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Butterfly Pea Flower Drink

Last time, when my husband and I were in Bangkok, we tried butterfly pea tea there. We knew the tea from a Japanese animation show – Detective Conan. And my husband has been curious about it since then. Butterfly pea tea we tried in Bangkok was really nice. And my husband wanted to make it at home. Then he ordered dried butterfly pea flower from online shops.

This Tea’s original color is blue. If you add in some lemon juice, it will become purple. This special property makes it a good ingredient in colorful drinks.

1. In a sauce pan, pour in 11/2 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar. Bring boil and stir to let sugar dissolve.

2. Add in 1/4 cup dried butterfly pea flowers. Bring to boil. Then turn off the heat. Let it steep for 10 mins. Discard the flower. And cool down.

3. Mix 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice with 1 cup water in another container.

4. Crush the ice cubes a bit.

5. Fill glass with ice. Pour in butterfly pea tea till half full. Then gently pour in lemon juice mixture.

You will see the beautiful double layer drink.

Serve with a straw.

Top part is lemon juice, so it will be very sour. If you don’t have a straw, you’d better stir it before drinking.


Cola Ginger Tea

My hometown is in Shandong Province, which lies in northeastern part of China. Winter is cold there. When my husband and I visited my family several days ago, my mom caught a cold due to cold weather. She couldn’t stop coughing, sneezing and she had severe running nose. So I made cola ginger tea for her. 

First, I poured half bottle of cola, which is around 1 L into a deep pot. Then put in many ginger slices. If you want the tea to be strong, you can add more ginger. Turn to high heat. When the tea boils, turn to low heat and cover the pot with lid. After around 5 mins, remove the lid, and you will smell strong ginger. It’s done. 

My mom drank a big bowl of warm ginger tea I made. She felt much better. Less sneezing and running nose. 

Homemade Lemon Orange Jam

Original recipe:


I used 1 lemon, 2 oranges, 1600ml water as said in original recipe. But I reduced sugar. I used only 600g sugar, and it turned out very sweet to me.

1. Use a slicer to make lemon & orange peel into short strips.

2. Cut lemon and orange into small pieces. ( I took off all the white parts)

3. Put all the peel and pulp in a large bowl, add in 1000ml boiled water for overnight.

4. Put all the peel, pulp and water in a pot large enough for another 600ml water. 

5. Turn on the stove and heat with low heat till the water in the pot reduces to half and peel turns softened.

6. Add in sugar and turn to high height. Keep stirring.

7. Water in the pot will become less and condensed. Take out a few drops in a plate to test their mobility. If the drops don’t flow well, then it’s done. You need to test many times, just please be patient.

8. Put them in sterilized jars. 

The Chinese label was written by me. 🙂

柠檬 “Ning meng” means lemon.

橙子 “Cheng zi” means orange.

酱 “jiang” means jam or sauce, depending on the text.

日期 “ri qi” means date.

I almost spent the whole morning making this jam. And tested many many times. I’m glad the jam tastes so good. 

It can be used as bread spread or to make fruit tea.