Posts Tagged 'coconut'

Rooibos Risotto with Asparagus and Coconut

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While we typically think of South African rooibos as a welcome addition to desserts, the sweet, slightly woodsy character of this tea also works well in savoury dishes, imparting a delicate flavour and gorgeous hue. Here, we’ve used rooibos in place of broth and paired it with fresh, spring asparagus and creamy coconut to make a risotto that tastes as good as it looks.

Ingredients:
1 bunch asparagus
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 cup risotto rice
½ onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 inch piece of ginger, minced
1 stalk of lemongrass, peeled and gently bruised
2 lime leaves
½ cup dry white wine
3 cups prepared Tealish Organic Rooibos tea
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup coconut milk
½ tablespoon agave
½ tablespoon lime juice
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
Unsweetened shredded coconut and thinly sliced Thai basil, to garnish

Directions:

  1. Begin by preparing your tea. Make sure the infusion is strong, and keep the tea warm!
  2. Wash and trim the ends off the asparagus. Slice into 2-inch pieces, saving a few stalks whole for garnishing the bowls.
  3. Warm 1 tablespoon of the coconut oil in a large non-stick fry pan. Add the asparagus and a pinch of salt, and cook until the asparagus is bright green but still has a bite to it, about three minutes. Transfer asparagus to a plate and reserve.
  4. Heat a large saucepan on medium, and add the remainder of the coconut oil. Add the onion and cook until translucent, 5-7 minutes. Stir in the garlic and ginger and cook for an additional two minutes, until fragrant.
  5. Add the rice to the saucepan and stir to coat. Allow the rice to toast for about two minutes. Pour in the wine and stir until all the liquid has been absorbed.
  6. Place the lemongrass and lime leaves in the saucepan, along with ½ cup of the tea and the salt. Stir gently until all the tea has been absorbed.
  7. Continue to ladle the tea into the rice, ½ cup at a time, making sure all the liquid is absorbed before adding the next ladleful. You will need up to three cups of tea, depending on how dry your rice is. The rice is done when it is tender but still firm to the bite.
  8. Remove the lemongrass and lime leaves. Stir in the coconut milk, lime juice, agave and pepper, and add the asparagus. Cover, reduce heat to very low and let the mixture warm for about five more minutes.
  9. Serve in bowls, garnished with shredded coconut, Thai basil leaves and reserved stalks of asparagus.
  10. Enjoy!

 

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Easter Cupcakes

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If you’re looking for a sweet finish to your meal this Easter (or maybe even a sweet start to your Sunday – who are we to judge?) look no further than this.  Add a bit of tea to your favourite vanilla cupcake recipe, and you’ll transform your dessert into something indescribably good.  We promise.

This holiday weekend, we took your basic vanilla cupcake to a whole new level by adding two different types of tea to the batter and ending up with two different kinds of cupcakes!

To harness the sweetness of springtime flowers, we added gentle Vanilla Lavender Rooibos to vanilla cupcakes and topped them with rose-infused frosting (and some dried flowers for decoration, of course).

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For those looking for something a little less floral, we created Coconut Cream Chai Cupcakes.  Here, our spicy coconut tea blend meets the humble vanilla cupcake, and the result is delicious.  Coconut, ginger and cinnamon cozy up nicely to the vanilla batter.  Topped with coconut-flavoured frosting and rolled in toasted coconut shreds, this cupcake is as delicious as it is beautiful.

Coconut Cream Chai Cupcakes 1

Here’s how we did it:

1. First, prepare your tea.  Take 1/2 teaspoon of Vanilla Lavender rooibos and crush it using a mortar and pestle.  Set rooibos tea aside, then do the same for 1/2 teaspoon of Coconut Cream Chai.

2. Next, take your favourite vanilla cupcake recipe and prepare as usual.  Stop just before you scrape the batter into cupcake liners – first you have to add the tea.

3. Divide the batter between two bowls.  Into one bowl, add the Vanilla Lavender Rooibos, and add the Coconut Cream Chai into the other.  Stir each to incorporate.  Then pour into cupcake liners and bake as usual.

4. Meanwhile, prepare the frosting.  Again, proceed as usual, following your favourite recipe for vanilla buttercream.  Divide frosting between two bowls.  Into one, add rosewater (and food colouring, if you want a pale purple frosting).  To the other, add coconut extract.  Keep covered in fridge until ready to use.

5. Now, toast your shredded coconut.  All you have to do is place about 3/4 cup of shredded coconut in a pan, turn the heat to medium and stir until the coconut is a light bright colour.  Your kitchen will smell wonderful, too!  Spread the coconut out on a plate.

6. Once the cupcakes are completely cool, frost them – the rose frosting for the Vanilla Lavender, and the Coconut for the Coconut Cream Chai.  Decorate the Vanilla Lavender cupcakes with rose petals and lavender flowers – or just use a sprinkle of Vanilla Lavender rooibos if that’s all you’ve got! – and roll the Coconut Cream Chai cupcakes in the toasted coconut.

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Adding the ground whole tea leaf to your cupcake mix will impart an intense taste that goes above and beyond simply steeping the tea in milk that you incorporate into the batter.  These cupcakes pack a powerful punch of delicious flavour!

Even better, by taking one recipe and creating two options for your guests, you’ll satisfy even the pickiest of eaters without adding a lot of extra work to your already-busy food preparations.  Start with a recipe that’s vegan or gluten-free if that floats your boat, or go old-school with grandma’s recipe (or even from a box!).  We promise that adding tea to whatever cupcakes you usually bake will take your dessert to a whole new level!

Happy Easter from Tealish!

Happy Easter


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Tealish is a modern tea boutique located in downtown Toronto, Canada. This blog is meant to be a peek in to what Tealish is up to as well as a source of information about loose leaf tea and all things tea related. We hope you enjoy these posts and we hope you enjoy our teas – check us out online at www.tealish.com

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