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Drink in the Season Holiday Recipe Contest Winner

February 4th, 2013 by admin

The Drink In The Season Holiday Recipe Contest was a hit this year with multiple qualified contestants submitting their creations. The Mighty Leaf team was quite impressed by the variety, and ingenuity of many of the drinks that we saw amongst the finalists in particular. Who would’ve known that Mighty Leaf Tea could be used in such creative, and enticing recipes?

The winner of the contest, Rosie 75 (see recipe below) really impressed us with her use of our Rose Silver Needle Tea to make a light, refreshing cocktail that would go perfectly in a picnic basket for a nice summer outing in Sonoma wine country or a bustling New Year’s Eve Party surrounded by friends. At first we thought that perhaps the gin would overpower the rose flavor, but after one taste, we were hooked. The rose is still pronounced due to using leftover petals as a garnish, and the gin helps support the fruity flavor of the white tea. The champagne also adds to this cocktail really well by adding a crisp, bubbly finish. These elements all came together to push this drink over the top, and narrowly claim victory in a real nail-biter of a voting round.

We would also like to take the time to mention The Earl’s Nog, a scrumptious combination of traditional eggnog with the refreshing bergamot of Organic Earl Grey thrown in. Another honorable mention would have to be the Southern Comfort Orange Cranberry Sweet Tea. As a fan of Mason jars, we loved how that was included into the recipe to give the cocktail a real down-home feel. The choice to use Orange Dulce tea really worked well to complement the whisky-like liquor. Last but not least, the Holiday Spiced Tea deserves recognition as the runner up to Rosie 75. This perfectly spiced elixir truly captured the holiday spirit of the competition, and had us merrily sipping on its decadent hints of cinnamon and allspice.

So, if your interest has been piqued by these descriptions, The Mighty Leaf team is happy to announce that these recipes will soon be available on our site for all of our fans to enjoy at home.

We look forward to promoting many more contests in the future similar to this one. Until next time, stay frosty and drink more tea!

ROSIE 75 Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Rose Silver Needle Tea (or other white or green tea with rose petals in it)
  • 2 oz. Gin (preferably Beefeater)
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 3 oz. Champagne
  • 1tsp Superfine Sugar

Preparation:

Steep tea in gin until fragrant. Pour gin, lemon juice, and sugar in shaker with ice, and shake until cold. Strain into a champagne flute and top with cold champagne.

 

Drink Early and Vote Often!

December 7th, 2012 by admin

Ever wanted to try a little jalapeno in your green tea? Wondered whether an Earl Grey egg nog could be the most popular drink at your holiday party? (The answer’s yes.) Take up a cocktail shaker and experience them yourself! The ten astonishing and delicious finalists from our Drink in the Season Holiday Recipe are now available on our Facebook page and there’s $1,000 in tea on the line!

In November we began accepting original drink recipes on Facebook from the flavor mavens in the Mighty Leaf community. A giant wave of creativity swept in, leaving us with literally dozens of outstanding concoctions. It took our dedicated team two delicious weeks to sift through them all, and this week we posted the ten best.

But now it’s time for the our tea-drinking fans and friends to decide which recipe deserves the highest honors; which champion of the chai or maestro of the mocktail should bring home the title of Grand Prize Winner. So hurry over to our voting page where you can learn to make all ten drinks and then vote on your favorites. Every Facebook user get one vote per day until voting closes at midnight Pacific Time on December 18, 2012.

So drink early and vote often!

Holiday Recipe Contest 2012

November 8th, 2012 by admin
Be sure to enter our Drink in the Season Holiday Recipe Contest.

There’s a chill to the air. Autumn foliage is in bloom. And Halloween is history. Very soon the year-end holiday season will be here–a time for celebrating, sharing food and drink, and making wonderful memories. We at Mighty Leaf are always inspired by the flavors of the season, which we enjoy at so many fall and winter gatherings. To prepare for this exciting time, we’ve cooked up an exciting new contest that recognizes the best, most delicious ideas from across the Mighty Leaf community. Introducing the Drink in the Season Holiday Recipe Contest!

Now through November 27, we’ll be accepting your best drink recipes through our contest page on Facebook. We’re looking for creative, fun, great-tasting concoctions that incorporate Mighty Leaf teas. Beyond that, the sky’s the limit. Cocktails, mocktails, and smoothies; toddies, lattes, and lassis, oh my!

Our in-house panel of experts will be combing through the entries and evaluating them. The ten best will feature on our Facebook contest page beginning on December 1. At that time, all Mighty Leaf fans will be eligible to vote for their favorite recipes. The beverage designer with the highest vote total when the virtual polls close on December 17 will win the grand prize: $1000 in tea! The four runners-up with the next most popular creations will win $250 in tea and a Mighty Leaf drink shaker. Remaining finalists will receive $50 in tea and a shaker.

Good luck one and all! The Mighty Leaf team is waiting with great anticipation to see what you come up with.

One last free tip: You may want to jump start your culinary imagination with a cup of tea.

(Official rules for the contest are available here.)

Tea-Braised Green Beans

November 6th, 2012 by admin
Delicious green beans braised in Earl Grey with red potatoes and onions.

Chef Vinita Jacinto is back with another astonishing tea recipe for the Mighty Leaf community to enjoy. Already she’s brought together the surprisingly complementary flavors of Organic Earl Grey and rice pudding and the unforgettable combination of Organic African Nectar and quinoa! If you haven’t tried out those recipes, you are doing your taste buds a disservice. Put them on the menu for dinner tonight! But now Chef Jacinto has outdone herself. Today she brings green beans to tea time and creates a standout side dish your dinner guests will go home talking about.

Chef Jacinto describes her latest culinary delight:

Chef Vinita Chopra Jacinto

“Namaste All,

“This is an all-time favorite of mine. It follows the theme of being a quick and easy dish to make that is also healthy and flavorful! What’s not to like? I used Earl Grey for the citrusy notes and the astringency and slight bitterness of the black tea.”

–Chef Vinita Jacinto

Tea-Braised Green Beans

Earl Grey-braised green beans

Ingredients:

  • Green Beans – 0.5 lb.
  • Small Baby Red Potatoes, washed and quartered – 6-8
  • Small Yellow Onion, sliced – 1
  • Butter or Oil – 2 Tablespoons
  • Cloves Garlic, minced – 2
  • Tea Pouches Organic Earl Grey – 4 / Heaped Tablespoons of Loose Tea – 4
  • Water – 1-1.5 cups
  • Lemon, juiced – 1
  • salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  1. Boil 1.5 cups of water and put in 3 Organic Earl Grey tea pouches. Steep approximately 15-20 minutes to obtain a very strong brew.
  2. Grind the remaining tea in a spice grinder until it is a fine powder.
  3. Wash and scrub the potatoes. Quarter or slice them.
  4. Wash the green beans. Cut off the ends and string them.
  5. Slice the onion.
  6. Heat a pan. Add the butter or oil. Saute the sliced onions for 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic, green beans and potatoes. Saute for another 3-4 minutes.
  7. Add the tea and simmer until potatoes are tender.
  8. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add the lemon juice. Sprinkle tea powder onto the dish until the tea flavor reaches your preferred strength.

Makes about 4-5 servings as a flavorful side dish.

About Chef Vinita Jacinto

Vinita Chopra Jacinto has been involved in the food industry for over three decades. She has extensive experience in culinary education, hotel management and nonprofit services. Vinita has been a culinary educator in San Francisco for over a decade, teaching classes that focus around sustainable and health conscious cuisine.

She has worked at the Le Cordon Bleu School – California Culinary Academy for several years and was the Manager and Lead Instructor of CHEFS, a program dedicated to fighting homelessness through employment in the food services industry. Vinita graduated with her degree in Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition from The Institute of Hotel Management in Mumbai, India. Her areas of culinary focus include vegan and vegetarian cuisine, Indian regional cuisines, Ayurveda and Macrobiotic, Tea Cuisine, sustainable food and nutritional cooking. In addition to her love for all things food, Vinita is a certified Yoga instructor. She has a passion for tea, spices, local food movements, and incorporating old food wisdom into the new generation. “Passion with Compassion” is her food and teaching philosophy.

New to the blogosphere, Vinita posts recipes and culinary musings at spicewhisperer.wordpress.com.

Tea Latte Shuffle

October 12th, 2012 by admin
Organic Earl Grey Latte

My favorite part of autumn is the mellow beauty of the foliage. A close second is a steaming cup of something fresh and delicious: spiced hot cider, rich hot chocolate with fresh chocolate shavings. But the seasonal treat that has me most excited this year is the tea latte!

“Tea latte?” I hear you say, “I never thought of making a latte with tea.” Wow are you missing out! And we’ve made a video to prove it. Introducing the Tea Latte Shuffle:


The whole process is really simple.

Tea Lattes

  1. Steep your favorite hot tea pouch in 6 oz. of hot water. (4 minutes for black tea, 5 minutes for herbal infusions)
  2. While the tea is steeping, steam 6 oz. or milk.
    OR
    Use a frother (like this one) to froth up a few ounces of warm milk.
  3. Blend the milk and the tea together gently.
  4. Add extra foam to the top of the beverage and garnish with something fun. (For instance, an Organic Earl Grey latte goes really well with cinnamon.)
  5. Sweeten to taste.

Several of our teas make amazing lattes, including Organic Earl Grey, Organic African Nectar, Vanilla Bean, Bombay Chai, and Chocolate Mint Truffle. Or you can save a bit of shopping time and pick up our Tea Latte Starter Set. Enjoy the season, and be sure to tell your friends about the Tea Latte Shuffle!

African Nectar Quinoa

October 8th, 2012 by admin
African Nectar Quinoa is full of fall flavors.

Two weeks ago, Chef Vinita Jacinto began to open up our minds to the flavor possibilities of tea recipes. Her first dish, Earl Grey Rice Pudding, got a lot of attention and rightly so. It was simple to make and tremendously flavorful. This week she’s offering up another simple, compelling fall dish: African Nectar Quinoa.

Chef Jacinto introduces her latest recipe:

Chef Vinita Chopra Jacinto“Quinoa is an incredible addition to any pantry. It is very nutritious, versatile, and excellent for those trying to eat a more plant based diet. I love this salad because it is so easy, and you can create it to the flavor profile of your choice (see notes below). The African Nectar highlights the earthiness and nuttiness of the red quinoa.”
–Chef Vinita Jacinto

African Nectar Quinoa

African Nectar Quinoa

Ingredients:

  • Quinoa, rinsed and drained – 1 cup
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Organic African Nectar – 3 tea pouches
  • Large plum (diced) – 1
  • Olive oil – 2 tablespoons
  • Lime – 1
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  1. Place quinoa, water and tea bags in a large pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat and simmer about 14-16 minutes. Cover pot and let sit for about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Remove the tea bags and fluff the grain with a fork. Cool at least 15 minutes
  4. Add all the other ingredients and mix well.

Notes:

  • Can be served warm, room temperature, or slightly chilled.
  • You can use other oils, including walnut, flax, and grapeseed.
  • Instead of using plums, feel free to add apples, raisins, or any other seasonal salad additions.
  • Customize the flavor by adding various herbs.
  • Makes a great side dish.

Recipe makes 3- 4 servings

About Quinoa

Quinoa (pronounced: KEEN-wah) is a food that has been cultivated in the Andes since at least 3000 BCE. Millions of native inhabitants have revered it as sacred and referred to this staple food as the “mother grain.” But quinoa is the seed of the Chenopodium or Goosefoot plant and technically not a grain. It contains more high quality protein than any grain and is gluten free.

About Chef Vinita Jacinto

Vinita Chopra Jacinto has been involved in the food industry for over three decades. She has extensive experience in culinary education, hotel management and nonprofit services. Vinita has been a culinary educator in San Francisco for over a decade, teaching classes that focus around sustainable and health conscious cuisine.

She has worked at the Le Cordon Bleu School – California Culinary Academy for several years and was the Manager and Lead Instructor of CHEFS, a program dedicated to fighting homelessness through employment in the food services industry. Vinita graduated with her degree in Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition from The Institute of Hotel Management in Mumbai, India. Her areas of culinary focus include vegan and vegetarian cuisine, Indian regional cuisines, Ayurveda and Macrobiotic, Tea Cuisine, sustainable food and nutritional cooking. In addition to her love for all things food, Vinita is a certified Yoga instructor. She has a passion for tea, spices, local food movements, and incorporating old food wisdom into the new generation. “Passion with Compassion” is her food and teaching philosophy.

New to the blogosphere, Vinita posts recipes and culinary musings at spicewhisperer.wordpress.com.

Beyond Green Tea Ice Cream

September 12th, 2012 by admin
Earl Grey Rice Pudding is a sweet and creamy treat.

At Mighty Leaf, one of our favorite things is when an inspired chef incorporates the natural flavors of tea into a wonderful new dish. That sort of creativity expands our understanding of tea and its many tastes and aromas. And it gives us something exciting to add to our culinary repertoire–if only we can figure out how to make it!

That’s why we’re thrilled to announce a partnership with Chef Vinita Jacinto! Together we’ll publish a series of stunning tea-based recipes right here on our blog. Every two weeks, Chef Jacinto will share a new way to take one of your favorite Mighty Leaf teas and turn it into a new mealtime treat.

Here’s Chef Jacinto’s introduction to our first scrumptious recipe:

 

Chef Vinita Chopra Jacinto“Namaste tea fans,

I’m thrilled to be a part of this amazing community of tea, food, flavor and fun! No more thinking of tea as just a beverage. And definitely no more green tea ice cream! We are going to open our minds and our hearts to tea as a spice in our lives. It’s a healthier cooking option: big on health and big on flavor!

Join us on this amazing journey!!

The first recipe is a Tea Rice Pudding. We have used Earl Grey. The citrusy notes work really well and the depth of taste has been enhanced by using both the tea infusion and the powdered tea.”

Earl Grey Rice Pudding

Earl Grey Rice Pudding

Ingredients:

  • Basmati Rice – ¾ cups, rinsed and soaked in water
  • Low fat milk – 5-6 cups
  • Sugar – ¾-1 cup
  • 5 Organic Earl Grey tea pouches

Method:

  1. Let rice soak for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  2. Put rice, 5 cups of milk and 4 tea pouches in a pan and gently bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer for at least 30 minutes making sure you stir frequently. Now squeeze the tea pouches and take them out. There should be a distinct tea fragrance and a hint of color.
  4. Continue to cook the rice and milk, stirring often. If the mixture is too thick add more milk.
  5. Take the one remaining tea pouch and cut it open. Powder the tea leaves in a mortar and pestle or a coffee grinder.
  6. Check the rice pudding. It should be cooked down to a creamy consistency. Now add the sugar and cook some more.
  7. Here is the time when you customize it to your taste. Too thick? Add more milk and cook some more. Not sweet enough? Add more sugar to your liking.
  8. Add half of the powdered tea. Stir and taste. Want more Earl grey? Add all the tea powder. Stir and simmer a few minutes.
  9. Serve warm on a cold evening or chilled.
  10. Enjoy!!

Note:

  • you can add chopped nuts of choice
  • you can add golden raisins
  • you can use risotto rice {Arborio} and cook it risotto style
  • you can use dairy-free milk for a vegan version (almond milk, coconut milk)

Recipe makes 3- 4 servings

About Chef Vinita Jacinto

Vinita Chopra Jacinto has been involved in the food industry for over three decades. She has extensive experience in culinary education, hotel management and nonprofit services. Vinita has been a culinary educator in San Francisco for over a decade, teaching classes that focus around sustainable and health conscious cuisine.

She has worked at the Le Cordon Bleu School – California Culinary Academy for several years and was the Manager and Lead Instructor of CHEFS, a program dedicated to fighting homelessness through employment in the food services industry. Vinita graduated with her degree in Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition from The Institute of Hotel Management in Mumbai, India. Her areas of culinary focus include vegan and vegetarian cuisine, Indian regional cuisines, Ayurveda and Macrobiotic, Tea Cuisine, sustainable food and nutritional cooking. In addition to her love for all things food, Vinita is a certified Yoga instructor. She has a passion for tea, spices, local food movements, and incorporating old food wisdom into the new generation. “Passion with Compassion” is her food and teaching philosophy.

New to the blogosphere, Vinita posts recipes and culinary musings at spicewhisperer.wordpress.com.

Summer of Health Week Four Recap

August 27th, 2012 by admin
Summer of Health Week Four Recap

Mighty Leaf fans of all kinds kept the #SummerOfHealth going strong in week four. And even though we’re nearing the home stretch, this week’s social champions have some great images to share.

The most eye-catching entry this week is a lovely photo by Erica Mitchell (@mosingbel on Twitter) posted on Twitter. Her pitcher and glass of iced tea are lit with slanting afternoon sunlight. Each glows with the inviting color of honey. If this picture isn’t a celebration of iced tea, I don’t know what is! Congrats Erica!

Our other winner, David Molina (@davidcmolina) also posted a lovely picture to Twitter. “Green tea + ice = iced green tea,” he wrote. But in case you aren’t the mathematical type, there’s a great tabletop picture to illustrate his point. Iced tea has rarely looked so refined.

We greatly appreciate Erica and David’s contributions and look forward to hearing from more of you this week. Social winners get tea gifts from Mighty Leaf all for posting health-related pics and tips to our Facebook wall or tweeting with the #SummerOfHealth hash tag. Have a wonderful, healthy week! Cheers!

Be sure to enter the #SummerOfHealth Giveaway! The winner will receive $100 in iced tea!

Summer of Health Week Three Recap

August 20th, 2012 by admin
Summer of Health Week Three Recap

Week three was another strong showing for tea lovers in the #SummerOfHealth contest! Without further ado, here are our social winners:

The most heart-warming post of the week came from Stephany Mason on Facebook. She shared a picture of her kids playing with a sprinkler in the yard–a great way to stay both cool and active. It takes me back to the days when a simple sprinkler could be the source of so much excitement and fun. Thanks Stephany! I’ll be sending you a little iced tea prize to show my appreciation.

Janet Kenney offered up a great confession on Facebook about how she came to love tea after disliking it in her younger days. She admits, “This has been a huge change for me, but after hearing about all the health & diet benefits, I had to try it!” I’m so happy you’ve ditched the sugary sodas for the antioxidant goodness of tea. Soon you’ll have even more tea to indulge your new love.

Many thanks for Stephany and Janet and everyone who sent us pictures and posts! If you’d like a chance to win free iced tea, post photos or messages on our wall to tell us what you are doing to stay healthy this summer. On Twitter, be sure to include the #SummerOfHealth tag so we can find it.

Have a healthy week! And don’t forget to enter our #SummerOfHealth Giveaway here.

Summer of Health Week Two Recap

August 10th, 2012 by admin
Summer of Health Week Two Recap

Week two of the Summer of Health has breezed on by. And like the first we’ve seen some great examples of healthy living from some of our most creative fans. Without further ado, here are this week’s winners:

The most scrumptious-looking post of the week was also one of the best. Alyssa Curran shared a lovely picture of veggies harvested from her garden. It’s full of beautiful colors and even more beautiful vegetables. I’m green with envy for her green thumb! She definitely earned the green tea we’ll be sending her way.

Although Jennifer Cook didn’t grow anything, she did create an inspiring little image that all tea lovers will enjoy. Her advice? “Top off the tea, it lubricates the grey matter!” Thanks, Jennifer, for your clever design. Expect a gift of appreciation soon.

Lastly, Dustin Blythe confided that he’d been making iced tea all summer to stay cool. His “two faves are Sunburst Green and Ginger Peach.” But to keep himself in the best health possible, he’s also regularly heading to the gym. Well done Dustin! Some iced tea is on its way to rehydrate you after those workouts.

Share your healthy habits and tips on our Facebook wall or on Twitter with the #SummerOfHealth hash tag, and you could receive an iced tea gift from Mighty Leaf next week! Also, take a moment to enter week three of the #SummerOfHealth! You could win $100 in iced tea! Keep taking good care of yourselves, your families, and friends this weekend!