritual includes slowly sipping a good cup of tea while listening to music. Kat says taking some time to fill her senses with fragrant tea and her favorite music goes a long way at helping her feel peaceful and happy. No matter what craziness is going on during the weekend, she almost always finds a few minutes for this special ritual. Always the helpful teacup, I thought it would be fun to find her music that mentions tea. I’ve come up with a fun little playlist that would be perfect for a tea party, backyard summer BBQ, or of course a few moments for yourself.

  • Have A Cuppa Tea- The Kinks: This is a classic song from a classic British rock band! Pull out your English breakfast tea and get sipping to this. This song is from their 1971 album The Muswell Hillbillies. Kat’s mother adores The Kinks and her love of good British classic rock has influenced Kat’s music choices as well.
  • Tea For Two- Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli: this is a lively, cheerful song to listen to on a Sunday morning. It’s jazzy, catchy, and you’ll be tapping your toes while you sip on your tea. I’d recommend a nice smooth, comforting Keemun tea to go with this. Kat likes to pair music from Django Reinhardt with Sunday brunch gatherings. It’s lovely to listen to, but also great in the background.

 

  • Tea For One- Led Zeppelin: This is a surprisingly jazzy yet mellow rock song, very good for savoring a cup and relaxing. It reminds me of sipping iced tea on a hot summer day. I’d pair it with a nice, citrusy iced tea.
  • Englishman in New York- Sting: If you follow tea folks through various social media sites, you’ll occasionally see someone posting the quote ‘I don’t drink coffee, I take tea my dear” which is from this famous song of his 1987 album …Nothing Like the Sun. This song also has a jazzy feel, and is great for relaxing with a British style strong cup of black tea with milk.

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  • Tea in the Sahara: – The Police: For those that really like Sting, he also sang about tea with The Police back in 1983 from their album Synchronicity. It’s got the classic Police 80s sound, and is perfect with a nuanced oolong tea. Lately Kat is loving the oolong tea from Wegmans. This tea is a little toasty, earthy, with a nutty finish. It reminds Kat of going to her mother’s favorite Chinese restaurant as a child. Mom would get a big pot of oolong tea and they’d share dumplings and noodles until they couldn’t eat another bite. With a full belly Kat would steal delicious sips of her mother’s tea and enjoy the fragrant brew. The Wegmans tea brings her right back to the restaurant, enjoying a special afternoon with her mom. It’s a tea that’s light enough for an afternoon sip, but complex enough for a meditative cup.
  • Everything Stops for Tea- Jack Buchanan- This is a delightful song from the 1940s on the joys of stopping a crazy day to enjoy a cup of tea. He sings about how much the British love their tea, and how it basically makes the day better. I couldn’t agree more! If you can find this lovely song, do give it a listen. It’s perfect with an afternoon sip of a hearty black, or Chinese green tea.

If you’re a Disney fan, I’m sure you are quite familiar with this one:

  • Be Our Guest- From Beauty and the Beast- How can I include a list of tea songs without a song that includes a singing teapot and teacup? Dearies, did you know tea is actually in the lyrics?

With dessert, she’ll want tea
And my dear that
’s fine with me
While the cups do their soft-shoein

I
ll be bubbling, I’ll be brewing
I
ll get warm, piping hot

See? I’d say this is one that you can drink your tea of choice and enjoy! This is a song that would be fun for a child’s tea party too! Break out the rooibos or other herbal teas and have a festive party!

Dearies, I hope you like my fun list of tea songs. I’m sure there are many, many more we could add to this list. Do you have any favorites? Do be sure to let me know! I’d love to keep my tea playlist growing.

Tea With Sharks

The  teeth. The sinister eyes. The fin.

It’s Shark Week, dearies, and even I can’t help but obsess about the creatures.

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As Kat and I were sitting at the beach (safely away from the water’s edge, mind you) we discussed watching Shark Week’s requisite Great Whites leaping from the depths and attacking poor, unsuspecting seals.  We began to muse about their position on the food chain.

Yes, they are the ultimate predator…but humans are still on top! Knowing that, we have designed a “Tea with Sharks” that keep us comfortably at the helm of the food chain.

Tea With Sharks Menu

Shark Bites with Orange-Avocado Salsa

Crab Salad Tea Sandwiches

Fresh Mango Mini Tarts

Matcha Shortbread Cookies

Tea offering: Wegmans Just Tea Green Tea

There’s something about this basic green tea that is such a lovely compliment to the tropical fruits and “fruits of the sea” on our menu. While many green teas might be described as “grassy,” this tea has a harmonious balance of earthiness. Its essence speaks of summer sun, but it has enough body and flavor to stand on its own or accompany a meal like this one. And one thing that Kat particularly loves about this green tea is that there is a decaffeinated version as well!

Now, they say that you have a better chance of being struck by lightning than being attacked by a shark, but for this week I think when we visit the beach we’ll be enjoying the sand rather than the surf. Just for this week.