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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Green Tea Recipes



GREEN TEA BUTTERED PRAWNS

Ingredients:

200g of raw tiger prawns
1 green tea bag
15 gm salted butter


Pickle (optional):

1 radish (diced)

1 cucumber (diced)

1 carrot (diced)

2 tbsp lime juice (to be mixed with above vegetables)

Method:

  1. Devein the prawns
  2. In a frying pan, steep the green tea bag in 250 ml of hot water for 5 minutes
  3. Remove tea bag and bring water to boil
  4. Add prawns and cook for 3 minutes
  5. Drain liquid, leaving one tbsp
  6. Add the salted butter and fry prawns until they sizzle
  7. Serve with lime juice pickle, if desired


GREEN TEA MANGO CHILL

Ingredients:

300 ml double cream
5 green tea bags

75 g icing sugar
2 mangoes (cut into slivers)

Sweet biscuits (optional)

Method:

  1. In a saucepan, warm 300 ml of double cream and 5 green tea bags, until just below boiling
  2. Remove from heat and cool in fridge for ½ hour
  3. Discard tea bags
  4. Whip cream and the icing sugar until it holds soft peaks, then chill
  5. Layer cut mangoes and cream in dishes
  6. Serve with sweet biscuits, if desired

Goodness of Green Tea

Research has found that green tea has very powerful anti-oxidants and aids in the following medical conditions:

  • cancer
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • high cholesterol levels
  • cardiovascular disease
  • infection
  • impaired immune function

Other Benefits

New evidence is emerging that green tea can even help dieters. It can even help prevent tooth decay! Just as its bacteria-destroying abilities can help prevent food poisoning, it can also kill the bacteria that cause dental plaque. Meanwhile, skin preparations containing green tea - from deodorants to creams - are starting to appear on the market.

Negative Effect

So far, the only negative side effect reported from drinking green tea is insomnia arising from caffeine. However, green tea contains less caffeine than coffee. There are approximately 30 to 60 mg of caffeine in 6 - 8 oz of tea, compared to over 100 mg in 8 oz of coffee.

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