Monday, 9 March 2015

#AToastToHer

Life is hard and the road is long at the end of which all that remains are the relationships we make and nurture. In the busyness and noise of our times, it is often easy to live on a day-to-day basis. So while yet another celebration manufactured by greeting card companies may seem like a cliché, ask the person being celebrated if it makes a difference. And across the board, people will respond with a cheerful “Yes”.

So this Women’s Day, halt the busy tide, ignore the noise and focus on the women in your life. Maybe you have an aging mother, a wife weary from responsibilities, a sister struggling to achieve her ambitions, a daughter seeking her own identity or even just the girls who support you in friendship.  Create a few moments of surprise, introduce them to new experiences, spoil them by handling their tasks and gift them your appreciation and gratitude.

Does the woman in your life enjoy the pleasures of life? Put together a sensory experience for them. Look for, find and play music from the time when she was a young girl. Then have them close their eyes and taste the ingredients you hand to them. Start with mild flavors like a freshly baked brioche, a sip of a Darjeeling tea, a spoonful of single origin honey then move onto stronger flavors like a kumquat, something crunchy like roasted, salted cashews or an almond biscotti, a square of L’Exclusif dark chocolate. Then ask her to open eyes and gift her a hamper of these delicious gourmet treats.
Or wake up early on Sunday, 8th March and stealthily cook up an indulgent breakfast in bed for her. If you are good with bread, bake her some fresh cinnamon rolls. If not, try making a savoury French toast spiked with some mustard and grated Parmesan. Serve it up with a salad of jewel fruits like pomegranate, cherries, grapes and berries in a lemon juice-honey-pepper dressing. Or if you have two left thumbs in the kitchen, then simply whisk up a cheesy omelette and serve it with sautéed mushrooms or slices of ham. Instead of buying her flowers, put together a light, fresh salad of microgreens and vibrantly coloured, edible flowers with a white wine vinaigrette.
If you live away from her, then offer to order groceries for her. Simply log into our online store, select the essentials, maybe add in a box of chocolate, fragrant coffee beansor exotic tea and allow us to take care of the delivery. She’ll appreciate the thoughtful gesture.




So go on and make the time to show your appreciation and nurture your relationship with the women in your life. You can now also shop at our online Natures Basket website: http://bit.ly/nbshop

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A Tea for Every Mood

There was a time when ‘a cup of tea’ meant some tea leaves brewed in hot water, topped with a little milk, sugar and drunk with breakfast or around 4 or 5’o clock. Today unless you specify the name, brand, flush and type of tea leaf, you are unlikely to receive any. The world of tea has grown to embrace leaves from across the globe. From black, white, green, oolong, rooibos, fruit, flower or herb tisanes and blooming teas, there are as many variations as there are people. Moreover, each variety offers its own unique property; from uplifting, energy boosting brews to relaxing, calming beverages with some blends that can aid healing and a sense of well-being. 


Most people rely on tea for a morning pick-me-up; a burst of invigorating energy to face the challenges and pressures of the day ahead. Steep 1 or 1.5 tsp of Black tea, loose leaf or 1 bag in hot water for 2-3 minutes, strain and enjoy it with your breakfast. The caffeine will kick-start your system and will give you the much needed boost. A Darjeeling, Earl Grey or English breakfast is a good choice. Try White tea for an anti-oxidant rich yet low in caffeine brew. It’s the least processed of all teas with a subtle, floral flavor that makes for a healthy, refreshing drink. One of the brands at the store, Golden Tips carries an elegant silver needle white tea with jasmine blossom.
Having a bad day? Feeling tired and miserable? Sip on a cup of fragrant lemon, peppermint or verbena scented green tea. Its warmth and anti-oxidants will ease the stress while giving you a break to think things through. A good idea is to keep some Typhoo green tea bags on hand in the purse or office drawer.
Sitting down to read a good book or watching a movie or just chatting up with old friends? Brew a large batch of something aromatic and comforting like Tea-a-me’s apple cinnamon tea or Radhika’s black tea with rose petals or Clipper’s fennel infused tea. But if you’re down with a cold or cough, then good old masala chai spiked with tulsi is the best beverage to drink. Switch it around and use ginger to soothe an upset stomach.

 Struggling with insomnia? Unable to let go and fall asleep? Try drinking an infusion of chamomile and lavender in the night. These flowers are trusted to relax the muscles and soothe the mind, helping one to sleep longer and deeply. Try TM Organics’ blend or the Chado blend with mint. If you’re looking for a decaffeinated drink, sip some Rooibos tea; a South African leaf that is not from the same plant as black, green or white tea but is now regarded as a tea as well.


In conclusion, here is a handy, little chart for reference the next time you find yourself craving tea when a particular mood strikes:


HAPPY: Herbal teas with lemon verbena
ENERGIZED: Green tea or black chai
PRODUCTIVE: Green and black teas
CALM: Teas with chamomile or lemongrass
REST: Herbal teas with chamomile and lavender
CURING: Chai, herbal blends with ginger or chamomile

                                                                              
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