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Let Bigelow Tea Spice Up Your Table With These Two Dinner Recipes

bigelow-tea-constant-commentIf you drink Bigelow Tea, you know that each cup is packed full of flavor, aroma and spice. Take a leap from the cup to the plate with these recipes for Moroccan Lentil Stew with Cinnamon, and Pork, Fennel and Leek Casserole. Both dishes are slam-packed with spice and flavor — thanks to the additions of Bigelow Tea Cinnamon Stick and “Constant Comment®” — and perfect for wowing your guests at the dinner table. Add a loaf of crusty bread and a pot of Bigelow Tea English Teatime to complete the experience. Just be prepared when everyone starts asking for the recipe!

Moroccan Lentil Stew with Cinnamon

Ingredients

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  • 4 cups hot water
  • Bigelow® Cinnamon Stick® Tea Bags
  • ½ lb. dried brown lentils, rinsed well
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 lbs chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 – 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes in sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup dry roasted almonds, roughly chopped
  • 3 tablespoon Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped

Instructions

Combine four cups hot water and four Cinnamon Stick® tea bags and allow to steep for approximately 5-7 minutes. Add tea and lentils to a large stew pot. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for approximately 20 minutes, or until lentils are tender. Remove to a large bowl and set aside. In the same pot, add olive oil and saute onions and garlic until softened. Add cut-up chicken and cook until cooked through and no longer pink inside (about 10 minutes). Add diced tomatoes and cooked lentils to the pan and heat through. Season with salt and pepper. Add chopped almonds and parsley and serve.

Pork, Fennel and Leek Casserole

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup (250mL) chicken stock
  • 1 cup (250mL) water
  • Bigelow Constant Comment Tea Bags
  • ¾ cup (180mL) boiling water
  • ¾ cup (180mL) apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon (15mL) butter
  • 1 small fennel bulb
  • 3 leeks, cleaned, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 pound (500g) pork tenderloin, cut into medallions
  • ¼ cup (60mL) flour
  • 1 tablespoon (15mL) olive oil
  • 1 – 10 ounces (280g) package of frozen peas
  • 12 mini potatoes, unpeeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 tablespoons (30mL) cornstarch
  • ½ cup (125mL) mint leaves, chopped

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Make Constant Comment tea with ¾ cup (180mL) boiling water, discard the tea bags, squeezing to extract as much liquid as possible. Add chicken stock and set aside. Melt butter in large skillet and add fennel and leeks and saute gently for 4-5 minutes or until soft, don’t brown. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. Add pork to large plastic bag; add flour, season with salt and pepper, and toss until pork is well coated. Add olive oil to large skillet and brown the pork in batches over medium heat. Remove pork and add apple juice, increase heat and stir up the brown bits from the bottom. Add the tea mixture and boil, add pork, fennel, leeks and potatoes. Cover and place in oven. Cook for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and add peas, mix cornstarch with a little cold water to make a paste and add slowly to hot liquid. Return to oven and continue cooking until sauce thickens. Season with salt and pepper if needed and garnish with chopped mint leaves.

 

Bigelow Toasts To Afternoon Teatime Traditions

bigelow-tea-teatimeOn a historical tea note, many Bigelow Tea drinkers may think of afternoon teatime as a British tradition (even though the post-lunch, pre-dinner cup and nibble has roots across numerous cultures as noted in Forbes recently). Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford is the woman to thank for the traditional English teatime as we know it. In 1840, Anna started partaking in the light meal to help stave off afternoon hunger pangs in between lunch and the typically late dinner hour of the time.

Today, the quintessential afternoon tea is a common tradition in countries that were once British colonies, such as Malaysia. While the English may serve their tea with small bites and savory treats, Malaysians, for example, enjoy delicacies such as yam cake or prawn fritters with their steaming cup which also sounds delicious!

Another fact that tea neophytes may also be interested to learn is that afternoon tea and high tea were not one and the same. While afternoon tea was a ritual for the upper classes, high tea was viewed as a filling meal of heavier foods that was strictly a working class affair.

And finally, did you know that the Japanese have enjoyed tea time even longer than the British? The culture has observed a very strict ceremony surrounding the making, serving, and drinking of tea. This ceremony dates back over a thousand years, and involves specific guidelines that make the serving of tea a beautiful art form, complete with designated wardrobe items, surrounding décor, and foods.

Of course, we always find the practice of drinking tea to be a time honored tradition to share with family and friends. Tell us- do you have any tea drinking rituals, such as a special treat or favorite flavor you can share with us?

Bigelow Tea Shares 6 Great Ways To Celebrate With Tea

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Let the conversations, laughter and tea flow with Bigelow Tea! We’re big fans of good food, good tea and good company—there’s nothing better than when all of these are combined. From galas and afternoon tea parties to tea-themed bridal showers and morning brunches, here are a few of our favorite tea-centric gatherings.

  1. A tea stand benefiting those in need: Here’s a story we couldn’t help but share! In Bigelow Tea’s home state of Connecticut, three young girls recently set up a tea stand to benefit a classmate’s family who lost their home in an explosion. Nine-year-old Jeslyn and her friends served iced tea to neighbors, and all the proceeds were given to the family in need. Amazing, right?bigelow tea constant comment tea party
  2. Brunch with friends: Perhaps you need a gals’ day or a mommy’s morning out. Or maybe you want to gather a few long-time friends to catch up on life. Or, in the case of this writer’s friend, you need to break out a vintage tea set (family heirloom!) that you were gifted. Whatever the reason, brunch is always in season. Host a delightful mid-morning or afternoon tea party for friends—dress to the nines, bake a batch of scones and set the table with all things lovely. You can never go wrong with teacups and a pot of Earl Grey or “Constant Comment®” tea, and Bigelow Tea has just the party checklist for you!
  3. Kids, crafts, games and iced tea: Looking for a fun idea for the kids? Invite a few of their friends over, make a few pitchers of iced tea, cover the table in craft paper and set out  bundles of markers for them to decorate the “tablecloth,” like this mom did! Add in a few kid-friendly crafts or board games and you have hours of fun in the making.
  4. Tea with dad: Navy veteran and California photographer Vanessa Hicks understands the sacrifices that military families make every day. That’s why she wanted to honor them by doing a tea party photo shoot. Vanessa captured several servicemen and their daughters enjoying tea together, and the photos that she shared are beautiful. As a third generation American family-owned and operated company, Bigelow Tea loves to see servicemen and women celebrated.
  5. Baby and bridal showers: Celebrate the bride or mom-to-be with a tea-themed shower! Whether indoor (formal tea) or outdoor (vintage-inspired garden party), tea time is the perfect backdrop for a shower. Have your dessert table filled with a variety of your favorite Bigelow teas, a selection of finger sandwiches, light appetizers, fresh fruit, teacakes, tarts, cookies and scones with Devonshire cream and jam. Some crowd-pleasing tea flavors are English TeatimeLemon LiftGreen Tea, and Perfect Peach Herbal Tea.
  6. A tea party to show gratitude: A 2-year-old in Texas recently invited the police officer who saved her life last summer over for a tea party. Adorned in a flower crown and pearls, Bexley Norvell and her family hosted Corporal Patrick Ray to thank him once again for coming to her aid after she choked on a coin and almost lost her life. What a special way to mark the one-year anniversary of her life being saved!

Clearly, tea is the perfect way to help out, celebrate or say thanks. Whether you’re looking for an excuse to get together or need a themed party for a once-in-a-lifetime event, offering a cup of tea can make your next soirée even more special!

Bigelow Explores The History of Iced Tea

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When you hear the words “iced tea,” it’s easy to envision a pitcher of your favorite Bigelow Tea flavor over ice. Perhaps you add in a sweetener, or maybe you enjoy it nice and simple. Whichever way you drink it, now you can sip with an appreciation for its back story—it is steeped in history, after all!

Richard Blechynden has often been attributed with making the first iced tea at the World’s Fair in St. Louis in 1904. As sales for his hot tea dropped while summer temperatures rose, he purportedly poured tea over ice to entice fairgoers. Some dedicated research tells another story, though, with iced tea’s roots reaching as far back as 1879, when Marion Cabell Tyree created a recipe for green tea over ice, which was published in a community cookbook called Housekeeping in Old Virginia. Later, in 1884, another recipe for iced black tea surfaced from the Boston Cooking School.bigelow tea iced tea blend These days, while iced tea is still extremely popular during summer, the classic drink is enjoyed year ‘round. In the United States, 85 percent of tea consumed each year is iced as noted by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We are an iced tea culture, and we are the only country in the world [noted as such],” said Peter Goggi, president of Tea Association of the USA. Who are the most popular consumers, you may wonder? Well, baby boomers and millennials, of course! 87 percent of millennials drink tea, according to the Tea Association. Goggi said that it’s likely because millennials grew up in the ready-to-drink era that accepted tea as a good alternative to soda and other sugary drinks.

Whatever the reason (or season!), iced tea is always a cool option—and you can make it with any flavor of Bigelow Tea that you would normally enjoy hot. So pick your favorite (@LukeIsASequin suggests “Constant Comment®”), brew and pour over ice for a cold treat any time!

Bigelow Tea’s English Teatime: Traditional And Exceptional

bigelow tea english tea time mugBigelow Tea lovers are fortunate to have options galore, from fruity flavors to herbal blends … but sometimes an unadulterated cup of traditional black tea is hard to beat. And that’s when Bigelow Tea’s English Teatime really shines!

English Teatime is a full-bodied black tea with a rich, smooth taste. With no bitterness and plenty of pure tea flavor, it is delicious on its own or with honey, milk or a wedge of lemon (like the Brits take theirs!).bigelow tea english tea time black tea

The hand-picked tea leaves used in English Teatime are grown high up in the mountains of Sri Lanka where the very best leaves are cultivated! It’s pretty amazing to see where the tea comes from … and third generation president and CEO of Bigelow Tea, Cindi Bigelow, visited Sri Lanka and made videos about the company’s long-standing relationship with the tea growers there.

Thanks to those ideal growing conditions, English Teatime’s has become a fan favorite. As @Esprix tweeted, “Oh Bigelow English Teatime, how happy you make me… .” Moreover, its extremely smooth flavor makes it ideal to mix with other ingredients. Combine it with I Love Lemon for a refreshing iced tea or use it in a baking recipe to create some of the tastiest donuts you’ve ever nibbled!

So when you’re in the mood for tea—exceptional, smooth tea—English Teatime is your go-to blend.

Teabag Tips for Home Remedies

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You’ve just sipped your last drop of Bigelow Darjeeling Tea and – just before throwing out the used teabag – a little voice inside your head screams “WAIT!”  You deftly lift your hand away, and place the used teabag on the counter. Staring intently at the teabag, the light bulb inside your head then suddenly flashes and the cobwebs disappear, as all those old home remedies come flooding back to you. Better write them down, in case you forget again! So here’s a few:

COLD SORES

These unsightly sores can be relieved (not cured) by placing a warm used teabag on the affected area, applying pressure from three to thirty minutes.

HALITOSIS

Bad breath is just plain embarrassing!  A daily regimen of black tea, like Bigelow English Teatime®, is just the right tonic for this social faux pas.

FOOT ODOR

No one likes to have smelly feet usually caused by bacteria from prolonged shoe wear.  Soak your feet in a tub of hot water and 5 new teabags, for 30 minutes. Refreshed!

BLACKHEADS

Place a warm, used teabag on the affected area once a day, until the blackhead disappears. For this application, use green tea only. For this issue, ehow.com says Green Tea is best.

DARK CIRCLES

Soak a couple of new teabags in cold water. Squeeze them and then place them over your closed eyes, for at least 10 minutes. Soon you’ll lose that raccoon look! (NOTE: Warm, used teabags can replace an herbal tea poultice.)

Now, time to silence those inner voices and perhaps succumb to the pleasure and taste of a relaxing cup of Cozy Chamomile®