Tea drinking is very important to me at home. Already after getting up I press the button of the water cooker and prepare the first cup of tea during the day.
After water, tea is the most consumed beverage worldwide. In the hit list of the tea drinkers the East Frisians are actually in the first place with 300 liters per head. In the rest of the Federal Republic, the tea consumption is only 26 liters per capita. Even the dearest Brits and the Arab countries have to work their way back. In many countries tea is cooked ceremonially. My family and I have already traveled to Great Britain and already Morocco. Especially in these countries the preparation of tea plays an important role.
In England there is the famous 5 o’clock tea. Especially on our last trip in South England this tea time is really extensively with a cup of black tea and mostly with scones with clotted cream as well as strawberry jam. But before the breakfast there is in England an Early Morning Tea, for breakfast the Breakfast Tea and also over the day is the one or other cup of tea drunk. The Englishman usually drinks black tea and uses the “milk-in-first” principle. So first, the milk is put into a cup and poured over with hot tea.
Also in Morocco, Minztee is the Moroccan national drink. The Moroccans first take a small jug with about 400 ml. Into the teapot comes then in about 1 tbsp green tea and is poured over with some hot water. This broth is boiled on a gas flame. The first soup is then poured away so that the Moroccan mint does not taste so bitter. Then a large bundle of freshly harvested Moroccan mint is put into the small jug. Now the jug is filled again with water and well boiled. When the water boils, the sugar comes in. The pot is taken from the fire and then filled with lots of sugar in the form of large bars. The mint tea is served in Morocco in small silver teapots and small colorful and richly decorated tea glasses. When pouring, raise the can as high as possible, so that the tea cools and foams. Since the tea is poured almost to the edge, one can only touch the glasses at the top with two fingers. If the tea is too hot, pour it several times from a glass into another glass until the tea is cooled to drink.
If you want to have a drink in the summer, you should do it with hot tea. This is the reason why tea has become a national drink in hot Morocco. The body basically produces so much heat that our body temperature remains constant. If we now drink cold drinks, heat production is even more stimulated by the body. If we drink hot drinks, the body gets the hot signal and goes down the heat production. This leads to a slight perspiration, but not to a regular sweat. Therefore, drinking tea during hot days is really healthy because, in addition, the circulatory system is not burdened. Just fresh mint leaves and the menthol contained in it also provides for a pleasant feeling of freshness.
At my small tea party on the balcony comes fresh mint tea with a few splashes of lemon and candy sugar on the table. For this, there is juicy fruit and the freshly baked pistachio lemon rind with a fresh elderberry blossom sugar.
Ingredients for approx. 40 pistachios of lemon peel – you need:
For the dough:
- 300 g flour
- 200 g of butter
- 100 g of sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon Baking powder
- 1 tbsp of pistachios, chopped
- Abrasion of a biocitrone
For the pouring:
- 100 g powdered sugar
- Elderflower syrup
- Pistachios, chopped
Preparation of the pistachios Zironkekse – how it works:
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl to form a homogeneous dough. Let the dough rest in the refrigerator for approx. 1 – 1.5 hours.
- On a floured surface, roll the pastry thinly with a rolling pin. Pour the biscuits out with molds and place on a baking tray. Alternatively, the dough may also be formed into a roll and cut into thin slices.
- Cook the cookies at 180 degrees (top / bottom) for about 10 minutes.
- The biscuits still light from the oven, then they remain beautifully soft.
- For the icing sugar, mix the powdered sugar and elderberry blossom syrup and spread over the cooled biscuits and decorate with pistachio nuts.
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