I’ve just returned from a visit to South Africa where I spent some time with my family. I was born and raised in the suburbs of Johannesburg where most of my family still live. Since leaving South Africa, I can honestly say that having travelled far and wide, South Africa has some of the best restaurants and coffee shops in the world, and certainly the best variety. And one thing you will find on all menus in South African restaurants and coffee shops is Rooibos Tea (or Redbush tea to some of you). Rooibos Tea is a naturally caffeine free tea, high in antioxidants, with a woody taste and unlike many other herbal teas, you can have milk in Rooibos tea. A recent trend I have noticed in South African restaurants is that they are serving ‘Red Cappuccinos’, rooibos tea made with frothy milk… a delicious and healthy alternative to coffee cappuccino.
Not everyone likes milk in Rooibos, but for me milk in Rooibos tea is perfect in the winter (I use Almond milk), and I like my Rooibos plain in the summer because it’s more refreshing. Rooibos tea has in recent years become widely available in the UK and other countries around the World. If you can’t find it in your supermarket, you might find it at your local health food store or it is widely available online. Making a ‘Red Cappuccino’ is easy enough if you have something to froth milk with. I use one of these stove top frothers. But a mini whisk will work equally well. You can use whole milk, coconut milk, rice milk, or my favourit, Almond milk. And because it’s caffeine-free, kids love having these ‘cappuccino’ too, as a matter of fact, Rooibos can even even be given (minus the milk) to babies and is effective in treating colic in babies. Here’s how to make yourself a healthy Red Cappuccino…
- 1 Rooibos Tea bag.
- 1/2 Cup boiling water
- 1/2 cup Almond milk/coconut milk/ whole milk or other milk substitute.
- squeeze of honey (optional)
- pinch of cinnamon
Steep the teabag in the boiling water for a couple of minutes and if using honey, add the honey and stir. Warm the milk up and froth with a frother or by whisking, then add the milk to the tea scooping some of the froth on top. Sprinkle the cinnamon on top and serve hot or allow it to cool down if serving to children.
So other than drinking ‘Red Cappuccinos’and eating Biltong (traditional dried meat snack) I spent some quality time with my family. One thing about living far away from your family, is that every moment you do then spend with them again is precious, and I am lucky to have come back to the UK with many precious memories.
I was lucky enough to be taken into the Johannesburg sky by my brother who is now a qualified micro light pilot. What a joy to see the surrounding area of Johannesburg from high above in an open aircraft. I have never quite experienced Johannesburg as so peaceful. Although I really do wish the flight suits were a bit more flattering.
I also spent some time with my nieces and nephews, they are a bunch of cheeky naughty little monkeys, and even had a sleepover with me at my mum’s house. Just look at those naughty face in the photo at the bottom right.
But for now I’m happily back in the UK with Banjo at my side and a bit of South Africa with me as I drink my Rooibos Cappuccino.