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Green Jasmine truffles

21 Feb

The highlight of this month’s Tea and Chocolate Workshop at Lahloo Pantry will be the preparation of these chocolate truffles, infused with the delicate flavour of Green Jasmine. A fabulous homemade gift or a luxurious treat to enjoy when you fancy something sweet, satisfying and uplifting. Here’s our recipe!

Green Jasmine truffle

Green Jasmine truffles

Ingredients (for about 40 truffles)

  • 250g dark chocolate
  • 280ml heavy cream
  • 50g butter
  • 2-3 tbsp Lahloo Green Jasmine
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder (for the coating)

Heat the cream in a pan and bring to the boil. Remove from heat, add the tea and let it infuse for 15 minutes. Strain.

Melt the chocolate and the butter in a bain-Marie and strain the cream into the mixture. Whisk well until combined. Pour into a stainless still bowl and refrigerate for two hours.

Place 1 teaspoon of the truffle mixture into the palm of your hand, rolling it into a ball. Place each truffle on a lined baking tray and repeat the process. Chill the truffles until firm.

Once the truffles are firm, coat them with the cocoa powder (if you like them sweeter, add some brown sugar to the cocoa powder and mix well) and leave them to harden.

Our tip: Bring truffles to room temperature just before serving.

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Happiness is Tea and Chocolate

15 Feb

If you’re one of the regular readers of this blog, chances are that you wholeheartedly agree with the title of this post. It’s a universal truth: tea and chocolate can make everything better. The possibilities are endless: tea-infused hot chocolate, tea and chocolate biscuits, tea and a slice or two of chocolate cake, tea and a chocolate brownie, a chocolate pudding, chocolate doughnuts…

If you’re a scientist, a nutritionist or a health food fanatic, a word will spring to mind: flavonoids! Both tea and chocolate contain this antioxidant organic compound, which is actually good for you. But this time we aren’t going to talk about health benefits. We want to let our senses do the talking. This post is intended as a guide to satisfying all your tea and chocolate cravings. So here are our favourite combinations:

For a true chocolate feast… . Amber and chocolate brownies

Squidgy, decadent brownies, with an intense chocolate flavour and crunchy chunks of walnuts or hazelnuts require a sumptuous, full-bodied tea like our Taiwanese Amber oolong, with a light smokiness and hints of chocolate and passionfruit. A combination that will satisfy even the greediest chocaholic.

Lahloo Amber and chocolate brownies

Lahloo Amber and chocolate brownies

For a little treat…  Earl Grey and a chocolate madeleine

A petite chocolate madeleine is lighter, fluffier and smaller than a brownie, but sometimes that’s all you need to get your chocolate fix. The zesty flavour of Earl Grey will complement that of the chocolate as they both play in your mouth. If you take your Earl Grey with milk, try dunking your madeleine and enjoy an afternoon tea reminiscent of Marcel Proust, but still quintessentially English.

For a sophisticated healthy boost… Green Jasmine and single origin dark chocolate

Single origin, bittersweet dark chocolate is probably the most satisfying form of cocoa that exists – the food of the gods. Marvel at the way the divine flavours dance on your tongue when you pair the chocolate with a pot of fresh, crisp Green Jasmine tea. You won’t think of champagne and strawberries in the same way ever again.

Green Jasmine and a few pieces of single origin dark chocolate!

Green Jasmine and a few pieces of single origin dark chocolate!

For a dainty dessert… Rosebud and chocolate mousse

There’s something intriguing in a chocolate mousse. The combination of the light, airy texture and the intense flavour of chocolate is intriguing and provokes avid reactions. A cup of the alluring, pure and delicate Rosebud will enhance this otherwordliness and provide the best romantic dessert we can think of.

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Destination happiness

6 Feb

We firmly believe in the curative power of a journey or a mini break. Remember the motto “happiness is not a destination, it’s a way of life”? Yes, sounds sensible, but in terms of travelling, we beg to disagree! While the journey itself can be incredibly rewarding, we think that happy destinations definitely exist, and that they bring out the best in us because they make us feel more positive and relaxed. In this list you’ll find some exotic spots, but other places that are closer than you think!

Beach of Tangalla, South Sri Lanka, by Milei.vencel

Beach of Tangalla, South Sri Lanka, by Milei.vencel

1. Sri Lanka. 

Amazing beaches, incredible spices that crown the perfect curry, awesome tea (like our own Smoky!), ancient ruins, welcoming locals… This tropical island in Southern Asia is a place to relax, whether this involves snorkeling, whale-watching or dedicating some time to your own spiritual awakening, as there are many meditation courses in English to discover.

Nerja (Málaga)

Nerja (Málaga)

2. Nerja, Spain.  

The Costa del Sol can be very touristy, but some places are less crammed than others. Nerja is a beautiful, friendly fishing village that makes most of its income from tourism, but still feels peaceful, simple and charming. As well as the best possible climate, with proper summer days even in the winter, you’ll enjoy beautiful views, fresh grilled fish by the turquoise sea and thirteen kilometres of beaches. Don’t miss the astonishing, fairytale-like Nerja Caves.

3. Capri, Italy. 

In Greek mythology, Capri was the island of the sirens. Just a few miles off the bay of Naples,  it’s an excellent base to visit Sorrento, Amalfi, Naples, or, if you love history, the ruins of Pompeii. A great place for hiking, swimming, discovering ruins and grottoes and enjoying some of the local delights, such as juicy tomatoes, peppery rocket and creamy buffalo mozzarella. Very busy in the summer months, this is a sunny spring destination that will make you think of the perennial glamour of classic Hollywood films.

4. Cornwall, England. 

Cornwall’s own micro climate means that spring comes earlier here than elsewhere in the UK. This is the place to enjoy traditional English picnics with ginger beer (á la Famous Five) on remote beaches, hike among the wildflowers with the deep blue sea in the background or spend a day visiting dramatic ruins, then enjoy a local pint and some fresh mussels in the pub.

Old streets in Chania, Crete, by Jose Concalves

5. Crete. 

The biggest of the Greek islands is full of wonders: beautiful coastlines with turquoise sea; awe-inspiring  ancient ruins; charming, friendly tavernas where you can enjoy traditional music and complimentary raki; narrow, flowery streets full of artisan products and local olive oil and, of course, the food. Breakfast by the sea with sesame breadrolls, the best feta cheese you’ll ever try, tomato, olive oil, olive tapenade, decadent Greek yoghurt and sweet, cinnamony kalitsounia.

Seven reasons to start drinking Sobacha

4 Feb
Though Sobacha is very popular in Japan and Southeast Asia, you might not be familiar with this nutty, moreish herbal infusion. If you’re into Japanese food, you probably will have tried the delicious soba noodles (great with vegetables and soy sauce!). Soba is the Japanese word for buckwheat, a gluten-free whole grain related to rhubarb and with no relation to wheat, and Sobacha is the herbal tea made with roasted buckwheat. But why is it so good for you?
  1. Sobacha helps regulate blood sugar levels, so it’s perfect to make you feel fuller for longer and to banish the four o’clock slump.
  2. The roasted nibs are high in fibre that helps flush away toxines, therefore improving your digestion.
  3. Sobacha contains potassium, which regulates water balance in the body. Drinking it regularly can help alleviate water retemption, an easy way to feel slimmer and healthier.
  4. That feelgood factor! Sobacha is rich in Vitamin B, a natural mood enhancer. Perhaps that’s why it’s so comforting!
  5. Sobacha contains antioxidants to protect your body from the inside and give you a healthy glow.
  6. Zinc in Sobacha promotes a healthy complexion, improves stress levels and supports the immune system, so it’s a great caffeine-free alternative if you’re feeling under the weather.
  7. Sobacha contains copper, which contributes to control cholesterol levels and fights anemia.

Tea Heroes 2012 – the results!

9 Jan

A few weeks ago we asked you to help us choose the Tea Heroes of 2012! First of all, we want to thank you all for your responses. We’ve already contacted the winner of a Tea Discovery tea taster set, so congratulations! Now it’s time to share the results! Hopefully this will help you discover a new tea -or maybe confirm that you were right about your favourites!

teas

OPULENT BLACK ………………….. Spice Chai (32.4%)

Beating Bristol Brew by just one vote, the invigorating and comforting Spice Chai gets to the top of your trusted black teas!

INTRIGUING OOLONG …………… Orchid (36.1%)

This oolong is so stunning that even thieves love it! Our whole consignment of Orchid was stolen and we’re currently trying to source an alternative! True story. Too much Orchid love.

GALVANISING GREEN …………. Matcha (28.6%)

The mighty Matcha gets your vote, followed closely by Green Jasmine. Once you try Matcha there’s no turning back!

ALLURING WHITE …………….. White Peony (30.6%)

This seemed to be a difficult choice! White Peony, Snow Jewel and White Whisper got nearly the same number of votes.

HERBAL THERAPY…………….. Peppermint (28.6%)

The trusted English favourite beats the exotic Mulberry by just one vote!

 

Do you agree with the results?

15 simple feelgood tips from the Lahloo team

8 Jan

The Lahloo team has gathered to compile a list of simple feelgood tips that will help you start 2013 feeling calm and energised. For more inspiration, you can also check our Herbal Therapy Pinterest board!

feelgoodtips

This is our mantra for the New Year! You can print it out if you wish.

Body

1. Start the day with half a cup of hot water and a squeeze of lemon. It’s an easy way to alkalise your body and to clear toxines.  And you’ll get some vitamin C too!

2. Do some cat stretches first things in the morning.

3. Add a tbsp matcha to a green breakfast smoothie.

4. At the end of your shower, turn the water to cold for a few seconds. You’ll feel brave and awake, and it will improve your circulation.

5. If you can, take a walk to work!

6. Try a simple shiatsu massage to feel energised. Apply some pressure in between your thumb and index finger. Breathe.

7. Always carry healthy snacks. Fruit segments, toasted almonds, oatcakes, hummus and carrots, a banana or a boiled egg are perfect.

8. Make a potassium-rich vegetable soup from scratch tonight. Add some chickpeas for extra protein.

Soul

9. Do a good deed! Help someone today. Helping people makes us feel good too.

10. Save at least ten minutes each day to do something creative. Drawing, writing, knitting, cooking, taking photographs, making music or whatever you like.

11. Learn something new.

12. Grow your own herbs and add them to your favourite dishes.

13. Do a screen detox! Half an hour before you go to bed, turn off all electrical implements (yes, your mobile phone too!). Grab a book and a cup of tea and relax.

14. If you feel agitated and restless, breathe (and play some Tibetan singing bowls music. It will help!)

15. Remember to say ‘thank you’.

The Queen of Tea

21 Dec

Over ten centuries ago, the Chinese emperor Hui Zhong proclaimed it to be the culmination of all that is elegant. Lahloo founder Kate talks about why white tea is the Queen of Tea! Video by Raspberry and Jam.

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