Firstly, where is summer? I have no idea what the weather is going to be like from one day to the next. I wake up pondering whether it’s a flip flop day or a Wellington boot day – to be honest, I’d rather be elsewhere. This is how I ended up deciding to do some serious work on expanding my tea knowledge – and my cooking skills.
As most of you know I am only happy when doing 3 things, drinking tea, cooking, or contemplating making a cup of tea. With this in mind I decided to try my hand at a meal that I have been dying to master… Chinese Lemon Chicken – you know the kind you get from Chinese restaurants. The recipe was simple and described itself as a traditional citrus Chinese cuisine, taking roughly 20 minutes to prepare and 15 minutes to cook. This should be simple right?
As per normal, whilst everyone around me devours food with a glass (or bottle) of nice wine, I insist on accompanying my meals on almost every occasion, with a cup of tea. So, I managed to get my hands on some Clipper Green Tea – I’m a huge fan of Clipper Tea, I also really enjoy a sleepy tea of theirs, it’s a great choice to aid insomniacs. But back to the Chinese tea: The Chinese have been drinking tea for thousands of years – white tea, red tea, green tea… and each one has its own benefits and more so, myths surrounding them. But the reason they drink so much of the green tea, especially when eating is because the tea itself has a hidden power of washing down, breaking up and aiding the digestion of oily foods – So with my food on Saturday I had planned to wash down my home cooked Lemon Chicken with my Clipper Green Tea.
One hour after commencing my self-taught Lemon Chicken, it was to be served to my very polite partner… so polite so, he couldn’t bring himself to say ‘this lemon sauce is horrible’. It was truly awful… Thank god for the Green tea – it really did wash our food down!
But I learnt three lessons by attempting to cook Lemon Chicken;
- Green tea is really delicious when drinking it alongside Chinese food; it really does compliment the food well. Its flavour is quite bitter so I normally add a time bit of sugar to it just to take the edge off of it, but I’ve been told that as you drink it over time your palette recognises it as a sweet flavour!
- Just buy a takeout from Just Eat. It will arrive in less time than it takes to cook and you won’t have to wash up either!
- My Boyfriend is too polite!
Green Tea Facts/Myths;
- Green tea is regarded as an excellent aid to losing weight
- Drinking Green tea regularly can help protect you against heart disease and diabetes
- Due to the low number of cancer suffers in China and Japan, it is believed that Green tea helps stop cancerous cells growing and spreading
- Green tea slows down aging
- Green tea is best drank once it has cooled
- China is the biggest producer and exporter of Green Tea – exporting out a whopping 83% of the world’s Green tea
Obviously, before anyone gets on touch – these are Facts/Myths because I cannot promise any of them, especially not the weight loss!