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Edgar’s Blog: Sinterklaas

Last Saturday Sinterklaas came to town!

Sinterklaas is the holy saint of the Dutch folks. Where the rest of the world is celebrating Christmas, the Dutch have Sinterklaas. And a lot of Dutch families celebrate both holidays. The story of Sinterklaas is quite interesting.

Sinterklaas aka Sint lives in Madrid and every year he comes to visit the Netherlands. He travels by boat, a classic old steamboat. He brings lots of his helpers and also his white horse along on board. Each year he arrives in a different city and this year it will be Maasland. There will be a big parade with Sint on his white roan (horse), Amerigo. His helpers will handout small biscuits called ”pepernoten”.

On the 5th of December the holy saint celebrates his birthday by giving presents to all of the children that have been good. If you haven’t behaved Sint and his helpers will take you on the boat to Spain and teach you some manners for a year. This is supposed to be a punishment but most kids wish they could go off to Spain with Sint and his helpers.

The night of 4 to 5 December Sint and his helpers will climb the roofs of all the Dutch families. Sinterklaas even goes on his horse down the chimney. Must be one flexible horse… His helpers carry all the presents and drop them off through the chimney. Children often leave a carrot or the like for the horse of Sint, Amerigo. They have to be done just before sunrise. The next morning children go wild when they come downstairs and see what Sinterklaas has left them.

It may sound impossible but hey, Santa Clause has a flying sleigh with flying  reindeers! One thing is certain, Sinterklaas has a sweet tooth! . Specially ”gevulde speculaas” with my masala chai tea!

In the Netherlands Sinterklaas, AKA Dutch Santa, is coming to town this Saturday. That means you will see spiced biscuits everywhere! My Masala chai tea goes very well with spiced biscuits. So therefore you all get 15% discount on my Masala chai this week while stocks last. Also take a look at my Sint boxes. A great pressie for that big bag. My tea and Tony’s Chocolonely!

Sinterklaas With Edgar’s Tea box and Tony’s Chocolonely with Peppernoten –  buy now!

Sinterklaas With Edgar’s Sock Box and Tony’s Chocolonely with Peppernoten –  buy now!

A double wall glass thermos bottle. With two different tea filters. Easy to use for any kind of loose tea. Perfect for Hot or cold tea.

Edgar’s blog: Cold tea

OMG it’s weather for cold tea!

With sunny days like last weekend I drink litres of my own cold tea! You all probably know that I love tea and can drink it all day. On hot sunny days I still want my tea and a cool refreshing drink too. That is why I make my tea cold. I have a few tea’s that work great for cold tea. I’ll explain how to make cold tea on the basis of my thermos bottle.

My Nuts 4 nuts loose tea:

This pure blend of nuts along with veggies, is one of my sweeter tea’s and  it has a hot summer pink colour. This blend contains no caffeine, sugar or any artificial ingredients, pure healthy goodness. Fill the tea filter basket of my loose tea thermos bottle with  2 teaspoons  of Nuts 4 Nuts loose tea. Fill up the thermos bottle almost to the top with water and put in the filter basket with the Nuts 4 nuts. Screw the lid on the bottle. Leave the lid a little loose. This way it will cool faster. Set it in the refrigerator for a 3 to 4 hours. If you are in a hurry and want a quick chill you can always use ready chilled water and ice.

My Spiced lemon grass loose tea:

Have you ever drank a spicy cold tea? Well I have and it’s great! The lemon grass along with pieces of coconut make this tea very refreshing. The chillie gives it a cheeky kick at the end. You can make this cold tea exactly the same as the Nuts 4 nuts. Put 2 teaspoons of spiced lemon grass in the the filter basket and set in my loose tea thermos bottle. If you prefer not tooooo spicy take out a chillie or two or just let it brew for a shorter time.

My Detox loose tea:

My best friend after over indulging hot or cold! With this tea I would recommend a different way of making it as a cold tea. Fill the tea filter basket of my loose tea thermos bottle with 2 teaspoons of Detox loose tea and set it in the thermos bottle. For green tea let the boiled water cool down a bit till it’s +/- 80 degrees. Slowly poor over hot water and let it brew for 5 minutes. Take out the filter basket including the tea. Let it cool down for a while. Then close the bottle and set in the refrigerator.

I used these teas as an example but of course you take any kind of tea and make it a cold tea. It’s a great beverage that is refreshing, healthy and my teas contain no added sugar. Just try it out and let me know what you think. If you make new sorts of cold tea I would love to hear your story.

Here is a video how to use my loose tea thermos bottle.