Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Pure Leaf Ice Tea Summer Oasis


I recently joined the team as a contributor for Huffington Post's newly launched Kitchen Daily Canada!  Pure Leaf Ice Tea is helping celebrate the launch in Canada as a brand sponsor. I have been asked to join in this celebration by introducing the refreshing flavours of Pure Leaf Ice Tea. At this time the flavours available in Canada are Unsweetened, Raspberry and Lemon.
In Canada the one thing we are always talking about is the weather; having four very distinctive seasons; but the one everyone anticipates the most is SUMMER! Finally warm sunny days to enjoy special moments outdoors. What could be more pleasurable than creating your own outdoor oasis to enjoy memorable get togethers with family and friends. I created my own special summer oasis where my husband and I could enjoy a refreshing drink and appetizer before dinner and occasionally dessert and drinks after dinner in the evening.



We are now "empty nesters" and no longer have to rush dinner to get going to what ever activity our son had to do that evening. So when my husband comes home from work we take some time to sit outside, relax and share the stories of our day while enjoying a cool refreshing drink and appetizer. Pure Leaf Ice Tea has become one of our favourite drinks, he prefers the Lemon flavour and I enjoy the Raspberry flavour. Pure Leaf Ice Tea is brewed with real tea leaves, never from powder or concentrate! Just simple, pure, uncomplicated fresh brewed taste.


As well a sipping on a refreshing glass of ice tea I incorporated the Pure Leaf ice tea into an appetizer recipe of Chicken Satay with Tzatziki dip and a dessert of Raspberry Brownie Cheesecake Bites.
My 1st recipe used Pure Leaf Ice Tea Lemon flavour to make a delicious marinade for my chicken satay.
Lemon Herb Chicken Satays with Tzatziki Dip
serves 2
by Laureen King from ArtandtheKitchen
Ingredients:
  • 1 chicken breast cut into long strips or small package chicken fillets
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup lemon flavoured Pure Leaf Ice Tea
  • 2 tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 2-3 sprigs  fresh thyme
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 cup red onion finely diced
  • 3 tbsp. chives chopped
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
Directions:
  1. Slice chicken breast into strips
  2. Combine all ingredients into bowl and mix well.
  3. Place chicken into large plastic container or bag.
  4. Pour marinate ingredients over chicken, refrigerate for 1-2 hours (turn occasionally)
  5. Place chicken on skewers with lemon slices and red onion.
  6. Grill about 5-7 minutes per side.
  7. Serve with homemade Tzatziki sauce.
Tzatziki Sauce
by Laureen King from ArtandtheKitchen
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 clove garlic very finely minced
  • 1/4 cup red onion finely diced
  • 1/2 long English cucumber
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill chopped or 1 tbsp dried dill
  • 2 tbsp. fresh chives chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
Directions:
  1. Dice cucumbers, sprinkle with salt and place in sieve for at least 30 minutes to remove extra moisture from cucumbers.
  2. Combine all remaining ingredients together, mix well.
  3. Add drained cucumbers to yogurt mix.
  4. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.
For dessert I used Pure Leaf Ice Tea raspberry flavour to make some delicious Raspberry Brownie Cheesecake bites.
Raspberry Brownie Cheesecake Bites
adapted from Eagle Brand recipes
by Laureen King from ArtandtheKitchen
Ingredients:
  • 1 box of brownie mix, prepare as per instructions, but substitute water with equal amount of raspberry flavoured Pure Leaf Ice Tea
  • 3 8oz packages cream cheese
  • 1 14oz can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • fresh raspberries


Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease bottom only of 9-inch pan.
  2. Prepare brownies as per package substituting water for Raspberry flavoured Pure Leaf Ice Tea.
  3. Bake 35 minutes or until set.
  4. In large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add in sweetened condensed milk.
  5. Add eggs and vanilla, mix well.
  6. Pour cream cheese mix on top baked brownie layer.
  7. Reduce oven to 300 degrees F.
  8. Bake for 50 minutes or until set.
  9. Cool, then chill for at least 2 hours.
  10. Cut into bites sized, top each with a fresh raspberry.
Take time this summer to create your own Summer Oasis; a special place to relax and enjoy wonderful occasions with family and friends.


*Disclosure- I was compensated for this post. 


4 comments:

  1. Gorgeous post Laureen, you really have a Garden Oasis!!

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    1. Thank you Tara, I do love my flowers, I have a hard time controlling myself at the greenhouses :)

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  2. you've created a lovely picture. i'd love to be there!

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    1. Thank you Dina, drop by for coffee any time :)

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