Tea Time; Let’s Have Homemade Herbal Tea

Did you know you can make your own tea using a blend of your favorite herbs and spices?

I do that all the time and i want to share one of my mixes with you.

The beauty of this is that, this is made with locally grown spices readily available in the market, especially from the Hausa spice vendors.

Tea is a beverage so popular it’s one of the most consumed in the world. It’s an aromatic beverage commonly prepared by pouring hot or boiling water over cured tea leaves. Mostly had for breakfast, however in some cultures, tea is had at any time of the day.

In Nigeria tea is most popular as tea bags, and because of our British colonial past, we have our tea with a handsome helping of milk and sugar.

I really like using Zobo leaves to make tea, not only because it makes such a beautiful colour of tea, it’s also very aromatic and zingy.


Health benefits of this herbal tea.

Herbal teas are good detoxifiers. So is this tea. All the ingredients play a key role in metabolism, detoxification of xenobiotic and flushing toxins out of the body

It Aids in digestion, Treats nausea & headache, Prevents respiratory disorders, Aids in breast feeding, Helps in weight loss, Helps allergies , Improves skin health, Improves kidney health.

Increases Immunity;
The presence of vitamin C in sorrel is pretty impressive.
Vitamin C also referred to as ascorbic acid, increases the production of white blood cells and stimulates the immune system, which is the first line of protection against pathogens and other free radicals present in the body, hence helping to prevent cancer.


Ingredients

  • Dried Zobo leaves (Hibiscus Sabdariffa, Roselle, Red Sorrel, or Jamaican Sorrell.
  • Fennel Seeds
  • Dried Mint leaves
  • Cinnamon

Procedure

Blitz them all together in the dry mill of your blender, a food processor or coffee grinder. I don’t have a measurement for this. Just eye ball it and go with your gut.

To make a brew

  • Add 1/2 teaspoon of the tea a cup of boiling water. Allow it to infuse. You can use a tea infuser or strain using a seive.

Sweeten with honey or any non-nutritive/zero calorie sweetener e.g Stevia or Truvia.

You can enjoy hot or cold. Do not add milk to this tea because the acidity in the zobo it will cuddle the milk.

Plantain Waffles

I’ve been pushing the  #Plantain #Chocolate competition for the #ounjegiveaway. So I’ve been sharing easy ways to  incorporate plantain and chocolate. Plantain waffle is an old recipe I shared last year. This is a different take on the earlier  RECIPE 

Plantain Waffle

Plantain Waffle topped with Frozen Yogurt, Honey and Milk Chocolate shavings

Recipe 

(Serves 5)

  • 4 large ripe plantains
  • 20g Butter
  •  2 cups Yogurt 
  • 1 cup flour 
  • 1/8 tsp Baking powder
  •  1/8 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/8 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 tbsp *Vanilla extract 
  • *Cooking spray or oil to coat your waffle iron.

Procedure

▪     In a blender,  blend the plantain and all the other ingredients to a smooth  paste.

▪    Spray the waffle iron with some cooking spray or use a brush to apply oil on the iron to prevent the batter from sticking to the plates. (Use the waffle iron according to manufacturers instructions)

▪    Cook till waffle iron indicator says it’s done. 

Plantain Waffle topped with frozen yogurt, chocolate syrup and milk chocolate shavings
Plantain Waffle topped with Frozen Yogurt, Chocolate Syrup and Milk Chocolate shavings