Well, Christmas has been and gone (hope you all had a good one!) and I’m back on the blog. I’ve missed this place! I thought I might get a chance to share some treats with you over the festive period but alas, it didn’t really go to plan (it’s been a roller coaster of a fortnight). I do have an epic mulled pear frangipane tart to share this week, but for now a simple one, to ease back in.
Today I was on my own for the first time in 2 weeks. It was a gorgeous sunny day and as much as I willed myself to go for a walk I actually quite liked just curling up in doors, it was lovely. Being on my own and a bit chilly made me want something nostalgic though – cue Cypriot tea. ‘What is Cypriot tea?’ I hear you all ask! It is simply tea, made in a teapot, with cinnamon sticks and whole cloves thrown in. (We drink it with milk and sugar- if you like- a bit like a mild chai). I really love this stuff, it’s like a hug in a mug. I need to cut back on the caffeine though, which got me thinking about roobios, and I’m glad to say not only does it work, but its darn delicious. It takes on a different dimension, and I pimped it a little by adding some pink peppercorns (picked by my Yiayia) which adds a wonderful fruity heat to the tea. No word of a lie, this is a truly perfect wintery afternoon brew.
A VERY WARMING BREW
A perfect non-caffienated winter warmer.
Makes 1 teapot
- 3 roobios tea bags or 2 heaped tablespoons of loose tea
- A stick of cinnamon (a large one if you have them)
- 10 cloves
- 15 pink peppercorns
Place all the ingredients into your teapot and fill with boiling water. Leave to infuse for 3 minutes and then pour! Simple and delicious.