Tea Foodie [by Zanitea]

a journal of tea-inspired foods and recipes

Citrus Spice Tea Poached Pears

My year last year was busy. So busy, in fact, I found myself cheating a bit and searching for the easiest recipes to incorporate into my cooking with tea routine. … Continue reading

January 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Garam Masala Tea Pulled Pork

I’m into the slow cooker lately. What’s better than a one-pot meal that basically cooks itself? Plus, a Sunday slow cooker meal yields lots of leftovers for creative weeknight meals. … Continue reading

November 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Mussels in Fennel Tea Broth

I use fennel seeds in several of my handmade herbal tea blends. One of my favorite blends has fennel seeds, cinnamon chips, orange peel, cardamom pods and licorice root for … Continue reading

October 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Sesame Oolong Crusted Chicken

You know you are loved when friends and family ship you thoughtful gifts of food. The most special of these are the fresh-from-the source foods that those who love you … Continue reading

September 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tea Foodie’s Frozen Faves

It’s been a hot summer here in Denver, CO! To beat the heat, I find myself going back to some of my favorite tea foodie dishes in the iced or … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Red, White (Tea) and Blue Sangria

The ironic thing about working on a cookbook project is that it makes you not want to cook. Reading about, testing, editing and shooting photos of recipes for several months … Continue reading

June 29, 2014 · 2 Comments

Cherry-Ginger Oolong Mayo

I’ve been into made-from-scratch sauces lately. Homemade ketchup, mustard, salsa, pesto and hummus have paid my fridge a visit recently. None stay long. They’re all so delicious they get gobbled … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

Strawberry Matcha Smoothie

Strawberries and spinach have taken over my fridge this week. I’ve been working on a recipe for strawberry BBQ steak skewers with lemon poppy seed and spinach quinoa. Let me … Continue reading

April 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Chamomile Breakfast Quinoa

I was recently asked to describe my approach to cooking and eating. I described it as, “healthy with a dash of decadence.” While this recipe post leans way to the … Continue reading

March 31, 2014 · 4 Comments

Lemon Basil Mojitos

On a recent indecisive March weekend (where it was snowing on Friday night and 70 degrees on Sunday afternoon when daylight savings time changed), I was suddenly hit with a … Continue reading

March 10, 2014 · 2 Comments

Glazed and Infused: An Island Tea Dinner

What do you get when you combine a Puerto Rican surfing town, a Thai restaurant, a tea blender and a brother & sister chef team? A pretty awesome tea dinner, … Continue reading

February 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Citrus Spice Tea Egg (and Happy Chinese New Year!)

As the Chinese New Year approaches (on Friday, January 31), sharing a recipe for the traditional Chinese tea egg seems extremely appropriate. Did you know that 2014 will be the … Continue reading

January 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Potato Pu-erh Curried Soup

Pu-erh is quickly becoming one of my favorite cooking teas. Most Pu-erh has a strong, rich flavor that can stand up to a lot of other ingredients. That’s why it … Continue reading

January 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Spreading Holiday Cheer with Chai Infused Coquito

If you’ve never tried coquito—a Puerto Rican version of eggnog made with coconut milk—you don’t know what you’ve been missing. I spent the Thanksgiving holiday in Puerto Rico visiting my … Continue reading

December 24, 2013 · 3 Comments

DIY Tea Foodie gift ideas

I’ve been busy working the holiday market circuit this season, sampling and selling my hand blended teas. One of my favorite markets is coming up this weekend, the Denver Handmade … Continue reading

December 13, 2013 · 4 Comments

Tea Sugar Snickerdoodles

Ever since I started working in Savory Spice Shop’s test kitchen, my recipe repertoire has expanded ten-fold. Not all of the recipes we test are fabulous and we only publish … Continue reading

November 7, 2013 · 2 Comments

Forever Nuts About Banana Muffins

Like last week’s baked oatmeal, this is another great grab-n-go breakfast snack. This time with DAVIDsTEA’s Forever Nuts herbal tea blend stirred right into the muffin batter. This is a … Continue reading

October 21, 2013 · 1 Comment

Java Tea Baked Oatmeal

As much as I love food, I’ve never been a breakfast person. My ideal breakfast is more like brunch, really—something around 10 a.m. that involves poached eggs, hearty greens, crispy … Continue reading

October 15, 2013 · 2 Comments

Fesh Herb and Green Tea Pesto

Inspired by the beautiful late-summer produce at the farmers market last weekend and a gorgeous Japanese green tea sample I recently received from Tea Horse, a super simple and gorgeously … Continue reading

September 17, 2013 · 2 Comments

London. Paris. Tea.

If you follow me on Facebook and Twitter, you may have seen the tea adventure pictures I posted earlier in August during my trip across the pond to London and … Continue reading

September 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

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About Zanitea

Combining a love of tea and food through hand blended teas and cooking with tea inspiration.