Who else has been enjoying the amazingly good weather the UK has been getting recently? Getting some sun is one of the main reasons I jet off to hotter climes, so it’s been nice to live beyond 25 degrees at home for a change. The weekend felt like a holiday at home, so I decided to make the most of my garden and catch some rays while I still had the chance. I was recently sent a couple of boxes of Tea India, so I spent the afternoon in the kitchen making some treats to enjoy in the sunshine.
Masala Chai tea cakes
Twitter helped me with some tea cake recipes and I used a bit of artistic licence to include the Tea India! I was sent this recipe for Nigella Lawson’s Earl Grey tea cakes, so decided to spice it up (sorry) by replacing the Earl Grey tea with Masala Chai. For the first time in my life I had everything I needed already in my cupboard. Talk about perfect timing!
Black tea fruit punch
While the cakes were rising in the oven, I checked the Tea India UK Facebook page. They’d teamed up with chef Ravinder Bhogal (best known for Gordon Ramsey’s ‘The F Word’) to present recipes using the tea for cakes and cocktails. Ravinder had one for the other kind of tea sent to me – black tea. We forget that tea can be used for things other than with hot water and milk! This particular tea tasted so crisp for such a hot afternoon, so I decided to try the fruit punch recipe.
I chopped up all the fruit (apples, peaches, strawberries) and put them in the bottom of the jug, then poured in the chilled tea and topped up with apple juice and soda water. Then I added a few ice cubes and yum – black tea fruit punch ready for serving.
Thinking about India
It’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed my garden like this. I often forget that living in London is exciting, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to escape to the sun when England’s gloomy! So Tea India got me thinking that India has been on my wish list for a while, but I don’t know the next thing about it. I’d love to visit the Taj Mahal, try my hand at volunteering and teaching English, and experience Holi first hand. I got so into planning a trip to India, I spent ages looking at people’s Holi photos on Instagram! Here are some of my favourites:
If you’ve been to India and want to impart some wisdom while I’m researching a trip, let me know in the comments!
* I was sent some Tea India samples to make this post possible. All opinions are my own and I was not asked to write a favourable review.