EASY SULTANA, BANANA AND CINAMMON COOKIES…

 

EASY SULTANA, BANANA AND CINNAMON COOKIES….

Ingredients

85g/3oz Butter
55g/2oz Brown Sugar
1 Banana (mashed)
1 Egg (beaten)
115g/4oz Self Raising Flour
55g/2oz Oats
170g/6oz raisins
1 tsp Cinnamon

Method

Preheat oven to 180C, 350F or Gas 4
Beat butter and sugar until pale and fluffy
Add mashed banana
Add beaten egg
Sift in the flour
Fold in the oats, raisins and cinnamon
Spray your baking sheets (2/3 depending on what size you want)
Drop heaped teaspoonfuls onto baking sheet, making sure you leave enough room to spread
Bake for 10 – 20 minutes until brown.

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AMAZING APPS FOR COELIACS AND GLUTEN FREE SUFFERERS…

Coeliac in the City has some of the best mobile apps to give you the edge and make living gluten-free life to the full easier!

  • Seriously Good Gluten Free Living – Phil Vickery
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    Review: useful for new Coeliacs & those looking for food inspiration
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  • Gluten Free Restaurant Travel Cards – CeliacTravel.Com
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TOP NINE TEAS TO DRINK IF YOU ARE SUFFERING FROM IBS…

  1. Fennel Tea – this tea is helpful in relieving cramps and it can also act as a mild laxative. Holland and Barrett sell the Heath and Heather Fennel Tea which is fresh and herbal, the ideal way to help maintain your well-being at any time of the day. A wonderful addition to your herbal, caffeine-free tea collection. 
  2. Dandelion Root Tea  –  this can help relieve symptoms of heartburn and has a lovely soothing effect on your digestive tract. It is also rich in vitamins and minerals. Clipper Teas make an Organic Dandelion Tea which is naturally rich in potassium and caffeine free. Used through the centuries to purify, cleanse and restore. 
  3. Camomile Tea – my favorite last drink of the day as it has a soothing calming effect. It can also help reduce stomach cramps. Whittard makes a classically comforting and naturally sweet,  infusion of camomile flowers. It’s been used for centuries as an anti-inflammatory and some even claim that it can help beat the annual hay fever sneezes. With its sun-drenched warmth and a fragrant floral finish, they call it a cup of pure relaxation. 
  4. Peppermint Tea – another one I always have in my cupboard. This has a soothing effect on your stomach and may even help if you suffer from heartburn, gas, and spasms. My favorite is Twinnings Pure Peppermint Single Tea Bags, created to help you feel refreshed and ready for the day with each sip. A classic, vibrant blend perfect for any time of day. 
  5. Spearmint Tea – not one you find around as much as Peppermint Tea but yet again this one can have a soothing effect on your stomach and has a gentler taste to it. Amazon sells Palanquin’s Spearmint Herbal Tea
  6. Anise Tea – this can help to relieve constipation, gas and bloating. Holland & Barrett have a Pukka Detox Tera which is a clean fusion of aniseed, fennel and cardamom. 
  7. Dill Tea – this can provide relief from diarrhea, excess gas and constipation. It helps to regular your bowel movements by stimulating the digestive system and also has anti-inflammatory effects. The Herbal Tea Company from Amazon pure herbal dill tea bags. 
  8. Rooibos Tea – this tea is caffeine free, and has a rich flavor and is great for relieving stomach spasms. Jing Tea makes a Herbal Rooibos Tea which is soft, honeyed and gently tangy with a hint of bitter orange. 
  9. Ginger Tea – ginger in any shape or form has health benefits and the tea helps with nausea and stomach spasms. The Natural Health Market sells Organic Ginger Tea Bags which is made with only chopped certified organic ginger root. The tea has an intense taste and impressive ‘zing’ that makes it moreish and a comfortable level of spice provides a nutrient-rich warming sensation. 

 

 

 

 

 

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TEA PAIRINGS FOR CHRISTMAS…

With Christmas now well and truly on countdown I thought it might be nice to write a post on tea pairings with some of the festive foods we eat.

When drinking Lapsang have it with chicken or smoked salmon sandwiches or walnut cake or Stilton cheese, to enhance the flavour of the tea and/or food.

Of course, Christmas isn’t Christmas without chocolate but with different strengths of chocolate, this does mean there is a choice of pairings. With dark chocolate, try Assam, Darjeeling, Earl Grey, Gyokuro, or Oolong. With milk or white chocolate try Darjeeling, Dragonwell, or Oolong,

When drinking Earl Grey have it with fine pate or ham and mustard sandwich’s or Crème Brulee or Leicester cheese, to enhance the flavour of the tea and/or food.

When drinking Ceylon tea try having it with cucumber or tomato sandwiches or tarte au citron or mature cheddar cheese.

Fortnum and Mason have some amazing goodies paired with specific teas like the festively fragrant notes of zesty clementine, festive spices and cocoa nibs in their Christmas Tea and our deliciously sweet, individually-wrapped Marrons Glacé – a traditional 16th-century French speciality of chestnuts candied in a syrup and then dried,

Some partnerships succeed against the odds, others are so well-matched it’s hard to imagine one without the other – like their Blanc de Noirs Champagne NV and our Golden Oscietra Caviar.

A hand-graded, deep gold and deliciously nutty treat for any true caviar connoisseurs, it pairs perfectly with any Fortnum’s Champagne – but particularly with the honey, spice and dark fruit notes of our Blanc de Noirs Champagne.

Forget a nightcap liqueur coffee – the finest way to round off a full day of feasting is with a cup of our bold Christmas Coffee and a box – to share or snaffle solo – of their exceptional Christmas Chocolate Liqueurs.

The sugar-steeped sweetness of their Glacé Apricots making the perfect counterpoint to our full-bodied Fortnum’s Stilton.

I bet your mouth is watering after reading about these delicious pairings.

LESSONS ON AFTERNOON TEA A GIFT FOR CHRISTMAS…

If you have never enjoyed an afternoon tea, or if your an enthusiastic lover of afternoon teas then I’m sure one of the course from the company English Afternoon Tea,’ will be suitable for you.

They specialise in traditional afternoon tea courses and you learn in a friendly, informal environment and the courses are designed to introduce you to the world of afternoon tea.

They offer one-to-one tuition, covering baking through to the social history of tea. Course varies from one to five days. The courses, which take place in Sandgate, Kent offer are One-Day Gluten-Free Baking Course, One-Day Cream Tea Course, One-Day Brief History of Afternoon Tea with Baking, One-Day Academic Course and a Five-Day English Afternoon Tea course with a tea party.

 

WHERE TO GET THE BEST AFTERNOON TEA VOUCHERS FOR CHRISTMAS…

An Afternoon Tea Voucher has to be a great gift for any person who enjoys the quintessentially British Afternoon Tea.

Some of the best places online to buy them from are –

Afternoon Tea Gift Vouchers -They have AfternoonTea.co.uk gift vouchers as well as those for our partners Red Letter Days, Buyagift, Activity Superstore and Virgin Experiences, from just £15 for two people!

Afternoon Tea for Two – Our Afternoon Tea for Two Gifts & Vouchers offer the perfect Tea for 2 gift for any occasion. There are lots of locations to choose from nationwide including London Afternoon Teas and Afternoon Tea for Two at country hotels. Whether its high tea, low tea, or any other tea we have the perfect tea for 2 for you


Betty’s –Choose the experience that suits you at the home of Afternoon Tea. Their traditional Afternoon Tea is served all day every day in their six Café Tea Rooms, whilst their luxury, bookable Lady Betty Afternoon Tea is available in York or Harrogate on select days.

Virgin Experience Days start your own collection of tea experiences and try out lots of different ones? From luxury teas in famous restaurants.

Buy a Gift – they have afternoon tea for two from a choice of over 385 places!!!

The other offers especially Black Friday are Groupon – Wowcher and Living Social.

FOUR OF THE BEST TEAS TO HELP YOU SLEEP…

According to an article on Step to Health, six of the best teas to drink to help you sleep well are –

1.   Chamomile and Tila – Tila is known for being a natural sedative which is highly recommended for relaxation and for relieving tension.I think we all know about how relaxing and calming Chamomile is.

2.  Lemon Balm – has an acidic aroma. Using its flowers and leaves to make teas helps one get a deep sleep.

3.  Mint Tea –  it contains anti-inflammatories and sedatives, and is a great way to get a better night’s sleep.

4.  Passion Flower and Valerian – Passion flowers contain natural anxiolytics and acts as a natural tranquilizer and Valerian is one of the best known natural sedatives. Although its taste is not very pleasant, it induces sleep and reduces nervousness.