The fineness of green tea
There is an ancient Chinese saying, "Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one." The Chinese people love their tea and when they talk about tea they certainly do not talk about the same black tea that we drink every morning. Centuries ago they discovered the wonderful simplified caffeine drink called Green tea. They have harvested an array of other flavours too, black, oolong, scented and white. The west traditionally drinks black tea, which is also popular in our part of the world. In China, Japan and Taiwan though, green tea is the reigning favourite.
While the Chinese folks could not survive a day without sipping the potion of joy, the rest of the world decided to have a go only recently. Green tea is now the latest in vogue all around the world. All the fineness of this traditional Chinese drink including its rich flavour, the gentle aroma, its aftermath reaction to the body and the good for health impression is gaining its place in the world, even here in Bangali life.
So what is this green tea everyone is talking about? We've already mentioned that it is a type of tea originating in China, but what else? What exactly is the difference between green tea, and the comfortable black tea that we are all used to? Well, it all comes from the same plant called 'Camellia sinensis' but the difference is in the processing. Green tea is dried, but not fermented. It goes through minimal oxidation during processing. The shorter processing gives green tea a lighter flavour and fragrance than black tea. It also helps keep all the beneficial chemicals intact, which is why green tea is so good for you.
The Chinese have known about the medicinal benefits of green tea since ancient times, using it to treat everything from headaches to depression. Its medicinal use can be traced as far back as at least 4,000 years. The rest of the world is just beginning to discover the goodness of this drink.
Today, scientific research in both Asia and the west is providing hard evidence for the health benefits long associated with drinking green tea. The most important health benefit of green tea is that it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue and it reduces the growth of new cancer cells. Drinking green tea also lowers cholesterol levels. Here are a few more medical conditions for which drinking green tea is reputed to be helpful: rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, infection, impaired immune function, tooth decay and so on.
According to ancient Chinese saying it is good for relieving stress and calming the nerves. Other than quenching thirst, green tea also sharpens the brain and brightens the eyes they say.
Green tea tastes nothing like regular black tea. There are various types of green tea with different flavours. The flavour of green tea can be described as fresh, light, green, or grassy. Some varieties of green tea have a bit of sweetness to them, and some are a little astringent. Green tea is not usually served with milk or sugar, but you can decide that for yourself.
If you think brewing green tea is just the same as brewing any other kind of tea then you are mistaken. It is almost the same yet producing the perfect cup of green tea can be tricky. Remember that using fully boiling water would over brew and spoil the fine drink. The same elements that provide health benefits will ruin the flavour. Green tea is more delicate than black, so keep the water a little cooler. Brewing when your water is just about to hit the boil is good for green tea.
If you really want to experiment with good green tea breaking away from your everyday black tea routine, you may need to look beyond your neighbourhood grocery store. Try the superstores.
By Shahnaz Parveen
Chronicles of Sam Q
God! This viral thing has really gotten out of hand. All these years I thought viral fevers lasted three to maximum seven days, but nowadays even the length of fever days has spiraled like the prices of essentials. By the fourteenth day I was ready to admit the worst, I didn't want my tea!!! Me not wanting tea…that's bad news. Anyway while recuperating, I was going through some girlie magazines and one article caught my attention. The writer was saying how when one is young, when advice is being doled out how we tend to be so tongue-in-cheek about the whole thing. We think, while we are all of twenty how worldly wise we are. I tend to forget (very conveniently), I am sure I was the same, but today in hindsight I realize how wrong I was. So today I am going to list what experience has taught me. So as the French woman told the 18 year old “trust me, life really does get better as you become older.” It's so true.
1) Always think before you speak. Otherwise it will be very difficult to get the whole foot out of your mouth. Once I was looking through some old photos with a friend. I came across an overtly painted, badly dressed woman in one of the photos. I was just about to make a critical comment and stopped myself just in time to ask who she was. And guess what my friend answered?? It was her mother. My heart still palpitates even after all these years.
2) Have no expectations from anybody. I know this is a very rigid statement, but actually life would be so much simpler if we could practice this and adhere to it. The only person I know who really practices this statement, is my brother-in-law, Jami. Way to go buddy. Maybe by the time I catch up with you, I will be like you.
3) My number three lesson comes from my friend, Minnat. Fight the bigger battles of life and let the smaller ones go. Be it battles with your husband, children or parents. Fight the ones, which really matter. If some battles are not worth it…let it slide.
4) Men are such babies. Feed them well, cream their feet twice a month, don't scream at the help when he comes back from the battlefield, tell him how wonderful he is and “presto” he is yours for life. And a little pout and flutter of tears now and then helps too.
5) And better believe me diary, honesty is always not the best policy. So what you had to buy the lace sari after coming back from Kolkata? And surprise surprise, hubby comments, “you didn't buy any lace from Kolkata?” you give a very practiced, tinkling laugh and say, “oh, this old thing… mummy gave it to me years ago.” Case closed. Hubby happy. Me happy. The white lie re-surfaces and dies down again.
6) Diet, diet and always diet. Never believe that line, “have the last one today, diet from tomorrow.” As Sidney Sheldon says “tomorrow never comes.” We all know that there is a nicotine patch to help smokers to stop smoking; apparently there is a patch for dieters too. You put the patch on your mouth. Only then it helps.
7) This is a serious one. Save. As in money. I can't save money to save my life. I am so bad. Okay, so I am bad, but I can give good advice. So guys don't be like me. Put away cash for the day when it is pouring and the bank is holding a huge umbrella over your head. I told my umbrella in the early years of our marriage that this is my “only” flaw. Nobody is perfect. My umbrella is still trying to come to terms with my “perfect” comment.
So diary, enough advice for you today. So have a fabulous day the Sam Q. way.
10 whole chicken wings each cut into two
2 cups of oil for frying
180g plain flour
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp black pepper
The Sauce(mixed well)
180 ml b-b-q sauce
250 ml tomato ketchup
180 ml chili sauce
4 tbsp Tabasco sauce
3 tbsp olive oil
1. Heat oil. Meanwhile combine flour salt, chili powder and black pepper
2. Roll chicken wings in flour mixture and dust of excess. When oil is hot, gently deep fry chicken in batches until golden brown. Remove and drain on paper.
3. Pour sauce over chicken wings.