Tuesday, June 29, 2010

tea anyone?


We love our cups of tea.

Whether the tea is of the imaginary variety, or the real deal:


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We are partial to a tea party.


Sourcing interesting 'real cups' is a snap if you are an Op Shop fanatic like I am.  They give imaginary play that special touch that is lacking in generic plastic kitchen play materials.

When the urge for a cuppa comes along, the kids pick the herbs themselves from the garden, and cut them up with scissors.

I'm sure they wouldn't mind if I shared with you some of our extra special tea recipes:

Lemon Grass Tea


You will need:

• 4 stalks of lemongrass, roughly cut

• 2 cups of boiling water

• 2 tbsp honey (optional)

Method

1. Place sliced lemongrass in a teapot, pour 2 cups boiling water over it.

2. Cover and infuse until it  cools.

3.Strain the tea into a jug, add honey and stir well. Refrigerate to serve chilled or serve luke warm.


Mint Tea


You will need:

• 2 long sprigs of Mint
• 2 cups of water
• Honey

Method:  As with lemongrass tea.

Enjoy!

Do you have a favorite herbal recipe you'd like to share?

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19 comments:

  1. Oh brilliant! As a true tea fancier (and my girls are, too) I love this post.

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  2. I think it is time for me to get some mini cups for Princess ( if not at op shops I think Ikea had a range of children's sized cups and saucers).

    Princess has always enjoyed sniffing my teas, and recently tried some tea at a Vietnamese restauarant and loved it. I am planning a trip to a tea shop so she can sniff to her fill! If she finds something she really likes I will buy her some, until then she can drink my strawberries and cream sencha tea (yuk! But she likes it!)

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  3. I think it is time for me to get some mini cups for Princess ( if not at op shops I think Ikea had a range of children's sized cups and saucers).

    Princess has always enjoyed sniffing my teas, and recently tried some tea at a Vietnamese restauarant and loved it. I am planning a trip to a tea shop so she can sniff to her fill! If she finds something she really likes I will buy her some, until then she can drink my strawberries and cream sencha tea (yuk! But she likes it!)

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  4. Sorry for the double post, for some reason blogger never seems to be posting - and then this happens!

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  5. Some great recipes there thank you :)

    We got some cute little espresso cups in our local op shop which my girls use for tea parties and for drinking their 'coffee' - which is really hot chocolate. :)

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  6. Love your little tea sets!

    We love mint tea, too. Some of our other favorite teas:
    ginger (from a local farm; all others from the garden or foraged with the kids)
    anise
    sweet cicely
    clover
    goldenrod
    lemon balm

    In the summer, teas can become popsicles, too!

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  7. Our veggie patch has lots of lemon grass and I was looking for a great way to use it. This is perfect! You have so many wonderful ideas Jenny. Thank you for sharing them.

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  8. It seems there are lots of people out there who share of love of tea :)

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  9. I love it! Most of our teasets seem to be in the sandpit, I keep being brought cups of sand to drink. I don't drink tea myself, but the idea of making herbal teas is fabulous. It's definitely something the girls would enjoy. Now I just need to grow some herbs :)

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  10. My girls enjoyed visiting a friend with children and having a tea party at her house. http://www.sparklingadventures.com/index.php?id=601

    So remember to pull out the tea-set next time you have pint-sized visitors around!

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  11. Oh, we have a huge crop of mint in the garden right now. This will be a fun addition to the snack table tomorrow!

    And I followed your advice on "real" cups and plates awhile ago. We've been using a nice ceramic set for a couple months now. It really does change how they play. You're right, they tend to be more careful with the real stuff -- at least the 3-5's do. Some of the 2's will intentionally smash them, but c'est las vie!

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  12. mmmm. I've been making good tea with nettles, giant hyssop, and bergamot. This is in Minnesota, USA (those are prairie plants and the invasive but yummy nettle), so I don't know if the plants grow where you are.

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  13. When I was a little girl myself I remember visiting an elderly friend of my mother's. She had child sized teasets my sister and I were allowed to drink real tea from. I still remember the taste of the tea, the smell of her home, and the feeling of warmth on a cold day. I love when learning experiences become lasting memories.

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  14. I'm looking forward to trying the different tea recipes with the kids - thanks everyone for the suggestions. I think we will need to expand our herb garden.

    And Cath - I have those memories from my Gran's house too. The thrill of using real, pretty, special tea cups! And when she died she left me one of her divine fine china tea sets which I cherish.

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  15. Looks like you had so much fun! I know my 3 year old girl loves to play similar games!

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  16. What a fantastic idea your herbal teas are, we will definitely add this to our list of things to try. My great-grandmother had a little metal teapot (it looks like copper but I am not sure that it is) which she used to brew tea for me in whenever we went to visit. Happy, happy memories.

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  17. So very nice. My kids love to have tea time. We don't do it often enough, but I guess it keeps it special. I use demitasse cups for the two year olds. Thanks for the recipes!

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