Oh I do love a tea party and Wild Olive is hosting a week of tea party fun – full of guest posts, patterns and recipes – Plus if you head on over Whipup is hosting a giveaway of Action Pack! Along with a recipe for a trio of butter cookies.

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Have you seen the quilted teacup flickr group? its a treasure trove of ‘Sew & Tea‘ lovers. If you are a ‘Sew & Tea’ Lover too – then you will love our May themed Action Pack – find out more here.

1. tea pot pouch, 2. Carrot cake, 3. MQG – Kona Solids Challenge, 4. Fabric Teacup, 5. The Cup That Cheers, 6. Mug rug, 7. Teacup pincushion, 8. teacups group 2-The Bitty Block Committee – pillin up teacups 2, 9. Samovar, 10. scandinavian stitches…, 11. mug rugs 2, 12. Xícara – Tea Cup, 13. “Tea for One” Mug Rug, 14. Scrappy Mug Rug Swap – received, 15. tea cozy, 16. Mug Rug 1, 17. Tea bag shaped tea bag holder, 18. Dishtowels for Debbie, 19. Posy Cozies, 20. Tea Kettle pillow, 21. Bohemian Teaparty cushion; Still Life, 2009, 22. tea cozy, 23. More sewn teacups, 24. Quilted Teacup 8, 25. Tea linen bookmark // THE teacup, 26. Mug fabric container – Chidori in light blue, 27. Everything stops for tea!, 28. TeaCup pouch 105, 29. Needlebook, 30. IMG_0271, 31. IMG_1964, 32. Lavender Teabags, 33. Tea Party!, 34. Tea Pouch, 35. coaster&cups, 36. DSC_0088


I have only recently discovered the culinary art of cooking with tea and want to explore more. Today I did some experimenting and researching making tea ice cream. I have often had Matcha tea ice cream – and love it – but wanted to try out a few other tea flavoured ice creams. After a some experimenting I came up with a delicious simple icecream recipe that allowed the subtle tea flavour to be the main attraction and made a trio of tea ice cream: Chai, Oolong and Earl Grey.

You will need:

  • 1 teaspoon of your tea (per 100mls of liquid)
  • 1/4 cup of boiling water
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup of cream
  • 1 teaspoon of sweetener (sugar, honey or palm sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon of powdered gelatin

What to do:

  1. Steep your tea in a bowl with the boiling water for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the cream, milk, gelatin and sweetener and bring to the boil for a minute in a saucepan on the stovetop.
  3. Let the tea leaves sit in the mixture while it cools in the fridge – 1 hour
  4. Strain out the tea leaves and let the mixture stand in the fridge for -2-4 hours (or overnight) – it should go a bit gelatinous because of the gelatin you added. This will help the final texture of the ice cream.
  5. Place in your mixture in your ice cream maker and mix for 10-20 minutes until it is like a thick milkshake – then chill in the freezer until ready to use.


  • If you don’t have an ice cream maker then follow David Lebovitz’s directions to make it without. And here are some tips from David for making your homemade ice cream softer.
  • Serve with some shortbread cookies for a refreshing different sort of afternoon tea.

Why don’t you try Jasmine tea, Matcha or Sencha green tea or Tai tea… wait there’s more – I have compiled a list of delicious and different tea ice cream recipes for you to try out.

If you are a tea fan like me – try out our e-magazine: Action Pack for kids – only $5 and jam packed with recipes, crafts and activities for kids and adults.



how-to: crafty chai

by craftapalooza on 27/07/2009

in Food

I’ve coined Jen’s chai “crafty chai”. Great looking recipe for those chai fans (yes, I am!). Link.


lovely idea and tutorial for this fortune cookie shaped tea sachet [via craft gossip]