Although sipping on a cup of tea is one of life's great pleasures, there are other ways to enjoy the delicacy that you might not have thought about before. Cooking with tea is something that has been done for generations - it not only brings out unique flavours in food, but also gives your dinner guests something to talk about! We've put together five ways in which you can cook with tea with little hassle at all.
Smoked tea duck
This is a great, authentic dish that has been enjoyed for generations. When smoking your duck breast, add some lapsang souchong tea to infuse the meat with a stunning flavour.
One of the easiest recipes to achieve with tea is jasmine rice. Simply add loose leaf tea - or even a tea bag - to your rice while it boils and it will take on a subtle taste.
Earl grey biscuits
Earl grey is a popular black tea that can add great floral notes to your baking. The next time you are making biscuits, scatter a few tea leaves into the mixture and you will create something quite unique.
Super-charge your smoothies
Smoothies are a great way to start the day, but have you ever thought about adding green tea to them? It is rich in antioxidants and can give your smoothie even more of a boost, so infuse some cold water with the leaves and add to your drink.
Green tea ice cream
You might also want to take advantage of the health benefits of green tea by using it to make ice cream. This is a delicate and exciting way to finish off a meal - and your guests will no doubt leave asking for more!