Spring is here and summer is coming ... and I'm the first one runn'n.
Ok... old country song lyrics! Regarless, Pesto season is here! Be it kale, dandelion or basil pesto there is likely to be some green in your garden to make this tasty treat with!
There will be no need for that Starbucks Pesto Panini once you make this fresh at home. The flavor will be so much better along with the healthy ingredients. Not to mention it makes the perfect tea time treat.
So let's get to the grub!
Growing up on Sunday's for both my Farmer and I meant Sunday breakfast was a little different from the rest of the week. While I was use to pancakes, my Farmer loved his mom's coffee cake.
Before realizing I had a sugar allergy I remember going to his parents for Sunday breakfast and having his mom's coffee cake. It really was a favorite.
Then we dived into the world of whole foods and that coffee cake just wasn't a treat that I could have any more.
One recent Sunday I asked the Farmer, "What would you like for breakfast?" He replied, "Coffee Cake!" with a twinkle in his eye, knowing well that there was usually so much sugar in coffee cake that I would never make it.
I'm always up for a good challenge though!
Can you guess what the top two scone flavors are amongst tea drinkers?
As a business owner that makes and blends tea for a living, one could can imagine I'm in quite a few different tea groups. When I polled all of these groups to see what their favorite treats were, to eat with their tea, they came back with a two resounding answers.
Lavender Lemon Scones and Orange Cranberry Scones.
We decided we had to take these traditional and popular scone flavors into our farm kitchen and give them a little real, whole food make over. The result was fabulous! So fabulous we decided we would share it!
When I polled tea drinkers on various facebook groups, guess what the most common dessert to have with tea was?
Nope, not scones. Shortbread.
Shortbread is a very light, delicate cookie, very dainty and perfect for an afternoon tea time treat. It is light in flavor, yet sweet making it easy to pair with about any cup of tea. Whether it be black, green, or your favorite herbal.
These short bread cookies though.
They probably shouldn't be so yummy, it just means that I eat too many. It's a good thing they are free of any refined sweetener, sugar free and made with a whole grain flour. Healthier for sure, and dare I say even more flavor?!
It's near the end of summer, which means that the days are getting shorter and fall is coming quicker than quick. It also means that there are piles and piles of zucchini, or what I've decided to refer to as courgettes. (Their fancy French name)
Don't you think it sounds better?
"Hey neighbor! Would you like some of my fancy home grown French courgettes?"
They will at least stop and pause instead of shouting no and throwing them back at you, don't you think?
Many a zucchini grower knows what I'm talking about. That zucchini abundance, and what to do with it all? No worries, from one courgette grower to another, some help is on the way.
A very traditional tea time sandwich meets, healthy, good for you fermented ingredients.
This isn't your typical tuna sandwich, though it does have many traditional ingredients about it. We here at Farmhouse Teas are all about taking the traditions of tea time and mixing them with whole, real foods to help build better health.
Not a tuna fan, don't turn your nose up at the fish yet - shredded chicken works just as well for this recipe so come on over the farm kitchen and see what we have cooking!
Easter is coming quicker than quick, and it's time to start planning that Easter Brunch or Easter Dinner menu! Or maybe its not brunch, but linner (lunch & dinner), like we are hosting down on the farm this year.
We will be serving the traditional ham at our brunch/linner, along with more of a potluck style meal. I'll be cooking a few other dishes to go with the ham as my contribution. I thought about scalloped potatoes, but Grandma's potato salad is tradition and a must have. Aside from the ham and potato salad, I haven't thought about it much, with the exception of dessert. Dessert first, am I right?
Enter carrot cake. Very traditional and very seasonal. It's the perfect blend of sweet cream cheese frosting, hearty sprouted flour, and the freshness of spring carrots.
Tea Time. The words bring to mind, delicate, dainty, white, sugary treats. Paired with a dark black cup of tea to counteract the sweetness from the treats. Who doesn't enjoy it, but later finds that their blood sugar is sky high, they are still hungry because those quick carbs have worn off and you are craving even more of those sweet treats.
A favorite on the tea time platter is chocolate and hazelnuts. Well move on over Nutella because these Chocolate Hazelnut Dainty Date Bites (also known as date balls) are taking over at tea time. These healthy tea time treats are sure to be the perfect fit with your cup of Earl Grey or English Breakfast Tea without leaving that sugar coma hang over.
Have you checked out our 10 Ways to Brew Loose Leaf tea? This video shows you one of those 10 ways as we brew up some loose leaf tea in a barn!
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Welcome to another round of Tisane Tea Tuesday! This will also be our last round in this series as we approach the Lenten season. Here down on the farm we start diving into the season of fasting and so tea time is less here on the farm. We plan to have another exciting weekly post on the blog though, so stay tuned to see what is next on our little farm adventure!
If you are new to this series of posts, every week we have been sharing some fabulous tea time recipes and then pairing them with one of our lovely herbal teas also known as a tisane tea. These teas are not made from the typical tea leaf but rather from fruits, herbs and flowers. We hope you enjoy your visit to tea time down on the farm!
Pacific Peppermint Patty Tea
This week we are featuring our super yummy Pacific Peppermint Patty tea! This tea was blended with a peppermint patty in mind and I think that we have achieved that. It goes great with almost any tea time treat and especially good after a meal. There is nothing like peppermint when it comes to calm and relaxation.
This tea features Organic Peppermint, Organic Cocoa Nibs and wee pinch of Organic Stevia leaf to take the edge off of the cocoa nibs. No worries, this isn't the processed white powder that comes in the stevia packets but an actual herb and green leaf. There is a very small amount added and so it doesn't tend to carry that after taste that Stevia sugar replacements can be known for.
Brew this tea hot or cold it makes a great drink! Iced in the summer time for a cool and refreshing thirst quencher or hot in the winter with some warm frothy milk on top. Sprinkle the top with some extra cocoa nibs and you are good to go. Grab your bag of Pacific Peppermint Patty here.
It goes great with this weeks tea time treat..... Caramelized Balsamic Skillet Cake!
Caramelized Balsamic Skillet Cake
While shopping at one of our favorite local grocery stores I had the pleasure of meeting the owner of Crate Expectations, the maker of this lovey Caramelized Balsamic Vinegar. Its always fun learning the story behind a product and how it is made and to see the passion , interest and knowledge that small business owners put into their product. Bill was no exception and he certainly knows how to pair his Caramelized Balsamic Vinegar with the perfect foods. We were privileged to try it on some strawberries, which was my favorite but the little farmers seemed to favor the vanilla ice cream with this vinegar on top. Since it was such a hit we had to purchase a bottle to bring home and today we are drizzling this goodness on top of a sourdough griddle cake - they are the perfect pair!
This skillet cake is a little reminesant of a bread pudding and a German pancake combined. A little vanilla ice cream on top wouldn't hurt either but we were fresh out. Make sure to add an extra drizzle of Caramelized Balsamic Vinegar!
Caramelized Balsamic Vinegar Cake
1 tbl. Organic/Grassfed Butter
3/4 cup Sourdough Starter
1/4 cup Raw Grassfed Milk
1 tsp. Coconut Sugar
1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
Caramelized Balsamic Vinegar
Heat oven to 425 degrees. Place a small cast iron skillet (6-8 inches) in the oven with the 1 tbl. of butter to melt and heat up the pan. While the pan is heating and the butter melting blend together the ingredients leaving aside the Balsamic Vinegar. When oven is heated pour your cake mixture directly into the pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Immediately after removing from the oven drizzle with Caramelized Balsamic Vinegar to your liking, you may always add more :) Serve with a slice of lemon or vanilla ice-cream.
Welcome to the first of our weekly series in Tisane (ti-zan) Tea Tuesday! Every week we hope you will stop by as we feature one of our herbal teas and some great, whole food, tea time recipes from our farm kitchen, other homesteads around the country and whole food kitchens.
According to Wikipedia a tisane is an: "Herbal tea, or, more properly, tisane, is any beverage made from the infusion or decoction of herbs, spices, or other plant material in hot water, and usually does not contain caffeine."
Many of our teas are made from herbs that are either grown on our farm, sourced from other local farms in Oregon or purchased from bulk herb suppliers that provide the best quality organic products.
Most tea drinkers know tea as that which is made from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant. This is where black, green, yellow, white and oolong teas are made from. These plants take many, many years to grow and only the top few leaves of the plant are used. We look forward to featuring these locally grown tisane (herbal) teas.
Feature Tisane Tea of the Week
This week we are excited to share one of the first teas which we featured Oregon grown ingredients in. Our Willamette Berry Pie Tea is made with a base of green rooibos which is actually not tea but from a plant that has needle like leaves. Green roobios (roy-boss) is from the same plant as the more familiar red rooibos. The only difference is that the green is not fermented like the red and so it has a different chemical make up. Rooibos tea does not contain any caffiene and is low in tannins making it a great alternative to those concerned wtih their coffee, black or green teas.
The green rooibos is paired with some amazing smelling, and tasting herbs! Cardamom, cinnamon and vanilla give this tea its over powering pie like smell and flavor. They warm up the insides and make one feel all cozy. A great tea for the cold fall and winter months. Rose petals add an elegant touch and a very light floral fruity flavor. Orange peel adds a nice citrus touch that brings out the other more subtle flavors.
Last but not least, the Oregon grown haskap berries. A haskap berry is like an elongated blueberry but is a bit more tart and they are an early season berry. This cold weather, hearty berry was brought from Japan to Oregon by Dr. Maxine Thompson of Oregon State University. She has worked a great many years to cultivate these lovely high antioxidant fruits in Oregon. Read more about Dr. Thompson's Haskap Berries here.
Our Willamette Berry Pie Tea is served perfect by itself or with a touch of natural sweetner, we prefer a good local honey. A touch of raw milk would also give this sort of a vanilla ice cream on pie touch! Grab your cuppa Willamette Berry Pie tea here in our Farm Store.
Five Tasty Tea Time Recipes
Its time to pull those lovely summer berries out of the freezer and make this excellent dish!
Haskap berries, blackberry and now raspberry, this weeks tea is sure to be berry delicious! The sweetness of summer right in our freezers. Not only does this look super yummy but it can be made with what ever berries you might have around or access to.
This recipe is aslo GAPS diet friendly for those who follow that. This one will send spring right into our kitchens, once again making use of the loviness that is stored in the homestead freezer. Paired with processed suger free rhubarb jam.
These look super yummy! Einkorn is an ancient grain that many have had an easier time digesting and add that to a fermented sourdough and digestion is improved even more. Plus the unique twist to these cinnamon treats is just beautiful!
Do you have a favorite, whole food, tea time treat? We would love to check it out. Please send us the link via email.
Thanks for joining us down on the farm, see you at tea time next week!
Plant a zucchini and feed the world, the saying goes. Well my over exuberant self had to plant the WHOLE package of zucchini seeds because what if those pill bugs liked zucchini seeds and left me with none like my lettuce, like my beans? I didn't stop to consider that they might all grow. They might all turn into viable large, feed the world plants. And they did, but I couldn't dare throw them all out. What a waste! Well, not only are we 'feeding' the world with zucchini now but our whole family, at every meal and every dish. Time for some variety! Here are a few yummy looking zucchini recipes for your zucchini abundance.
Preserving Zucchini (freezing shredded zucchini) from Life Between the Kitchen and the Coop
Salt and Vinegar Zucchini Chips by Sugar Free Mom
Dehydrating Zucchini for Winter Use by Learning and Yearning
Fermented Zucchini Pickles from the Fermented Food Lab
Blueberry Banana Zucchini Bread from Made to be a Mamma
Zucchini Brownies from Crazy for Crust
Zucchini Breakfast Casserole from Simply Recipes
Side Dish Recipes
Roasted Garlic-Parmesan Zucchini, Squash and Tomatoes from Cooking Classy
Zucchini Tots from 31 Daily
Main Dish Recipes
Zucchini Stuffed Shells with Italian Sausage from Yellow Bliss Road
Zucchini Season Italian Sausage Boats from The Beautiful Life
Zucchini Pad Thai from Eat. Drink. Love
Zucchini Meat Loaf by Diet Taste
Mexican and Zucchini Beef from Low Carb Yum
Garlic Margherita Chicken and Zucchini from Healthy Fitness
Chicken Parmesan Zucchini Boats by The Wholesome Dish
Last but not least our yummy zucchini muffin recipe for those rather large, "missed you when I checked the garden yesterday" zucchini, you know the type. They are now going into one of the best chocolate muffins I've ever had. We hope you will think so too or at least have a new way to use those monster zucchini's!
My name is CeAnne, wife to my Farmer and mama to 4 adopted kiddos. I help farm lov'n mama's (and grandmas) turn common herbs into powerful medicines without being overwhelmed. Here you will find all sorts of nourishing goodness on natural medicine, herb gardening and wholesome real foods. Read more about our farm HERE.