Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tea Time Tuesday: Imbolc Edition

In keeping with the spirit of the season I've decided to post about teas that you can drink for the Imbolc holiday. Teas that are cleansing and purifying. Teas that can help to cleanse your body and your spirit. Sounds yummy huh?? I thought so......so without further procrastination...here is your list of Imbolc teas.

Feel free to add to this list in the comments or tell me if you use something else from what I list...I love to get new ideas for teas.
Anise
Blackberry
Chamomile
Fennel
Hyssop
Lavendar
Peppermint
Red Clover
Rosemary
Valerian (use with caution...can also make you sleepy)
Vervain

Bonus....here's a yummy treat I found while trolling around the internet one day. I can't remember the site exactly but if someone recognizes where it's from please let me know so I can give credit where it's due.

Lemon Rosemary Tea Cake

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. grated or finely chopped lemon zest (yellow part of the rind only)
2 tsp. minced dried rosemary leaves or fresh rosemary stripped of stems, minced
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup powdered sugar (sifted)
2 large eggs
3/4 cup lowfat buttermilk
2-3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

Preheat oven to 325. Lightly oil 9x5 loaf pan.
Combine flour, baking powder, salt, lemon zest, and rosemary in a med. sized bowl, stir together till blended. In a large bowl, beat oil and sugar until blended. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each one until mix is a pale yellow.
Add 1/3 of flour mix and 1/2 the buttermilk to egg mixture and blend together. Add the rest of the buttermilk, stir to blend completely. Add the rest of the flour mixture (1/3 at a time) stirring to blend after each addition. Spread batter in loaf pan.
Bake until golden and bread starts to pull away from sides of pan, about 55 minutes.

Glaze: In a med. bowl mix together powdered sugar and lemon juice until smooth. Drizzle or spread on warm loaf. Allow to cool completely. Use a knife to loosen bread from pan and remove. Slice, serve and enjoy!

2 comments:

Tea Witch said...

As always....**Please do your research on these herbs and make sure they don't react to any regular medications you may have to take. Also make sure that you aren't allergic to anything before consuming. Double check with a doctor if you are unsure.**

The Blue Faerie said...

As long as there aren't any cats in the ingredients, I'll be fine. ...Nope! Guess who's having tea cakes! :P