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Green Tea and Ginger Granita Recipe

Granita is a semi-frozen, slightly granular Sicilian dessert that is similar to sorbet and Italian ice. Daydreaming about this fabulous summery treat is my way of denying the existence of the terrible Syracuse April weather.

I stumbled upon a great green tea and ginger granita recipe, which serves four, on The New York Times site.

Green tea and ginger granita

Photo courtesy of nytimes.com

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons minced crystallized ginger                                                                                                                3 green-tea bags, or 2 tablespoons loose green tea                                                                                             1/4 cup honey, or more to taste                                                                                                                            Juice of 1 lemon

Procedure:

1. Put the ginger in a saucepan with 3 cups of water and bring almost to a boil, add the tea, cover and turn off the heat. Let sit for 10 minutes, then strain and discard the solids. Stir in the honey and lemon juice and taste. You want a fairly sweet mixture, so add more honey if necessary.

2. Pour the mixture into a shallow glass or ceramic pan and freeze. Stir to break up the ice every 30 minutes or so, until the mixture is slushy and crunchy with crystals, about 3 hours total. If the mixture becomes too hard, pulse it once or twice in the food processor to break it up, or put it in the fridge and stir occasionally until it reaches the desired texture. Spoon into small bowls and serve.

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Posted by on April 26, 2012 in Images, Tea foods, Tea recipes

 

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High Tea at High Cost

A recent article in The Daily Mail, the UK’s second biggest-selling daily newspaper, reported that many English luxury hotels charge sky-high prices for the indulgence of afternoon tea. The Lanesborough Hotel, a five-star in Knightsbridge, charges 85 pounds for high tea ($134.74 American). London’s The Ritz charges patrons 64 pounds ($101.45 American).

As gasp-inducing as these prices may be, the answer for those who want to enjoy this English tradition without breaking the bank may be as simple as “shop around!” When I was abroad in London last year, a few of my lady friends and I decided to go for high tea at The Milestone Hotel, a five-star boutique hotel located at the southwest corner of Kensington Gardens.

On a beautiful April afternoon, we walked along Kensington High Street, clad in sundresses, espadrilles, wide-brimmed hats, and posh sunglasses. We entered The Milestone, and we were led into the tea room:

The Conservatory at The Milestone Hotel

Photo courtesy of milestonehotel.com

Super-chic, no?

We enjoyed pots of tea of our choice, and several three-tiered trays filled with as many scones and finger sandwiches as we could eat. The scones, served with clotted cream, were beyond divine, and the classic cucumber sandwiches refreshed and provided a satisfying crunch.

The above experience, which lasted a few hours, cost each of us 31.50 pounds ($49.93 American), a much more reasonable price than those asked at more-mainstream luxury hotels. Cost notwithstanding, high tea is a uniquely English experience that I encourage all visitors to enjoy.

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2012 in Images, Tea culture, Tea foods

 

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