I decided to do a combo post for today’s Tea of the week which has been more of a Tea of the Month so far. I’ll try my best to get better at those posts. Anyway, I wanted to show everyone my favorite cookie: the Madeleine. A Madeleine is a small, seashell looking cookie that is buttery and lemony. They’re soft to the touch and go great with tea.
If you read my Twitter, you’d know I’m currently restricting myself on the sweets as I start back weightlifting and yoga consistently. I made these a week ago and just now getting around to writing a post about it. I’ll catch up one of these days.
Okay. First up is the tea. Peppermint tea has a great calming effect, soothes your stomach, and has preventative properties against colds. It is made from pure tea leaves and is very strong-smelling.
I normally don’t go for the bagged tea but I heard that peppermint was good and I didn’t have time to look for a full-leaf version. I ran to my local grocery store and picked up a box. As soon as I tore open the packet the smell of peppermint hit me. It immediately cleared up my airways and it tickled my nose. During the fall, I have a habit of taking long walks and sucking in the air because is smells so clean and crisp. This reminded me of that.
When it is finished steeping (3-5 mins), it takes on a green color which is no surprise. The leaves are green. It tastes like peppermint, and I added a bit of honey to sweeten it. It tingled on my taste buds with a smooth, clean, relaxing flavor that blends well with everything else. I had the Madeleine cookies on hand when I first made this. It definitely opened up my chest and cleared up any fogginess I had.
I felt relaxed and content. This is definitely a tea I could use regularly.
On to the Madeleine. They are a French cookie and aren’t very hard to make. I tend to make them once every couple of months. Like I mentioned earlier, they are soft and lemony. The recipe I use is from 101 Cookbooks. It gives me about 2 and a half-dozen. Everyone I’ve given them to seems to like them so I’d rate that as a success.