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 Crazy For Tea : Tea Happenings Home : May 2007

May 4, 2007 09:09 - Green and Black Pepper Tea Recipe

Now here is something you probably never thought of. It doesn't seem like black pepper and tea would go together, but I guess they do!

I love black pepper and I love green tea, so I just might have to try this recipe out. Anyway, here it is.

This recipe is from "Salt and Pepper: The Cookbook" written by Sandra Cook, Sara Slavin and Deborah Jones.


  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed, dried green peppercorns

    1/2 teaspoon crushed black peppercorns

    1 slice fresh ginger

    1/2 teaspoon dried mint

    2 cups boiling water

    Sugar or honey


Start boiling the 2 cups of water.

Combine the green and black peppercorns, ginger and mint in a tea ball and place them in a teapot.

Pour the 2 cups of boiling water into the teapot and let steep for 3 minutes.

When the tea is ready, pour into 2 mugs and add sugar or honey to taste.


You can now tell your friends you know how to make your own delicious "spicy green tea". I'm sure you'll both enjoy it!

Drink Up,


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May 7, 2007 12:22 - Major Changes Coming...

I just wanted to let everyone know that after this week there will be some pretty big changes coming to this website. But don't worry, they're all great changes :)

I'm finishing up finals this week (just got home from my 1st) so I'm going to have a lot more time to work on this website and which is gaining a lot of readers and visitors for something that I just started a few weeks ago.

Some changes you'll see:

1) I'll be adding more polls to get readers opinions on various things

2)Much more content

3) More reviews on various types of tea

4) I'll be writing an e-book (not sure on the topic yet) and you'll get this free ebook by referring a few of your friends to this website

5) Possibly some better graphics/more visual appeal

There is probably more that you'll see but that's about all I can think of at the moment. So be sure to stay in touch and look at the website every few days!

Drink Up,


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May 9, 2007 11:23 - Iced Tea Weather Is Finally Here!

Where I live it's finally starting to be gorgeous out almost everyday now, after a very long winter. I love the weather when it's between 68-80 degrees everyday and as sunny as can be.

Now that the beautiful weather is finally here, that means it's iced tea time! Although iced tea can be made year-round, there's nothing better than a freezing cold, home brewed iced tea on a hot sunny day.

I'll make sure I add more iced tea recipes to the archives in the next few weeks so you have some great teas to try out. If you have any recipes you've tried and love, be sure to send me an e-mail and i'll post it in the blog for you so everybody else can try it out.

As for me, I'm about to go enjoy the beautiful weather and go fishing in the river (it's about 100 yards from my house). Maybe I'll brew up a nice gallon of iced tea when I get back.

Drink Up,


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May 18, 2007 09:51 - Why Green Tea Pills Should Be Thrown Away

In the world today, everything needs to be "express". In other words, everything has to be done the easy way, and that usually comes with great consequences.

For example, you can take the fact that you have a few options when it comes the benefit of drinking green tea. You can either drink the tea in whole-leaf form and get all the amazing health benefits, or you can simply swallow a capsule of ECGC (the most potent antioxidant in tea) to get the benefits.

However, are the benefits from both of these methods the same?

Most people don't know this, but if you isolate a compound from its natural form - you often lose many of the benefits it once had. This results because in natural food or drink there is a synergy between the compounds that make up that form of nutrition. When one of these bonds are broken, the entire thing simply "falls apart".

On top of that, research has proven that our human body identifies isolated compounds in a different way than if they were in their natural form. Simply put, you can get the same benefit from a natural food that has 90mg of one substance than if you isolated that compound and took in 400mg of that substance.

This has the same effect when you compare the benefits of drinking green tea in it's true form, and swallowing a pill that supposedly gives you the same benefit. The trick is that contains the same amount of ECGC, but your body only absorbs about 1/4 of what the pill contains as compared to when you drink real green tea.

If you currently take green tea pills, please consider switching over to real green tea. Not only does it give you many amazing health benefits, but it tastes great and gives you energy as well!

In my website I've outlined some basic facts about green tea. If you want to learn about the health benefits of green tea and why it's the most amazing drink in the world, please check out The Complete Guide To Green Tea. It only costs about what you'd pay for a small tray of pizza and has some amazing information!

Drink Up,


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May 23, 2007 09:52 - A Lesson Learned

The other day I came home and went to the kitchen. When I got in there my mom walked in and apologized. She had a very unique expression on her face when she walked in so I knew something was wrong.

She broke my teapot!

Unfortunately I had a glass tea kettle from and I guess when she went to set it down on our new kitchentop, she put it down too hard and it broke. Now I have to go get another one because I broke something of her's a few months ago so "we're even".

Now the only time I can have tea is at work because I refuse to heat water up in a microwave. I don't trust them.

Lesson being - if you have a teapot/ tea kettle that can break easily, make sure you have a back-up!


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