Best Tea Ware Gift Ideas

Best Teaware for Christmas

Are you looking for a holiday gift idea for someone who likes tea? Check out our best selling tea ware, they’re sure to please:

1. Double Sealed Stainless Steel Tin

By far our best selling item, our Double Sealed Stainless Steel Tea Tins are great for keeping tea & coffee fresh. Plus, they fit a wide range of kitchen decors. This is a great practical and inexpensive gift.

2. Glass Tea Tumbler:

Our Insulated Glass Tea Tumbler is perfect for someone who likes to drink tea on the road or at the office. Simply place the tea leaves inside the tumbler, pour in hot water, and you have tea! The leaves stay right inside, so you can watch them unfurl. The enclosed strainer keeps the tea leaves inside for a no-mess experience.

3. Permanent Tea Basket

This is a staple item for brewing loose leaf tea. The Permanent Tea Basket fits in a mug or teapot without falling in. After brewing, the lid can be used as a drip catch. Taste-free stainless steel mesh filter strains even the finest loose leaf tea.

4. Mist Iced Tea Pitcher

The Mist Iced Tea Pitcher is an easy, mess free way to brew loose leaf tea for iced tea. Simply place your tea leaves in the pitcher and add hot water or cold water. Watch the tea leaves expand as they brew; very attractive for guests.

5. Primula 8-Cup Glass French Press

The versatile Primula French Press brews fantastic coffee or tea. Simply add coffee grounds or tea leaves, pour in water, and push the press down. The fine mesh filter strains your beverage, ensuring a clean brew.

Food Friday – Cooking With Tea – WMAC

Linda Smith at WMAC - Food Friday

In case you missed it, here are the recipes from “Cooking With Tea,” for WMAC’s “Food Friday.” Original air date: 11/14/14. Photos to follow.

Recipe Links:

(Recipes courtesy of Chef Andre Begnaud)

Want to hear Linda Smith, owner of Divinitea, and Chef Andre Begnaud talk about cooking with tea? Check out the WMAC broadcast here.

Flourless Chocolate Chai Cake Recipe

Flourless Chocolate Chai Cake Recipe

This flourless chocolate cake has a little chai spice to make it exciting. Check it out. Recipe by Chef Andre Begnaud.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 C Chai
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 18 oz chocolate, bittersweet, chopped
  • 1 C butter, cut Into 1 T pieces
  • 6 ea eggs

Instructions

  1. Heat chai, salt & sugar to dissolve.
  2. Melt chocolate & pour into a mixer bowl.
  3. Add butter, 1 piece at a time.
  4. Beat in chai mix
  5. Add eggs 1 at a time
  6. Pour into greased 10″ cake pan.
  7. Bake at 300F for 40-50 minutes. Center will look wet & unset.
  8. Remove from heat & chill overnight.

Earl Grey Shortbread Recipe

Earl Grey Shortbread Recipe

This Earl Grey Shortbread recipe goes great with your favorite cuppa tea! Recipe by Chef Andre Begnaud.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb butter. unsalted, softened
  • 1 1/2 C sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 3/4 t salt
  • 4 C sifted, all purpose flour
  • 1oz Earl Grey tea, powdered
  • 1 T lemon zest, grated

Instructions

  1. Blend butter & sugar until fluffy.
  2. Lower speed & add van,. salt & flour
  3. Stir In tea & zest.
  4. Separate Into 4 equal rounds, wrap in plastic & refrigerate 1 hr minimum.
  5. Remove from fridge & allow to rest 10 min.
  6. Unwrap & roll to 1/4″ round, with a Lightly floured pin.
  7. Cut into 6 equal wedges.
  8. Carefully transfer to parchment lined cookie sheet.
  9. Bake 15–20 min. until golden brown on the edges.
  10. Cool in pan on wire rack.
  11. Remove carefully w/spatula.

Rooibos Applesauce Recipe

Rooibos applesauce Recipe

A smooth infusion of rooibos tea makes this applesauce recipe something special to serve friends and family. Recipe by Chef Andre Begnaud

Ingredients

  • 3 T Rooibos tea
  • 2 C water
  • 1 lb Cortland apples, peeled, cored & diced
  • 1.5 lb Gala apples, peeled. cored & diced
  • 4 lb Mcintosh apples, peeled, cored & diced
  • 1/2 C maple syrup
  • 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 1.5″ cinnamon stick
  • Instructions

    1. Brew very strong infusion of rooibos, 15-20 min.
    2. Combine all into a heavy pot & cook at medium temperature, until softened
    3. Remove cinnamon stick & mash with potato masher.
    4. Serve warm, room temp or chilled

    Maple Vanilla Tea Baked Bean Recipe

    Maple Vanilla Black Bean Recipe

    This fantastic baked bean recipe uses a maple vanilla black tea to give it a flavor boost.. Recipe by Chef Andre Begnaud.

    Ingredients

    • 1 oz maple creme tea
    • 1 C water
    • 3 ea navy beans, cans, drained
    • l ea small onion. diced
    • 1/2 C maple syrup
    • 2 t salt
    • 1/4 t dry mustard
    • 1/4 t black pepper, ground
    • 1/4 C strained tomatoes
    • 6 dash Tabasco Chipotle sauce
    • Instructions

      1. Make a strong infusion of maple creme tea, steep 5·8 min & set aside.
      2. Layer beans & onions in casserole, set aside.
      3. Bring rest of the ingredients to a boil, reduce to simmer 3·5 min.
      4. Pour mix over the beans; add tea so beans are completely covered, keep remaining tea
      5. Cover & bake at 350F tor 2 hours.
      6. Remove cover & add remaining tea if needed. Return to oven for additional 1-2 hours.

    Spicy Peanut Sauce Recipe

    Recipe by Chef Andre Begnaud

    Ingredients

    • 1lb pasta noodle, cooked & cooled
    • 3/4 C smooth peanut butter
    • 1/4 C rice wine vinegar
    • 3 oz soy sauce
    • 1/4 C reserved poaching liquid – (see Gunpowder Green Tea Shrimp recipe)
    • 1 T garlic, minced
    • 2” fresh ginger piece
    • 2 T sesame seeds
    • 2 T Sirachi sauce
    • Instructions:

      1. Blend all, but noodles, until smooth.
      2. Toss noodles with sauce, coating well. Chill 3 hours.
      3. Toss again, right before service.

    Gunpowder Green Tea Shrimp Recipe

    Gunpowder Green Tea Shrimp

    This Asian-Louisiana fusion shrimp recipe uses Chinese Gunpowder Green Tea. Try this out with our Spicy Peanut Sauce Recipe

    Recipe by Chef Andre Begnaud

    Ingredients

    • 2 C Water
    • 2oz Gunpowder Tea
    • 1 T garllc, minced
    • 1 ea star anise
    • 1″ fresh glnger piece
    • 1/2 t peppercorns
    • 1 ea lemon, cut in 1/2
    • 1/4 bunch cilantro
    • 1 lb shrimp, 36-40 count, peeled, deveined

    Instructions

    1. Bring all but shrimp to a boil
    2. Add shrimp & cook until pink. Drain & reserve 1/4 C of liquid for Spicy Peanut Sauce Recipe
    3. Chill until needed

    Wild Mushroom Bread Pudding Recipe

    Wild Mushroom Bread Pudding Recipe

    Try this Wild Mushroom Bread Pudding recipe using smoky Lapsang Souchong tea. Recipe by Chef Andre Begnaud

    Ingredients

    • 1 .5 C heavy cream
    • .25oz dried mushrooms
    • 2oz Lapsang Souchong tea
    • .5 T olive oil
    • .5 ea onion (cut into small slices)
    • .5 t shallots (minced)
    • .5 t garlic (minced)
    • 3oz fresh wild mushrooms (sliced)
    • I T molasses
    • 3 ea eggs (beaten)
    • .5 t creole seasoning
    • Tabasco/salt/pepper to taste
    • 2 C stale bread (diced)
    • 2T Parmesan Reggiano (grated)

    Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350F
    2. Bring cream, dried mushrooms & Lapsang Souchong to a boil; reduce to a simmer for 2-3 min. Remove from pan & let cool
    3. Over med heat, saute onion, shallot & garlic in oil until the onion is lightly caramelized. Add fresh mushrooms & cook until tender (3-5 min). Add molasses & seasoning. Allow to cool
    4. Strain cream through fine mesh sieve into the beaten eggs. Season well. Add the bread to the egg/cream & mix, allow to set for 5-8 min. Stir in mushroom mixture & reseason.
    5. Fill 4 – 4oz, buttered molds & top w/the cheese.
    6. Cover w/aluminum foil & bake for 16-18 min. Remove foil & cook additional 2-3 min.
    7. Let rest for 1-2 min & turn out. serve warm

    Cook With Tea on WAMC!

    Seasonal Cooking with Tea

    Tune in to Food Friday on WAMC, Friday, November 14th, from 2-3 PM. Linda Smith, owner of Divinitea, will be featuring seasonal recipes that incorporate the best teas to use with cooking. Just in time for Thanksgiving!

    Check out Food Friday’s program info on WAMC: http://wamc.org/topic/food-friday