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Pair Your Favorite Comfort Food With Bigelow Tea

Rough day? We hear you. Those happen, and you know what? Bigelow Tea is a hug in a mug. So when you add your favorite comfort food to the mix, it’s literally the definition of a *perfect* pair.

While tea goes well with everything, it’s worth knowing that in general, when it comes to tea and food pairings, the stronger the tea, the more hearty the food. So, here goes: a few of our best comfort food and tea pairings. Put them in your back pocket for a rainy (or sleepy or sad or long) day or try it out for the holidays with family!

  1. Comfort = Anything sweet. If chocolate, rich treats and sugary goodness are your go-to, an Oolong or bold black tea – like English Teatime  or Vanilla Chai – will do the trick. Lighter foods, like an angel food cake or French madeleines pair well with a cup of green tea.
  2. Comfort = All things savory. Dreaming of sandwiches? Say, these Ham and Pear Sandwiches or this juicy Chamomile Braised ChickenTry an herbal tea, like I Love Lemon.
  3. Comfort = Salt + spice. Like salt and spice (yup, everything nice)? You’ll love pairing your favorite comfort food with a robust cup of Darjeeling. This flavor pairs well with rich, creamy, or spice-forward dishes.
  4. Comfort = Homestyle cooking. Soups? Mashed potatoes? Meat? Cheese. Earl Grey all the way. Earl Grey’s smooth flavor and bright citrus aroma perfectly complement the strong, earthy flavors in red meat dishes like Orange Beef and Chinese Broccoli, and Lamb Kebabs with Mashed Sweet Potatoes.
  5. Comfort = Breakfast. Maybe you’re a breakfast lover, in which case, you can’t go wrong with Bigelow sweet herbal teas, like Chamomile Mango. Try a cup with these recipes for Vanilla & Cinnamon Baked Challah French Toast or Caramel Apple Crunch Muffins. Yum!

Whatever your feel-good fix, there’s a Bigelow Tea flavor that’s sure to complement. And hey, if that doesn’t turn things around for you, talk it out with a friend or family (perfect timing with Thanksgiving tomorrow!). Whether it’s over a cup of tea or not (though a cup of tea never hurts), it always helps to spend some time, express yourself and share a laugh with your favorites in #TeaProudly style. Enjoy!

French Madeleines and Bigelow Green Tea? Yes Please!

biogelow tea classic green tea mugThe light and refreshing taste of Bigelow Tea’s Classic Green Tea is, well, simply sippable! As one Bigelow Tea Facebook fan, Nicolette Simmonsposted, “a day without green tea is a day without sunshine.” Green tea comes from the Camellia sinesis leaves that are immediately steamed or pan-fired to avoid oxidation. This results in an ultra smooth flavor that is lower in caffeine and more delicate than the typical black tea. Green tea also is high in polyphenols known as EGCG, making it a wonderful component to a healthy lifestyle.

While green tea goes well with everything from fish to veggies, it’s also particularly well matched to a light and sweet treat, such as a simple cookie like French Madeleines. The Tea Association of Canada has a particularly handy chart that advises on what types of teas pair well with various types of foods which is super handy!  Never heard of a tea and food pairing?  Then check out the chart but then try a few of your own matches to come up with new combinations.

While we’re on the topic, it’s worth knowing that in general, when it comes to tea and food pairings, the heavier the tea, the more hearty the food, such as Earl Gray with an Orange Beef and Broccoli dish, or Darjeeling served with a Roast Pork Loin with Spiced Apple Cider Apples. On the other side of the spectrum, one very light combination might be Lemon Ginger Tea paired with Orange and Spice Pureed Carrots. But back to this particular tea pairing – you have to try this scrumptious Madeleines cookie recipe (by Bigelow Tea fan Jen) in your own kitchen, accompanied by a cup of green. So “delish”!

FRENCH MADELEINES

bigelow tea madeline recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 oz (1 stick), plus 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus 1 tablespoon, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • Powdered sugar (optional)

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a small sauce pan. Spoon 3 tablespoons of butter into a small bowl or cup and set aside. Let the rest of the butter cool slightly.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together one cup of the flour and the sugar, and set aside. In another medium bowl, whisk the two eggs with the vanilla, salt, lemon juice, and lemon zest until the eggs are frothy.
  3. Add the eggs to the flour. Using a spatula, stir until just combined. Add the 4 ounces of melted butter and continue to stir. It may take a minute for the butter to blend into the mixture but do not over mix.
  4. Cover the bowl with a plate (or plastic wrap) and place in the refrigerator to rest at least one hour and up to overnight.
  5. Add the remaining one tablespoon of flour to the 3 tablespoons reserved butter and stir to combine.
  6. Using a pastry brush, brush the interiors of the shells with the butter-flour mixture so that they are well coated.
  7. Preheat the oven and fill pans. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Remove the batter from the refrigerator.
  8. Fill each well in the madeleine pan with 1 tablespoon of the batter.
  9. Bake the madeleines. Place both pans on a baking sheet for easy handling and place in the oven. Check after 8 minutes
  10. The madeleines should be browning around the edges and puffed up a little in the middle. Using your forefinger, press lightly on the center hump — when the madeleines are finished baking, it should spring back at your touch.
  11. Cool and dust with sugar. Remove the madeleines from the oven and let cool for 2 minutes. Using a fork, gently loosen the madeleines from their molds and then tip the whole pan out onto a cooling wrack or tea towel. Once cool, dust lightly with powdered sugar and serve.

Tell us: what food pairings would you like to try?

Yup, It’s National Pie Day, Happy (Bigelow) Tea Drinking!

Happy National Pie Day! Pair it with our #FrenchVanilla black tea for the most appePIEzing treat! #TeaProudly

Bigelow Tea On Ice—You’ll Want To Try These Winning Combinations!

 

Whether you enjoy iced tea by the glass or by the pitcher, it’s tough to top pouring your favorite Bigelow Tea flavor over ice. But do you know what’s better than one flavor? Two! That’s why iced tea combinations are so much fun. Here are a few of our favorite thirst-quenching iced tea pairing recipes:

These are the combinations we’d recommend, but we wanted to hear from you, too. That’s why we asked Bigelow Tea fans to vote for their favorite iced tea pairings, and wouldn’t you know… they responded by the thousands! The I Love Lemon and English Teatime combination won first place with 2434 votes, followed closely by Perfect Peach and Pomegranate Pizzazz with 2264 votes. Other popular choices were Green Tea and Wild Blueberry Acai, and Pomegranate Pizzazz and Green Tea with Pomegranate. Don’t forget to check out the video above, too, where third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow makes a glass of Red Raspberry and Jasmine Green iced tea. Another great option comes from Bigelow enthusiast @CallMeTeff, who suggests combining Earl Grey and “Constant Comment®” over ice. Yum… we’re getting thirsty with just hearing all these flavor combos!

With so many more fantastic undiscovered combinations out there, we hope there’s no end to this tasty season of iced tea. Send in your favorites, and keep cool this summer—one glass at a time.

Start and Finish A Meal with Bigelow Green Tea

bigelow tea green tea with lemon

Bigelow Tea has spent over 70 years developing and perfecting some of America’s favorite tea blends. These multidimensional flavors are delicious on their own, but can be further enhanced when paired with the right foods! You’ve heard of tea and scones, but have you ever considered pairing Bigelow Green Tea with steamed shellfish? It’s a big yes!

bigelow tea green tea classic

Bigelow Green Tea is delicate, smooth, and mellow on the palate. Facebook fan Nickolette Simmons says “a day without green tea is a day without sunshine” and we couldn’t agree more! Its clean notes of green melon and grass pair well with lighter dishes such as Steamed Clams in Lemon-Garlic Broth (pictured below). This flavorful dish is prepared with Bigelow I Love Lemon, an invigorating blend of lemon and lemongrass, meaning double the Bigelow Tea in this perfect pair!

bigelow tea tea recipe

Another go-to pairing for Green Tea is a good veggie dish. Bigelow’s Green Tea Ramen Soup uses Bigelow Green Tea to create a warm, comforting broth. Pair this with a hot cuppa Bigelow Green Tea and say hello to the ultimate cold and flu fighter!

If Green is your favorite cuppa Bigelow, try one of these pairing tips next cup you steep!

Bigelow’s Perfect Tea And Recipe Pairings

bigelow tea lemon tea pairingsBigelow Tea loves exploring unique combinations of foods and Bigelow Tea blends. Pairing the right Bigelow Tea variety with a meal helps enhance the flavor experience and make your favorite cup of tea even more delectable!

Some suggestions? If Bigelow Earl Grey is your daily go-to blend, try pairing with red meat dishes that highlight the bright fragrant citrus notes of the tea. And as we blogged previously, tart herbal teas pair excellently with grilled proteins and berry desserts. There are many different pairing suggestions out there, but no rules! Melanie Kissel says on Facebook that grilled tofu and I Love Lemon make the perfect pair!

Still looking for more tea pairings? This chart of suggestions from the Tea Association of Canada might help guide you on your next flavor exploration. Follow your taste buds and creativity to the next delicious duo!

bigelow tea and food pairings