Provence Caprese

4 persons

INGREDIENTS:

  • Beef tomato (choose the one with a lot of ribs and rolls)
  • Tasty cocktail tomato
  • Bucket of mixed colors cherry tomatoes
  • Sud n sol tomato
  • 2 balls of burrata or buffalo mozzarella
  • Garden herbs (In this case: dill, thyme, verveine, shiso, olive herb, marigold, wild garlic and Indian cherry)
  • Oil (extra virgin and if you can find it smoke oil!)

NECESSITIES:

  • Colander
  • Gas burner
  • Oven
  • Paper towel

Preparation

The process of making tea is a delicate one and it requires patience and devotion. It takes no less than seven consecutive steps before you can start enjoying (or packing and shipping) your desired tea! We broke it down for you:

  1. Cultivation of….: exactly, the Camellia Sinensis
  2. Trimming: every tree, bush or plant needs its occasional hairdo to prosper
  3. Plucking: harvesting the leaves (this can be a very calming, nearly meditative process, try it sometimes!)
  4. Withering: the leaves (no matter what type of tea you desire) need to be dried in open air
  5. Rolling: twisting the leaves (by hand or mechanical) releases their enzymes and juices
  6. Oxidation: used for black and dark teas. It exposes the leaves to oxygen for as long as needed (up to 3 hours) by spreading them out evenly on large trays that supply enough air flow
  7. Heating: heating (or firing) the leaves with hot air stops the oxidation process and makes them ready for sorting, cutting and packing.

Our take on tea
Ok, these were just the plain physics. We found out that once tea becomes a brew, entire new worlds appear behind the rich infusion in your glass or cup. Worlds full of stories, culture, harmony and friendship. And that is what matters to us most: discovering stories, creating harmony and seeking friendship. Tea opens a nearly boundless world of imagination and opportunities. A world we plunged headfirst into.