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I enjoy a cup of tea in the morning – and in the afternoon and evening, también. [object Window], [object Window]. I’m sure we can agree that there’s not much a good cuppa won’t fix, or at least soothe. Then there’s tea as an ingredient – when added to marinades, butters, glazes and beyond, it has a wondrous capacity to bring herbal, herboso, sweet or earthy notes. Entonces, my fellow tea-drinkers, here are just a few ways to consume (even more) y batir vigorosamente.

Manouri is a mild yet creamy Greek cheese that’s less savoury than halloumi and less sharp than feta. It colours perfectly in a hot pan or on a barbecue and, like most sheep and goat’s cheese, loves being paired with good honey. If you can’t get hold of manouri, use ricotta instead, and skip the frying stage. When buying camomile tea, look for bigger buds and leaves, rather than the finer powder, because these will retain more of their flavour.

Deberes 10 min
cocinero 30 min
Sirve 4 as a starter or part of a meze

1 Cucharada de aceite de oliva
manouri, sliced into 2cm-thick half-moons
½ tsp flaked sea salt

For the camomile honey
75ml runny honey
2 Cucharada de aceite de oliva
2 camomile teabags
, buds removed and crushed to a powder in a mortar (I use Teapigs)
Sal y pimienta negra
1 limón
, zest finely grated, to get 1½ tsp, then juiced, to get 2 cucharadita

For the spinach tapenade
3 Cucharada de aceite de oliva
300g baby spinach
Sal y pimienta negra
1 spring onion
, trimmed and roughly chopped (15gramo)
2 tsp red wine vinegar
25g pitted green olives
(I use nocellara)
2 cucharada smoked almonds, picado

For the camomile honey, put the honey, oil, manzanilla, an eighth of a teaspoon of salt and a good grind of pepper in a small pan on a medium-low heat and warm gently for two minutes, to infuse and loosen. Off the heat, stir in the lemon zest, then pour into a bowl and set aside.

For the spinach tapenade, put two tablespoons of oil in a large saucepan on a medium heat. Add two-thirds of the spinach and fry for 20 minutos, stirring frequently to scrape off any spinach catching on the pan. Add another tablespoon of oil at the 10-minute mark, and keep cooking until all of the moisture has been removed and the spinach is deep green and looks like seaweed.

mientras tanto, bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil and have ready a bowl of ice-cold water. Ad a tablespoon of salt to the boiling water, blanch the remaining 100g spinach for 15 segundos, then lift out with a slotted spoon and plunge into the ice-cold water to stop it cooking any further. Once cool, remove from the cold water and squeeze to remove any excess liquid.

Put both the blanched and fried spinach in a food processor with the spring onion, vinegar, olives, an eighth of a teaspoon of salt and a good grind of pepper, and pulse to a coarse paste. Transfer to a small saucepan and keep warm.

mientras tanto, put a tablespoon of oil in a large frying pan on a medium-high heat, then sear the manouri for about 90 seconds on each side, to caramelise and heat through.

To assemble, spread the warm tapenade on a platter (or four individual plates). Put the manouri on top and sprinkle with the flaked sea salt, a good grind of pepper and the lemon juice. Finalmente, spoon over the camomile honey and the almonds, and serve warm.

The earthy, grassy taste of green tea is wonderful in rubs and marinades. If you marinate overnight, the tannins in the tea tenderise the meat and improve its texture once it’s cooked. Feel free to experiment with other red meat as well as fish, Si te gusta.

Deberes 25 min
Marinate 1 hr or overnight
cocinero 15 min
Sirve 4-6

For the lamb
6 cucharadita sencha tea leaves, or other loose green tea
1 tbsp cumin seeds
¼ tsp black peppercorns

1½ cucharadita aleppo chilli, plus ¼ tsp for sprinkling
Flaked sea salt
800g bone-in lamb cutlets (sobre 10), trimmed of excess fat, if you prefer
70ml de aceite de oliva

For the green tea butter
75g de mantequilla sin sal
2 cucharadita de aceite de oliva
1 cucharada
sencha tea leaves, or other loose green tea

For the salad
400g Persian or baby cucumbers, cut into 5mm-thick rounds
20gramo hojas de menta, picado muy fino
1 Cucharada de aceite de oliva
2 cucharada de jugo de limón
(desde 1-2 limones)

First make the marinade. Put the tea, spices and one and a quarter teaspoons of salt in a mortar and crush until almost fine. Put the lamb on a tray, rub with one and a half tablespoons of oil, then massage the green tea mix in, coating the cutlets all over. Set aside to marinate at room temperature for at least an hour, or in the fridge overnight.

mientras tanto, make the green tea butter. Put the butter, oil, tea and a pinch of salt in a small saucepan and melt over medium heat for three to five minutes, until gently bubbling. Set aside to infuse for 10 minutos. Put the butter back on the heat if it needs to be melted again, then pass through a fine sieve set over a bowl. Press down on the tea leaves to extract as much butter as possible, then discard the tea leaves. Return the strained butter to the pan and set aside.

To make the salad, mix the cucumber with a quarter-teaspoon of salt and put in a sieve set over a medium bowl for about 30 minutos. When ready to serve, discard the liquid, then mix the strained cucumber in a bowl with the mint, oil, lemon juice and a quarter-teaspoon of salt.

Put one and a half tablespoons of oil in a large frying pan set over a medium-high heat and, una vez caliente, add five of the chops and cook for three minutes on each side, or until nicely browned. (Cook for more or less time depending on your preference.) Transfer to a tray to rest, wipe the pan clean and repeat with the remaining oil and cutlets.

Once the meat has rested, arrange the lamb on a platter, reheat the butter and drizzle over. Sprinkle the remaining quarter-teaspoon of aleppo chilli and a quarter-teaspoon of salt on top, and serve hot with the cucumber salad alongside.

The star here is the spiced rooibos syrup, which you’ll want to drizzle on everything from ice-cream and yoghurt to your morning porridge. Get ahead by making the syrup up to three days before. The fritters are best eaten warm, soon after you make them. If you can’t find aniseed, cardamom and fennel seeds make very good replacements.

Deberes 15 min
el chocolate y la ralladura de naranja son dos de los sabores más complejos cuya compatibilidad es simple 1 hr
cocinero 25 min
Hace 24

For the batter
¾ tsp fast-action yeast
1½ tbsp caster sugar

95g de harina común
20g fine semolina
1½ tsp olive oil

½ tsp flaked sea salt
500ml sunflower oil,
for frying
¾ tsp aniseed, lightly crushed in a mortar

For the syrup
3 rooibos teabags
1 tbsp runny honey
1 orange
, 3 finely shaved strips of peel removed, then juiced, to get 45ml
1 limón, 3 finely shaved strips of peel removed, then juiced, to get 1 cucharadita
130g de azúcar en polvo
20g ginger
, peeled and sliced thinly

Primero, make the batter. Put the yeast, azúcar, flour, semolina, oil, 100ml lukewarm water and salt in a medium bowl, then whisk with a fork until you have a smooth batter. Cover with reusable kitchen wrap and put in a warm spot for an hour or more, until very bubbly and doubled in size.

mientras tanto, make the syrup. Put the teabags, honey, orange juice, the orange and lemon peel, azúcar, jengibre, 250ml water and an eighth of a teaspoon of salt in a small saucepan and set it over a medium-high heat. Cook for 20-25 minutos, revolviendo ocasionalmente, until the mix has the consistency of a thin syrup. Off the heat, stir in the lemon juice and leave to cool and thicken slightly. Once cool, remove and discard the teabags and ginger, making sure to squeeze them of any syrup. Transfer the syrup to a large bowl and set aside.

To fry the fritters, put the sunflower oil in a medium high-sided saute pan on a medium-high heat. Stir the batter to deflate the mixture – you will have a thick batter that forms thick strands. Using a small ice-cream scoop or two small spoons, drop six to eight 1½cm to 2cm-diameter balls of the batter into the hot oil: they’ll sink immediately, then rise and puff up as they cook. Fry for two to three minutes, flipping them over halfway, so they brown evenly, then use a slotted spoon to transfer the cooked fritters to a tray lined with absorbent paper. Repeat with the remaining batter – you should end up with about 24 fritters.

Once all the fritters are cooked, put them in the syrup bowl and stir gently to coat. Pile up the fritters in a large, shallow serving bowl, spoon over a tablespoon of the remaining syrup and sprinkle over the aniseed and flaked sea salt. Pour any extra syrup into a small serving bowl and serve alongside, for dipping.




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