What's on Melbourne

My Blue Tea Event – Prahran Market

On Saturday I was invited to attend a private event with My Blue Tea, held at Prahran Market. I was introduced to Lee, the Founder of My Blue Tea and she walked us through the different ways you could use the powders in the kitchen.

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I love supporting small business’s and I thrive when I meet someone so passionate about what they are doing. You can see Lee and the team put so much effort into the afternoon, with a delicious spread of different foods from savoury to sweet prepared for us to enjoy.

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We started with a sample of the Butterfly Blue Pea Flower Tea. Simply put, the Butterfly Blue Pea Flowers are brewed to get this gorgeous colour.

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We were then shown a very cool trick, where if you add lemon to the tea the water quickly turns from blue to purple. Very cool! Definitely one to show your visitors when they are over for afternoon tea.

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Lee spoke about the therapeutic benefits and how the tea can be used. The use of Butterfly Blue Pea Flower has been used for quite sometime, especially in Ayurveda, Asian and Middle Eastern Medicine due to it being an extremely potent antioxidant.

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You can purchase either a crushed powder or the actual Butterfly Blue Pea Flowers from the My Blue Tea Website ,as well as many other yummy powders such as Pandan, Hibiscus and Kaffir.

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Above is a capture of the very delicious Pandan Green Velvet cupcake, made using Pandan powder. In the background you will see what was a delicious Vegan Pandan Panna Cotta. Pandan can possibly assist with aches and pains – plus it tastes so good. I remember having a cocktail at Ms G’s in Potts Point Sydney, called What’s in your Pandan?

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The Blue Velvet Cupcakes were crowd favourites and I have linked the recipe from the My Blue Tea website here.

I feel anything with cream cheese is a winner, and these cupcakes….I think I will need to make up a batch!

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Also on offer were two ice teas, I didn’t get what was in them – I was too busy drinking them. I am sure though, you could make any infused combination using the Butterfly Blue Pea Flowers.

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I definitely had eaters regret with this stunning cheesecake – I didn’t have any! I was too full from all the other delicious sweets, I had no room left. My Husband, Jordan, did try it though and mentioned he loved it. It was the perfect consistency and shows just what you can do using the Butterfly Blue Pea Flower to naturally colour your foods.

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Chef running through how different dishes were made, especially the yummy vegan desserts.

img_6871A selfie with Lee before I headed home, cupcakes in hand. 

As I mentioned above, I love supporting brands passionate about their why. I absolutely loved meeting Lee, she radiated positivity! This is a great little Australian brand from Port Macquarie, and I’m glad to welcome another friend.

If you are looking for a natural way to colour your smoothies, desserts, salad etc then head over to My Blue Tea and check out the range. Lee also has a bunch of receipts up if you are needing any inspiration!

Instagram: @my.blue.tea
Website: http://www.mybluetea.com.au

Thank you again Lee and Team for having me!

Renee
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Business in Focus

Meet the Makers – Ashleigh from Buddha Organics

Ashleigh from Buddha Organics specialises in organic powder blends, such as Cacao & Chocolate, Greens and Breakfast Boost which can be added to smoothies, cereals, puddings to give you an added nutritional boost. It’s an easy way to add some extra vitamins to your meal, especially if you are often on the go!

I previously shared my recipe for Cacao Chocolate Chia Puddings on the blog, you can locate that recipe here. I must say, the Cacao Chocolate Blend is one of my favourites and satisfy’s my chocolate cravings – yum!

This evening, we sit down with Ashleigh to learn a little more about this growing brand.

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R. Thank you for jumping on board and being so passionate about being part of the Meet the Makers & Shakers series! Tell me something, I don’t already know about you!

A. Hi I’m Ashleigh, im 27 years old and a mother of 7! (2 kids and 5 fur-babies). I am currently completing my Bachelor’s degree in Business. Outside of running my business I enjoy doing yoga and Pilates on a regular basis as well as spending time with the family.

R. I didn’t know you were currently studying your Bachelor’s of Business – that’s amazing! Especially with your little growing business. What lead you to starting Buddha Organics?

A. Recently my daughter was diagnosed with ADHD + ODD, I started looking into the food she was eating and came to a realisation of how much preservatives and additives are placed in to these products. I was wanting to share my knowledge and provide people with healthy alternatives.

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R. You recently launched a new logo for Buddha Organics (which I love!), are you currently working on anything new?

We have a few new products in the pipeline where we will be expanding on our superfood blend range. Make sure you sign up to our email list, located here to be the first to know when they launch!

R. Aside from the yummy superfood blends you currently stock, you also offer vegan lipsticks that look so creamy! Do you have any tip to those wanting to move away from mainstream beauty products and into green beauty – where should they start?

A. Start by reading the reading the labels and make sure you are aware of what ingredients are in the products you are using. It is very easy to be mistaken by companies that like to “greenwash” but the ingredients will never lie to you.

R. We definitely need to spread the word about “greenwashing” as unfortunately it is such common practice amongst some larger brands.

Tell me a little about how you practice gratitude?

A. I try and donate plasma as regularly as possible. This is only something I have started within the past 6 months but it has been an amazing feeling knowing that I am able to help so many people by taking 1hr out of my day every 2 weeks.

Thank you so much Ashleigh for taking the time to chat to us! I see big things on the horizon for Buddha Organics!

As a special thank you to readers, Ashleigh is offering 15% off using the code HAPPY at checkout.

You can locate the Buddha Organics website here.
Please let me know if you have any questions you would like asked in our next Meet the Maker!
Enjoy your Saturday night,
Renee
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