Sunday, August 17, 2014

The World in my Oven: 7 traditional drinks (Round-up!)

I'm finally ready for the round-up! I've been writing about beverages from all around the world for over a month now - and I only managed to try seven?!! It felt like so much more. I seriously feel like I'm missing something, but no, it was just seven. I hope you enjoy the few beverages I collected for you!

I really enjoyed making the series and I'll definitely continue with these kind of series. It makes more sense somehow - I can predict what I'm going to be researching next myself! Plus that way I can compare the different dishes from all over the world. (Although admittedly 7 drinks is not enough to say anything about different foodcultures across the continents) Anyway, I already have a 'theme' for the upcoming month: from next week on we'll have several weeks to get saucy!! (oh, such a bad pun, such a bad pun..)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Japanese iced tea (No sugar involved)

I've been talking about different types of drink for slightly over a month now (I really enjoyed it, did you?). And now the end of this series is drawing - no, correction, it's right here in this post.  In the previous post I shared not just one, but two whole recipe from America. And now I'm kind of cheating - this is the exact same recipe. Without sugar.

But honestly, Japan has such a rich history of tea and a tradition of drinking unsweetened iced tea in summer, I had to mention them separately. Another big difference lies in the tea - Japanese iced tea is more likely to contain green tea or oolong, whereas American iced teas are more often (also) made of black tea. Also, the recipes from Japanese iced tea ask for leaf tea in contrast to the tea bags that many American iced tea recipes use. In the end these difference result in a completely different drink.

Friday, July 25, 2014

American Iced Tea - 2 methods, 3 steps and 5 tips!

What's the one-stop, 100% summer drink for you? I'm pretty sure lots of people will go for iced tea. I know it one of my favourites! There's nothing that says summer like a glass filled with ice cubes, drizzled with tea and topped with lemon with a sprig of mint to the side. But that might just be my opinion..

The history of iced tea is unknown: it seems to be one of those things that turned up and was all over the place. Some recipes date back to 1861 and 1877, while some claim that iced tea wasn't invented until the 1904 World Fair. - I wish I had been there. At the 1904 World Fair foods like hot dogs, hamburgers, ice-cream waffles and iced tea were 'first' introduced to the world. All the newest technology (like an automated type-setter! Can you imagine?) could be found in a 15 by 15 km Fair in Louisiana. It sounds so amazing! I wish we still had World Fairs today.. (or at least Food Fairs!)

But let's focus on iced tea. One of the things that really surprised me about the iced tea is this: the recipes for iced tea haven't changed at all! I mean, a recipe from 1877 is the same as a recipe you fill find on the internet right now. For most recipes you will find a shift in the ingredients: less sugar, less salt or less fat (most of them were needed for preservation reasons). But iced tea remains the same - with only 3 ingredients perhaps I shouldn't be too surprised.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Lebanese Ahweh Bayda (white coffee)

Wauw, how long has it been since my last post? Please don't go check - it's too long ago! You'd think with all this vacation going on I'd have all the time in the world! In the meanwhile I'm close to the end of my drinks-around-the-world series (I can't wait to summon it all up in 1 post!). We've covered quite a bit of the world by now, but we're not there yet. I've got two more drinks to go! Today I want to share a Lebanese tradition: white coffee.

The Lebanese white coffee has nothing to do with coffee. It's name probably comes from the fact that it is served in stead of coffee for those who don't like actual coffee. It is usually served after a meal or during any sort of get-together. The soothing beverage is known to relieve stomach aches and facilitate digestion. And it comes in those cute and colourful Turkish style coffee cups (except that in my case it doesn't). Sounds pretty good right?