Rosemary, the "rose of the sea"!

Rosemary has played a very important role for the Mediterranean people, both as a gastronomic ingredient and a healing herb.

You can use rosemary to prepare healing beverages or to give your meals a special flavor, to relieve the headache, to stimulate your hair, even as an elixir of youth! 

I almost forgot: If you are a witch, watch out because it can vanquish you... but I suppose you already know that...! :D

30 Ways to Use Rosemary - Now Released on amazon!


New Release! 30 Ways to Use Rosemary!

See it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CA50HTM
30 Ways to use Rosemary is the brand new book of the creative "X-Ways to" ebook series. It is an introduction to the numerous uses of one of the most extraordinary herbs: Rosemary, an herb with multiple properties and benefits, variously used since ancient times until today. Following the same fun and intuitive spirit of the previously published books of the series, 30 Ways to Use Rosemary will show you around the amazing uses of rosemary along with facts, history and myths! Enjoy!


Eat tomatoes with imagination!

Tomato is a fruit! One of the most famous in the world. The Mediterranean cuisine adores tomatoes. Cooked beaked, roasted, dried, raw..., there are so many ways to eat a tomato and perhaps many others you haven't even think of. One thing is certain: The tomato is delicious, healthy, with a cheerful red color! Enjoy it!
"30 Ways to Eat a Tomato" offers several different ways to cook and eat tomatoes. It is illustrated with colourful, authentic images, to enhance your creativity while you are cooking! 



Another Wonderful ebook From The Authors of '50 Ways To Drink Tea.'

5.0 out of 5 starsreview of the book by Keitholeous
18 Greek recipes - the nutritional value of the Mediterranean Sustainable Gastronomy (Mesogeios Gastronomy) (Kindle Edition) Evaggelia Karageorgi and Sotiris Zafeiris are to be congratulated for assembling this wonderful compilation of Greek recipes. If this were merely a "cookbook" in the accepted sense, then it would be an impressive achievement, but to have this book written by dietitians is a true masterstroke.

For those who don't know, Greek food is one of the most delicious forms of cuisine to be found anywhere in the world, but now the readers of this book can find out for themselves just how healthy it is too! After each recipe there is a 'Dietitian's Comments' section, so you can read about the nutritional value of the dish. This way you know exactly what the dish will do for you, in terms of its protein, carbohydrate, and fat content, and so forth. Not only that, but if you're worried about having things like too much fat or salt in your diet, then the comments section will provide advice on how to alter the dish to reflect your needs.

It's a cookbook and a no-nonsense, jargon-free nutritional advisory in one!

As with the last Kindle ebook from these authors ('50 Ways To Drink Tea'), the photographic images are absolutely superb, and the illustrations of the dishes make them look irresistibly delicious - in fact, the food looks so appetizing that I am willing to bet you won't be happy until you see it on a plate in front of you (not that it will be there for long!). If you've never eaten Greek food before, then let this brilliant ebook be your guide to a world of centuries old, and truly healthy cuisine.

And to think you get all this for free! That's got to be the bargain of the year!

Download your copy now, my friends, and get cooking!  



New ebook: 18 Greek Recipes

The new release, "18 Greek recipes - the nutritional value of the Mediterranean Sustainable Gastronomy" is now availiable on amazon! 
Through these traditional Greek meals and appetizers, you can take a trip to the Mediterranean seas, mountains and plains and enjoy the benefits of the mediterranean diet! 
While it is written by three professional dietitians, Dimitris Bertzeletos, Kathy Vamvouka and Panagiotis Varagiannis, each recipe contains useful nutritional comments! 
Explore and enjoy!


Review: New and Creative Ways to Enhance Tea

5.0 out of 5 stars

"As a devoted tea drinker, I have rarely done more than add sugar, honey, cream or lemon. 

This convenient ebook lists 50 innovative recipes using an enormous variety of ingredients, many of which I would not have considered using, but now do. 

For example, enhancing tea with coconut milk and rum in Coco It, or Fruit it, where you combine a number of dried fruits to white tea and get something so much better than any "herbal" fruit tea.

Each recipe is illustrated by gorgeous pictures.

One of the another outcomes of this book, is to allow the reader to experiment beyond the recipes, by opening your mind to new possibilities."


The Classic of Tea monograph (8th century)

The Classic of Tea or Tea Classic  is the very first monograph on tea in the world, written by Chinese writer Lu Yu between 760 CE and 780 CE during the Tang Dynasty.
According to Tea Lore, Lu Yu was an orphan of Jinling county (now Tianmen county in Hubei province) who was adopted by a Buddhist monk of the Dragon Cloud Monastery. He refused to take up the monastic robes and was assigned menial jobs by his stepfather. Lu Yu ran away and joined the circus as a clown. At age 14, Lu Yu was discovered by the local governor Li Qiwu who offered Lu Yu the use of his library and the opportunity to study with a teacher. During the An Lushan and Shi Siming rebellion period, Lu Yu retired to Shaoqi (now Wuxing county, Zhejiang). During this period, Lu Yu made friends with many literati, including the calligrapher Yan Zhenqing and the poet Huang Pu Zheng and wrote his magnum opus: Ch'a Ching.
For Lu Yu, tea symbolized the harmony and mysterious unity of the Universe. "He invested the Ch'a Ching with the concept that dominated the religious thought of his age, whether Buddhist, Taoist, or Confucian: to see in the particular an expression of the universal"

Saw Lu Yu off to Pick Tea
Thousand mountains greeted my departing friend

When spring tea blossoming again

With indepth knowledge in picking tea

Through morning mist or crimson evening clouds

His solitary journey is my envy

Rendezvous in a temple of a remote mountain

We enjoyed picnic by a clear pebble fountain

In this silent night

Lit up a candle light

I knocked a marble bell for chime

While deep in thought for old time.


Tea reference from the "Great Expectations" of Charles Dickens

“Whatever her tone with me happened to be,” 
Pip reflects during one such meeting at a restaurant, 
“I could put no trust in it, and build no hope on it; 
and yet I went on against trust and against hope. 
Why repeat it a thousand times? So it always was.” 
He then rings the waiter, who brings 
“by degrees some fifty adjuncts to that refreshment, but of tea not a glimpse.” 
What finally appears is a “casket of precious appearance containing twigs. 
These I steeped in hot water, and so from the whole of these appliances
extracted one cup of I don’t know what, for Estella.” Pip: once an orphan, 
now a tea snob. It’s a remarkable transformation, and yet in the end, 
he’ll need much more than fancy tea to win the girl

A tea poem by Kipling

We had a kettle; we let it leak:
Our not repairing made it worse.
We haven't had any tea for a week...
The bottom is out of the Universe.
Rudyard Kipling


Steep in the Possibilities

Did you know that World Tea Expo (June 7-9,2013 at Las Vegas) is the only trade event focused 100% on premium teas and related products? Blending fresh ideas, new trends, and new distribution channels with three days of focused buying and selling, the tea industry’s premier marketplace is precisely what you need to experience this growing category to its fullest. So visit to World Tea Expo and steep in the possibilities.

Here is the link


Tea Ballad from China

Famous Tea Quotes

“A great idea should always be left to steep like loose tea leaves in a teapot for a while to make sure that the tea will be strong enough and that the idea truly is a great one.”
Phoebe Stone, The Romeo And Juliet Code

from the, Book of Tea (1906)

"A wave of rare incense is wafted from the tea-room; it is the summons which bids the guests to enter. One by one they advance and take their places. In the tokonoma hangs a kakemono—a wonderful writing by an ancient monk dealing with the evanescence of all earthly things. The singing kettle. . . sounds like some cicada pouring forth his woes to departing summer." 

Okakura Kakuzo, Book of Tea (1906), Describing the last Cha-no-yu by Rikiu, a great tea master

A Tea Poem!

"Tea is nought but this:
First you heat the water,
Then you make the tea.
Then you drink it properly.
That is all you need to know."

Sen Rikyu, Zen Tea Master, 1522-1591

Add beneficial properties to your tea with spices

Spices can give to your tea a special flavor but they are also beneficial to your health.

They have been used since the ancient times to improve taste and for medical purposes too. Some of them help against cancer and kill germs while others reduce cholesterol or improve blood circulation. 
Let me give you some examples: Blood circulation (black pepper, cinnamon, ginger), Blood Sugar (cinnamon), Cholesterol (cinnamon), Colds and flues (anise, black pepper, ginger), Digestion (black pepper, cardamom, fennel, nutmeg), Heart (cardamom), Immune system (ginger), Kidney (cardamom, fennel, nutmeg), Lungs (cardamom), Metabolism (black pepper), Migraine (ginger), Mood (cardamom), Pains (clove, ginger, nutmeg), Vitality (cinnamon)
These are very few examples of course and you will plenty more if you do your own research. 

Don't be afraid to try some new combinations with green, black, red or white tea, just let your imagination guide you.

Always remember though not to use large quantities of spices and herbs because too much of anything can be harmful instead of beneficial. If you have medical problems always consider your therapist's opinion.


Hibiscus Tea Benefits

1. Hibiscus tea lowers the  blood pressure and as a result it reduces the risk of a heart attack.
2. It reduces the fat deposits in arteries and controls cholesterol level.
3.As an antioxidant, helps our system by preventing  many forms of cancer.
4. Is an excellent diuretic.
5. It helps us with weight loss. Hibiscus Tea benefits people with many enzyme inhibitors impacting the fat absorption process in our body and help us to lose weight.
6. It is a very cleansing tea and has the capability to affect  the rates of sugar absorption and like this it can help reduce the bloating in people and by this helping them control their weight.
7. Help us heal heart and liver diseases.
8.Finally is a body coolant

Try our hibiscus tea recipe with fresh mint and cinnamon from our ebook 50 Ways to Drink Tea and enjoy a unique experience of an exotic refreshing taste compining it with the extreme health benefits of the drink.


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About Green Tea

The origins of Green Tea can be found in China, back to 5000 years ago when it was used as a medicine-beverage. According to one of the many stories about green tea history, it was discovered by an Emperor named Sheng Nong, back in 2737 B.C. when accidently a few leaves of green tea fell into his boiling water. After drinking it he discovered it's fabulus taste, properties and benefits for health.
Green tea became a very popular beverage not only for it's taste but for it's miraculous benefits as well. In those days tea was exclusively green, -red and black tea varieties developed later in history. 
Buddhist monks started growing tea and later, -during the Ming dynasty-, tea trade started to play an importand role in the state of economy. Soon it became a habit of the elite, and until the later part of the Ming Dynasty, only the rich could afford it.
Green Tea contains high amounts of Vitamin C, has powerful antioxidant properties that prevent cell damage, catechins which are polyphenols that can be found only in tea leaves and help fight bacterial infections, the formation of plaque, and are very beneficial to diabetes and heart diseases.

Green tea can be tasted in many ways and combinations!

Discover over 20 recipes with Green Tea in "50 Ways to Drink Tea!"