Jasmine Tea Granita

 

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I tested another recipe from the food 52 community contests, an iced tea granita. This was such a simple and delightful summer snack (I am not really sure what to call this since it is more like a frozen drink than a snack) . The original recipe asked for steeped and cooled tea combined with lemon juice and sugar. I usually don’t prefer lemon in my tea but this was not bad. The recipe is really very versatile so I decided to make another couple of batches playing around with the tea flavor. One of my favorites was with jasmine tea (picture). I did omit the lemon juice when making my jasmine tea granita. The recipe gives lot of room to play with the tea flavor.

The jasmine tea granita recipe is only slightly adjusted from the Food52 site.

250 mil steeped jasmine tea

43 grams of sugar

Heat both in a small pan until the sugar has dissolved then let cool until the mixture can be transferred to a dish for freezing. Freeze for 3 hours giving a quick stir to break up the already formed ice crystals, freeze again for another 3 hours or longer. When serving scrape at the frozen mixture and spoon into a glass.

Tomatoes

These beautiful heirloom tomatoes were needed for a recipe that I am testing for someones new cookbook. I am excited to have the opportunity again to help test. Since I can’t share the recipe with you I thought I would show you the gorgeous tomatoes I used.

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Strawberries and Balsamic Vinegar

I recently joined the Food52 food community. A great food site offering recipes, recipe contests and forums. The recipe contests also include recipe testing from the members. Last week I tested two from vinegar contest. I wanted to have a testing theme so I chose two recipes that included strawberries and balsamic vinegar.

Strawberry Balsamic Curd

 

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This has a lovely tang of to compliment the sweet strawberries. You can put it on anything or eat it by the spoonful.

 

Strawberry Balsamic Shrub Syrup

 

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When making this recipe I wasn’t quite sure how I would feel about the cup of balsamic vinegar going into the syrup. It turned out quite nice. First a sweet strawberry flavor finished by the acidity of the balsamic vinegar was very refreshing.

I am not sure if I could spend the whole afternoon drinking this but I think it is a nice idea for an afternoon picnic.