Friday, 28 November 2014

Some Me Tea Time

As the name of the blog suggests, I have a thing for coffee. Having spent most of my life never touching the stuff I then went and had my first baby and the rest, as they say, is history.

Now, I know it's not the healthiest choice but even some of the organic-loving purists among us have been known to indulge in a caffeine fix. If you have ever spent a long endless night of pacing, feeding, rocking and changing then that first morning coffee would beat even a luxury holiday to Mauritius. Even after microwave re-heating it. Twice.

But there has to be some limit. Other than its magic powers that stop you putting the phone in the fridge it really has zero health benefits. So I've been trying to keep it to one a day (the egg nog latte at Starbucks doesn't count as it's really a desert) and have been seriously boring my palate with herbal tea. Lemon, ginger, cleanse your system, purify your skin, tastes like dishwater herbal teas. They are all a little dull and I've never been keen on the lack of freshness either.

For some reason, I never order coffee in restaurants, I always order fresh mint tea.  I just love the fresh taste and digestive benefits - especially after eating enough courses to keep an elephant going. But I have never really thought of making it at home. It's simple really. Some fresh mint, a tea press and hot water. Done.

This has now become my thing. It started off as a post-dinner ritual with Daddy J and I now I'm hooked.

I buy the freshest mint I can find

and use this wonderful teapot from Bodum

I just let it sit for a while, doing it's thing. Then pour myself a very generous cup.

If you fancy a change, I absolutely swear by adding some rose water to the pot. Not only is it great for your skin as well as being a natural anti-inflammatory, it adds a little something extra to the taste of the tea without masking the mint.  I first tasted rose mint tea at Comptoir Libanais and made sure to leave the restaurant with my very own bottle of rose water. 

To get all the wonderful benefits of this little gem make sure you look closely at the ingredients on the bottle you buy - you really want pure distilled rose water, try to avoid those synthetic nasties.

So even though my heart will always belong to coffee, my body is saying a big thank you all the goodness of mint tea once in a while.  All that's left to do is sit back, relax and enjoy a little moment of me time.

Until the next "Muuuummmmmy!" is bellowed, that is.

Not quite sure re-heated mint tea has the same appeal.



  1. I love mint tea! Adding rose water is such a great idea, I'll definitely give it a go x

  2. Hmmm.... Sounds absolutely divine.

  3. So wonderful to have you back! I love fresh mint tea and will definitely try the rose water with it.
    Thanks for the tip! xo


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