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Recipe paleo herbal Cardamom, Black Pepper and Coconut Milk Tea-min

Recipe: Cardamom, Black Pepper and Coconut Milk Tea

I’m a big fan of herbal tea, and one of my favourite blends is Chai. This is a twist on the classic that is slightly sweeter and creamier thanks to the coconut milk. It still retains all the spiced, warming goodness of standard chai though, so brew up a cup for everyone and unwind for the evening. If, like me, you’re a former chai latte fan, but no longer consuming dairy, this could be exactly the alternative you’ve been searching for. If only my local coffee shop could put this on the menu…

Recipe: Cardamom, Black Pepper and Coconut Milk Tea
 
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Recipe type: Drinks
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Ingredients
  • 100ml full fat coconut milk
  • 8 cardamom pods, crushed
  • 1 tbsp black peppercorns
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick, snapped in half
Instructions
  1. Add the coconut milk to a saucepan with the cardamom, black pepper, nutmeg and honey. Bring to the boil and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, boil your kettle and pour 750ml hot water into a teapot over the cloves and cinnamon. Leave to infuse for a couple of minutes - or until it reaches your desired strength.
  3. Strain the tea into four cups, and pour in the milk. Taste, and adjust the sweetness if necessary.

I’d love to know what you drink during a typical (working?) day? Do you stick to water, or mix it up with some different types of teas and coffee?

So many people tell me that they really struggle with giving up soda when they make the transition to paleo. One thing that seems to help is making sure you have some good herbal teas to hand to help you get over the diet coke addiction! Another thing that I’ve seen recommended is soda water (or sparkling water) with some fresh lime.

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Kombucha Recipe

Kombucha is a fermented tea drink that is full of good bacteria – so great for your digestive system. It’s really easy to make too…

Ingredients: –

• 3 litres of distilled water
• 125g Sugar
• 4 tea bags (try Pekoe, Oolong, Black or Green)
• Kombucha mushroom (also known as a Scoby) – buy this dehydrated or find a friend who can give you some!

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Kombucha Method: –

1. If your Scoby is dehydrated, rehydrate it (this may take some time)
2. Boil water and reduce to a simmer; add sugar and tea bags.
3. Steep the tea for a few minutes, remove the tea bags and leave the tea to cool to room temperature
4. Add to Scoby and cover the container (but make sure it isn’t air tight)
5. Leave the mixture for five days to a month somewhere warm (not in direct sunight)
6. It’s up to you when it’s ready to drink! Either test for a pH of 2.6 – 4.0 with testing strips, or try it! The longer it brews for, the lower the sugar content.
7. You can use the film that has developed on top of the liquid to cultivate a new Scoby.

Have you tried Kombucha? I’d love to hear what you think of it – and if you make it in the same way I do?

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More Paleo Tea

As I mentioned in my previous post, I love tea!  I used to take my tea with skim milk and two sugars, then I “progressed” onto sweeteners with whole milk.  Now, I have it on it’s own – I don’t think I could go back to how I drank it before, my tastes have changed so much.  Tea is surely the perfect Paleo drink, naturally low carb and nothing artificial (if you’re careful with the type you select).

I try to drink a lot of water, but there are times when it’s great to have a hot drink.  One favourite is hot water with a slice of lemon or lime, but I’ve recently got I’ve finally ventured away from the mass produced tea bags, to a fantastic specialist tea shop near my office in Sydney.

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I’d rather not have caffeine, but I have my tea fairly weak so I’m not too worried about it.  It’s probably a worthwhile exchange for the antioxidants anyway.

I started off with Gunpowder tea and today I added a few more to my desk collection.  I thought I’d try “Glogg”, which is black tea, cinnamon, orange, almond, ginger (I seem to have ginger in everything at the moment), cloves & cardamon.  I got an organic Sri Lankan Ceylon tea, for my morning cup of tea.  Then, as I was paying I spotted “Japanese Lime” which is the most amazing combination of green tea, lemon, lime & lemon-grass.  I’ll be trying that one as an iced tea too.

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What is your Paleo drink of choice?

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Paleo Tea

It must be because I’m English – but I love drinking tea.  I love Indian Chai, so thought I’d try making my own Paleo Tea.

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Paleo Tea
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: Indian
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Don't buy tea - it's so easy to blend your own!
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons of black tea
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 12 cloves
  • piece of cinnamon
  • 6 black cardamon pods
  • nutmeg
  • small piece of ginger
Instructions
  1. Simply put the ingredients in your teapot and add boiling water
  2. Strain and enjoy!

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Since I’ve given up soft drinks, all I drink is water and tea – so it’s nice to be able to experiment with a few different blends.

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