Did you know that this year, January is National Hot Tea Month? Pretty spiffy, 2015, I like you already. I ended 2014 with a deliciously spicy, but totally not winter appropriate, noodle recipe & begun the year with a completely appropriate winter soup recipe. Since this month is extraordinary as it’s National Hot Tea Month, I thought what better way to combine the tail end of last year’s last recipe with this year’s first recipe? Well, what better way? I’ll tell you: put a bird on it! Couldn’t resist a Portlandia reference – let’s try this again: pour some tea on it! Using tea as soup broth is not some new invention, but it’s underrated & not trendy…yet. Depending on the quality of tea you’re using, green tea is packed with antixoxidants, light caffeine, & so darn healthy for you (lowers cholesterol!). Slurp it up with some noodles & you’ve got one great healthy meal recipe! No need to go on some strange Beyoncé lemonade detox! Drink more liquids (*cough* tea *cough*), eat fresh, seasonal whole foods, & avoid fast food! Boom, detox. & you thought shedding that holiday weight would be hard, pffffffpfpfpfpfpft. Now hit that “continue reading” button to get ahold of my new recipe celebrating National Hot Tea Month!
Ochazuke is a Japanese dish consisting of green tea, most commonly Genmaicha, rice, & other ingredients such as soy sauce, rice crackers, & seaweed. My recipe for National Hot Tea Month is a great way to warm up before braving the storm or just filling up for a quick breakfast (given that you have brown rice premade), plus it’s really healthy! I used short grain brown rice instead of the traditional white rice, but you could use shirataki noodles instead if you’re concerned about carbs. Gotta hand it to the Japanese to come up with a brilliant dish utilizing their savory tea. If you’re having trouble finding Genmaicha or wakame ochazuke, just Google it like you know how to interwebz. Good use of tea? I definitely think so!
So, you wanna see some snow pics? Yeah, you do.
I believe over 30 inches (~76.2 cm) of snow covered the city. Classes were cancelled for 3 days & the governor declared a State of Emergency. It wreaked havoc in other parts of state, but it was really quite beautiful. Right now, there are just tons of snow walls to climb over & my current boots are completely useless. Damn you, L.L. Bean, Y U BACK ORDER ‘TIL JUNE FOR??? AYEEEE.
So, what tea are you drinking in celebration of National Hot Tea Month?