It's still unbearably hot out, and my lobsterized skin is only adding to the melt effect, so much so that I can't possibly get The Great Iced Tea Experiment 2008 up and running today.
I won't abandon you entirely, though. One of the best things about tea is its versatility. It can stimulate or soothe; after spending the day outside yesterday, inhaling a double-scoop chocolate-vanilla ice-cream cone, limeade, and several chili-cheese paposas complete with crema and cabbage slaw, I am in severe need of the latter. (And I don't even like chocolate ice cream, that's how heat-handicapped I was.)
Although the big drink companies would lead you to believe otherwise, with their corn-syrup-laced bottled "tea" drinks, tea is actually good for you. Without sounding too much like someone I would make fun of, it gets your mind and body back in balance.
This, then, is all I want today: a tea-fruit smoothie. Just grab whatever fruit you have on hand, toss it in the blender, pour it into a tall glass and sift some matcha, or green-tea powder, on top. Today's consists of cubes of honeydew, a champagne mango, some frozen raspberries, plain yogurt, fresh mint and a grainy spoonful of drag-queen honey.
Gently stir the matcha into the mix, sip, and let it cool you off- all without boiling a drop a water.