Spiced green tea to warm up your day

Take a few minutes to breathe: a clear blue-sky day, a snow-chilled breeze, warm sun. Find a friend and chat about the weather, your jobs, your children – some still at home, some with children of their own. Your back soaks up the last of the autumn warmth.

A pot of tea sits to one side, brewing for those last few, important minutes. A tea unbrewed is a tea … what was that saying? Nobody can remember what it was, or even if it was a saying.

The chat stops, for just a minute, as you find the perfect moment to pour. Cold hands wrap themselves around the now-warm cup. A sip and a sigh.

Your friend tries to restart a conversation. That’s really good tea. Where did you find it? 

The local Asian grocer. It’s hard to find good tea. 

After a long chat, someone remembers the saying: an unbrewed tea is an argument.

Spiced green tea: a perfect uncaffeinated tea to share with friends

Spiced green tea: a perfect uncaffeinated tea to share with friends

Spiced green tea

  • Servings: 2-3 cups
  • Time: 5 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • boiling water
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • a cinnamon stick (or a pinch of ground cinnamon)
  • 1 teaspoon of green tea leaves (loose leaf, not tea bags)
  • 4-5 strands of saffron
  • a few slivers of almond

Directions

  1. Grind the cloves, cardamoms and cinnamon to a coarse powder.
  2. In a small bowl, crush the saffron strands in a little warm water to make beautiful orange smooth liquid.
  3. Pop everything into a small teapot and let it brew for a few minutes
  4. Strain and pour into warm tea cups.
  5. Garnish with almond shavings and serve.

Notes

If you don’t have a mortar and pestle, you can just crush the cloves and cardamons between two spoons. You won’t end up with a coarse powder, unless you and your spoons are amazingly strong, but you will do enough to release their flavour into the boiling water. You’ll have to use pre-ground cinnamon if you go this way.

According to  Yum’e’licious, you should boil the spices for a minutes first, then add the tea leaves, then stew, then add the saffron … but I have a lovely little teapot that’s just for herbal tea so I use that and toss everything in at once. I hope that’s not too English. I also cheat on a busy day and just use pre-ground cinnamon.

Spiced green tea: a perfect uncaffeinated tea to share with friends

Spiced green tea: a perfect uncaffeinated tea to share with friends

The Weekly Writing Challenge attracts quite a crowd. Some of the other entries I enjoyed are listed below. As usual, the poet ‘y’ seems to have topped the list, with two pieces. ‘Cat and mouse’ would make a fun children’s story.

I have to apologise to a couple of the authors because of my need to add to their title to help me remember which story is which:

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