2 x Turmeric, with Orange & Star Anise teabags (Twinings, or one of your choice) 225g dried Fruit ( like raisins, sultanas etc) 225g self-raising flour 1 orange (grated) 2 large eggs (beaten) 150g light brown sugar (reserve 50g for sprinkling on top of cake)
Put two teabags in a cup or mug and fill with boiling water ( ¾ full if in a mug) Put dried fruit into a large bowl, add the grated orange then pour over the tea and leave to soak overnight or for 2-3 hours Preheat oven to 180°C/160°fan/gas 4 Grease or line a 2lb loaf tin Add the brown sugar to the beaten eggs and whisk lightly Add the eggs and flour to the bowl of fruit and fold in completely until it represents a dough-like consistency Spoon mixture into the lined tin and sprinkle the remaining brown sugar on the top Bake for 40-50 mins in the middle of the oven Test by poking a skewer into the middle of the cake. If it comes out clean it’s cooked, if not give it a few more minutes Remove from the oven and leave to stand for 5 mins Remove from loaf tin and leave to cool on a wire rack
‘Phoenix Supreme’ Oolong tea is picked from bushes that grow on the Wudong peak of Phoenix Mountain in Guarngdong Province, China.
It is made in small batches by and expert tea master and gathered twice a year, between April and May, and October and November.
It has a fragrant fruity aroma and a smooth, very refreshing flavour.
Oolongs can range in character between green and black teas, many can be paired with food along the same lines as their green or black counterparts. For instance, greener oolongs tend to go well with scallops, lobster and other sweet rich foods, while darker oolongs compliment somewhat stronger-flavored foods such as duck and grilled meats.
Z1S Bao Zhong + Fruits or lighter breads with butter
Not a green tea fan? Well the good news is that you don’t need to drink this to help with weight loss as they have now found that ‘Oolong’ tea helps even more.
A Chinese study showed that if we drink oolong tea for six weeks it will help with weight loss. In fact the data confirmed that a component other than just caffeine was responsible for promoting the preferential use of fat as an energy source.
A further Japanese study compared the benefits of oolong tea and green tea on weight loss. The results were that after drinking oolong tea you will use more energy than if you were drinking green tea or water and that it can last up to two hours.
For the best results they suggest you have a cup of oolong around 30 minutes to 1 hour before you do any form of exercise or walk, and drink it in the afternoon to help late afternoon sweet cravings and energy slumps.
A Nurse Practitioner from New York, who started blogging to share her passion for healthy living who says no matter the mood, there is a tea out there for you. Some teas give you a natural energy boost, while others promote rest and relaxation. Drinking tea for medicinal purposes dates back centuries to the ancient Shang dynasty in China. It was first introduced to Portuguese missionaries during the 16th Century, spreading quickly throughout Europe and Asia. Drinking tea in early America was largely influenced by the Tea Act, with many Americans swapping out tea for coffee in protest. Although coffee still remains the beverage of choice in America, the tea industry has exploded, offering an array of diverse brews to match each and every mood.