Monday, December 20, 2010

Merry Christmas Week to you and a Giveaway!

Well it is officially Christmas week and what better way to kick it off than with a gift for my readers?  Tetley tea has recently come out with a line of herbal teas called Colour Therapy using specific blends of teas and colours to help enhance or change your mood or well-being.   With the stress that the holidays can bring I figure what better gift to give than teas that can help Soothe (light green; ginger mint with lemongrass), Calm (turquoise chamomile and spearmint) and Cleanse (yellow; lemon balm, honey, nettle and elderflower) in the aftermath of the holiday craziness.

I was sent a sample of the Soothe tea.  It's light green canister is packed full of refreshing ginger and mint aromas with the slightest hint of lemon balm.  The tea itself is lovely and actually is quite effective in it's promise to soothe.  Last week was crazy stressful for me, I was applying for a grant for a short film I am producing, trying to finish Christmas shopping, planning for our annual Christmas party, all while trying to keep the house in order and care for our dogs.   I'd be up super early and not get to bed until super late, so when my container of soothe tea came I decided what better way to put it to the test than trying it when I really needed some soothing.

So I put the kettle on and made myself a cup, took 5 minutes to just sit down and drink it.  You know what?  Those 5 minutes and that cup of tea really forced me to take a second of me time which was so needed and did feel soothes after it.  I LOVE ginger tea, but the pairing it with the mint made it even better and I think even more effective in it's soothing properties.

Now knowing me you have to know I couldn't just drink a cup of tea and write about it.  While that's all well and good, this is a cooking and recipe blog and with the exception of a restaurant review here and there I share recipes.  I just had to come up with an idea for this soothing herbal tea.  As I drank my tea and sat and thought I thought about all of the super heavy and sweet things we tend to eat over the holidays and how so many holiday meals really need some sort of a cooling palette cleanser.  And then I realized that this tea would be the perfect palette cleanser, but not as a hot tea, but as a lovely cooling sorbet.

Ginger Mint Tea Sorbet

3 cups of water
4 Ginger Mint with Lemongrass Tetley tea bags
zest of 1 lemon
1/2 - 2/3 cup organic cane sugar (adjust according to how sweet you like your sorbet)

1.  Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan.  Once boiled remove from heat and add in tea bags, lemon zest and sugar.  Stir until sugar dissolves.  Cover and let steep for 30 minutes.
2.  Strain tea mixture and refrigerate until completely chilled.  Freeze according to ice cream machine's manufacturer's directions.

The tea is soothing, the sorbet is soothing, both will definitely get me through this last crazy week of Christmas planning.  I can't wait to try some of the other flavors.

Now on to what you are all interested in, the giveaway.  I have an awesome gift basket of Tetley Colour Therapy teas, 2 of each flavor, a great canister/teapot and 50 mood influencing greeting cards (approximately a $70 value).  Not a bad little Christmas treat for yourself, huh??  Now how do you win it?  First you must be a resident of Canada (excluding Quebec).  Then you have the opportunity to get three entries.

1.  Post a comment here telling me your favorite herbal tea.
2.  Like Piccante Dolce on Facebook and come back here and post that you have done it.
3.  Tweet about the contest with a link back to this post.  Come back here and post that you've tweeted.

Make sure to comment separately for each thing you do to ensure you get three entries.

To learn more about Tetley Colour Therapy and find out "What's your colour?" click here.

I'll randomly select this winner on Friday 12/24 for a great Christmas treat for one of you!


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