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Product Review: Celestial Seasonings Fruit Tea Sampler

When I was pregnant, the thought of drinking water repulsed me. I craved flavours, generally sweet and fruity. When I stumbled across Celestial Seasonings Fruit Tea Sampler, it was as if my prayers had been answered. This caffeine free, natural herbal tea was exactly what the doctor ordered and today, three years later, I still enjoying them as a secret daily obsession.

Freshness sealed

The sampler box contains 5 flavours; Raspberry Zinger, Country Peach Passion, Wild Berry Zinger, True Blueberry and Black Cherry Berry. Each sample is enclosed in their own freshness packet and the number of bags per flavour varies; 4 tea bags each for blueberry, wild berry and cherry while there are 3 bags for peach and raspberry.

Stall at the Sydney Good Food and Wine Festival (Photo: Celestial Seasonings.)

While I was at the Sydney Good Food and Wine Festival a few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Shannon, the Ambassador for Celestial. We had a lovely chit-chat, and I confided in her how much I adore the Fruit Tea Sampler. Black Cherry, predictably, is my utter favourite!

So, I decided to share with you guys how I make and enjoy this heavenly fruit iced tea.

  1. In a 2 litre jug, I add two teabags and about 1 litre of hot water. To this I add 2 – 3 stevia tablets (the equivalence of 3 teaspoons of sugar). Allow to steep for 10 minutes before topping up with cool water to make up 2 litres.
  2. Store in the fridge until ice-cold and enjoy over ice for a fruity iced tea treat!

Allow the tea time to infuse for a stronger flavour. This is a Wild Berry infusion!


  • When I was pregnant, I would pour some of the chilled fruit tea into icy pole moulds for a frozen iced treat that was perfectly guilt free!
  • Being caffeine free, this is a perfect tea substitute for pregnant women, and is really divine during summer to beat the heat.
  • During summer, I can drink 2 litres a day and never get bored with the flavour. Its fresh, fruity flavour is light and refreshing.
  • Celestial Seasonings have quite an extensive range of teas, all natural. The Lemon Zinger is refreshing and Tension Tamer is a must have for study periods. I can also recommend Sleepy Time (Vanilla) as being just what the doctor ordered before bed. And finally, peppermint tea – ahh peppermint, my winter staple!
  • The benefits of using stevia are well documented throughout medical literature. It is suggested that diabetics and people suffering obesity or high blood pressure would benefit from substituting stevia in place of sugar. It is a low carbohydrate sugar substitute that has zero effect on your blood glucose levels.

Peach would be a favourite in anyone’s language!


Posted by on July 24, 2012 in Product Review


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Product Review: Muffin Liners

While I was at the Sydney Good Food and Wine Festival, I picked up some Muffin Tin Liners by Bakeliners. The product boasts being the ultimate non stick surface and is reusable. Both of these selling points caught my eye. A reusable non stick muffin liner means less paper and butter usage which I have to love from an ethical stand point and we all know how much I love making muffins!

I made some sourdough choc chip muffins to try them out – purely for the research, I assure you! The liners folded into the muffin tray easily thanks to the regular slits in the liner wall. I slopped the muffin mixture around in the liners to see if it would leak, but it held together just fine. I also purposefully over filled some muffin liners and put some up the sides.

After the muffins were cooked, I pulled them out of the oven. I let some cook totally while I took some out still hot. The result was always the same; the muffin liner just fell away from the muffin soon as it was removed from the muffin tray.

Washing up was a breeze. I just took the dirty muffin liner and swished it about in hot soapy water. Once they were dry, I couldn’t even tell the difference between the used and unused liners.


I totally loved these liners. they were simple to use and easy to clean. They store well as they take no space at all in the cupboard. I will be using them for a very long time and am quite happy with the results.

You can buy them online at the Bakeliners website. They have a sale on at the moment where you can get 20% off the price. Use the coupon code: bake20.


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Product Review: Maggie Beers Sparkling Ruby Cabernet

While I was at the Sydney Good Food and Wine Festival to cook, I got to do the rounds and sample from a wide range of products. As a result, I have decided to review some of my favourites over the next few weeks.

Over the next few weeks, you can expect to see some of the gorgeous Maggie Beer products being reviewed as I was genuinely impressed by her story and vision. Maggie is an Australian restaurateur from the Barossa Valley in South Australia. Since the closure of her restaurant in 1993, she has become an Australian culinary icon and co hosts a TV series (ABC) called The Cook and the Chef. More recently she has bought out a gourmet range of foods and beverages that are produced from the orchids of her own farm. The concept she promotes is simple; wholesome local and seasonal produce for perfect results. It is the later part of her story that inspires me.

The first product I am reviewing is Maggie Beers Sparkling Ruby Cabernet. I purchased this product for Joe as he adores a good spritzer and based on the small sample I tasted at the show, I was sure it would please. And I wasn’t wrong!

This light but fruity non alcoholic beverage is served chilled and is delightfully refreshing. I was truly blown away at the complexity of flavours this drink had to offer, and would be only too happy to serve it for guests. Sipping a glass of this fruity delight gives me visions of a summer picnic or a delightful intimate meal of something gamey. I have to say I highly recommend it.

From Maggie’s Website: A non-alcoholic wine made from the juice of Cabernet grapes; Sparkling Ruby Cabernet has the bead of champagne and the mouth feel of a good wine. Rose petals and crushed strawberries on the nose are complemented on the palate with green tea characters that finish crisp and dry with a note of citrus and sour cherry flavours.

English: Maggie Beer at the Australia Day citi...

As we have just finished the bottle I bought home, I am off to buy a second bottle. Having enjoyed one bottle, I can think of nothing better to accompany the duck dish I am wanting to cook in the not too distant future (watch this space!). For Australians, Maggie Beers Sparkling Ruby Cabernet is available at Dan Murphy Liquor Outlets and both national and internationally readers can view and purchase Maggies products through her website.


Posted by on July 1, 2012 in Product Review


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