There’s more to rooibos than just a cup of tea

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TO celebrate International tea Day (today, December 15), the South African Rooibos Council asked some South African celebrities how they would be using rooibos. Here are two of the more imaginative answers.

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Actress, Carine Rous, known for her roles in High Rollers and Isidingo, plans on making a refreshing rooibos tea punch – one of her favourite rooibos iced tea recipes. Here’s how you make it:

Rooibos tea punch

15 rooibos tea bags
1l boiling water
1l cold water
250ml sugar
2l pineapple juice
1l apricot juice
250ml lemon juice
Bitters to taste

Make a pot of Rooibos tea with 15 tea bags and boiling water. Add 250ml sugar to the hot Rooibos tea and let it cool. Add cold water, pineapple and apricot juice, as well as the lemon juice and bitters to taste. Enjoy chilled!

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Author and motivational speaker, Angelique du Toit, will be enjoying a cup of green rooibos tea with breakfast and intends making a mouth-watering rooibos stew on the day. Here’s the recipe:

Clanwilliam Rooibos Stew:

Ingredients:
1kg breast of lamb, sawn into portions
2 onions, chopped
10ml curry powder
Pinch of ground cloves
Pinch of ground nutmeg
1 bayleaf
10ml salt
1 x 283g can of pineapple rings
125ml rooibos tea
125ml pineapple juice (from the can)

Directions:
1 Brown the meat in in a heated, heavy-based saucepan.
2 Pour off excess fat.
3 Add onions and sauté, then add curry powder and the remaining seasonings and fry lightly.
4 Add pineapple rings, heated Rooibos tea and pineapple juice.
5 Cover and simmer for about 90 minutes or until the meat is tender.

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