Life in a Northern Town

Summer Tea

Last week, I poached a pheasant in duck fat, olive oil and red wine for a pâté de campagne, it was fantastic. But a girl can't exist on pâté alone and I try to balance my hedonistic eating habits (must be the Libra in me) with a little virtue. A few months ago, I started making a 'tea' with hibiscus leaves, rosehips and rooibos. It is an antioxidant and anti-infammatory power drink in a Mason jar and I swear it is making my wrinkles disappear. Plus, it's a beautiful, deep red color and tastes fantastic.

I use Davidson's loose leaf tea because it's organic, available in bulk and isn't terribly expensive. I put about 1/4 cup of rooibos, hibiscus and rosehips in a 11 ounce French Press, add boiling water, a few mint leaves, a tablespoon of honey and let it steep for 10 - 15 minutes. I fill a large Mason jar with ice, pour the hot tea over it and start drinking. It's a little tart but the honey and mint round out the rough edges a bit. This tea is definitely easier to drink (and prettier) than the kale and spinach smoothies I was drinking last winter. There is still plenty of room for improvement but a couple of jars of tea is a good place to start.