Thanksgiving is a true folk festival that finds poetry in the beauty of harvest and seed time, the turn of the seasons, the ripe products of the year and the deep connection off all these things with God. Indeed! Thanksgiving is the one day where the turkey is brought out and a meal fit for a king is served.
Are you one of those people who religiously observe Thanksgiving and go all out on a cooking spree to serve a fantastic meal? Then you need to know that ‘herbal tea’ is the ingredient of the year. But is it really possible to make a delicious, mouth watering meal from an ingredient like tea?
Yes! Deliciously naughty deviled eggs that are partially boiled and covered with a mixture of lapsang souchong and bits of herbal tea are the in thing for your herbal tea theme party. Surprisingly the tea, imparts a beautiful marbling effect on the egg whites, and adds that perfect dash of smokiness.
Broccoli casserole is yet another dish that’s prepared from a blow of rice and green tea instead of plain water. The green tea gives the dish a very natural and earthy taste.
After eating these tea kissed dishes, don’t forget to compliment the chef!
Today, the day of thanks is much more somber. It’s filled with meaning and it is a day where the most nonfunctional families come together to give thanks. The food served, has also undergone a drastic change, although the turkey still holds the coveted spot on the table. For instance, herbal tea themed Thanksgiving menus are gaining a lot of attention. Its easily become part of the holiday tradition in most families that give it a try.
Hors d’oeuvres start off with an organic loose leaf tea that beautifully compliments the baby root vegetables with Lapsang Souchong aioli. Next, mushroom cappuccinos are served in doll-sized tea cups.
The first course usually starts off with herbed yam and sweet onion tea sandwiches that blend in well with any type of herbal tea. Next, the Turkey tea sandwiches and pumpkin dumplings seem to be a great hit in every household. This can be followed by a Persimmon and mesclun salad with slivered almonds and complimented with a tea vinaigrette.
Finally, the main course starts off with a vegetarian stuffing and cranberry chutney, followed by a grilled tea-brined turkey. But it’s the herbal tea once again, that brings out all these delectable flavors.
Overall, this is a menu that will capture your senses, right from the first whiff up to the very last sip.